Celebrating Easter – Week 2

We celebrated the second week of Easter in a big way on Friday. Sparkles whose feast day was on Friday, April 16 requested a Tea Party. We went ahead and turned the Garden of the Good Shepherd celebration into a tea party. We honored St. Bernadette’s Feast Day and Pope Benedict XVI 83rd Birthday.
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It was a glorious occasion!
Welcome to the Lord’s Table!
tea time setting
We started the celebration by decorating the school room for tea time.
tea time table in the school room 8. The Table
26 When Joseph arrived at the house they offered him the gift they had with them, bowing low before him.   27 He greeted them pleasantly, asking, 'Is your father well, the old man you told me of ? Is he still alive?'  28 'Your servant our father is well,' they replied, 'he is still alive,' and they bowed respectfully.   29 Looking about, he saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son. 'Is this your youngest brother', he asked, 'of whom you told me?' And he added, 'God be good to you, my son.'   30 Joseph hurried out; so strong was the affection he felt for his brother that he wanted to cry. He went into his room and there he wept.   31 After washing his face he returned and, controlling himself, gave the order: 'Serve the meal.'  32 He was served separately; so were they, and so were the Egyptians who ate in his household, for the Egyptians could not take food with Hebrews; Egyptians have a horror of doing so.  33 They were placed facing him in order of seniority, from the eldest to the youngest, and the men looked at one another in amazement.  34 He had portions carried to them from his own dish, the portion for Benjamin being five times larger than any of the others. And they feasted with him and drank freely.  ~ Genesis 43: 26-34
9.  The Chairs
Hats and Fabric
1 Yahweh appeared to him at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent during the hottest part of the day.  2 He looked up, and there he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them, and bowed to the ground.   3 'My lord,' he said, 'if I find favour with you, please do not pass your servant by.  4 Let me have a little water brought, and you can wash your feet and have a rest under the tree.  5 Let me fetch a little bread and you can refresh yourselves before going further, now that you have come in your servant's direction.' They replied, 'Do as you say.' 6 Abraham hurried to the tent and said to Sarah, 'Quick, knead three measures of best flour and make loaves.'  7 Then, running to the herd, Abraham took a fine and tender calf and gave it to the servant, who hurried to prepare it.  8 Then taking curds, milk and the calf which had been prepared, he laid all before them, and they ate while he remained standing near them under the tree.   ~ Genesis 18: 1-8
Our menu was simple and deviated slightly from Jessica's & Charlotte’s Week 2 suggestions.
 tea time with lables10.  The Bread
8 Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, 'Go back, each of you to your mother's house.  9 May Yahweh show you faithful love, as you have done to those who have died and to me. Yahweh grant that you may each find happiness with a husband!' She then kissed them, but they began weeping loudly, 10 and said, 'No, we shall go back with you to your people.'  11 'Go home, daughters,' Naomi replied. 'Why come with me? Have I any more sons in my womb to make husbands for you?  12 Go home, daughters, go, for I am now too old to marry again. Even if I said, "I still have a hope: I shall take a husband this very night and shall bear more sons,"  13 would you be prepared to wait for them until they were grown up? Would you refuse to marry for their sake? No, daughters, I am bitterly sorry for your sakes that the hand of Yahweh should have been raised against me.'  14 They started weeping loudly all over again; Orpah then kissed her mother-in-law and went back to her people. But Ruth stayed with her.    ~Ruth 2:8-14
wine 11.  The Wine
Sparkling White Grape
1 Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come! Buy and eat; come, buy wine and milk without money, free!  2 Why spend money on what cannot nourish and your wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy.  ~Isaiah 55:1-2
milk11.  The Milk
Milk for Tea
8 and Yahweh brought us out of Egypt with mighty hand and outstretched arm, with great terror, and with signs and wonders.  9 He brought us here and has given us this country, a country flowing with milk and honey.  10 Hence, I now bring the first-fruits of the soil that you, Yahweh, have given me." 'You will then lay them before Yahweh your God, and prostrate yourself in the presence of Yahweh your God.  ~ Deuteronomy 26:8-10
honey12.  The Pot of Honey
Honey Butter
4 John the Baptist was in the desert, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  5 All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins.  6 John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey.  ~ Mark 1:4-6
fruit 13.  The Fruit
16 BELOVED: Awake, north wind, come, wind of the south! Breathe over my garden, to spread its sweet smell around. Let my love come into his garden, let him taste its most exquisite fruits.  ~ Song of Songs (Solomon) 4:16
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We reviewed the Garden of the Good Shepherd’s sticker board.  Each GFG took turns explaining the significance of the food items.
Garden of the Good Shepherd Week 2
We prayed for Pope Benedict and sought the intercession of St. Bernadette.
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Our GFG worked on their Pope Benedict XVI Activities.pope benedict craftssweetie craft


  1. Oh wow! LENA!! Just HOW did you have the energy to do all of this 9 months pregnant!!?? It all looks BEAUTIFUL!

    Happy nameday to Sparkles! What a fun celebration for her! Thank you for sharing the pictures!

  2. Thanks Jessica! I'm running on sheer graces these days. I was just telling Charlotte how this will be probably be the last celebration for me since I'm so low on energy. I'm hoping my Rose will take over from here.

    I'll be sure to keep participating in your "Party" if she continues with the celebrations.

    St. Bernadette is actually Sparkles self proclaimed Patron Saint but the day was just as special for her as her nameday.

    Pax Christi - Lena

  3. What a beautiful celebration! I LOVE the tent! I had thought early in the week about doing some type of gauzy tent decoration for the table, but didn't get around to gathering the materials. You did it beautifully!

  4. WOW. This looked so beautiful! I love teas under a net.

  5. Your netting looks so elegant! Here is hoping you get some rest before your little one arrives!

  6. Beautiful! I love the netting!

  7. Wow,I love your tea party! How fun. We love tea parties at our house and we have a Bernadette devotee here too. We are praying for you and baby.

  8. Oh, and thank you for the link for a calendar, we received it today!

  9. another wonderful post. my, that party was beautiful.



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