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Every year for Valentine’s Day I’m usually so focused on getting our plans together for our anniversary and I end up getting my son’s classroom Valentine’s gifts at the last minutes….usually the night before.  Well, this time I decided to make them and they were actually done this past weekend….woohoo.   I decided to make these candy and heart flowers for the girls.  What girl does not like to receive flowers right?

Valentine Candy

This project really didn’t take too much time to make and I really didn’t need too many items.

I used:

Office file folder, heart stickers (Dollar General), scrapbook paper sheets (Michaels), “Heart” punch (Michaels) sorry I didn’t have a pictures similar here, regular hole punch, “Dum Dum” lollipops and scotch tape.

Valentine Candy 8

Valentine Candy 5

Valentine Candy 6

I punched out hearts using the different paper and then punched a small hole at the bottom of the heart to insert the lollipop stick.  The glitter hearts are…

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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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