Why wear a chapel veil?

Why wear a chapel veil? I couldn't have said it any better than these ladies have.

The St. Mary: A Powder Blue And White Lace Chapel Veil.

A Blessed Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord and Solemnity of Mary. Also a Happy New Year to all! 

Here's out latest version of out powder blue lave veil with with trim.

The Medium Length: (shown above) falls somewhere between the nape of the neck and shoulders. Measures Approximately 31"x20"$23.95USD

The Longer Length: (shown above) reaches on or around the back and shoulder blade area. Measures Approximately 40"x25" $37.95USD

I've Been Revamping the Philomena Veil.

A long Shawl Lace Veil In Purple
Do you like it?
Worn over the head, this heirloom worthy covering hangs just around the shoulder blades. 
Worn shawl style, it makes a romantic addition to your maxi dress on summer evenings. 
In the winter, you may decide to throw it over your coat to dress up your ensemble. Secure it with a vintage style pin.
We've used soft, silky floral stretch lace. The shawl style veil features this exotic boho-peacock trim.
The Philomena shawl-style veil measures approximately 52" x 25".

Hey I know this veil!

Hey I know this veil! It's one of my little creations! So cool graphics. C'est Colette! http://rosamysticamantilla.com/cream-colored-lace-half-circle-veil.php
Thanks again to Restless Pilgrim for this beautiful graphic design for this year's "Wear the Veil Day" Dec. 8th. May God reward you, Mr. David Bates! PAX +

You can find this design and more athttp://restlesspilgrim.net/blog/2014/11/19/wear-the-veil/.

A blessed feast of St. Cecilia!

A blessed feast of St. Cecilia! She lived in Rome around 230 AD. Cecilia kept a lifelong vow of chastity in the face of her imposed marriage. She converted her husband to Christianity. Both were martyred. Cecilia is the patroness of music due the the fact that she sang beautiful hymns to Our Lord on her wedding day. This ethereal painting, "St. Cecilia" was done by John William Waterhouse 1849--1917.

Father Vincent Capodanno, Servant of God

A blessed Veterans Day to You! Let's pay tribute to all the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces. God bless them, and God bless and heal our country. Let's remember Father Capodanno the "Grunt Padre", who died taking care of one of his men.

Fr. Vincent Capodanno, Servant of God

 Vincent Capodanno was born on February 13th, 1929, in Staten Island, New York. After attending a year at Fordham University, young Vincent Capodanno entered the Maryknoll Missionary seminary in upstate New York in 1949. The Maryknolls were well known for sending American missionaries overseas--especially to China and Korea.

   As the communists overran China, many Maryknoll priests and bishops were imprisoned and tortured. When Capodanno finished the seminary, he was ordained a priest and received his bachelor's degree in religious instruction.
   Father Capodanno's first assignment was with aboriginal Taiwanese in the mountains of Taiwan where he served in a parish and later in a school. After seven years, Father Capodanno returned to the United States for leave and then was assigned to a Maryknoll school in Hong Kong.

Looking for a different challenge, Father Capodanno requested a new assignment--as a United States Navy Chaplain serving with the U.S. Marines. After finishing officer candidate's school, Father Capodanno reported to the 7th Marines, in Vietnam, in 1966. When his tour was complete, he requested an extension, served in the naval hospital and then reported to the 5th Marines.
   He gained a reputation for always being there--for always taking care of his Marines.

At 4:30 am, September 4th, 1967 , in the Thang Binh District of the Que-Son Valley, elements of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines found the large North Vietnamese Unit, approx. 2500 men, near the village of Dong Son. Operation Swift was underway. The out-numbered and disorganized Company D was in need of reinforcements. By 9:14 am, twenty-six Marines were confirmed dead. The situation was in doubt and another Company of Marines was committed to the battle. At 9:25 am, the 1st Battalion 5th Marine Commander requested assistance of two company's of the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, "M"and "K" Company.

During those early hours, Chaplain Capodanno received word of the battle taking place. He sat in on the morning briefing at the 3rd Battalion's Combat Operations Center. He took notes and listened to the radio reports coming in. As the elements of Company "M" and "K" prepared to load the helicopters. "Fr.Vince" requested to go with them. His Marines needed him. "It's not going to be easy" he stated. As Company "M" approached the small village of Chau Lam, the North Vietnamese opened up on the 2nd Platoon, which was caught on a small knoll, out in the open. The fighting was fierce, hand to hand at times, and the platoon was in danger of being overrun. Father Capodanno went among the wounded and dying, giving last rites and taking care of his Marines. Wounded once in the face and suffering another wound that almost severed his hand, Father Capodanno moved to help a wounded corpsman only yards from an enemy machinegun. Father Capodanno died taking care of one of his men.

On December 27, 1968, then Secretary of the Navy Paul Ignatius notified the Capodanno family that Fr. Vincent would posthumously be awarded the Medal of Honor in recognition of his selfless sacrifice. The offical ceremony was held January 7, 1969.
   Several chapels and an US Navy fast frigate were named in his honor.
   On May 21, 2006, thirty-nine years after his death on the battlefield of Vietnam, Capodanno was publicly declared Servant of God, the first step towards canonization.
    Father Capodanno's inspiration and dedication to "his" Marines goes much further. His story continues even today.

Statue Of Christ Desecrated; Please Make Reparation For This!

 From NewYork.cbslocal.com:
CBS2 Exclusive: Statue Of Christ Desecrated At Belle Harbor Church
Hands Cut Off And Found Folded In Prayer On Ground: 'It Was A Little Heart-Wrenching'   

November 7, 2014 11:13 PM 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Friday night were investigating the shocking desecration of the Statue of the Risen Christ at a church in the Rockaways.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported exclusively, the statue is a familiar sight next to the altar at St. Francis de Sales, at 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens.
“The visual effect is what people need to see,” the Rev. Thomas Doyle said.
But they have never seen the statue in the vandalized state it was in this week.
“It was a little heart-wrenching, going out to see, you know, the damage that was done,” Doyle said.
The Statue of the Risen Christ is missing both hands, and had what appeared to be a stripe of paint running across its arms.
Doyle took CBS2 to the prayer garden where the vandalism happened. It was part of the church’s memorial to the victims of both the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center, and the American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor a couple of months later.
It was not clear exactly when the statue was vandalized. A parishioner found the damage on Tuesday, and said the severed hands were right in front, on the ground, folded in prayer.
What happened has outraged Belle Harbor residents who are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
“I think it’s a shame, because that’s a religious article,” one resident said.
“I don’t see why someone would do something like that to our community,” another said.
Doyle said he is keeping the damaged statue inside his century-old church to remind parishioners of their resiliency.
“I think that will kind of rally us around; you know, that we need to pull together,” Doyle said.

Forty Fourth Rose

I'm sharing his, because it's such good advice.

A Good Method

Forty Fourth Rose

A Good Method

WHEN YOU have asked the Holy Spirit to help you pray well, put yourself for a moment in the presence of God and offer up the decades in the way that I am going to show you later!
Before beginning a decade, pause for a moment or two-depending upon how much time you have-and contemplate the mystery that you are about to honor in that decade. Always be sure to ask of Almighty God, by this mystery and through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, one of the virtues that shines forth most in this mystery or one of which you stand in particular need.
Take great care to avoid the two pitfalls that most people fall into during the Rosary. The first is the danger of not asking for any graces at all, so that if some people were asked their Rosary intention they would not know what to say. So, whenever you say your Rosary, be sure to ask for some special grace. Ask God's help in cultivating one of the great Christian virtues or in overcoming one of your sins.
The second big fault a lot of people make when saying the Holy Rosary is to have no intention other than that of getting it over as quickly as possible! This is because so many of us look upon the Rosary as a burden which is always heavier when we have not said it-especially if it is weighing on our conscience because we have promised to say it regularly or have been told to say it as a penance more or less against our will.
It is really pathetic to see how most people say the Holy Rosary-then say it astonishingly fast and mumble so that the words are not properly pronounced at all. We could not possibly expect anyone, even the most unimportant person, to think that a slipshod address of this kind was a compliment and yet we expect Jesus and Mary to be pleased with it! Small wonder that the most sacred prayers of our holy religion seem to bear no fruit, and that, after saying thousands of Rosaries, we are still no better than we were before! Dear Confraternity members, I beg of you to temper the speed which comes all too easily to you and pause briefly several times as you say the Our Father and Hail Mary. I have placed a cross at each pause, as you will see:
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father Who art in Heaven,(+) hallowed be Thy name,(+) Thy kingdom come,(+) Thy will be done (+) on earth as it is in Heaven.(+) Give us this day (+) our daily bread (+) and forgive us our trespasses (+) as we forgive those who trespass against us,(+) and lead us not into temptation(+) but deliver us from evil. Amen.
The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace,(+) the Lord is with thee,(+) blessed art thou among women (+) and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God,(+) pray for us sinners, now (+) and at the hour of our death. Amen.
At first, you may find it difficult to make these pauses because of your bad habit of saying prayers in a hurry; but a decade that you say recollectedly in this way will be worth more than thousands of Rosaries said all in a rush-without any pauses or reflection. Blessed Alan de la Roche and other writers (including Saint Robert Bellarmine) tell the story of how a good confessor advised three of this penitents, who happened to be sisters, to say the Rosary every day without fail for a whole year. This was so that they might make beautiful robes of glory for Our Lady out of their Rosaries. This was a secret that the priest had received from Heaven.
So the three sisters said the Rosary faithfully for a year and on the Feast of the Purification the Blessed Virgin appeared to them at night when they had retired. Saint Catherine and Saint Agnes were with her and she was wearing beautiful robes that shone and all over them "Hail Mary, full of grace" was blazoned in letters of gold. The Blessed Mother came to the eldest sister and said" I salute you, my daughter, because you have saluted me so often and beautifully. I want to thank you for the beautiful robes that you have made me," The two virgin saints who were with Our Lady thanked her too and then all three of them vanished.
An hour later Our Lady and the same two saints appeared to them again, but this time she was wearing green which had no gold lettering and did not gleam. She went up to the second sister and thanked her for the robes she had made Her by saying her Rosary. Since this sister had seen Our Lady appear to the eldest much more magnificently dressed she asked Her the reason for the change. The Blessed Mother answered: "Your sister made Me more beautiful clothes because she has been saying her Rosary better than you."
About an hour after this she appeared to the youngest of the sisters wearing tattered and dirty rags. "My daughter" she said "I want to thank you for these clothes that you have made Me. The young girl was covered with shame and she called out: "Oh, my Queen, how could I have dressed you so badly! I beg you to forgive me. Please grant me a little more time to make you beautiful robes by saying y Rosary better." Our Lady and the two saints vanished, leaving the girl heartbroken. She told her confessor everything that had happened and he urged her to say her Rosary for another year and to say it more devoutly than ever.
At the end of this second year on the very same day of the Purification, Our Lady, clothed in a magnificent robe and attended by Saint Catherine and Saint Agnes, wearing crowns, appeared to them again in the evening. She said to them: "MY daughters, I have come to tell you that you have earned heaven at last-and you will all have the great joy of going there tomorrow." The three of them cried: "Our hearts are all read, dearest Queen; our hearts are all ready." Then the vision faded. That same night they became ill and so sent for their confessor who brought them the Last Sacraments and they thanked him for the holy practice that he had taught them. After Compline Our Lady appeared with a multitude of virgins and had the three sisters clothed in white gowns. While angels were singing "Come, spouse of Jesus Christ, receive the crowns which have been prepared for you for all eternity," they departed for this life.
Some very deep truths can be learned from this story:
1 How important it is to have a good director who will counsel holy practices, especially that of the Most Holy Rosary;
2 How important it is to say the Rosary attentively and devoutly;
3 How kind and merciful the Blessed Mother is to those who are sorry for the past and are firmly resolved to do better;
4 And finally, how generous she is in rewarding us in life, death and eternity, for the little services that we render Her faithfully.
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