Wednesday, July 16, 2008

FAITH GALLERY (My Artistic Impressions)

This Video of mine is set to the tune of "The Lord's Prayer/Our Father". Enjoy & God bless!
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BIRD GALLERY (My Artistic Impressions)

This Video is set to the tune of "On Eagles Wings". Enjoy
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GARDEN GALLERY (My Artistic Impressions)

This Video is set to the tune of "Ave Maria" and "Believe". Enjoy!
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

AN INVITATION TO ALL....

My husband Paul (who started a "Catholics in Recovery" site at: http://catholicrecovery.ning.com/) and I, started another Social Networking Site called "God's Merciful Love". You are all very welcome to come on over there and join us too. Here is a link to "God's Merciful Love": http://godsmercy.ning.com/

Here are the Forums that we have over there:
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GOD'S DIVINE MERCY:
"FORGIVE OFFENSES" and "CORRECT THE SINNER": This forum can be used to discuss all aspects of our Lord's Divine Mercy: The Chaplet, St. Faustina, Works of Mercy, etc....How has God shown His Love and Forgiveness to you?
5 Jul 8
Reply by Rose SS
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CONVERSION & REVERSION STORIES:
"INSTRUCT THE UNKNOWING" and "BE PATIENT WITH THOSE IN ERROR": A forum for your stories of Conversion (or Re-Version) to the Catholic Faith.
5 10 hours ago
Reply by Deirdre
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FAITH QUESTIONS:
"COUNSEL THE DOUBTING": This forum is for those who may be struggling with their Faith and have questions that they wish to ask us. Please answer them with Love and Mercy and Compassion.
2 1 day ago
Reply by Rose SS
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GRIEF, SORROW, & MOURNING:
"COMFORT THE SORROWFUL" and "BURY THE DEAD": Especially for those who have lost loved ones, and those who'd like to share your comforting words with them.
2 Jun 28
Reply by Rose SS
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PRAYER & PRAISE:
"PRAY FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD" and "VISIT THE SICK": This forum is for posting any prayer requests that you may have and/or Praise and Thanksgiving to our Merciful Lord.
8 1 hour ago
Reply by Sandra M.
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VOLUNTEERING & LIVING OUT THE WORKS OF MERCY:
"FEED THE HUNGRY" and "GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY": This forum is to discuss whatever aspect of 'volunteering' that you want...including (but not limited to) what volunteer work you do, what you'd like to do, what type is needed in your area, etc.
2 1 day ago
Reply by Scarlett Kennedy
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SERVICE EVENTS:
"SHELTER THE HOMELESS" and "CLOTHE THE NAKED": Please share your ideas on how/where we can get-together in small (or large) groups for "Works of Mercy Service Events" to help others.
1 Jun 15
What places in YOUR hometown need volunteers?
by Rose SS
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RECOVERY & ADDICTIONS:
"VISIT THE IMPRISONED": For discussion of any topics related to those "imprisoned" by: addictions; abusive relations; physical, spiritual or emotional illnesses, etc... and the day to day struggles of those with disabilities. Also for discussion of things like Recovery Prorams, Prison Ministries, etc...
2 Jul 8
Reply by Paul S
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MOTHER OF MERCY:
This forum is dedicated to the Blessed Mother and devotions to her: The Rosary, APPROVED Apparitions, etc....
1 Jun 15
"A Woman Clothed with The Sun"
by Rose SS
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THE 7 SACRAMENTS:
For discussions about the 7 Sacraments of The Catholic Church: Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Annointing and Holy Orders
2 Jul 2
Reply by Rose SS
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CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE & TEACHINGS:
This forum is for discussion on Catholic social justice work and organizations, as well as the social teachings of the Church. Admins will smite and cast out any flamethrowers, so keep it charitable. Please.
1 Jul 8
Reply by Rose SS
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PARENTING:
This is for your discussions about parenting, and anything related to that.
2 Jul 2
Reply by Patricia
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HOME & HEARTH: THE DOMESTIC CHURCH:
For any discussions relating to Catholic home life and sharing God's love in your everyday existence with family, friends, & co-workers.
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RIGHT TO LIFE ISSUES:
Please feel free to discuss anything dealing with Right to Life issues, fighting the culture of death, etc....
1 Jun 12
Reply by Rose SS
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YOUR WEBSITES & BLOGS:
Please share any Websites and/or Blogs, etc... that YOU yourself have.
6 Jun 15
Reply by Rose SS
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CREATIVE CORNER:
This forum is for you to share YOUR creative poetry, prayers, artwork, photography, crafts, etc... with other members.
8 1 day ago
Reply by Rose SS
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HOBBIES AND PASTTIMES:
Do you have a hobby or two? Gardening? Sewing? Reading? Whatever! Please tell us more about them!
3 Jun 16
Reply by Deirdre
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CHIT & CHAT & THIS & THAT:
Just for fun and general 'chit chat' with each other!
8 Jun 30
Reply by Rob
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (To/From Rose & Paul... the "Admin"):
Please check here often as we will use this forum to ask for your input for our website ..... and (try) to answer any questions you may have for us about whatever!
5 Jun 17
Reply by Rose SS
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Ways to: "Clothe the Naked"

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1) Try not to "overindulge" your children or grandchildren. Next time they want the latest fashion trend item (if they don't really need it), why not offer to buy it for them IF THEY save up half of the cost of the item first, and then donate that money they saved (from their allowance, job, etc...) to the poor/homeless. If they do that...offer to pay the full amount for what they wanted. This teaches them patience, and the joy of charitable giving.

2) Create, or join an existing group, that gets together to knit, crochet, sew... new clothing for the poor/needed. My parish has such a group that prays together while making "Prayer Shawls" to donate to those in nursing homes, the military, etc... You can read more about their ministry here:
http://www.stbernadetteopny.org/index_files/Page740.htm

3) Gather unwanted/unneeded clothing (by yourself or with a group: Church, family, neighborhood, etc...) and donate them to a place like St. Vincent De Paul's, Goodwill, The Missions, a Homeless shelter. You may want to make sure 1st if they need such donations and/or which types are needed most... as some places simply discard "excess" donations.

4) Volunteer at such a place (as mentioned in #3) to help with washing, sorting, folding, etc... the clothing that is donated.

5) To to stores about donating their returned or slightly "irregular" clothing items to the needy. Perhaps offering to help transport it (or arranging with the agency you'd like to donate it to) will encourage the stores to consider making such donations.

6) Within a couple of weeks after buying (for example) a new coat, donate your old one to a needy person: a homeless person you've seen, or a poor family member, etc...

7) Buy Gift Certificates from thrift shoppes or other clothing stores and give them away to the needy and/or an agency that helps the poor & homeless.

8) Offer to mend clothing for those who are unable to: elderly or infirmed family, friends and neighbors, those in nursing homes, an agency that collects donated clothes.

9) Fight "Sweat Shops" and boycott their products so that one day their workers will be able to clothe their own families by earning just wages.

10) Dress modestly and encourage your children (and others) to do so by your word and more importantly, your example.

11) Dress as frugally as possible, cutting out unnecessary spending, and give that "excess" money to those in need.

12) Buy clothing attached to a (good) cause so that your purchases serve a 2-fold purpose (for example funding Breast Cancer research, etc...) Be sure to research the causes you are supporting first, as sadly, many use the money for "anti-life" purposes.

13) Buy/wear clothing with a message: Pro-Life, Pro-God, etc.... I have some at my storefront here: http://www.cafepress.com/artists4god/5696443 and on my other storefronts mentioned in my other blogs posts.

14) Fight pornography and the indecentness (lack of clothing!) it promotes.

15) Teach someone (your children, etc...) how to make their own clothing or clothing for others by sewing, knitting, etc... If you don't know how yourself, why not take a class with them?

Please add your own ideas to this topic on "Clothing the Naked". Thank you in advance for your help. God bless!
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FACEBOOK GROUPS I STARTED THAT YOU MAY JOIN:

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PLEASE CLICK ON A GROUP NAME BELOW TO BE TAKEN TO THAT FACEBOOK GROUP. THANKS!
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1) CATHOLIC BLOGS: Faith-filled & faithful
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2) CATHOLIC SOCIAL NETWORKS
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3) CATHOLIC ARTISTS & PHOTOGRAPHERS
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4) CATHOLICS IN WESTERN NEW YORK
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5) DIVINE MERCY IN ACTION (THE "WORKS OF MERCY"
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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ways to "Shelter The Homeless"

Let us continue to 'brainstorm' ways to live out the Work of Mercy to "Shelter the Homelss"....please add any of your ideas to the comments section. Thanks & God bless!

1) Sponsor or "adopt" a refugee or other homeless family with your Church, Relatives, or Neighborhood. Provide them the necessities for setting up a new home/apartment. Why not sponsor or pay for an individual or families new apartment for 3 or more months to help them get back on their feet?

2) Work on a Habitat for Humanity project (or support financially, or with donations of goods).

3) Purchase (or get donations of) "Pop-up" tents and/or sleeping bags and donate them to a local homeless shelter to distribute to those homeless people who can't/won't stay in the shelter...or go out with a small group and distribute them yourselves to those in need.

4) Donate money to the Missions (such as the Consolata Missions) to build homes, or improve existing ones, in foreign countries, or here at home. Perhaps instead of buying a new piece of furniture or item for yourself (that you really may not need) you could donate that money instead..to those who really DO need those things.

5) Volunteer to help find housing for those living on the streets or in a homeless shelter.

6) Have an auction or garage sale (on your own, with your neighbors, at Church, etc...) of your homes extra "stuff" (most of us have a LOT of extra & unneeded "things"...and donate the profits to an organization that serves the poor and homeless...such as St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.

7) Have a "Spring Cleaning" (or Fall, Summer, or Winter Cleaning!) collection of items to donate also (you may want to check with the shelters/organizations to see what they need most).

8) Open your home to some Foreign Exchange Students.

9) Open your spare room/apartment that isn't renting, etc... to a family or individual who is homeless.

10) Help fix up and elderly or infirmed neighbor or family members home (or find someone who will donate specific services in their area of expertise)... such as plumbing, painting, planting a garden, building a wheelchair accessible ramp or deck (if needed), cleaning the interior, mowing the lawn, etc.... You could make this a "family service outing" if the person you want to help agrees!

11) Have a "Home Enthronement" to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so that the "homeless" God has a permanent place in your home and heart.

12) Welcome lonely acquaintences/neighbors/extended family into your home for weekly or monthy visits....maybe to play cards, listen to music, share a meal, whatever!

13) Finance/help rebuild homes in areas devastated by war or natural disasters.

14) Organize a Fund Drive (or contribute to an existing one) for a family in your area displaced by a fire. The Local News is a good source to find such a family.

Thanks for reading these ideas....feel free to share them with others, and add your own. God bless! Rose
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

My "Works of Mercy" Storefront....

I have just opened up a new Storefront with CafePress called "Works of Mercy" which features my photography/artwork on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

ALL the proceeds from that Storefront will be donated to Life-Affirming Charities...especially those who take care of the poor and/or homeless...Such as "St. Luke's Mission of Mercy" in the inner city of Buffalo, New York.

The store is still in development, but already has some products for purchase. Please check it out when you have a chance.

This is my 2nd Storefront with CafePress. My other one is called "Rose's Artistic Impressions Gallery" and that one has thousands of items for sale (so far...still adding to that one also).

God bless! Rose
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"FAITH AT WORK" Website

The Holy Spirit led me to find this amazing organization on the Web! They run a CoffeeHouse/Book Shoppe and raise money for several needy causes. Please check them out.

http://www.faithatworktroy.org/pb/wp_82e9b788/wp_82e9b788.html

This is the type of ministry that I would love to run, as a "Work of Mercy".

Please see their section on their "Service Projects":

http://www.faithatworktroy.org/pb/wp_74554c14/wp_74554c14.html

And their Upcoming Events: http://www.faithatworktroy.org/pb/wp_c80f66b0/wp_c80f66b0.html

And support them in any way that you can. They also have some great merchandise for sale (see their left sidebar for more details. God bless!
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