Out of the Mouths of Babes: In Celebration of Catholic Schools Week

January 29 –  February 3 is Catholic Schools Week

Copyright © 2011 NCEA/USCCB

This is one week each year that students, staff, and parents celebrate the gift of a Catholic education. Make no mistake; it is a gift.

I spend my days as a first grade teacher at a Catholic school in Des Moines, Iowa. My first graders are like first graders anywhere. They are learning to read and write; add and subtract. They tattle on each other, talk without raising their hands, laugh at silly stories, and cry when someone hurts their feelings. Their smiles are missing a few teeth, and some still ask for a hug when . . . → Read More: Out of the Mouths of Babes: In Celebration of Catholic Schools Week

The Evolution of Jude Schmidt


We are elated to announce the arrival of Jude Leonard Schmidt, born at 10:56 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012. He weighed in at 10 pounds, 7.7 ounces, measuring 21 3/4 inches long — a big boy!

Hey Jude! No, he’s not named after the popular Beatles tune. His namesake is Saint Jude, also known as Jude Thaddaeus, a brother of Saint James the Lesser, a relative of Jesus, and one of the twelve apostles. St. Jude’s feast day is October 28 and he is the patron of desperate cases — perhaps delivering a 10-1/2 pound baby qualifies as a desperate case.

Jude is a Hebrew name meaning sweetness or gentleness of character. . . . → Read More: The Evolution of Jude Schmidt

Headed to the Hospital: Prayers, Please

In a few hours I will be in surgery undergoing a Caesarian section to deliver another Baby Schmidt. Our family of three will soon become a party of four.

Yesterday I took our three-year-old Lucy out for a special lunch, just the two of us enjoying a mommy-daughter date. There was a family of five sitting near us with three young children, probably all under the age of four. The kids were, well, being kids — hopping up and around, fussing about the food, picking at each other. All normal toddler behavior. At one point Lucy said, “What’s all that noise?”

You just wait, kid! Things are about to change . . . → Read More: Headed to the Hospital: Prayers, Please

Wednesday Round-Up

Some news items and blog posts worthy of attention . . .

Source: Idealaunch.com

Frank, St. Frank

January 24 marks the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, a Doctor of the Church and the patron of writers and journalists. Joel has been on a spiritual journey with Francis de Sales over the last year, working his way through the highly recommended book Introduction to the Devout Life with his spiritual advisor. I’m eager to get my hands on it when he’s done!

In the meantime, I thoroughly enjoyed Pat Gohn’s beautiful post, St. Francis de Sales on My Refrigerator Door, where she discusses being diagnosed with breast cancer . . . → Read More: Wednesday Round-Up

Building a Pro-Life Culture in Honor of the Millions Never Born

On the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, in remembrance of the 51 million children lost to abortion . . .

“Along with the work of advocacy, and the importance of our vote, in the struggle to secure the rights of the unborn I urge us all to embrace the truth of what it means to be human in our own lives.  Never forget, we have been made by love, for love. In your families — strive for compassion and for mercy.  In your neighborhoods — look for ways in which you can reach out to the most needy in your midst.  In your workplace — be an . . . → Read More: Building a Pro-Life Culture in Honor of the Millions Never Born

7 Quick Takes — The No Baby News Edition

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I was hoping to introduce you to the newest member of Das Schmidt Haus today. That’s not going to happen as Babe is still resting comfortably in my womb. I have another ultrasound today given doctor is monitoring baby’s weight (all indicators point toward B-I-G). We appreciate all the ongoing prayers for a safe delivery and healthy baby. In the meantime, a friend recently sent me these prayers for women approaching labor, and they have brought me peace and comfort.  

** Ultrasound update: 5,100 grams. That’s 11.5 pounds. Oy vey! **

Source: Google Images

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Living Out the March For Life

Choose Life

Council Bluffs, IA Knights of Columbus at the 2011 March for Life

Dave Anson has an interesting story. Ordinary guy, who happened to be raised without a firm faith foundation. He served in Vietnam, experiencing, as did many of the very young men who served there, a lot of terrible things.

Anson worked hard at bringing himself to a good place in his life after a less than perfect time as a young man. His journey led him to wonder about the truth of God. So as he sat at a computer one day, Anson, who’d been attending Baptist services, did an Internet search asking simply who started the Church. His query led him . . . → Read More: Living Out the March For Life

I’ll Trade You Father Paul for Archbishop Listecki

Source: The Catholic Herald

New trading cards promote Catholic religious vocations

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is among a handful of Catholic religious leaders featured on a new deck of trading cards circulating around Milwaukee. The initiative launched last week is meant to drum up interest in religious vocations. Distribution of the cards began after Mass at two diocesan parishes on Sunday, January 8, to coincide with National Vocations Awareness Week. A new card will be distributed after Mass every other week, for the next 12 weeks.

On the back of the cards is a mini-biography, which includes a nickname, birthday, favorite saint, hobbies and interests, and a notable person who influenced their vocational call. Priests’ . . . → Read More: I’ll Trade You Father Paul for Archbishop Listecki

Prayers for Women Approaching Labor


Prayers for an expectant mother, for acceptance of the discomforts of pregnancy as she nears labor. . . . → Read More: Prayers for Women Approaching Labor

Mark Wahlberg: “I Start My Day in the Church”

For those who haven’t seen this video making the rounds on various social media outlets, check out a clip of Mark Wahlberg’s recent interview on Piers Morgan Tonight.

Mark Wahlberg on Faith, Family, Hard Work, and What He Prays For

Hat tip: OneBillionStories.com