Posts Tagged Happy Birthday

#HappyBirthday Venerable Fulton Sheen 5/8/1895

8 May 2017

Reprinted from 2014

From the Blog, ArchBishop Fulton J Sheen, Servant of All

Peter John Sheen born May 8, 1895. His parents were Morris Newton Sheen and Delia Fulton. The Sheen’s lived in an apartment above the hardware store that Newt ran at 25 Front St. in El Paso, IL.

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The store burnt to the ground and the Sheen family moved to a farm Newt inherited from his father.

Fulton Sheen as a child

Fulton Sheen as a child

In 1900 the family moved to Peoria, IL so Peter (Fulton) could attend St. Mary’s Cathedral school. His grandfather John Fulton enrolled him in school as Fulton Sheen.

St. Mary's Cathedral School, Peoria, IL

St. Mary’s Cathedral School, Peoria, IL

fulton j sheenFor more of the history of the life of the Venerable Fulton J Sheen, and the cause of his canonization please click HERE

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Let’s give a Birthday gift to @FatherZ ! Happy Birthday Father!

28 October 2016

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October 28, 2016 A.D.
Posted by Sofia

via Sancte Pater Blog

via Sancte Pater Blog

Today is the day our Father in Heaven decided that His light would shine on the face of a baby boy who would become one of His own, Reverend Father John Zuhlsdorf.  We celebrate him as our Father “Z” as he is affectionately known on the Catholic blogosphere. Happy happy Birthday, Father!

father-zI am not going to post a bio or explain his accomplishments. We all know him. I want you to  go to his site, “What Does the Prayer Really Say?” read what you like and then…make a donation, buy something in his SWAG STORE, shop through his Amazon link and of course, you could always buy some coffee from those wonderful “Carmelite Coffee Monks” in Wyoming and the Dominican Soap Sisters through his site. Recently, Father posted this, so please click on the following link to shop!

“Christmas isn’t too far away”

Wouldn’t it be great to get some Christmas shopping done early through Father’s links and contribute to his work by way of your purchases! Win! Win!

With St. Therese

With St. Therese

What a better way to show your appreciation for all his time which he gives to us on the blogosphere. We always want to do something special for our priests, here is our chance. If it’s a tough time financially, then send him an email HERE with a Spiritual Bouquet for him.

Remember to wish him, Felix Dies Natalis (Happy Birthday in Latin)

Is that correct Father? I hope he doesn’t redline me? LOL!

Buon Compleanno Padre!

Sofia and Company
at AlwaysCatholic.com

 


Happy Birthday Gift to Me: Counting My Blessings

12 July 2013

12 July 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sofia Guerra

As I write this post, yet another birthday comes around.

Many people, particularly women, start worrying about birthdays pretty much starting with their thirtieth. Not me.

In my twelfth year, I found my comfort zone and pretty much am still the same kid. Anyone who meets me never guesses my age because I guess I act like a 12 year old. Now that doesn’t mean I’m immature or that’s a bad thing.

I have met many 12 year old’s who are quite mature and are also great kids. Some are focused as I was, ready to embrace life and live God’s Plan. It’s that kind of 12 year old I am.

Unfortunately, some people I know refuse to acknowledge that I can stay twelve forever and try to analyze my behavior and are critical. Oh well, too bad if they can’t take a joke. If someone wants to help me be a better Christian and fraternally corrects me, I love that. Point fingers? Not so much.

When a friend criticizes to the point I start to feel bad about myself, I immediately pray. I thank Christ that He is my identity and then, I won’t pick up the phone for a few days. If a friend responds positively, great! If not, I am sorry that they think they have to act “old”.

I have several friends, many acquaintances but the friends are all much older than me or the same age so it’s not like I am trying to hang out with young people. (Although my much younger cousins ALWAYS want me to go out with them) Anyway, enough complaining about nonsense.

I am a great fan of baseball, old movies and in particular, Christmas movies. I love this week in July as the All Star game in baseball is always played on my birthday or right around it. The Hallmark Channel always, always has a week of Christmas movies during my birthday week and I totally gorge myself on every Christmas movie during this time.

This year is no exception. I already have several recorded to watch today and many more to come. I will finish out my wonderful day outside with a double feature at home with @Catholicteen (Sarah) popcorn, hot frozen chocolate and Christmas nightgowns and blankies. Yes, I said blankies!

It is always a fantastic finish to my birthday. It is a tradition I started years ago and I enjoy it more every year.There is one thing I do which is more important than this Yuletide indulging. I count my blessings as a birthday gift to myself.

When I was about 7 years old, I first watched “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen. I instantly knew that this would always be my favorite movie. I was a big Bing Crosby fan and his portrayal as a priest in “Going my Way” and in ” The Bells of Saint Mary’s” were certainly a positive image of our beloved Holy Mother Church in a time long past.

I knew that the most famous song recorded by Crosby (White Christmas) would always bring memories of wonderful Christmases of my childhood. More importantly though, a not so well known song from the movie always stayed with me from my childhood.
“Count Your Blessings” is a simple song reminding us that if we “count our blessings instead of sheep we would never have a problem getting to sleep”.

It is so true, at least for me. More than that, counting my blessings of the past year on my birthday every year has become the one birthday gift I look forward to each and every birthday.

Just try it. You might be surprised what a gift it is.

God love you all,

Sofia

FYI: The song “White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin for the movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire called “Holiday Inn”. Berlin wanted the movie “White Christmas” to be sort of a non-sequel “sequel” to Holiday Inn but Fred Astaire didn’t like the script and refused to do it. The script was altered and Danny Kaye took the part. White Christmas went on to become the Number One movie of 1954. I bet you Danny Kaye was happy Astaire dropped out!


Happy Birthday @CatholicTeen!

8 July 2013

Posted by Sofia Guerra
8 July 2013 Anno Domini

Today 19 years ago Sarah Elizabeth Campbell came into this world. Our Father in Heaven decided that this sweet soul should be part of His most loving Plan.

Sarah has not let Him down.

I came into her life in early 1999 when she was 4 1/2 years old. Circumstances in her and her brothers lives called for her Dad to find live in help for the three of them. I came to live with them as the “nanny”. God made us a family. Her Dad is truly my brother. Sarah and her brothers started calling me Mom just a few months after coming there to live. The honor they gave me is something I will be eternally grateful for. Not having a husband or family of my own ever, I was given a brother and three beautiful children. Her father’s parents took me in as their own and to this day they are my parents as much as my own are.

Getting back to Sarah… this year has been such a wonderful year with her. Sarah moved to Wisconsin on June 14, 2012 and loves it dearly. Dad and family came for her graduation in June (more of that in another post this week) Today we are

Free Pesto. Mushroom and Sund-dried tomatoes on Cavatappi noodles from Noodles & Co. Madison, WI

celebrating her as she will leave us August 13th until January. (more about that in post this week) for now a big Happy Birthday as we do something everyday this week here in beautiful Wisconsin.

We are blessed to live in a place that gives us so many wonderful things to do without spending any money! Freebies from so many local merchants! A swim in a beautiful and clean lake, going on a tour of a dairy farm with free cheese curds, ice cream and a chance to milk those MooMoo’s! Most of all a beautiful hike up the glacier trail to sit at sunset and take photos. So you see, birthdays are about being together enjoying God’s creation!

Happy Birthday @CatholicTeen! All my love and best wishes for another great year in the life God gave you.

Your Mom


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