Yesterday was the Octave Day of Easter, St. Thomas Sunday, Low Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, and also the beatification day of Pope John Paul II not to mention the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. Whew! It was also our first Good Shepherd Garden Party! We pared down some of the menu items, preferring to combine a few items in favor of streamlining. Saturday was a busy day with golf lessons, the Community Garden official opening celebration and a piano recital so Sunday needed to be a much simpler day. The beautiful 50 degree rainy weather made it a day to enjoy at home, tucked under a blanket with the windows open. Our Garden Party finished off the weekend perfectly! Head over to Catholic Cuisine for the link-up!
|Unfortunately, our overcast skies were not conducive to picture taking. It's a little blurry.|
Here are some closeups with better lighting:
I made mini shepherd's pies with a biscuit crust and shepherds crooks on top. They were filled with some leftover garlic chicken and cheese. This is proof that I am not Martha Stewart perfect!
The kids wondered why some of their pies had slugs on them.
A bowl of mashed potatoes to represent the sheep in the sheepfold. (My kids didn't want the potatoes on top of their shepherd's pies so we put them on the side.)
This also represented the gate, the sheepfold, the ewe, ram and lamb. Streamlined, didn't I tell you! The children enjoy building their own graham cracker gates at the table, so this one was just for show.
Wolf's Paw cookies ~ yet again, I could not find the Voortman's Iced Almonettes even though I remember seeing them somewhere around here.
To celebrate the beatification of our beloved Pope John Paul II, we made an easy version of his favorite childhood dessert which is now called Kremówka Papieska, or Papal Cream Cake. It was delicious! Jessica has linked to several options over at Catholic Cuisine, but I made my own using store bought puffed pastry and a cream filling from another recipe. We spent the rest of dinner sharing our memories and stories of Blessed John Paul II with the children.
O Holy Trinity,
we thank you for having given to the Church
Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love
He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself
in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.
Grant us, through his intercession,
according to your will, the grace that we implore,
in the hope that he will soon be numbered among your saints.
We love you, dear Holy Father! Please intercede for us that we may more intimately know the Divine Mercy that you championed here on earth.