|Journeys in Lent, to Italy, and to Heaven|
In the midst of our Lenten journeys, we are currently without a Pope after Pope Benedict XVI retired and prepare for the conclave when our new Holy Father shall be elected. We encourage you to pray for all of the candidates and be a part of this momentous occasion in church and world history. We have shared a prayer in the “Praying Together” section from beholdconference.com which is a great Novena in this time.
Also, we would like to request your prayers for the repose of the soul of Janina “Jeni” Sturdivant, sister of GBM Project Manager Joe Hansbrough, who passed away this morning with her family by her side after an 11 year battle with leukemia. She was 36 and leaves behind her husband Chris Sturdivant and their two sons Alex and William. St. Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, please pray for us, that the Lord may be pleased.
We would like to continue to encourage you in your journeys, whether you gave something up or have added a daily offering to your schedule. Remember that this is meant to be a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, so know that you have much to look forward to! If you are struggling with meatless recipes, you can check out our Recipes page for a number of different dishes, including Salmon Fillets with Capers (Fr. Leo’s mom’s recipe).
Another great way to share meals during this Lenten season is with the CRS Rice Bowl program. As you may remember in a recent eBlast, Fr. Leo teamed up with Catholic Relief Services in a video to help spread the word on how we can help make a difference in the lives of the hungry and malnourished. As Fr. Leo wrote,
The video highlights the important work done by CRS through the CRS Rice Bowls. I’m sure you’ve seen these little boxes before, a Lenten tradition, in which people put in money as part of the Lenten practices. Instead of purchasing something that we really don’t need, like a cup of coffee, dessert, candy, or what have you, you simply put that money into the box. You’ll be amazed at how much we spend on things we don’t need. The money from the boxes builds up and collectively, it can make a difference in the lives of so many people around the world – people who are hungry, in need, or learning how to be self-sustaining!
Watch the video below and start making an impact today!
Another journey that Grace Before Meals, Ave Maria Radio and Corporate Travel Service would like to announce is a special marriage retreat in Italy. Fr. Leo will be joining Teresa Tomeo and her husband, Dcn. Dominick Pastore to lead retreat-goers to a special trip where they can see some of the most magnificent sites in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, and grow closer to one another and God, from May 18-27, 2014. The retreat is a perfect event for fans of Spicing Up Married Life and Grace Before Meals. Click here to download the registration form.
A new season of Savoring Our Faith has arrived and now airs Sundays at 5pm EDT. We are excited for this season and hope that you can watch it each week on EWTN. Check out their schedule HERE.
Also, if you subscribe to Sirius XM Radio, you should tune into The Catholic Channel every Thursday at 1pm to catch Fr. Leo’s weekly radio show, “Entertaining Truth” with Tom Leopold, former writer for “Seinfeld” and “Cheers”. And if you don’t subscribe, then you may want to consider it, because these guys are funny!
This prayer was originally posted on www.beholdconference.com, written in 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI was elected, and is a perfect prayer for the conclave, as we look for the next Holy Father to lead the Catholic Church to victory over evil.
We, the people of God, gathered in solidarity as did the disciples in the Upper Room, pray for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the cardinals who will be in conclave for the election of the next Vicar of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the hearts of our cardinals be open to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, beyond any human judgment, to elect the candidate most pleasing to you, Heavenly Father, and who will guide the Church at this momentous time in history.
We invoke our Mother Mary, united in prayer with the disciples in the Upper Room, to intercede for our cardinals to select the next Holy Father in docility to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, her divine Spouse.
With Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, we entrust this conclave to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, and offer these prayers for your guidance and protection over the choosing of the next Vicar of your Son.
1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
It is already March and Fr. Leo is already all over the place, having wrapped up a Lenten Parish Mission in Mesa, AZ yesterday, a high school and Catholic Foundation event in Sacramento this evening, and heading to the Holy Trinity Apostolate in Sterling Heights MI before finishing up another parish mission in Raleigh NC from March 10-12. Crazy times! Be sure to keep up with upcoming events by checking out the “Upcoming Events” section in the weekly eBlast and our website at www.gracebeforemeals.com/events.
The Website is Almost Here!
It’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for! The NEW website launches tomorrow, November 1! Aside from just “looking prettier,” this website is reorganized and will feature the latest news, more ways to share in upcoming events, more of Fr. Leo’s exclusive recipes, the newest videos, and even ways to stay in touch with Fr. Leo and the GBM family.
With an updated interface, it’s much easier to find what you’re looking for: from web episodes to recipes, it’s all here!
With the new interface, people who sign up and register will be signed up for the weekly eBlast and get access to all of Fr. Leo’s recipes all at once. And we want to encourage each of you to share in the movement by sending in stories and photos from GBM events and with your family so that others may be encouraged by the good that be done through one another.
You may start seeing Fr. Leo on TV and in articles more often soon in light of the release of Spicing Up Married Life, as we seek to partner with groups to share the book with couples. He will be featured on The 700 Club on November 30, sharing a number of recipes straight out of the book. If you have a local bookstore that you want to offer Fr. Leo’s new book, or if you’re interested in hosting Fr. Leo at your event or show, please contact us at email@example.com.
This fall, Fr. Leo has been hosting a radio show with Tom Leopold on the Catholic Channel called “Entertaining Truth with Tom Leopold and Fr. Leo Patalinghug” (appropriately enough). Tom Leopold is a Jewish convert to Catholicism and a comedy writer who has worked on shows such as Seinfeld, Cheers!, and even Will and Grace, but you can read about his conversion here. The next show is airing at 11am on Saturday, November 3, so tune in!
Aside from being on the 700 Club and hosting a radio show, Fr. Leo was also recently in Rome filming new episodes of Savoring Our Faith! It will be a lot of fun and worth catching on EWTN.
With so much going on and a new chapter for Grace Before Meals getting ready to begin, we ask you to keep us in your prayers, and we also extend special prayers to all of the families devastated and affected by the recent Superstorm Sandy. May God bless each of them, especially in light of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
With the Christmas Holiday season coming up, we hope you consider sharing Fr. Leo’s newest book Spicing Up Married Life with friends and family of all ages. Head over to the new GBM Shopping Cart and place your order, and if you want Fr. Leo to SIGN & DEDICATE your books or apparel, then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to get them to you as soon as possible.
**For those who wish to have dedications, please allow an additional week for delivery to account for Fr. Leo’s availability. He’s all over the place!
|Let us pray:
How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which you give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world’s power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.
- Unknown author, 10th century
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On occasion, our Grace Before Meals movement will send out some “Blasts from the Past,” not only because the messages are still relevant today, but it also helps us remember how far we’ve come! We will also take this opportunity to review some of our upcoming events and opportunities to join the movement!
New look for “Grace Before Meals” Website!
God has blessed us with much growth and direction in recent years, so be with us as we seek to grow our movement further and reach more families with great recipes, events and inspirations. Come July, you will notice a new look for gracebeforemeals.com which we think you will like. So stay tuned and get ready for this exciting new direction.
Tell us what you think about “Savoring Our Faith”!
The first season of our TV Show is almost over and we want to know what you thought about it. Your reviews and feedback will not only be appreciated, but taken very seriously as we consider ways to improve the show for next season.
So tell us your ideas for making our show even more entertaining and engaging. Do you think we should have more guests? Is there a recipe you would love for Fr. Leo to make? Let us know by leaving a comment and be sure to reach out to EWTN at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know that you want to bring Fr. Leo back in “Savoring Our Faith”.
New Foundation and New Book On The Way!
We are working hard to build a new foundation (literally) which will help us to make a bigger difference in this world by giving back to the community and showing them the importance of the family meal. It will be Grace Before Meals…but on a grander scale! So please keep us in your prayers as we seek to do more good in this world for those who hunger for it most.
And of course, our new book, Spicing Up Married Life is shaping up nicely and has some delicious recipes and fantastic lessons for any couple to learn, as we aim for a September release (we mean it this time!). Take a look at one of the recipe previews here:
Fr. Leo will be the featured speaker at a number of upcoming events, including:
Blast From The Past: Swan Song
Originally sent May 6, 2009
Check out these beautiful pastries, and especially the little swan-shaped pastry made by Luke Suarez, a seminarian from the Diocese of Bridgeport.
These were part of the dessert selections offered after the seminary’s closing banquet, which we celebrated last Friday. This final celebration, known as “Deacon Night,” is an opportunity for the Deacons to offer their “swan song.”
(On the last day of class, instead of wearing the normal uniform of the black shirt and Roman collar, these guys wore the Pre-Theology uniform of a white shirt and black tie.)
And what a swan song it was!
The appetizers made by the current third-year class, the dinner, the desserts, as well as the toasts and speeches were all just beautiful. I only wish all of the GBM subscribers could experience the joy and enthusiasm of these men called to serve as priests. But at the same time, there is also a sober reality of sadness to say goodbye. The reality is we unfortunately won’t see many of those men again. Even though there is always hope that that our ministries will cross paths, our busy lives will make it very difficult to spend time together. How they say goodbye is obviously an important part of this closing banquet.
Perhaps one of the things I’ve learned after 10 years of priesthood (which I know isn’t that long compared to many of my dedicated brother priests) is that our whole lives should be a preparation for that “swan song” we will all have to sing one day. In other words, how do we say good-bye? Whether it be to an institution like the seminary or the last memorable words of someone dying, like Jesus’ last seven words, depends on how we lived our lives! Swan songs are more important than we think! In fact, our lives could be so much better if we prayerfully considered our temporary existence. We would be encouraged to make each day count – to make sure we live our lives enjoying God’s blessings, while seeing the trials not as devastations but as lessons and challenges (in some cases, serious challenges and very difficult lessons).
(Some of the members of the first-year Pre-Theology Class – wearing the proper uniform.)
I realize talking about saying good-bye may sound out of place, especially since we’re in the middle of the spring season when we’re supposed to say hello to new life. But for the men here at Mount St. Mary’s, while they say hello to summer, they must say good-bye to their friends – men with whom they have studied, grown, and prayed with for four, sometimes six years (depending on their course of study). How do we say good-bye to these people?
Because it’s hard to say good-bye so definitively, we say things like, “Let’s keep in touch”, or “We should plan on getting together,” or simply “See you later.” That should be true for all swan songs! There is an innate desire for good friendships and relationships to never end. And, so in faith, we can legitimately ask, “Why should these good relationships end?”
(These are some of the seminarians who will leave Mount St. Mary’s and attend the North American College in Rome – my alma mater.)
Throughout this Deacon Night Banquet, a “last supper” of sorts for these departing seminarians, we heard many toasts and best wishes. And because these men are seminarians (and they believe it), they also concluded with promises to pray for each other. Assurance of prayer is the most honest way of saying “we’ll keep in touch!” Praying for each other must be part of the swan song, because only in prayer can we have any hope that we will ever really see each other again . . . in heaven.
Grace Before Meals tries to encourage people to say a few little prayers together as a family before you eat. That prayer brings us into a holy communion with God and each other. And since God is eternal, so our relationships are called to be! Granted, while these men will hardly spend as much quality time together as they did in their years of formation here at the seminary, these men are called to spend quality time united together in prayer, no matter where they are called to serve.
In prayer they can sense a unique “closeness” to their friends, family, and even deceased loved ones. That’s what prayer does! In other words, while everyone will sing a swan song, God has the last word. And God’s last word is always an invitation to eternal life! God’s word is never a definitive good-bye. It is always, “Until we meet again in heaven,” God willing.
Please pray for these men. Pray that their friendships formed here will continue to be a source of strength and encouragement for them in this difficult, but beautiful vocation. Pray that they will never cease to pray. Pray that their swan song will always end with, “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen!”
Swan-Shaped Pastry Puff!
I was so impressed with the seminarians who hosted the appetizers and post-banquet desserts.
(Luke from Bridgeport and Jason from Arlington.)
I was especially impressed with their ideas to make simple desserts into tasty treats with a beautiful presentation. So instead of a new recipe this week, I’d like to share their idea on how to make cream puffs into a beautiful swan design.
It’s easy to say we will try and connect with good friends and family. I’ll admit, I’m not the best at calling my own family, and with my busy schedule it makes it difficult to drive the distance to visit them as often as I would like. It takes great discipline and dedication to make sure we do stay in touch, as a way to encourage us along our pilgrimage way. Even though I may not call home as much, I do pray for my family often. As such, we do stay together, as the rhyme about praying together has proven. As these men leave the seminary, please join me in praying that these friends, now brothers in Christ, will continue to encourage each other. Although this past weekend they sang their swan song for the seminary, we really know that in prayer, faith, hope, and love, we’ll stay close to each other.
Let us pray: Jesus Our Savior, help us to rely on Your goodness and strength to help our relationships grow stronger in the bond of love. Keep our family and friends ever close to Your care. Bless these men, leaving the seminary, who will become priests in Your church, so that they will lead Your people as loving spiritual fathers. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Be sure to mark your personal calendars and the family refrigerator calendars for these exciting opportunities.
(A trio of penne pastas for a five-course dinner – an auction prize for Catholic Charities!)
Tour the Secrets of Napa Valley!
June 23-28, 2012. Food and wine lovers, reserve NOW for another opportunity in Napa Valley. Our Fruit of the Vine Tour was so popular and well-received that we’re returning for more faithful and culinary inspiration. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot now!
(One of the international award-winning vineyards to visit.)
The International Premier – Primetime!
(Click to play the promo for Fr. Leo’s new Show on EWTN: Savoring Our Faith)
Sunday March 4, 2012, at 8:30 p.m. Be sure to watch the international premier of the full-length series – Savoring Our Faith on EWTN. Fr. Leo’s little cooking clips on EWTN were so popular the network offered a primetime spot for a full series that features original recipes, special guests, and more faithful foodie inspiration that will feed you – body, mind, and spirit! Tell family and friends!
(Yes, I made desserts and even baked off some tuile.)
Spicing Up Married Life!
We continue to move forward in finalizing our book designed specifically for couples – dating, engaged, new, and senior married couples. The response to be recipe testers was so great that we took extra time to prayerfully consider who would participate in this unique opportunity. We have finalized this extensive list and those names selected will be notified with details. To those who offered help, stay tuned for exclusive discounts on the book when it’s published this year – just in time for wedding seasons and the holidays!
(Picture of my grandparents, who were married some 60+ years! Grandpa has gone to God, but grandma is still praying her rosary.)
See, Hear, and Taste the message yourself!
If interested in booking a Grace Before Meals presentation, don’t delay. The schedule continues to fill up quickly for 2013, as we bring our message to all parts of the country and the world!
Watching our segments on TV or online is fun, and we love the cyberspace interactions. However, everyone who personally experiences Fr. Leo during live presentations says it’s more intense and, in some cases, “life changing,” Afterwards, some people say they see their faith, their family meals, and the Eucharist differently, more deeply. Nothing is better than hearing the Grace Before Meals message in person and tasting the food yourself! So book early, and be sure to check out where Fr. Leo be next!
(Event in Folsom, Ca. Fr. Leo shares his message with a packed house. Thank God Jesus is there to “multiply” the food!)
Let Us Pray:
God, continue to bless our Grace Before Meals movement and all of those who are a part of it. Keep us fixed on our mission to bring families closer to our family dinner table and to Your Family Table of the Last Supper. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Grandma and Grandpa (my parents) with their healthy, happy, and bountifully blessed grandchildren.)
Do you have questions for Fr. Leo? If you ever had a chance to experience a Grace Before Meals presentation, give us your testimony. Your comments, question, and even concerns help bring our movement to even more hearts, homes, and dinner tables. Post your comments below!
(Fr. Leo at the International Festival and Celebration at Corpus Christi ,Tx., Cathedral.)
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