Pure Joy

Our Lady of Bethlehem (Post) Pilgrimage
Day 3: Sunday, May 27, 2012 – Pebble Beach
Father gave a beautiful homily to the pilgrims on Pentecost Sunday. He spoke about how our recent pilgrimage served several purposes. He emphasized a pilgrimage’s primary purpose—to better equip us for our true pilgrimage, our journey to our heavenly home.
Our post pilgrimage gathering was a beautiful glimpse into the beauty that awaits if we are graced to make it home—pure JOY.


Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
~Hebrews 10:19-25
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In His JOY,

Love of Country Handprint Flag T-Shirt

Love of Country Shirt

This shirt was another craft made in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.  Twenty-three little girls made this craft at my last Little Flowers Retreat.

craft inspiration

Love of Country Shirt supplies




  1. place wax paper inside t-shirt
  2. paint flag on hand with a generous amount of paint
    • right hand – thumb will not be painted
    • left hand – thumb will be the the bottom stripe of the flag
  3. reapply a coat of paint on hand to ensure that the paint as not dried
  4. apply painted hand to t-shirt at the desiredIMG_3568 location.  be certain that the blue area of the flag will be imprinted on the top left.  keep the fingers together and do not roll the hand—press straight down on the hand to ensure a complete imprint.  remove the hand straight up to avoid any smears.
  5. paint colored glitter paint over the corresponding color on the t-shirt
  6. let dry completely
  7. heat set painted flag with an iron.  place a lightweight pressing clothe over the flag.  set iron to the highest setting for your fabric.  press the iron over the painted area firmly for about 30 sec.  keep the iron moving over the pressing cloth to avoid scorching or burning of the shirt. 
  8. let cool
  9. remove wax paper
  10. wash and wear

Love of Country handprint shirt

Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ ora pro nobis

God Bless America Windsock

God Bless America

This windsock was a craft made in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.  Twenty-three little girls made this craft at my last Little Flowers Retreat.

craft inspiration



  • tin can (coffee can) – recycled
  • blue spray paint – $3
  • white contact paper (a roll can be found in the kitchen dept. of the store) – $5
  • white plastic table cloth (you can get enough strips out of ea. table cloth to make 16 windsocks) – $1
  • red plastic table cloth – $1
  • nail and hammer
  • twine
  • star craft cutter (purchased at JoAnns with a 50% off coupon and teacher’s discount) – $6
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • hot glue gun or permanent adhesive tape (1 role of tape covered 16 cans)  –  $3.50

Girls Retreat 6.20


  1. wash the inside of the tin can
  2. strip the wrapping off the coffee can
  3. punch two hole in the top of the coffee can with a nail and hammer
  4. spray paint the coffee can blue
  5. cut 4 strips* of white table cloth.  keep the table cloth folded as it was in the package when cutting.  use a standard ruler as your guide for the width.  keep the cut strips folded once at the top.  the strip should be 26 in long and about 1.25 in. wide.  this long length looks nice blowing in the wind but also comes in handy if the children assemble their windsocks unevenly and a trimming is in order.
  6. cut 4 strips of red table cloth.  (follow the above details)
  7. punch stars on the contact paper.  be certain to rest the punch on a hard surface so that you get a clean cut star.
  8. tie twine through the holes on the top of the can
  9. adhere stars as desired
  10. run the adhesive bond tape along the inside bottom of the can.
  11. adhere the strips of white and red table cloth along the adhesive, alternating colors.  be sure to put the folded part of the strip on the adhesive.  this will allow the strips to open in the wind and give a fuller look to your windsock. 
  12. hang your windsock

*4 strips of ea. colored worked for my small coffee can.  your number may vary.

God Bless America Wind socks

Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ ora pro nobis


Stash Bash

I've never met a crafter without a stash of some kind. This year my goal is to use up all the craft supplies I have spent money on that are taking up mental and physical space in my life.   

Little Flowers Retreat ~ America for Mary, Our Blessed Mother

retreat logo - America for Mary, Our Blessed Motherv2

This was the final meeting and retreat of my Little Flower leadership.  The theme of the retreat was our country – America for Mary, Our Blessed Mother.

Retreat pic JOY

It was a blessed day spent with twenty-three Little Flowers, several moms, some sibling helpers, and a couple of Priests.

The day started at 9am with our regular LF format.  Then we celebrated Mass, had lunch, and transitioned into our retreat.  Below is a brief overview of our schedule for the day that I loosely followed.

P62003279:00 – Arrival

9:10 – Attendance Roll, Prayer

9:15 – Recap Saints & Virtues for the Year

9:25 – Saint & Virtue Lesson – St. Anne & Responsibility

9:45 – Review Take-home Packet and update BinderRecently Updated84

9:55 – Craft – Spiritual Bouquet

10:30 – Snack

10:45 – Outdoor Play – jump rope, parachute, tag, races, hula-hoop, and more.

11:45 – Clean-up and restroom break

12:00 – Depart for prayer time in Church

12:15 – Mass

1:00 – Lunch

1:30 – Craft Rotation – God Bless America windsock and Love of Country Handprint Flag T-Shirt

2:15 – Clean-up

2:20 – Out Door Activities – St. Joan of Arc Water Wars, Crown of Mary Relay, and Gracefilled bubbles

3:00 – Snack

3:15 – Free play

4:10 – Clean-up

4:15 – Cool Snack

4:25 – Rosary

4:40 – Pack-up

4:45 – Quiet Craft – Patriotic Jewelry with pipe cleaners and pony beads

4:55 – Snack

5:00 Depart


Little Flowers Retreat 2012

America for Mary, Our Blessed Mother


God Bless America Wind socks

God Bless America Windsocks

God Bless America windsock at rectory

windsock displayed at the Rectory

Love of Country handprint shirt

Love of Country Handprint Flag T-Shirt


Crown of Mary relay

Crown of Mary Relay

water wars

St. Joan of Arc Water Wars

LF at play

Gracefilled Bubbles & Free Play

LF Friendships with Father

Patriotic Popsicles, Rosary, Friends & Fellowship


Patriotic Jewelry

America for Mary Jewelry


America for Mary, Our Blessed Mother logo

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for the Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary, and Mother of the True God, obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, of burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.

Missionary Family

You have before you the witness of so many families who point out the paths for growing in love: by maintaining a constant relationship with God and participating in the life of the Church, by cultivating dialogue, respecting the other’s point of view, by being ready for service and patient with the failings of others, by being able to forgive and to seek forgiveness, by overcoming with intelligence and humility any conflicts that may arise, by agreeing on principles of upbringing, and by being open to other families, attentive towards the poor, and responsible within civil society. These are all elements that build up the family. Live them with courage, and be sure that, insofar as you live your love for each other and for all with the help of God’s grace, you become a living Gospel, a true domestic Church (cf. Familiaris Consortio, 49).

~Pope Benedict XVI, 7th World Meeting of Families


Our Lady of Bethlehem Pilgrimage

Day 3: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - Marina to Carmel

patronage day 3

St. Joan of Arc was our patron for Sunday, in keeping with the theme of Chartes.  It was only fitting since St. Joan of Arc is Dad’s patron saint for the 2012 year.


The walk started on the busy city streets.


It was a bit nippy.




Papi was always finding treasure on the pilgrimage.


We walked along the beach.

And let me add a word to the children here: be sure that you always maintain a relationship of deep affection and attentive care for your parents, and see that your relationships with your brothers and sisters are opportunities to grow in love. 

~Pope Benedict XVI, 7th World Meeting of Families


Pilgrimage 55

Beach break.


Arrived at the Mission around 4:00 PM.


We entered the mission grounds singing traditional hymns.



Veneration of Our Lady of Bethlehem.



3San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission
3Pilgrimage 54E

We took a brief moment to explore the mission grounds…


have photo opps, and work on the pilgrimage workbooks before having to depart for Mass.

We were blessed to have Fr. L travel to celebrate Mass for us at a private residence in Pebble Beach.
Gel family mission

Dear married couples, by means of a special gift of the Holy Spirit, Christ gives you a share in his spousal love, making you a sign of his faithful and all-embracing love for the Church. If you can receive this gift, renewing your “yes” each day by faith, with the strength that comes from the grace of the sacrament, then your family will grow in God’s love according to the model of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Dear families, pray often for the help of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, that they may teach you to receive God’s love as they did. Your vocation is not easy to live, especially today, but the vocation to love is a wonderful thing, it is the only force that can truly transform the cosmos, the world.

~Pope Benedict XVI, 7th World Meeting of Families

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

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