Sunday, April 27, 2014

Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday and Canonization of Two Popes!

Today is one of those days that our home, our domestic church, and our universal Church will remember like the day that Pope Francis was chosen.

This day is historic in so many faith-filled ways and I wanted our family to celebrate it and remember it. 

Today is an historic day of 4 Popes. As stated in the link, "Never before have a reigning pope and a retired pope celebrated Mass together in public."

Today we celebrate the canonization of two Popes.  Jessica over at Shower of Roses has a great list of 7 ways to commemorate this joyous day with children.

HERE is a link to miraculous stories by two women who were healed through the intercession of these two popes.   Fascinating for sure!

Saint John XXII and Saint John Paul II, pray for us. 
Photo Credit: John Christenson

Since the canonization Mass in Rome was in the middle of the night our time, here is the Mass on YouTube:

HERE is Pope Francis' beautiful homily from the canonization Mass.|

I showed my family this parody that we all thought was clever and entertaining:

One of our favorite images of (now Saint) John Paul II is this PENCIL drawing by Cameron Smith, who is not related to me, but he and his wife are our 5th child's Godparents.  Does this not look like a photograph to you???  Amazing talent and such sweet, faith-filled friends of our family!

   Image and prints found here:

For lunch we had some Papa John's..Holy Servants, Holy Vicars pizza!  I found the image of the "Papa Johns" floating in Facebook news feeds and I printed it out and taped it on top of our boxes.  

Today is also Divine Mercy Sunday.  Find out more about Divine Mercy devotion HERE.  In this list of 21 Awesome Fact You Didn't Know about JP2, on fact #7 it tells the connection between JP2 and Sister Faustina and the devotion to the Divine Mercy image.

Photo Credit:

We also had some fruit from our "Divine Mercy fruit platter" filled with raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.

And for dessert we colored Divine Mercy images that I printed out on card stock and put on top of our Divine Mercy "Sundaes".  Thank you Lacy at Catholic Icing for this fun and festive idea!

After our dessert, my husband led our family in The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.

It has been a blessed day filled with a deeper love and understanding of Christ's universal Church and Jesus' infinite love and mercy!


Jessica said...

What a beautiful celebration! Thank you for including the link to my post over at Shower of Roses.

I love the Papa John's!! I hadn't seen that idea yet How fun! And yes, that pencil drawing is amazing!

God bless you and your family! Oh! And I did get your sweet email last night - loved it! So glad the earrings found their way to you :)

Tracy Bua Smith said...

Hi Jessica!
Thanks for stopping in :) So glad you got to see my friend's pencil drawing! Glad you got my email too about how the earrings "found" me :) God bless!

Chris said...

Tra~ LOVE this, how full and just brimming with love...the crafts, treats and the sharing of the DM chaplet are just perfect ways to celebrate the canonization!!
I'd love to inc this post in my refection of JPII so that if/ when a reader stumbles on my post, they can click here for tangible ways to celebrate Catholicism and learn more about JPII and DM!
I'll be blogging our new saint's favorite dessert today/tmrw... It's a polish pastry/custard which I got from Catholic Cuisine. Other than me talking about JPII all day and making pastry with the boys...that's it on our festivities over here!

The vid is too funny! Will be sharing that with my kids alter!

Have a great day and thanks for sharing these fantastic ideas!

Tracy Bua Smith said...

Hi Chris!
Thanks for your sweet comments!
I look forward to hearing how your pastry turns out! How fun!

As always thanks for your encouraging visit! :}


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