How to Celebrate the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus + the Immaculate Heart of Mary

On June 13, 1917 Our Lady of Fatima told the shepherd children to form a special devotion to her Immaculate Heart. She said, “since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart. I will be with you always, and my Immaculate Heart will be your comfort and the way which will lead you to God.”

On July 13, she gave them the prayer: “Make sacrifices for sinners, and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

And later gave them direction: “I shall ask that on the First Saturday of every month Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.”

Next week we will celebrate both the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 28th and 29th.

There are many prayers that can be prayed for these feasts and I am so excited about our new Sacred Heart paper plates to use for a little celebration.

Sacred Heart Activity
sacred heart activity feast day

There are so many fun ways to use food for the Sacred Heart. I sliced some strawberries to look like hearts and added the flames with little slivers of mango (my current favorite summer fruit!). I also attempted to make heart shaped sugar cookies with a plan to decorate them with tiny flowers that I bought a week ago. My morning sickness delayed my cookie making the flowers bloomed and I could only get one flower on the cookie! I have never been known for my skills in the kitchen, so I asked some friends if they would share their ideas from years past.

Mary Haseltine’s

Heart Snacks

Kendra Tierney’s

Jello Heart

Bonnie Engstrom’s Heart Pizza

Laura Bissonnette’s Fingerpainting

Laurel Muff’s 7 Reasons to Inspire

the Devotion

Faith and Fabric’s Quilting Pattern

If you’re anything like me, the easier, the better. I created an activity page that you can download for free. One of my favorite types religious art are the Sacred Heart wall hangings that are covered in milagros. I love the idea that when someone would pray to a saint for help on a particular need, they would then take a little piece of metal that represents the need to the statue of the saint as thanks.

As I was thinking about my own understanding of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the heart that I can rest in, the heart that has space for you and for me and everyone in between, I was thinking about all of the beautiful miracles that have happened in my life. I drew out some of them to cover my own Sacred Heart.

For this activity you (and or your children) can cover the heart in drawings of big and small miracles from your life. If you’re stuck, the second print out as some drawings that can be cut and pasted!

And the best part is that every first Friday and first Saturday of the month, you can celebrate the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart!

Grotto Network Mini Film

On a day in March, Gino met me and my husband at our house to follow our morning routine before I headed into my studio. Grotto Network had sent him to film a day in the life of a Catholic entrepreneur. He asked to come on a day where he could capture the insanity that is running a small business so I invited him on a day with a photoshoot to launch our Easter Collection.

After he left, I was mortified that he captured me on a day where I was a little off kilter - so nervous about how my new line would be received. It felt much too vulnerable to be filmed in such a state.

Today the mini film came out and it’s so gorgeous (despite my very bad hair day). I talk about the importance of beginning again and starting my day rooted in prayer.

You can watch it here!

How to Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Two years ago we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima. I thought it would be my best chance to pray for my future spouse and that maybe She would want me to always remember her guidance for me. I prayed the Fatima Novena without any expectation. I wasn’t thinking about it being the last day (to be honest, I had zero devotion to Fatima prior to this event) and went about my day as normal. I went to my friends’ housewarming party where I noticed a handsome guy. Long story short, he and I set up a date for the following Saturday and fell in love and have now been married for five months. The day we met was May 13th - the 100th anniversary. It dawned on me that summer as we were dating that my prayer was answered.

As I was thinking about Catholic celebrations and how little time I have given in my own life to do something special, I knew I had to start with Fatima. Fatima calls us to a devotion to pray the rosary daily. I wanted to design party goods that bring JOY to our hearts and aid us in conversation around where Mary has shown up in our own lives.

Her feast day is on Monday this year (the day after Mother’s day) and in the month of Mary. Whether you’re serving breakfast on our Marian plates to your kids (might I suggest making these immaculate heart pancakes!) or gathering your friends for a rosary night and potluck (try making Portuguese food for a fun theme!), the Marian party goods can lead to a discussion about Mary’s presence.

One thing I didn’t know about Fatima was that she was the one who revealed the O My Jesus prayer that we pray at the end of the Rosary! “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy”

Fatima can be celebrated on the 13th from May until October. On October 13th, the Miracle of the Sun took place and Mary revealed herself also as Our Lady of the Rosary.

If you have children, you can print out this Rosary coloring sheet.

And if you are like me and cannot remember the Mysteries of the Rosary, you can download these cards. It will print as one page and you can cut into 4 small cards!

I cannot wait to see how you are able to use our party set with your families and friends (or maybe like me who just likes to use them every once in a while when I need an extra smile).

Lent Preparation: Liturgy of the Hours

With a little over a month until Lent starts, I’ve begun thinking about what I am going to do to further my spiritual connection in that time with God. How many years past have I arrived at Ash Wednesday without a plan, thus setting myself up for a less fruitful 40 days. I am finding this with cooking for my new husband - if I don’t prep a meal plan for the week and go to the grocery store over the weekend, we arrive to Monday without anything in the fridge to cook and end up hungry (which is usually accompanied on my part with crankiness). Far too often we resort to scrounging through the pantry and eat granola and yogurt for dinner or spend money going out to eat when we hadn’t planned to. We need a plan.

I know that almost always, without a plan, I let time waste away or don’t take care of myself. As Catholics, we practice the 40 days of Lent (a lot of times I call it desert) with three aspects: Praying, Fasting. and Almsgiving. Each one of us must take this to prayer to see where God leads our hearts, where He is asking us to spend more time in direct connection with Him, where we can give something up to be closer to Him and how we can serve others with our alms.

This year, I had the idea to return to the beautiful prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. When I lived with the Heart’s Home community in both Brazil and Brooklyn, we prayed Morning, Evening and Night Prayers. I have such a fond memory of starting and ending my days in prayerful communion with the whole Church. I took comfort in knowing monks across the world from me were praying the same words each day. I personally have been struggling to quiet my mind in prayer, always worried about the 1,000 things I need to do and need something rhythmic to enter into relationship with God.

Over the years, I have had a lot of people reach out to me asking how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. Without having lived in community life, I never would have known myself. It can be slightly confusing and I’ve never taken the time to do videos to teach others. But I thought that this Lent was the perfect time to provide resources on how to use this beautiful resource that we have been given.

If you’re interested in joining me, whether you know how to pray or not, sign up with your email address below and over the next month, I’ll begin to layout the plan so that we don’t end up at Ash Wednesday hungry and cranky with no energy to put in.

You can purchase the Liturgy of the Hours book here on Amazon and I just released a set of 13 prayer cards of common prayers used in the Liturgy if you want something extra beautiful to accompany you!

Invite your friends and spread the word!

Holiday Gift Guide {Baby}

gift guide baby kid

We’ve gathered some of our favorite things to go with our new Guadalupe swaddle! Tubby Todd delicious bath products and the cutest pacifiers and bonnets!

Our Virgin of Guadalupe swaddle is arriving this week and makes the perfect gift for every baby in your life!

All the  Tubby Todd  products are great for your babes (and mamas) and the founder Andrea is such an amazing woman.

All the Tubby Todd products are great for your babes (and mamas) and the founder Andrea is such an amazing woman.

I saw these  binky clip  and couldn’t resist. Those are basically my wedding colors and MIGHT need one for future baby.

I saw these binky clip and couldn’t resist. Those are basically my wedding colors and MIGHT need one for future baby.

The cutest little  play set .

The cutest little play set.

I love all the baby textiles from  Arq .

I love all the baby textiles from Arq.

Also this black and navy  binky clip ….

Also this black and navy binky clip….

I stumbled upon these  books  for babies using Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and can’t get over how beautiful they are!

I stumbled upon these books for babies using Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and can’t get over how beautiful they are!

And this  baby bonnet !!!!

And this baby bonnet!!!!