College Bound

Rose and Dad made a final college visit before finalizing her plans for the coming years.  The trip was somewhat impromptu and made possible through generous benefactors and the most charitable hospitality of the college.

The pictures are sparse and the quality is poor due to the fact that Rose forgot her camera and Dad was operating a substandard camera phone – an utter disappointment to a blogger mom. 


traveling companions at the airport, ready for their 12:50am departure.

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rose in the airport at her 6:25 arrival in TX. 


itinerary for Rose’s two day visit.

May 7th & 8th, 2013
8:35 AM Divine Office (Terce) in the Chapel
9:00 AM History class taught by Mr. Reidy / Latin I class taught by Mr. Doskey
10:25 AM Ethics class taught by Dr. Marshall / Philosophy of Nature class taught by Dr. Marshall
11:45 AM Rosary in the Chapel
12:00 NOON Mass in the Chapel
1:00 PM Lunch in the Refectory with students and staff
2:00 PM Euclid Geometry class taught by Dr. Ledek / Epic II class taught by Dr. Shank
2:30 PM Visit to Fall 2013 Campus - Our Lady of Victory
3:30 PM Meeting with Mr. Capani, Director of Enrollment, and Mr. King, President

6:00 PM Dinner in Refectory / Dinner with the College President & family
9:30 PM Divine Office (Compline) in the Chapel

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tour of the current campus.

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off to classes.

terce mass 5.7.13

noon Mass.


current chapel. 

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new campus, former convent.2013-05-09


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nearby FSSP parish.

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Saints John Fisher & Thomas More, pray for us. 

Mini Chartres

…expressing the condition of Christian life which is to be a long pilgrimage and a long walk to paradise...

OLB Pilgrimage - 2011

We are preparing to embark on our third Our Lady of Bethlehem Pilgrimage, our mini Chartres.

The Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage is a three-day walk from Notre-Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Chartres, approximately 60 miles. Pilgrims are organized into groups of 20-60 people, that are referred to as "chapters". The "walk" is through the streets of Paris, and then into the countryside. It can be muddy, rocky, and demanding, but the rewards of such a penitential exercise are eternal. Good sturdy shoes are a must. Each chapter is accompanied by at least one chaplain, who hears confession and gives spiritual direction to each pilgrim who avails himself of the priest's presence. This pilgrimage originated in the 12th century, with interruptions for the various wars our European brethren seem to find themselves in from time to time.
Pilgrims will meet in front of Notre-Dame de Paris at 6 a.m. on 18th May 2013, and the journey of faith and foot begins. ~
Read here for more.

The Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem is a three-day walk from San Juan Bautista Mission to Carmel Mission, approximately 45 miles.

Our theme for the OLB Pilgrimage 2013 will be the same as Chartres -- EDUCATION, PATH TO HOLINESS. 

After the defense of life (2011 theme) and family raised (2012 theme), the defense of education is the third non-negotiable points on which Pope Benedict XVI returns so frequently.
  • Friday, May 17, 2013 - The principles of education under the patronage of Saint John Bosco (Dragonfly’s 3rd Birthday)

  • Saturday, May 18, 2013 - Family, first of Education under the patronage of Saint John Baptist de la Salle (Sparkle’s 10th Birthday)

  • Sunday, May 19, 2013 - God teaches us through the Church under the patronage of St. Anne and St. Joachim (Church’s Birthday)

We make this pilgrimage for the following intentions:ur Lady of Bethlehem, is The Oldest Shrine of Our Lady on the West Coast of America.

  • To make Our Lady of Bethlehem known and Loved
  • In reparation for the offenses committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • For Conversion of our own hearts, our families, Town, State, Country, the World
  • To pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart
  • Personal reparation and private intentions of family, friends and bloggers (whom have asked for prayers)  You may send me your prayer request via email (joyfilledfamily{at}gmail{dot}com) or in the comments.

The pilgrimage has always reared fruits for my family.  Both Dad and I trust that the graces from our OLB Pilgrimage 2012 led to my healing and the blessing of baby Gennaro Maximilian.  I had just suffered from two miscarriages for a total of six babies that have gone on to be with the Good Lord, we pray. 

Needless to say, this year’s journey will be filled with thanksgiving for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon us, as unworthy as we are.  Also, it will most likely be the last pilgrimage we will take as complete family since Rose will venture off to college.  My heart runneth over with joy, thanksgiving, and a whole lot of other stuff that I best offer up.

Please keep us, and all the pilgrims all over the world who will be journeying this Pentecost season, in your prayers.  May we journey in a spirit of penance, fasting and giving alms along the way. May we do so joyously, in thanksgiving for blessings received, or in a spirit of supplication for blessings desired. May we be blessed by being in the presence of holy relics and by walking on ground hallowed by the Saints.  May it be done All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.


Our Lady of Bethlehem, pray for us now, pray for us in every need, and be Thou with us at the hour of our death. Amen.

Happy Mother’s Day

JOYfilledfamily GFG 201318 years, 11 months, 2 days (6911 days to be exact) of motherhood -- BLESSED!

I pray for His grace to serve my family as though they were Christ - Mt 25:40 -- be faithful always - Rm 4:16 -- glorify Him with all that I have been given, no matter what - Jn 15:8 -- remain humble - 2 Chronicles 7:14 -- radiate His love and share His JOY - Gal 5:22

Happy Mother's Day to ALL the beautiful women that have entered my life. May God abundantly bless you!

"Keep the JOY of loving God in your heart and share this JOY with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray."

~ Bl. Mother Teresa

Rogation Day ~ To Petition Earnestly

"Amen, amen I say to you: if you ask the Father any thing in my name, he will give it you". ~John 16:23


The Rogation Days consist of plaintive litanies to God and the saints chanted while the faithful proceed through town and country and the priest blesses their land and property. These processions*, which are penitential in character, end with Mass.

There are two sets of Rogation Days. The first, called the “Major” or “Greater” Litanies, is celebrated on April 25th. The second, called the “Minor” or “Lesser” Litanies, is celebrated on the three days immediately preceding Ascension Thursday.


Fr. B  Rogation Day 5.7.13

Why do we go around the fields in processions? To beg God to bless the fields with His fatherly hand, to give and preserve the fruits of the earth, and as He fills the animals with blessings, and gives them food at the proper time, so may He give to as also our necessary food.  ~Instruction Concerning the Procession of Rogation Days, Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year

Rogation Procession 5.7.13

With what intentions should we take part in a procession?  With the intention of glorifying God, of thanking Him for all. His graces, and of obtaining aid and comfort from Him in all our corporal and spiritual needs; with the view of professing our faith openly before the whole world, and with the sincere resolution of always following Christ, the Crucified, in the path of penance and mortification. He who entertains other intentions and takes part, perhaps, for temporal advantages, or for sinful pleasures, or to avoid labor, sins against God and the Church who weeps over and condemns such abuses. ~Instruction Concerning the Procession of Rogation Days, Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year

Rogation Day Mass

Favorably receive our prayers, O Lord, we beseech Thee; may we in our distress be consoled by Thy gifts and grow in love accordingly. Through our Lord . . .





*Processions are a figure of our pilgrimage on earth; we are strangers and wanderers here below, our journey reaches from this valley of tears to the heavenly Sion, the procession therefore returns into the house of God; our journey leads over the thorny ways of life, the procession therefore takes place in the open air, where the pilgrim is exposed to all kinds of weather; they are a powerful incentive to fervor in prayer for the faithful; when hundreds, even thousands of faithful praise God aloud, or cry to Him for help and mercy, must not even the coldest heart be roused to vivid, fervent devotion, since Christ has promised to be present even where two or three are assembled in His name? Processions are an open acknowledgment that praise, thanks and adoration are due to God alone, while they are a public profession of our faith in Christ, the Crucified; they are a solemn thanksgiving for being permitted to profess Christ, our Lord, before the whole world, as also for all the graces obtained through Him; they are a public testimonial of our faith in the one, holy, Catholic Church, whose members are united by the same bond of faith, and who form under their head, Christ, one family in God. Finally, they are a sign of the triumph of Christian faith over the darkness of heathenism. If processions are solemnized with such intentions, with order and dignity, with fervent devotion, in the light of faith, they are indeed a pleasing sight for angels and men. ~Instruction Concerning the Procession of Rogation Days, Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year

Donations needed…

Samuel's Service Dog

Please help support a beautiful Catholic family (fellow parishioners) as they raise funds to purchase a service dog for their precious son, Samuel.  Samuel is a 10 year old boy with autism and epilepsy who needs a service dog for safety, and his success in the world around him. Service dogs cost $12,500 for their intensive training. They have $4,000 left to go!

Please help them raise the remainder of the money needed by donating to Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions in care of Samuel Nunez.

You could also donate by visiting the Samuel's Service Dog Facebook page or donating at Samuel's Service Dog Paypal donation pagePayPal securely processes donations for SamuelsCareDog{at}yahoo{dot}com.

A little goes a long way!  Thank you in advance for you support, physical via a monetary donation & spiritual via prayers and sacrifices.


May the good Lord bless you and all your loved ones!


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