September 28, 2015

Getting back into the swing of things: Living liturgically in the month of October

The last few months have been so crazy for my family. There was the scare that we were losing our baby, the bed rest that followed, the death of my grandmother, and the wedding of my sister-in-law. 

I've been living my life, scrambling from one thing to the next, unable to do anything because I was always playing catch-up and running late and missing things completely. 

For a bit I was feeling doomed to continue in this way until I was reflecting on my faith and what I love about it. Hands down, one of the greatest gifts the Catholic Church gives me is the structure and rhythm of incorporating liturgical living into our domestic church. I realized that while I had needed to discard meal planning and feast day celebrating while I was in the hospital, on bed rest, and the days that followed it was time to bring them back. 

For me, feast day celebrating is usually pretty basic. I have to feed my family and life runs more smoothly with a meal plan so I just sit down with my calendar, take note of any feast days I want to celebrate, and write out a menu. 

But sometimes I don't even try to have a meal that makes sense with the saint. I'm not making French food for St. Therese, for example. In those situations dessert and a holy card are enough for me. And more often than not, just dessert. 

But I thought I'd share the feast days I'm planning on trying to celebrate this October. Just having these things noted on the calendar make me feel like I'm regaining a hold on my life. 

So here's to living intentionally!

I'm going to sneak this first one in at the last minute but...
September 29th - Michaelmas: 
Here's our menu for Tuesday's dinner + my interview with Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas. 

October 1st - St. Therese of Lisieux: 
Roses on the dinner table with a holy card + a simple dessert

October 5th - St. Faustina:
Pierogies + Polish sausage for dinner and the hope that we'll pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet 

October 7th - Our Lady of the Rosary:
Chocolate chip and mini marshmallow rosary for dessert

October 19th - St. John de Brebeuf, St. Isaac Jogues, and Companions 
Burgers and french fries - all American fare for the North American Martyrs

October 22nd - St. John Paul the Great

October 31st - All Hallows Eve


  1. I've also fallen off the liturgical living bandwagon... I'll consider this my call to get back on :) Plus, it must be providence that here at the end of the month/budget we just so happen to have carrots and chicken still left in the fridge!! (We'll have to go scrounge for some blackberries though...) Yay for Michaelmas tomorrow!

    1. Yay indeed!

      (I also need to scrounge up blackberries...)

  2. I love this Bonnie! I also love your commitment to never giving up and always embracing Catholicism!

  3. Well, well, well. Looks like you just planned out my menu for October ;) Thanks lady!

  4. I LOVE these posts... I just cant get organized enough to know what feast days are coming up so I really really appreciate the reminders of all the great feast days coming up each month!!

  5. These are such great ideas! I usually don't plan around more than "the big feast days" or the feast of St. Therese, but I love the little touches that make living liturgically part of everyday life. We'll definitely be trying these this month! :D

  6. Go Little Flower! She is the best!

  7. I am totally stealing the pierogis and polish sausage idea for St. Faustina!

  8. Love that you have some big polish feast days with some polish sausages planned! :) Are you Polish at all? (I am!!)

  9. This is so inspiring and realistic! Thank you!!

  10. very it. I feel the same way. i plan meals anyway, it really doesn't take much more effort to do a littl esomething around the liturgical year. Maybe it seems more impressive than it is to people that are not meal planners anyway? But I have always been a meal planner.One need not be impressed. i drop plenty of balls in other areas of life, haha!

  11. Roses. Duh. Thanks for making today's celebration easy!

  12. Thanks so much for sharing, Bonnie...I have to bookmark this page, I've looked at it like 6 times already :)