We are finally back from our tri-state tour. It began with some medical appointments in Rochester, MN. Although Paul is experiencing daily headaches, these are very minor, compared to what he went through earlier this year. He is, in fact, doing well. His doctors are pleased, and so are we.
After Paul’s medical appointments, we traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin, and visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe again. (See HERE for our first trip.) Our family has a particular devotion to her. Her feast day, by the way, is coming up on December 12th.
And here’s the interior:
This time we were able to explore the outdoor Way of the Cross and the Rosary Walk. These are paved trails dotted with reflections and benches.
And because she’s so cute, here’s Child #6 up close:
After the Shrine, we checked out St. James the Less Catholic Church, also in La Crosse.
This is a stunning church. And hey! Look, no table altar.
This parish offers both the Novus Ordo and the Traditional Latin Mass. Both are obviously celebrated Ad Orientem, as again, there’s no table altar.
Here’s a look at the ambo.
I could only dream of worshiping at a church like this. I hope the parishioners of St. James know what a treasure they have!
After Wisconsin, we traveled to South Dakota and celebrated Thanksgiving with my extended family. We had about 51 people gathered together at my sister’s house. My aunt, Karen, led us in prayer, we sang America the Beautiful, and we ate and visited and laughed. I am so thankful for my family!
Anyone Need Advent Ideas?
And lastly, if anyone is in need of Advent ideas, I strongly recommend Dr. Taylor Marshall’s Advent video, which is mostly directly towards men and fathers of families. In this short, 15-minute video, he offers 5 challenges for Advent:
- Attend the TLM 4 times during Advent.
- Read all of 2 Maccabees.
- Pray the rosary every day.
- Fast 2 days of the week.
- And celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as you would Thanksgiving.
Click HERE for it. Seriously, he’s right. These are great ideas for Advent and worthwhile trying to do, if you don’t already do them. Our family has never done #5, and we’re going to try to step it up this year.
And if that isn’t enough, watch his video on Advent traditions that he does with his family. This video is interesting because his wife, Joy, joins him. Click HERE for that video and enjoy!