Sacred Royalty

Jesum Christum, Regem regum Venite adoremus.


The Feast of Christ the King is the Last Sunday in October on the Traditional Calendar. In the Novus Ordo it falls on the Sunday before the First Sunday of Advent.

Today is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King, [White].  It is a Double of the First Class (meaning, of Highest Rank).  It is also the twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.


The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man's thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations. – Catholic Culture

Christ is fully the spiritual King of all mankind, for He is the giver of life, the maker of law, the supreme judge and ruling authority, in the minds and wills and hearts of human beings. He is King of mankind by natural right, because He is the divine maker and sustainer of the universe and He took human nature unto His divine Person. He is King by acquired right, because He redeemed mankind by the sacrifice of His body and blood. The Lamb of God from the throne of His Cross, reunited all peoples. Although formerly separated by sin, they became one kingdom, one family, and prospective members of one Mystical Body.


GOSPEL (St. John 18:33-37)
At that time, Pilate therefore went into the hall again and called Jesus and said to him: "Art thou the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered:"Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of me?"Pilate answered: "Am I a Jew? Thy own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee up to me. What hast thou done?" Jesus answered: "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence." Pilate therefore said to him: "Art thou a king then?" Jesus answered: "Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."



Activities for Kids

Christ the King Coloring Page / Craft

Feast Day Games & Activities

Crown Craft

Crown Coloring Page – Coordinates with the New Calendar

Word search


Litany of Christ the King

Novena to Christ the King

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Renewal

Quas Primas - ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS Xl On the Feast of Christ the King

Christ the King Directory

Audio Sermons on Christ the King


Pope Pius XI said, “When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony” (Encyclical Letter Quas Primas). That’s why Jesus King revealed to us the ejaculation, “O Jesus King of All Nations, may your reign be recognized on earth.”


Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King (Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite the Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King. A plenary indulgence is granted, if it is recited publicly on the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ King.

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before you. We are yours, and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen. Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968


Prayer to Christ the King

O CHRIST, JESUS, I acknowledge Thee as Universal King.
  For Thee all creatures have been made. Do Thou exercise
over me all the rights that Thou hast.
Renew my Baptismal Vows, I renounce Satan,
with all his works and pomps, and I promise to live as a
good Catholic: Especially, do I pledge myself, by all
the means in my power, to bring about the triumph of the
rights of God and of Thy Church.
Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer Thee all my poor actions to obtain
that all hearts may recognize Thy Sacred Royalty, and that thus the
reign of Thy Peace may be established throughout the entire world.


cking-feast5 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but justice, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. - Rom. 14:17

Orate Pro Nobis

“A missionary of Charity is a carrier of God’s love especially to the poorest of the poor, setting all on fire with love for HIm and one another, a healing touch of God that cures all diseases; a soothing smile of God that warms all hearts; God’s own language of love that all hearts understand.”  ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcuttaall saints day

I hadn’t planned on making any new costumes this year.  I was just going to alter what I had on hand from the previous years.  When I realized how much altering would be needed, I decided to see if someone wanted to be a Missionary of Charity – Mother Teresa.  I’ve always wanted a lil’ Mother Teresa for All Saints Day.  I didn’t have any takers so I bribed offered a nice incentive.  Sparkles took me up on the offer, of course.  She said that she is saving for presents and could use the incentive.  Sweetie followed suite.

I intended to make both the girls a Missionary of Charity outfit.  However, my boys and I are sick.  I only managed to put one sari together.

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I put my twist on a combination of techniques taken from Melody and Lacy.  My intention was to sew the complete costume but my sewing machine would not cooperate - definitely not user error!

It was a no sew costume made from pillow cases purchased at the thrift store.  I always look for nice linens to recycle for our embroidery projects.   I had all the supplies on hand.

st elizabeth of hungarySparkles designed her costume for St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Rose took charge of the other children’s costumes.  Papi will be St. Dominic Savio.  Rose will be St. Gianna Molla with baby (Dragonfly).  (to be pictured later)

I love that my children set their hearts and minds on faithfilled things at this time and are not consumed with worldly ways.  Deo gratias!

I had a pleasant and timely surprise waiting for me when I returned home from my photo session.  A dear friend sent my husband and I a great spiritual read.  Sweetie was thrilled with surprise, too.  She can’t wait to read them!

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Dominc Savio, St. Gianna Molla, …. – Orate Pro Nobis

All Saints Party

candy bowlsWe are anxiously awaiting All Saints Day, a time to give thanks and praise for all of the Church Triumphant.

We plan to attend our parish’s Annual All Saints Eve Party. It’s wonderful to celebrate the feast days at church.

Hopefully, I’ll have their saint costumes ready by this evening and I won’t have to pull off an all-nighter.

I did find time early this morning to create hand-painted goody bowls for a friend who will also be hosting a fabulous All Saints Eve party.  I can’t wait to have some candy share this feast day with our parish community and friends.

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Painted Pumpkins

painted pumpkins collageWe decided to forgo pumpkin carving this year.  The girls want to make pumpkin pie with their pumpkins and I’m a bit under the weather at the moment.  We plan digging into the pumpkins at a later time, when all are well.  For now, I pulled out the paint.

Camera Dump 1631 Sparkles decided to paint the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Sweetie chose St. Clare, of course.

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Rose played it safe with her favorite JMJ design.

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Papi took to a camouflage cross.

Check out Catholic Cuisine for more pumpkin creations.

Dessert & Prayers

St. Crispin & St. Crispian

Oct. 25


Sparkles eagerly requested that dad make an apple crisp in honor of St. Crispin’s feast day.  She loves all apple desserts.

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We used Charlotte’s recipe since Rose’s favorite apple crisp recipe calls for oats, which we did not have.

St. Crispin is a patron saint of leather workers and is often depicted with shoemaker’s tools.  Thus, we found it only fitting to offer prayers for our dear old friend, Pietro a shoemaker.  He is in his 90s and is still making shoes in his little factory.  He made Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s sandals.  God bless his humble soul.

Time Flies

Dragonfly is already 5 months old.  We’ve enjoyed every second but would like the time to slow down.

He loves being outdoors.

He’s two bottom teeth are prominent and his two top teeth are swollen, ready to break through, soon.

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Sweetie is our go-to girl for helping with Dragonfly.  Her specialty is putting him to bed.  She bounces him to sleep on the exercise ball or on the couch.  She is a pro!

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Parties From the Past

We have been attending our parish’s All Saints Day Parties for the past 5 years.

Here is a glimpse of the fun.


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the pumpkins were the creations of other saints from church

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here are more pictures of…kids dressed up as saints….delicious carmel apples….pumpkin fun


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We participated in the Procession & Litany of Saints.

We hosted the St. Germaine’s Candy in a Haystack booth.  We hid candy in the hay and each kid/saint was given an allotted amount of time to search for the candy.

Her appearance was such that her stepmother refused to allow Germaine to live in the house with her father's new family and so she was quartered in a stable and slept on hay.

Saint Germaine died at the age of 22 alone at night in the barn where she slept.


Rose ~ St. Lucyst lucy oct 2005

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A New Season

Today was a blessed day, Divine Maternity of Our Lady.  We were able to visit the Pumpkin Farm with friends and family.  We gave thanks for Papi’s wellbeing.  He was in the hospital during this time last year with pneumonia in both lungs.

It was Dragonfly’s first visit to the Pumpkin Farm.

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Rose was a sweetheart, as usual. rose pumpkin farm 2010

Sparkles and Sweetie were especially fond of each other.Documents3

Sparkles was a hard worker; making a bail of hay, grooming sheep, inspecting eggs, brushing a horse and  petting the goats.carm pumpkin farm 10

Sparkles was night-n-day from the previous night when she was put on restrict.  Her prayer to her Guardian Angel was fruitful.clare pumpkin farm 2010

Papi  liked everything about the farm.  Mom and dad liked the fact that it was gated and he couldn’t get far.papi pumpkin 10

These are the days to remember!

To Jesus Through Mary

Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt, O Virgo, super omnia benedicta.
I am all yours, and all that is mine is yours, O Virgin, blessed above all.


My family's annual renewal of our Montfortian Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary is on March 25 - Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  However, we were unable to renew during March of this year.  Recently, we had the perfect opportunity to renew before the year was up. 

Co-members of the Confraternity of St. Peter went on a pilgrimage to Barcelona & Montserrat, Spain and the Shrines of France.  Prior to their departure, Confraternity members and fellow parishioners prepared for their Total Consecration. 

Consecration and/or renewal was scheduled for Sunday, October 3.  Parishioners gathered in church after Sunday Mass, prior to vespers to renew their consecration while the others simultaneously renewed their consecration at the Shrine of St. Louis de Montfort in W. France.

My whole family was in attendance.  Praise be to God!


I invite you to make a Total Consecration for the first time or renew your consecration if you haven’t already done so this year.

I plan to organize an email loop for all bloggers, friends and family who desire to grow closer to Our Blessed Mother by way of Montfortian Total Consecration . If you are interested, please contact me (JOYfilledfamily at gmail dot com).  

Here is a suggested Consecration schedule for the remainder of the year. 

19 Oct  Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary  21 Nov

5 Nov   Immaculate Conception                       8 Dec

9 Nov   Our Lady of Guadalupe                         12 Dec

“Those who desire to take up this special devotion… should spend at least twelve days in emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus, as I have recommended in the first part of this preparation for the reign of Jesus Christ.”

~ St. Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary (TD) - TD 227



The basic premise is: Jesus came into the world though Mary. For us to always be assured of being close to Jesus, even closer than ever before, we should go through Mary. Consecration means to set aside for a sacred purpose. Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort is a method used by Pope John Paul II.


Below is a general outline for the Total Consecration.  Here is a link to the most thorough step by step guide to completing St. Louis De Montfort  - Total Consecration.

Step 1

Read "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary"

Step 2bkdeMontfort

Choose a day for the Consecration

Step 3

Begin the 33-Day Preparation for Consecration 

Step 4

Day 34: Day of Consecration

Step 5

After Consecration

Daily Practices

  • Recite the Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin (3 'Our Fathers' and 12 'Hail Marys')
  • Wear a chain or medal reminding us of holy slavery (optional practice)
  • Have special devotion to the Mystery of the Incarnation
  • Devotion and frequent recitation of the Rosary and the Magnificat
    • Methods of Saying the RosaryBy St. Louis De Montfort Have 'great contempt' for the world and its maxims Make every effort do everything THROUGH, WITH, IN and FOR Jesus through Mary


Additional Resources

  • Free Consecration Packets - consisting of a pamphlet explaining the Total Consecration of Saint Louis de Montfort and a prayer book for the 33 day preparation prior to the Act of Total Consecration.
  • Total Consecration   - outline of the 'process' of Total Consecration. However, The Secret of Mary or the True Devotion to Mary should be read and prayerfully studied prior to making the commitment (they are available at this site).
  • Total Consecration to Mary - This website is an open invitation to all Catholics who love Mary, our glorious Queen and immaculate Mother. She has been assumed body and soul into heaven and continues to watch over each of us from the vantage point of eternity. If you have ever received a grace from God, you can be certain that it passed first through her hands.
  • True Devotion To The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother Teresa, similar to that listed on Fisheaters
  • Total Consecration Pod CastRosary Army
  • True Devotion to MaryLinks to FREE Online books.
  • True Devotion Video - Fr. Hugh, working with the Apostolate for Family Consecration, offers an extended series of video presentations on St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Montfortian Religious - In these pages you can read about the life of St. Louis Marie, about his writings and his Spirituality, and you can obtain more information concerning the three Congregations.
  • 30 Days Consecration Preparation - This manual finds its origin in a spiritual intuition of Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort (1673-1716) that came to reality in the course of our missionary experience in the Philippines.  This second and extensively revised edition answers the earnest request from many a people throughout the world to be assisted by the Montfortian spirituality on their journey to Christ. Indeed, the encounter with Christ is a “pilgrimage of faith”, John Paul II says in his encyclical Redemptoris Mater.
  • Jesus Living in MaryHandbook of the Spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort
  • Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin St. Louis de Montfort
  • Sermon on True Devotion to MaryAudio Sancto 
  • Who is Mary? - This homily was given during a retreat for the Deacons of the Diocese of Brooklyn at the Montfort Spiritual Center in Bayshore, NY. 24.41 min
  • Montfort Publications 
  • Montfort Photo Album

“…O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children and thy slaves…” ~ Consecration

I plan to add to this post as I collect additional links.

Giveaway Winner



Rose and I have decided to award a necklace to all those who left a comment.

Evann, Gardenia and Jessica.

Please email me at JOYfilledfamily at gmail dot com with your contact info and specify which Marian picture you would like on your necklace.

Pax Christi, Lena & Rose

~To Jesus Through Mary~

Our Lady of Good Remedy GIVEAWAY

The Solemnity of Our Lady of Good Remedy is celebrated on October 8.


Our Lady of Good Remedy, holding her Divine Son Jesus, handing a bag of money to St. John de Matha.  Her Feast Day is celebrated on October 8th.

800 years ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it; Then,in the year 1198 a man had an idea. John de Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves, and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. They were so successful that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free thousands and thousands of people, and to return them safely home. In gratitude for her miraculous assistance, St. John de Matha honored Mary with the tide of Our Lady of Good Remedy. This ancient devotion is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church celebrates her feast day on October 8. Our Lady of Good Remedy is depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John de Matha. When in need, invoke the aid of Our Lady of Good Remedy, and you will surely experience the power of her intercession.


Since I officially started blogging, a little over a year ago, I have won 4 giveaways.  In fact, the first giveaway was the first “prize” I can recall winning, ever!  More on that later.

Rose and I have planned a giveaway in honor of this Marian feast day.  The blessed winner will receive a custom tile necklace of Our Lady of the Rosary.

It’s our way of spreading our love for the devotion to Mary & giving back to all those who offer us inspiration to building a faithfilled domestic church, (Ecclesia domestica).

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the tile necklace may vary from the above creation

You can earn 4 entries to this giveaway.*

To Enter:

*Leave a comment telling us about your favorite Marian devotion, feast day, etc….

*Become a follower of JOYfilledfamily blog, then comment on THIS post that you did.

*Post this giveaway on your blog, then come back here and leave a comment on THIS post telling us that you posted to your blog.

*Post this giveaway on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment on THIS post telling us that you posted to FB.

*Each entry needs a separate comment.

The winner will be selected by a random generator.

Thanks and Good Bless!

Giveaway closes Friday, October 8th @ 11:59 pm PST.




 Novena - Our Lady of Good Remedy

DEAR LADY OF GOOD REMEDY, source of unfailing help, thy compassionate heart knows a remedy for every affliction and misery we encounter in life. Help me with thy prayers and intercession to find a remedy for my problems and needs, especially for... (Indicate your special intentions here).
On my part, O loving Mother, I pledge myself to a more intensely Christian lifestyle, to a more careful observance of the laws of God, to be more conscientious in fulfilling the obligations of my state in life, and to strive to be a source of healing in this broken world of ours.
Dear Lady of Good Remedy, be ever present to me, and through thy intercession, may I enjoy health of body and peace of mind, and grow stronger in the faith and in the love of thy Son, Jesus.



Our Lady of Good Remedy, Ora pro nobis.

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