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It’s not a mistake.  St Patrick’s Day, for this year at least, is on Monday 18 March.  I hate to disappoint those who hope that Sunday Masses will focus on the patron saint of the Emerald Isle, but that’s the way it goes.

The General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendarwritten after the Second Vatican Council to direct the reforms made to the Church’s liturgical seasons and feasts, begins with the following:

Christ’s saving work is celebrated in sacred memory by the Church on fixed days throughout the year. Each week on the day called the Lord’s Day the Church commemorates the Lord’s resurrection. Once a year at Easter the Church honours this resurrection and passion with the utmost solemnity. In fact through the yearly cycle the Church unfolds the entire mystery of Christ and keeps the anniversaries of the saints.  (article 1)

Our unfolding of “the entire mystery of Christ” is central to our liturgical life and is of upmost importance.  The General Norms include a table of liturgical days in order of precedence.  The Sundays of Advent, Lent and Easter rank among the days of highest importance, following the Easter Triduum, Christmas, the Epiphany, Ascension and Pentecost.

Consequently, when the Church in each country prepares its liturgical calendar, it has to make appropriate determinations when solemnities and feast days fall on Sundays during the Christmas, Advent, Lent and Easter seasons.  As St Patrick’s Day enjoys in Australia the highest rank for a liturgy feast – solemnity – it is transferred to the following Monday whenever it falls on a Sunday during Lent.  The same happens with the solemnity of St Joseph.  As 25 March falls during Holy Week this year, the solemnity of the Annunciation has been transferred to the first day after the conclusion of Holy Week and the Easter Octave, namely Monday 8 April.

Don’t fear though, all will be back to normal next year.  I’m sure there will also be plenty of people who’ll use this year’s circumstances as a good excuse for two days of celebration, rather than one!



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Catch one if you can




Can you catch a Leprechaun

He’s a tricky little man

You must be very clever

To catch one if you can

leprechaun’s are very greedy

They like gold and shiny things

They are very fast and speedy

So if you ever catch one

See the luck it bring’s


By Thomas Sims

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To Catch a Leprechaun

To Catch a Leprechaun Hat


It’s an alarming trend that shows no sign of abating: every year, more and more Spoonful guests fall victim to leprechaun-related mischief around St. Patrick’s Day. “It’s never the same,” reports Margaret Bentley, of Painesville, Ohio. “The children talk about it for weeks in advance, wondering what things the leprechaun will do when he visits our house.”

Similarly, the kids in the Dezotell family of Seekonk, Massachusetts, can only imagine what the next St. Patrick’s Day home invasion will bring. Green milk? Green toilet water? Green footprints? Trails of shamrock confetti? “One year the kids woke up with green kiss marks on their foreheads,” recalls mom Monique, still clearly shaken.

Is it any surprise, then, that kids like 8-year-old Jacob Dezotell have decided to fight back? Every St. Patrick’s Day since he was in kindergarten, Jacob and his sister, Elise, age 7, have tried to capture a leprechaun. Despite powerful bait (Lucky Charms cereal!), their traps have caught only chocolate gold coins and candy bars, accompanied by notes taunting them with “Good try,” or “Can’t catch me!” As everyone knows, leprechauns hoard pots of gold, and if caught, must reveal the treasure’s location to their captor. But that’s not the payback Jacob seeks. Because the elusive elves are always leaving him chocolate, he figures they must have even more of that than gold!

It’s for the sake of Jacob, Elise, and all the other St. Patrick’s Day mischief fighters that we offer here three state-of-the-art leprechaun traps. Each is easily made from ordinary household materials and uses lures and baits drawn from the latest research in leprechaun psychology. But please take our designs and customize them to make something unique: leprechauns, as we all know, won’t be fooled by the same trap twice!






The Trap How to make it

  1. To Catch a Leprechaun - Step 1 LEPRECHAUN HAT PIT TRAPLeprechauns have big egos, so a giant version of their own hat is irresistible to them. Once they step on the false top, you’ll have caught a 10-gallon prize.So that the top doesn’t give way too soon, use a lightweight bait, such as a crumpled piece of gold foil.Our hat, a recycled oatmeal container, is wrapped with green felt secured with double-sided tape. To make the trap, we cut a hole in the lid (see image), then cunningly concealed it with a circle of green felt that will give way when the leprechaun steps on it.Leprechauns love to break rules. Warning signs are sure to lure them in.Natural materials make these woodland creatures feel at home. Our ladder is made from twigs held together with wood glue.
  2. To Catch a Leprechaun - Step 2 RAINBOW CAGE DROPNo self-respecting leprechaun can resist a giant rainbow. As he gets close and spies the gold bait, his curiosity will get the best of him. When he pinches the pot, down comes the cage!
  3. To Catch a Leprechaun - Step 3A bent wire hanger hidden by a piece of poster board forms the support for the suspended cage. We bent the hook of the hanger into a loop to hold the line.
  4. To Catch a Leprechaun - Step 4We tied fishing line to the top of a plastic berry basket, then threaded the line through the wire loop and back down through the basket. We pulled the line taut and secured it under the bait. To conceal the cage, we tucked fiberfill into the weave of the basket, giving it the look of a fluffy cloud.
  5. To Catch a Leprechaun - Step 5 TRICKY TRAPDOORThis trap draws on time-honored technology: a swinging door cut into the top of the box gives way when the leprechaun tries to make off with the bait.
  6. To Catch a Leprechaun - Step 6You can never have too many rainbows on your trap. This one is made from pipe cleaners.For bait, try chocolate coins, shiny jewels, or even a worn-out doll shoe! (Leprechauns are cobblers by trade.) We glued the coins in a pile to keep them secure when the trap is sprung.Our trapdoor is a flap held up by a tab of card stock (taped in place after the box is decorated).This climbing wall is sure to entice the wee adventurers.Ours consists of small rocks affixed with tacky glue to the sponge-painted box.We covered our box with tissue paper (green, of course) attached with glue stick.Capture the look of the Irish countryside with stones and bits of moss.

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Friendly Fairy Tales


Over the rainbow, Finn danced.
Leprechauns watched him, entranced.
Nibbling clover,
The world over,
Until on their gold he chanced. 

Note: The art work is courtesy of my daughter, and the cookie is courtesy of Antoine’s Pastry Shop. I hope you like this limerick for St. Patrick’s Day! A limerick is usually a silly poem with 5 lines having the rhyming pattern AABBA. The A lines are half again longer than the B lines. Even more relevantly, Limerick is an Irish city on the River Shannon.

Just for the love of limericks, here are a few favorites:

There was a young belle of old Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez.
When comments arose
On the state of her clothes,
She replied, “When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez.”
—Ogden Nash

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!
Two Owls…

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Saint Patrick’s day



A little leprechaun sat pondering

Saint Patrick’s Day was fast approaching

For he wanted to learn to sing

But his voice needed coaching

So he went to see his friend Mick

Who’s voice was so sweet and true

I want to sing like an angel

Would you tell me what to do?

Let me hear you sing said Mick

His voice brought Mick to tears

The sound of his voice was so terrible

Mick stood with his hands over his ears

Mick was not put off by his voice

Placing the leprechaun inside a fairy ring

Did a jig of magical mystery

To enable the leprechaun to sing

Then the leprechaun was happy

Thanking Mick, he went on his way

For now, he had a beautiful voice

For him to sing on Saint Patrick’s Day

Malcolm G Bradshaw

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That's Beautiful, Nicole

Oh my gosh this year seems to be just flying by and come Sunday it will be Mothers’ Day (UK), where has the time gone? With pay day only coming on Tuesday and working 9-5  throughout the week it’s made mothers day shopping extremely hard this year. I’ve had to do all my shopping either online or in super markets which is extremely challenging; on-line products may not come in time and supermarkets don’t all ways provide the most thoughtful gifts. I’ve been in such a pickle this year but have finally managed to get my mum a few treats which I’m sure she will love. If you’re still struggling to find you mum something for Sunday I hope my gifts are able to give you a little inspiration…

Mum’s Goody Bag

Mothers' Day

I believe that on Mothering Sunday you should focus on giving your mum a thoughtful and personalised gift…

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Nothing is stronger then a mother's love

nothing is stronger then a mother's love

Grandmothers . . .

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This is how my older girls used to feel about my mother, and how Maggie feels now--even though she doesn't know it. I'm so glad God blessed me with such a wonderful mother!


The most Precious thing on earth!

No Truer Words Were ever Spoken!

I have two special grandchildren to thank for that!


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I pray they grow up to know just how special they are!!

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Today, I thought I’d share my current favorite smoothie meal replacement recipe. I always mix up what’s in my almost-daily smoothie, but this one I find particularly good. It isn’t green, but has a lot of good stuff in it, and comes close to tasting like a strawberry milkshake. The calories are on the higher side, as I usually make this one for a meal replacement with a side of Manna Bread. (Don’t know Manna Bread? It is sooo good.) This smoothie for me is great on days when I don’t really have time for lunch but need something to fuel an afternoon workout. If I was making this for a snack instead of a meal replacement, I’d use water instead of milk, and leave out the oats and banana, bringing down the calories substantially.

  • 1 cup skim milk (you could use milk replacement here, too, like soy, almond, or rice milk)
  • 1 cup frozen cubed butternut squash (see below for preparation)
  • 2/3 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used Designer Whey Strawberry)

Add the ingredients to your blender and blend until you have a consistency you like. If you have a traditional blender, you may need to add a bit more milk to get it to blend. Thankfully, my Ninja blends the heck out of this in exactly no time flat.


Preparing Butternut Squash
Right now, butternut, acorn, and pretty much all winter squash is close to free at our Trader Joe’s. A big butternut will set you back $1.59 total, not per pound. So, I buy a couple when I’m in there, roast them, and freeze them in cubes for easy access for just about anything. Here’s what you do:

  • Microwave the uncut squash for 3-4 minutes to soften the skin
  • Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides
  • Place cut size down on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet or roasting pan
  • Roast at 350 for about an hour, or until it is soft
  • Let cool, then, remove the skin (it should pretty much just peel off) and cut into cubes
  • Place on a plate or other flat surface in a single layer and freeze for about 30 minutes, until they set up, which keeps them from sticking together
  • Add the frozen cubes to a freezer bag or container and freeze completely

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