Sunday, November 29, 2009

Home Altar Decorated for Advent

Here are some pictures of our home altar decorated for Advent (Rose is to come for Gaudete Sunday).

(I like the little nativity below the crucifix, while Jesus, on the cross, is looking at it. It shows a kind of foreshadowing of His purpose in the incarnation.)

Midnight Mass- Christmas '09

This year for Christmas my family is going to Chicago to attended Midnight Mass at St. John Cantius and then returning home to family the following day. At 11 o'clock St. John Cantius is carrying out the ancient tradition of "Lessons and Carols."

The ancient tradition of "Lessons and Carols" is exactly what the name implies. It is a service in which the congregation can come to hear wonderful homilies, and sing Christmas Carols outside of the Mass.

At 12 o'clock (Midnight) the Solemn High Latin Mass for Christmas will be offered by Rev. C. Frank Phillips, CR, Pastor of St. John Cantius Church. And the choir will be singing the famous "St. Nicholas Mass" by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Somehow I think Fr. Sirico will understand our absence from St. Mary's Midnight Mass compared to where we are going. ;) (Which by the way, if you're near Kalamazoo you should go to St. Mary's Church for a Solemn High Tridentine Midnight Mass. I'm sure it will be beautiful!!)

UPDATE: St. Mary's is having a Novus Ordo Mass for Midnight Mass this year- I just found out my mistake a few days ago.

Music is Back Up!!

Well, Obviously...


Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I'll be spending my time today deleting every comment that a spammer posted on every single one of my posts.

I embrace my suffering with open arms God!! ;)

-Does anyone know how to permenantly block a URL? Or any other way to protect my blog from this? Please let me know!!! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Catholic Information Center

Go HERE to go to the new website for Kalamazoo's Catholic Information Center. They have a new location that my dad says is just wonderful (I haven't had a chance to stop in yet). They also host lectures and talks for free- so check out their schedule online to see what events are coming up! So please! If you get chance stop in!!

340 E. Michigan Ave. (p) 269/553-0482 (f) 269/553-0483

Open: M-F: 10 AM – 7 PM
Sat: 10 AM – 4 PM

Not to mention they sponsor a Catholic radio show every Sunday morning!

The BEST in Catholic-radio programming every Sunday!
10:30-11:00 AM on WKZO, AM590

St. Michael's Roses

Our family planted roses in the St. Michael garden earlier this past spring... and they are are still here!!!

...Half way through November... Coincidence?? ;)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Prayer of Surrender

Lord Jesus Christ, I ask the grace to accept the sadness in my heart, as your will for me, in this moment. I offer it up, in union with your sufferings, for those who are in deepest need of your redeeming grace.

I surrender myself to your Father's will and I ask you to help me to move on to the next task that you have set for me.

Spirit of Christ, help me to enter into a deeper union with you. Lead me away from dwelling on the hurt I feel: to thoughts of charity for those who need my loveto thoughts of compassion for those who need my care, and to thoughts of giving to those who need my help.
As I give myself to you, help me to provide for the salvation of those who come to me in need.

May I find my healing in this giving.
May I always accept God's will.
May I find myself in you by living in a spirit of sacrifice and suffering.
May I die more fully to myself, and live more fully in you.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Requiescat In Pace

Yesterday morning my great grandma, Mrs. Bernice Mary Brunner Hills died at the age of 97. The last anyone saw her she was playing skip-bo (her favorite card game) with her friends after attending a dance that afternoon.

Bernice Hills was born of March 20, 1912. She was the third of seven children in her family and was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

At the age of 15 she began to work at Globe Knitting Works where she met a co-worker whom she fell in love with, Henry Brunner. They began dating and after a few months the two decided to elope. While on their way, their car got hit by a train. They then took her father’s car and continued on to Bristol, Indiana where they were married on June 19, 1930 when Bernice was 18 and Henry was 24.

(Bernice and Henry in front of their car demolished by train)

After their marriage, they settled in Comstock Park where they raised their children; Sally, Richard, Kurt, Walter, and Alma.

Bernices eventually got a job working at American Seating where she worked until she retired after 22 years.

Life unexpectedly changed for Bernice and her children in 1964 when Henry died of heart failure when he was just 60 years old.

Although she was deeply saddened, Bernice continued on with her life sustained by both her faith and the love of her family. A couple of years after Henry’s death Bernice became reacquainted with a friend she babysat for as a girl, Harold Hills. He was a widower with grown children and the two began dating, fell in love, and were married on May 14, 1966.

For many years later Bernice suffered from her own heart problems, as well as from macular degeneration which eventually led her to lose her ability to drive at the age of 93.

Grandma loved to knit. She knitted hundreds of newborn caps for babies and donated them to area hospitals-even when she was almost completely blind. Both of my sisters have winter caps that she made near the end of her life that have mis-stitches and holes because of her blindness. It's such a wonderful thing to have those hats to remind us of her.

Bernice Brunner Hills was a lovely woman who was treasured by so many. She loved sharing her love and her talents with those in her life. Bernice possessed a vibrant faith that brought her both joy and strength when her days became more challenging.

Bernice Mary Brunner Hills leaves behind her children, Sally Thelen, Kurt Brunner, Walter Brunner, Alma Verner; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscat in pace. Amen.

Relic of St. Charles Borromeo

A few weeks ago a close friend of ours loaned us a relic of St. Charles Borromeo. So it came to stay with my family for a little while. He is shown in a previous post of pictures depicting our home altar (for those of you who've asked).

He's quiet, doesn't need much, and hardly takes up any space. An excellent house guest!! ;)

I thought today was a proper day to write about St. Charles relic since it's his Feast Day.

You can go HERE to see more pictures of St. Charles' remains and his relics at NLM.