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  • A goat and two chickens
    For the third consecutive year, the children buy a goat and two chickens
    For a third consecutive year, the elementary school aged children at theCumberland Presbyterian Churchcompleted a very specialofferingproject. The confirmation of that special project arrived today.What project was that?That very special project...
  • It's Good Friday and Pasta e Fagioli is on the menu
    It's Good Friday and Pasta e Fagioli is on the menu
    Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day on the Catholic liturgical calendar. It is a day to commemorate Jesus’s crucifixion and death. Lent is over; Good Friday is part of the Easter Triduum (three days), which began last night with the...
  • It's the sixth meatless Friday in Lent and Broccoli Quiche is on the menu
    It's the sixth meatless Friday in Lent and Broccoli Quiche is on the menu
    Today marks the sixth Friday of Lent and observing Catholics will once again be abstaining from meat at all meals.The repertoire of meatless Friday meals this Lent has included vegetable lasagna, black bean soup, whole wheat pizza, salmon, and...
  • It's the fifth meatless Friday in Lent and Tuna Paninis are on the menu
    It's the fifth meatless Friday in Lent and Tuna Paninis are on the menu
    This year’s meatless Lenten Fridays are winding down; there are just two more after today.Tonight’s meatless dinner – paninis – are less elaborate and more casual. Additionally, the use of canned tuna fish make the paninis...
  • Lent, Chicago Style
    Lent, Chicago Style
    I hope I'm not treating my faithful readers like a kindergarten class, but I thought this would be a good time for show-and-tell.This week marks the midpoint of the lenten season. For Roman Catholics, the midpoint of lent is observed on &ldquo...
  • Salmon cakes with parsley sauce
    Kilshanny salmon cakes for Lent
    During Lent, fish is eaten each Friday. The popular Friday night meal is fish and chips or French fries. Parish fish fries’ occur during the Lenten season to help families self discipline to abstain from meat. The Irish American has become...
  • Lent - an opportunity to make a difference
    Lent - an opportunity to make a difference
    For forty days, not counting Sundays, Christians of various denominations observe this time to prepare for the Easter feast. This often results in personal sacrifice to acknowledge the cost of salvation that Christians believe was made by Jesus...
  • It's the third meatless Friday in Lent and spice-rubbed salmon is on the menu
    It's the third meatless Friday in Lent and spice-rubbed salmon is on the menu
    The challenge of creating nutritious, meatless meals on Friday is not as difficult as it was back in the days before Vatican II when the Catholic Church required abstinence from meat every Friday throughout the liturgical year.These days,...
  • Pope Francis
    Grow closer to God through the Gospels, Pope urges
    In his Angelus address to crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican Sunday, Pope Francis utilized the Sunday Gospel this week, which on the Second Sunday of Lent always recounts the Transfiguration of Christ, to reflect on the need...
  • Seek God for the City 2014
    This Lent: seek God for the city 2014
    Once again during Lent this year from March 5th to April 13th, Way Makers is challenging Christians all over America to pray and fast for their cities for forty days. Their initiative,"Seek God for the City," and their logo, Hope...
  • "The Transfiguration"
    Lent 2014 coloring activity for children: 'The Transfiguration'
    The second Sunday of Lent has arrived. These 40 days are oftentimes thought of as a period of transformation for Catholics in the Church. The Lenten season, and subsequently Easter, could be one of confusion for small children, especially as they...
  • Papal retreat focused on the dangers of worldliness
    Papal retreat focused on the dangers of worldliness
    Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia had their Lenten spiritual exercises, or annual retreat, this week, and Catholic News Agency and the Vatican are both reporting today that the theme of Monsignor Angelo De Donatis' reflections was...
  • Black Bean Soup garnished with shredded Cheddar Cheese
    It's the second meatless Friday in Lent and Black Bean Soup is on the menu
    The Christian season of Lent lasts forty days; however, with the Holy Day of Good Friday, there are seven Lenten Fridays in all. For observing Catholics, this means seven meatless Friday dinners to prepare.Last week’s meatless Friday recipe,...
  • Cuban black beans and rice
    Meatless meals: Slow-cooker Cuban black beans and rice
    Whether you're going meatless for Lent, choosing a vegetarian lifestyle or you're on the "Dave Ramsey debt elimination diet," Cuban black beans and rice offers a spicy and filling meatless alternative. The recipe is incredibly...
  • 10 behaviors to give up for Lent
    10 behaviors to give up for Lent
    Lent is the 40-day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter. During this season, Christians are called to journey to the cross with prayer, fasting and almsgiving.In many families, something is given up for Lent. Candy was the item of choice to give up...