Happy Thanksgiving 2019


I wish you a truly blessed and wonderful day. Thank you for reading this blog, connecting with me, and for just being you. You are truly a gift.



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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

I wish all of you a blessed, wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving! We all face trials and tribulations but we also have so much to be thankful for. I know that I am thankful for many things and one of those things are you! Thank you for reading and connecting with me here at Simple Catholic Living. You are all such a blessing!


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Saints and Feasts in December 2015

Since next week is the solemnity of Christ the King and Thanksgiving, and I won’t be doing much (if any) blogging, I thought I would get a jump start and send out the saints and feasts for December a little early.

Don’t you just love December! I know there is a lot of work and stress that goes into the holidays but we have to make time to remember what the holidays are about: Jesus! Besides Christmas (of course), there are some lovely and wonderful solemnities, feasts and memorials that I hope you won’t be too busy to overlook.

In addition, to make December even more special, December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, begins the Holy Year of Mercy! No doubt this will be a year of great grace!

Saints and Feasts in Dec 2015

Without further ado, here are the most notable dates for December:

Saints and Feasts

December 3:  St. Francis Xavier, priest (obligatory memorial)

December 4: St. John Damascene, priest (optional memorial)

December 4: First Friday Devotions (optional)

December 5: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

December 7: St. Ambrose, bishop & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

December 8: The Immaculate Conception (solemnity, holy day of obligation)

December 9: St. Juan Diego (optional memorial)

December 11: St. Damasus I, pope (optional memorial)

December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe (feast)

December 14: St. John of the Cross, priest & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

December 21: St. Canisius, priest & doctor of the church (optional memorial)

December 23: St. John of Kanty, priest (optional memorial)

December 25: Nativity of Our Lord, Merry Christmas! (solemnity, holy day of obligation)

December 26: St. Stephen, the first martyr (feast)

December 27: The Holy Family (feast)

December 28: The Holy Innocents, martyrs (feasts)

December 29: St. Thomas Becket, bishop & martyr (optional memorial)

December 31: St. Sylvester I, pope (optional memorial)

 Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

December is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.

December 7: Pearl Harbor Day, 1941 (USA)

December 21: Winter Begins

December 26: Boxing Day (Canada)

I pray you will have a blessed and holy Advent leading up to Christmas, filled with joy and family.


Tweetable: Saints & Feasts in December 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving! (And a Funny Video to Make Your Day)

From my family to yours: We wish you all a truly blessed and truly HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We all go through struggles and hardships but we still have so  much to be thankful for! God bless.

Have you seen the “All About That Baste” Video yet? No? Well, watch it now because it is SO FUNNY! (Hat tip to Mashable.com where I came across the video.)

(Image in public domain)

Thanksgiving Blogging Break

Like last year, I am taking a week-long Thanksgiving blogging break. I pray you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. See you next Monday (November 28th)!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful Box

Thankful Box

This is Andrew’s version of this idea. We are going to put the box in a prominent place. Each day everyone one in the family can write what they are thankful for on a piece of paper and put it in the box and then I’ll have Andrew read each one aloud on Thanksgiving Day.

(I know our box isn’t nearly as nice as the one I linked to, but our version of the box was Andrew’s idea and craftsmanship. He’s happy with it and that’s what matters! 🙂 )

(Linked to Wordless Wednesday and Wordful Wednesday.)

10 Thanksgiving Crafts From Pinterest

Thanksgiving is only a couple short weeks away, and I’ve been looking for some simple (and fun) craft ideas. I’ve mentioned this before, but my new favorite place to look for ideas is Pinterest; and, I’ve found some cute ideas there for Thanksgiving. Here’s just a few:

1. Be Thankful.

Be Thankful

Pinned by Tilisa Howell


2. Thanksgiving Hat Crafts.

Thanksgiving hat crafts

Pinned by Chelsea Ewert


3. Placemats.


Pinned by Rebecca Phalen


4. Story of Thanksgiving Crafts.

Story of Thanksgiving

Pinned by Cindy Schival


5. Turkey Craft.


Pinned by Ashly Dower


6. Paper Crafts.

Paper Crafts

Pinned by Christy Kramer


7. Thanksgiving Wreath.

Thanksgiving Wreath

Pinned by Jacqueline Mills


8. Thanksgiving games and crafts.

Games and Crafts

Pinned by Brenda Kirk


9. Thanksgiving card and craft.

Thanksgiving card and craft

Pinned by Marri


10. Thankful Box.

Thankful Box

Pinned by Ann Hathaway


Aren’t these great ideas? I particularly love the thankful box! Do you have any favorite craft ideas to share? Leave the idea or link in the comments. Thanks!

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am truly grateful for many things; and, one of the things I’m grateful for is for all my wonderful readers! So, let me just say a quick thank you to all my readers; especially to those who take the time to interact (through the various blog memes I participate in) and for those who take the time to leave comments!

God bless each and every one of you!

(P.S: Isn’t he cute!):

Thanksgiving Blogging Sabbatical

Not surprisingly, like I’m sure many bloggers will be, I’ll be on a blogging sabbatical for several days. My husband is off of work for a week; plus my mom, cousin and brother will all be visiting, so except for some pre-scheduled posts, it will be pretty quiet around here.

I’ll be back into the blogging swing of things on Tuesday. 🙂

Fearless Friday: Thanksgiving Prayer

With Thanksgiving next week (for those of us in America), it is fitting that we remember all the graces and blessings we receive from our loving God.  Even in the midst of our trials, we are truly blessed and have much to be grateful for. 🙂

In that vein, lets let us join in prayer:

A Little Thanksgiving Prayer

Our Father in Heaven, source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this season of giving thanks.

We thank You for all the graces and blessings You have bestowed upon us: spiritual and temporal. We thank You for the gift of our faith; our food and shelter; our health; our family and friends; and for the gift of love we have for one another. In Your infinite mercy and generosity, Father,  please grant us Your continued graces and blessings.

We ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

For other Fearless Friday entries and to add you own, go to Free Spirit Haven.