Meeting Families at WorldMeetingofFamilies 2015

I’m finally getting the chance to reflect on our big road trip last week to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families was a vendor in the Expo Hall, sharing a booth with our awesome new friends, the Little Douglings!

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Feast of St Padre Pio!

A year ago, I was in ROME on the Feast Day of St Padre Pio!

In addition to all the extraordinary things I saw and experienced on my pilgrimage, I did something I’ve never done before while travelling! I extended my trip for 3 extra days…and changed my return plane ticket on the fly!  Those three extra days enabled me to join Mike and Sue and Katherine of St Gemma’s Catholic Pilgrimages (www.takeapilgrimage.com) and take an extra pilgrimage to San Rotundo to see St Padre Pio!

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Feast Day Fun: St Clare of Assisi

Welcome to Feast Day Fun: St Clare of Assisi!

St Clare was born in Assisi and consecrated herself to Jesus at an early age. She met St Francis and was inspired by him and started the order of nuns called the Poor Clares. She defended the convent from soldiers by holding up the monstrance and causing them to flee! When she became too ill to attend Mass, she miraculously saw Mass in her room. She is the patron saint of sore eyes and television!

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Feast Day Fun: St Catherine of Siena

Feast Day Fun: St Catherine of Siena (April 29) is part of our ongoing series: Feast Day Fun with quick saint facts, crafts, activities and traditions!

Check out our growing Gallery of Feast Day Fun posts!

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Come Holy Spirit…this season of Easter!

This Easter season of the Liturgical Calendar, every First Reading of Daily Mass comes from the Acts of the Apostles. Aren’t these readings awesome and inspiring?

The Acts …show us how empowered the early Church Christians were…filled with the Holy Spirit and convicted to speak and convert thousands at a time!  Don’t you love how the Apostles are repeatedly thrown into prison, but they don’t let their surroundings dampen their enthusiasm! In fact…they just seem to use the opportunity to host a prayer meeting…singing, praying and praising until angels come and let them out through the locked doors to the dismay of the guards!

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Feast Day Fun: St Gemma

Feast Day Fun: St Gemma (April 11) is part of our ongoing series: Feast Day Fun with quick saint facts, crafts, activities and traditions!

Check out our growing Gallery of Feast Day Fun posts!

Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Back from the Brink: Blog in a Blink

OK, so after my blog was shut down for THREE whole days, I’m so grateful to have a new host and an awesome techie friend Michael! He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s got a Catholic praying something fierce for him. While a few things were getting shifted around, deleted or updated…I only lost ONE post: the second half of Blog in a Blink 2014! So here it is, recreated on my newly hosted blog!

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Do you know Antonietta Meo?

Antonietta Meo was born on December 15, 1930.


Do you know Antonietta Meo, not yet recognized a Saint, but Servant of God?

She died at the tender age of 6 and a half. Her simple, but powerful Faith, her love for Jesus and her profound understanding of suffering captured my heart as I visited her tomb at Santa Croce in Rome.

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Gallery: Prep, Pilgrimage, Reflection and Pope posts!

This fall, I was blessed to be invited on a Pilgrimage to Rome with St Gemma’s Catholic Pilgrimages!  This is my collection of posts written about the preparation, pilgrimage and reflections, along with my Pope Posts about our special connection with St John Paul II.

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Feast Day of the Holy Relics

I just blogged about it as recently as last week: how I was blown away by the relics of Saints throughout my trip to Rome…but guess what today’s Feast Day is!

November 5th is the Feast of the Holy Relics.

read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

SUBSCRIBE for FREE Catholic Crafts and Family Traditions!