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Wow...has it been a while! Life has been running at a freight train speed lately, so we have been unable to create any videos until now. (Which is a shame, because we had so many good videos planned for Advent) :(
So, we WILL attempt to make up for this. Today's video is a beautiful compilation of highlights taken at Julia's concert at Franciscan University. The concert was an Advent presentation that took us through Old Testament through Jesus' birth through beautiful music sung by the Schola at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Unbeknownst to Julia, we decided to film highlights since it would make a PERFECT video for this time of year. The concert actually began with a beautiful a cappella solo by Julia, but I didn't want to embarrass her (she doesn't like attention), so I didn't include it. (Although this decision was sooo hard to make!) :)
I hope you can enjoy these highlights and that they help support your spirit of Advent.
May your Advent be fruitful and blessed!!
The season is approaching quickly...when we celebrate the arrival of the Light of the World into this time and space that we call life! In His own words, Jesus commissioned us to carry on that beacon and become lights to the world as well: lights that will dispel the darkness and make the way straight back to Him.
How perfect is it that some amazing young ladies would choose this time to present to you their incredible efforts and work in reminding us to be that light? American Heritage Girls Troop 0818 have been working for months creating the storyboard, practicing, recording the audio and then acting in the filming of a new song, aptly titled Light to the World. We hope you enjoy the product of all of their effort.
May it remind each of us to take seriously our call to be a LIGHT in a world that so desperately needs it!! God bless you, and feel free to leave a comment of encouragement for the girls in the comment section of the video...they would love it!! :)
There are so many gifts of the Holy Spirit that it would be impossible to talk about them all! We have such a generous paraclete! :)
Today, we discuss some of the lesser known (but not necessarily experienced) gifts that we are terming BONUS Gifts, like the gifts of tears and laughter (and some you have probably never even heard of!).
Join us and let us know what you think in the comments below the video!
How many saints in heaven are there? Is it OK to have statues of the saints? Hear Theology Teacher and Author Jim Hogan answer these questions and more from the Catholic Conundrum kids in this latest addition to our Faith Series!
Well, this post comes with a huge apology (in print and in video!) regarding our post requesting your saint costume ideas. Although our contact form worked perfectly at first, we noticed that despite serious traffic on the page, we weren't getting any more images. We began to assume people were not as interested as we thought at making another video, until last week when we discovered that the contact form was no longer working, and likely has not for a long time. Because it was too late to create this video this year, we created our apology video with a sneak peak into today's All Saints Day surprise video.
SECOND, this post comes with what I consider an ingenious idea of my daughter's...and I WISH that someone would come up with these for real!! Take a look at this crazy way of presenting some saint costumes ideas using a popular video game (that we renamed)! I take no credit...this video is the work of my children and nieces and nephews with a TON of editing by Justina!!
Enjoy - and HAPPY ALL SAINTS' DAY!!!!!
No Saint Charm collection could ever be complete without St. Kateri Tekakwitha! Join Justina as she shows you how to create this amazing saint in honor of her up-coming feast day!
Is God a "He?" This is just one of the great questions that kids Isaac, John Joseph, Jacob, Hannah and Ben ask Theology Teacher and Author Jim Hogan.
Join this unique discussion about the Trinity that is brimming with catachetical gems and is a serious not-to-miss video! Teens and Adults will have so much to take away as well!
The Gift of Tongues. How do you feel when you read this? Are red flags popping up? Are you nodding in joy from the memory of a recent experience? Do you feel curious but unsure?
We all come from different backgrounds and from different charisms in the Church. This Gift of the Holy Spirit is, in my opinion, one of THE most misunderstood, and this is largely in part due to this fact. I hope you take a moment and share what the girls have to say in regards to this controversial, yet beautiful gift of the Holy Spirit. They researched what the Catholic Church actually teaches in regards to this topic, and have added experience on both ends of the spectrum as well. As an additional note, I would like to point out that both Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict were advocators for this gift, expressing often the need to be open to these charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit, believing them to be vital to the expansion of the Church on earth in our present world.
Come Holy Spirit! Enkindle in us the fire of your love! :)
Now here is a MUST-HAVE for older kids and teens!!! As a mom, I was blown away at the accessibility that this "superhero" brings to deep catechetical teachings. I was more than impressed by the gems in "Letters from Captain Catholic," and I HIGHLY encourage families to take advantage of "Book One" of this amazing series.
Please be aware that several chapters cover sensitive topics not appropriate for younger kids, so I don't recommend buying the book and handing it off to them to read without checking it over first. That being said, the other chapters are more than appropriate for you to read to them. Each is a bite-sized "Letter" from Captain Catholic as a response to questions "he" has received from kids. They would make a great daily addition to your family religion program.
Enjoy this candid interview as Jim shares how he "met" Captain Catholic. You will also get a bonus reading of one of the letters and a sneak peak into his famous PEZ collection!
Yay! We have finally hit 300 subscribers...and we're moving upward quickly! :)
Thank you so much for all of the support from our viewers. As you might have guessed, being a YouTube creator in the Catholic family nitch is quite a challenging and daunting task. There have been many times when we have questioned whether or not to continue. Family life alone is naturally crazy, and keeping up with homeschooling, working, all of the kids' activities and ministry work doesn't leave much time for creating videos. It's not that we have a lessening in desire to create; it's just that time continues to be our greatest challenge.
The thing is, though, the ideas for more videos just keep coming. God is clearly telling us to continue, and your support and prayers motivate us to want to do more. So, please listen to some of the kids as they express their thanks as well. We praise God for His faithfulness and look forward to seeing what He has in store for us next!
Also, we are looking for ideas for what we should do when we reach the 500 subscriber mark. If any ideas come to mind, let us know in the comment section of the video!
May God truly bless you as we work together to spread the Catholic faith to the world!!
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