Rachel's Corner

 


March 

Thursday Feast

Thursday is the day of the week that our Lord gave himself up for consumption. Thursday commemorates the last supper. Some theologians believe after Sunday Thursday is the holiest day of the week. We should then try to make this day special by making a visit to the blessed sacrament chapel, Mass or even stopping by the grave of a loved one. Why not plan to count the blessing of the week and thank our Lord. Plan a special meal. Be at Peace.

·         According to Mary Agreda[1] in her visions it was on a Thursday at six o'clock in the evening and at the approach of night that the Angel Gabriel approached and announced her as Mother of God and she gave her fiat. 

Today’s Menu is from KANSAS

After Dinner Cigars

 Rachel’s Corner[2]

The Rosary is a treasure to be discovered by everyone, at any age, at any time in history.

Just START!

When families pray the Rosary together regularly, children learn about Jesus’s life and how much he loves them. It also models for our children how to lean on and trust in God during difficult times.

Your family doesn’t have to do it perfectly or resemble a gathering of monks. Just grab a rosary and gather your children. If you imagine your children sitting like angels with hands folded together reverently with their rosaries dangling between their palms, you have probably seen one too many Catholic stock photos!

It’s okay if your kids are wiggly, ask questions in the middle of the prayers, or suddenly remember a story about your dog in between decades. This is life with children. You have to live in the moment, not in a fantasy. If you expect too much of your kids in the beginning, you may never start – and that would be a shame.

So, my big message to you is JUST START. Start where you are and where your kids are.

·         Religion in the Home for Elementary School: March


[1] Venerable Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations (p. 770). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition

[2] https://intentionalcatholicparenting.com/how-to-start-the-family-rosary/


Best Places to Visit in March

In Salt Lake City, you can expect the last of the snow to be falling in March. The Utah city is surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, which house dozens of ski resorts. So, if you visit in March, you can still head out to enjoy the slopes and some adrenaline-inducing activities. At this time, the climate in the city center is much milder, though, which is ideal for city sightseeing. Some of the best things to do in Salt Lake City involve sightseeing outdoors, so March is a great time to get the best of both worlds.

Today’s Menu is from UTAH

·         Honey Pistachio Ice Cream

After Dinner Cigars

 Rachel’s Corner

2024 Airshow Calendar[2] 

There is nothing like experiencing the magic of flight firsthand! And with hundreds of airshows and aviation events across North America every year, you might be surprised at how easy it is to get up close and personal with aircraft. Browse our calendar of aviation events below to find an airshow near you! 

Our calendars bring together all the major performer schedules in one place. You can search by start date, event title and location, state/province, country, or filter on your favorite featured performers – like the US Navy Blue Angels – and track their entire season. 

Most calendar entries also link to a related discussion thread on our forums, where you can get more detailed show information like the full list of performers and when tickets go on sale. You might even get some insider tips from fellow airshow fans! 

Although we strive to include every airshow and aviation event in the US and Canada, this list is maintained by a small group of volunteers, and we rely on community input to keep the list complete and correct. If you know of anything that should be added or corrected, please contact us by e-mail, message AirshowStuff on Facebook or Instagram, or post the information in our discussion forums. 

Want to look even further ahead? You can jump to the 2025 Airshow Calendar! 

·         Luke Days March 23-24

·         Motivating Children to Perform Good Deeds

·         Brain Tumor Awareness month 

The Iceman’s Air Show 

When I was about 10 years old my father worked for an intercom company called Executone. This was an intercom company that installed communication equipment in large areas such as auditoriums. As so happens my father was assigned to take a flight in a small aircraft the Cessna 150 and I was allowed to come along because I was loved and I could run the small wires in tight places because I was a skinny boy. The trip would take us by this aircraft from Phoenix to Nogales. After we finished the work we got back into the aircraft and on the way back the pilots son who was a year or two older than me was allowed to steer the plane; but then too my surprise the pilot asked me if I wanted to fly (note on this plane the steering wheel could be switch to the passenger side but the pedals were controlled only by the pilot) of course I said YES! The pilot’s son and I switched seats. Once up front in my excitement I grabbed the steering wheel and pulled it back all the way to my chest. Immediately the small plane responded and started a steep climb and the engine started to stall. I could hear the pilot yell. “Put the wheel forward we are stalling.” Immediately I responded by pushing the wheel all the way forward. Again, the plane responded by making a deep dive and started to spin and made the sound like a German Dive Bomber. I could see the ground coming up fast and hear the pilot say, “Pull it up-Pull it up-O God.” I immediately responded and tried to pull the wheel up but in the deep dive it was very hard to pull it up as I pulled with all my strength my arms started to shake and gradually to plane pulled out of the dive sounding like it was falling apart and slowly started to rise after we nearly missed the ground. After that I was able to gain control of the Aircraft when I heard his son say. “Wow we are really going to enjoy this flight.” I flew the plane all the way into Phoenix but the Pilot wouldn’t let me land it. My father was as silent as St. Joseph. Amen.


[1] Venerable Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations (p. 770). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition


Best Places to Visit in March-Grand Canyon[1]

We don’t need to introduce you to the Grand Canyon. This colossal natural attraction is known worldwide for its scale and geological importance. The rock layering preserves millions of years of history, and the canyon attracts millions of tourists a year to peer into the Colorado River below. You can hike the South and North Rim trails or splurge on a helicopter ride above it. There are so many things to do in the Grand Canyon. 

So, what makes it one of the best places to visit in March? First, it’s a shoulder month, meaning the temperatures are high enough to enjoy outdoor activities without the summer mayhem. The first half of March is quiet, while the latter half gets busy with Spring Break visitors. You can either visit in the quiet period or tackle the Spring Break popularity head-on – enjoying party culture in nearby Flagstaff’s ski resorts. Either way is a great way to experience the canyon. If you do visit during Spring Break, make sure to book your Grand Canyon hotel in advance. 

Today’s Menu is The Family Meal at Holy Thursday

Something on A Stick Day[2]

No, we are not talking about mops or brooms (although we are very thankful for them, of course!) but Something on A Stick Day is all about celebrating foods we love to eat – that just happen to come on a stick! Who doesn’t love relaxed finger food that you can pick up by the stick and eat? So, whether it’s a toffee apple, camp-fire sausage, cheese cubes on a toothpick, ice cream bar, lollipop or other lovely treats, feel free to indulge in them on this day! Or why not try the favorite American food on a stick if you can – the famous corn dog? What about planning an entire meal of a starter, main course and dessert all on sticks? Easy, informal, and fun – and very little cleaning up to do afterwards! What a great theme for a dinner party to have on Something on a Stick Day!

Shaslik[3]

Is a traditional seasoned grilled meat on a stick for the Feast of St. Bart. While stationed in Belgium many years ago with my young daughter Nicole there were none of the American fast food places in close vicinity, but there were frites stands. Nicole loved Belgium frites, which are “French Fries” with an attitude. We used to joke that someday we will open our own Frite stand and on the placard, we would proudly proclaim the name of our stand, “DICK AND NIC’S FRITES AND SHASLIKS”.

April

Best Places to Visit in April[1]

Sedona is a beautiful destination year-round. The most popular seasons are March through May and September through mid-December. Lodging rates are slightly lower in July and August, but the most economical prices of the year are available from the first week of January to mid-February. 

Spring Season – March through May 

Spring is Sedona's busiest visitor season and it's easy to see why. With average high temperatures in the mid-60s to low 80s (degrees Fahrenheit) and lows that are refreshingly chilly, its perfect weather for Sedona's outdoor activities like hiking, jeep tours, and shopping in Uptown Sedona. You'll want to make sure not to miss the spectacle of "Sedona's evening entertainment" an explosively colorful sunset behind Sedona's red rocks. Pro Tip: Be sure to book your Sedona tour or activities several months in advance. You don't want to miss out on the most popular activities during this, Sedona's busiest season. 

Today’s Menu is from Arizona

·         Grilled Southwestern Potato Salad

·         Icebox Cookies

o    After Dinner Cigars 

Rachel’s Corner 

Many kids all over the country have parents in the military. Many times, holidays center around veterans because of the health issues they face, whether physical or mental, after serving their country. However, Month of the Military Child is all about the kids and what they sacrifice as well, and this month is all about giving them the appreciation they deserve. 

How to celebrate Month of the Military Child 

The Month of the Military Chil

d is about the military brats that deal with more struggles than most kids. During this month, help endorse military family services in your community so families can have the resources they need to continue without their loved ones nearby. Help fund a school contest for the military kids, so they know they are appreciated. Give a gift to a child you know and tell them to thank you. Share this holiday on social media using the hashtag #monthofthemilitarychild so that way friends and family members can do something of their own to appreciate the military kids that sacrifice their parents to a national cause. 

4/7: Moonlit Drive-In Movie: 'Despicable Me 3'

The free, Moonlit Drive-In Movie series begins April 7 and continues every Saturday through the end of the month at the Promenade, next to the Golden Spoon Yogurt Parking lot. 

Moviegoers are asked to bring a canned food donation to benefit the Harvest Compassion Food Bank. A balloon twister will make free balloon animals. Other contests and activities are planned before the movie is shown on a 32-foot-high inflatable screen.

Details: Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. The Promenade, 16215 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Free. scottsdalepromenade.com

This just in:

 

Countries That Give Financial Incentive To Move There

 

Moving abroad can be a dream come true. It can be a joy to fully immerse yourself in a different culture or simply the excitement of a new experience. Check out places that pay you to move there.

apartmenttherapy ~ "Japan

No, you can’t move to one of those amazing towers in Tokyo on the Japanese government’s yen. But the country will grant foreigners a year-long visa and up to $10,000 to move to a more rural area that needs a population/economic boost. If you’ve got a family and are looking to make a life-changing move, there are also more incentives available.

Spain

Small towns in Spain are in need of a population boost. For example, Ponga in the northern province of Asturias will pay up to €2,000 for single people to move there and up to €3,000 for families with children. If children are in your future, the government will pay you an incentive of €3,000 for each birth." ~ apartmenttherapy

For the complete list of countries that offer deals to move there, please click the link below:

Source: www.apartmenttherapy.com/countries that will pay you to move


Best Places to Visit in April

Palm Springs, California[1]

I love this place for the sun and hot weather this month, as temperatures reach 31 degrees. It has always been famous as a retreat for showbiz stars, retirees, and snowbirds escaping cold winters.

There is entertainment, spas, and shopping aplenty, as well as many retro-styled hotels and about 100 golf courses. There are lots of other opportunities, especially for outdoor experiences.

The area is well-provided with hiking trails, but I highly recommend going on a fun Jeep adventure and cultural experiences like the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

I would also suggest going on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which rotates on its short journey to the Monte San Jacinto State Park. 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: Palm Springs Visitor Information Center, 2901 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, Phone: 800-347-7746 | 760-778-8418 

My highlights…

  • Strolling down the city sidewalks to discover the famous Palm Springs Walk of Stars, created in 1992.
  • Checking out the Palm Springs Art Museum, which displays contemporary and modern art and I loved the stunning sculpture garden.
  • Wandering through the Sunnylands and explore 12 acres of beautiful botanic gardens. 

Today’s Menu is from Palm Springs

·         Palm Springs Cocktail

·         Moroccan Salmon Quinoa & Vegetable Sauté

·         Grain Bowl

o    After Dinner Cigars

Rachel’s Corner 

The working Mom’s need help. What about a Nanny? 

How to Choose and Hire a Nanny For Your Family 

Now what about Hiring a Family Teacher to homeschool the kids. Catholic schools are iffy and public schools are a disaster. 

Before COVID, there was a little-known secret shared only by a few very busy parents. The secret was that with a little help, your child (or children) can achieve a well-rounded education or supplemental education experience at home — even when parents are too busy to be involved. How is this possible? Simple. Hire a private homeschool teacher to come to your house.


Best Places to Visit in April

San Diego, California[1]

This month is a great time to visit San Diego as it’s much less crowded, there is still plenty of sun.

Most people flock to “Beach City” for family fun on the beaches. Mission Beach is a good swimming beach, with a boardwalk and rollercoaster, but I recommend checking out the tidal pools at La Jolla, when the tide is low, and snorkeling at La Jolla Cove, part of the Underwater Park.

If you’ve had too much sun, I would suggest heading for Balboa Park, where you would need at least a week to explore, taking in the 18 diverse museums or some cultural events. The Air and Space Museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian and has something for kids of all ages.

I would suggest tasting some Baja cuisine, dancing the night away in one of the nightclubs, or viewing one of the many shows on offer.

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 996 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, Phone: (619) 236-1242

My favorite highlights…

  • Having fun at Belmont Park is filled with exciting rides and adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters.
  • Catching one of San Diego’s best sunsets at La Jolla Cove, a perfect spot for Instagrammable shots.
  • Exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Gaslamp Quarter, filled with bars, lounges, and music venues. 

Today’s Menu

·                     Drink: April Rain Cocktail

·                     Soup:  Minestrone

·                     Main dish: Tartiflette

·                     Dessert: Classic Strawberry Shortcake

o    After Dinner Cigars

Rachel’s Corner

Welcome to Arizona Tiki Oasis (April 25 - 28, 2024), an island lifestyle meet-up held in the middle of the desert at one of the best-preserved Mid-Century hotels in America — Hotel Valley Ho (est.1956). Wear your most festive aloha wear; sip crafted tropical cocktails by top mixologists; browse the pop-up Art Show; relax in a cabana by the pool; learn about mid-century style, design, and lifestyle from experts; shop the outdoor marketplace with a variety of artists, makers, and traders; and, of course, enjoy the overall island-in-the-desert vibe. 


Best Places to Visit in April

Santa Catalina Island, California[1]

Part of the Channel Islands of California (22 miles off Southern California), I honestly believe this gorgeous spot is one of the best islands to visit in spring. For starters, there’s the stunning island scenery before the summer crowds arrive, and this time of year has a much more relaxed atmosphere. The weather averages around 67 degrees in the day, and once there, I would highly recommend just kicking back and waiting for island life to take hold! 

It’s a rocky but very scenic island with white sand beaches, palm trees, a cute harbor filled with gently bobbing boats, and jaw-dropping sunsets. There are also plenty of accommodation options.

·         Visitor’s Centre Address: 1 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, Phone: +1 310-510-1520

My favorite highlights…

  • Experiencing the exhilarating Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour which reaches speed of nearly 40 mph at 600 feet above sea level!
  • Exploring the outback on an open-air four-wheel tour to discover remote areas others don’t usually see.
  • Taking part in a Happy Hour Tour where I tasted award-winning appetizers and specialty drinks.

BANQUET for the Feast of St. Mark

·         Feast of St. Mark-Mass

Rachel’s Corner

Welcome to Arizona Tiki Oasis (April 25 - 28, 2024), an island lifestyle meet-up held in the middle of the desert at one of the best-preserved Mid-Century hotels in America — Hotel Valley Ho (est.1956). Wear your most festive aloha wear; sip crafted tropical cocktails by top mixologists; browse the pop-up Art Show; relax in a cabana by the pool; learn about mid-century style, design, and lifestyle from experts; shop the outdoor marketplace with a variety of artists, makers, and traders; and, of course, enjoy the overall island-in-the-desert vibe.  

Event 

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival--April 25-May 5--Love jazz? Join fellow music lovers at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Held every year since 1970, the annual Jazz Fest, as it’s called, showcases nearly every music genre, from blues to R&B, and everything else in between. It’s all performed across 12 stages during the last weekend in April.

Best Places to Visit in May

Monument valley Arizona[1]

Part of the Colorado Plateau, America’s enigmatic landscape, Monument Valley is nature’s wonderland full of spires, buttes, red rock creations, and a stunning desert-like landscape.

I love the unique – and very Instagrammable – landscapes and the endless hiking trails they have here. It’s also a very popular spot to go rock climbing.

Clear skies, warm weather, and cool nights make spring one of the most delightful seasons from March to late this month. In my opinion, the warm and pleasant daytime temperatures, stable weather, and fewer crowds make this a fantastic spring break destination.

    Visitors Center Address: U.S. 163 Scenic, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536

    Average temperatures – 79 degrees

My highlights…

·         Hiking the most scenic location in the valley, the Wildcat Trail.

·         Catching a breathtaking and Instaworthy sunrise over the naturally formed landscape.

·         Taking a driving tour with my camera and photographing the stunning views.

Today’s Menu

·                     Drink: stagecoach traveler

·                     Salad:  Balsamic Steak Salad

·                     Main dish: The Rachel

o    After Dinner Cigars


Rachel’s Corner-Mary’s Month-Do a family Rosary

Religion in the Home for Preschool: May

Family Fun

The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum. Home of the MIM Music Theater--a 300-seat acoustically superb performance space--as well as the award-winning Café Allegro (open 11 am - 2 pm daily) and the MIM Museum Store. The average guest spends nearly four hours at MIM. Please allow plenty of time to fully enjoy MIM's galleries and exhibits.

Best Places to Visit in May-New Orleans, Louisiana[1]

I love this ever-chirpy and easygoing city where I always experience southern hospitality, fantastic live music and incredible food.

This month, it celebrates the mild weather with many special events, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

While the days get warmer with relatively less humidity, you can enjoy pleasant weather with average daily highs of 84 degrees.

I recommend exploring the city on foot, taking a tour of the French Quarter’s beautiful homes and taking a memorable Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. 

My favorite highlights…

·         Visiting Cinco de Mayo which was a lively and fun week of music, tacos, and margaritas. 

  • Hopping on a sightseeing tour and checking out all the major city attractions in one go.
  • Riding on an airboat tour and going on a fast, exciting trip across the nearby swamps.

Today’s Menu

·                     Drink: Cajun lemonade

·                     Salad:  Cajun Salad

·                     Main dish: Cajun Shrimp boil in foil

·         Desert: Creole Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Recipe

o    After Dinner Cigars

[1]https://globalgrasshopper.com/destinations/north-america/20-best-places-to-visit-in-may-in-the-usa/


Best Places to Visit in May- Las Vegas and Grand Canyon[1]

Often referred to as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, Las Vegas is the ultimate playground of adventures, cuisines, and nightlife scenes, and when you visit, you’ll see why! 

While Sin City sees an influx of visitors during winters and scorching summers, I honestly think the best time to visit the city is from March to this month and from September to November. 

It’s still one of the warmest states to visit this month, but temperatures are much more manageable and hover around 89.6 degrees during the day. 

You’ll find various events, hot (but not unbearable) daily temperatures, and fewer crowds. Nearby the city is the Grand Canyon, and I highly suggest a visit here—it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! 

Spring and fall make for an ideal trip to the canyon for hiking, sky walking, and discovering the wildflower blooms, but I would also highly recommend just enjoying the scenic vistas. 

    Visitors Center Address: 495 S. Main St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

    Average temperatures – 89.6 degrees

    Location Map and Directions 

My highlights… 

·         Capturing an unbelievable Instagrammable shot overlooking the Grand Canyon after hiking around the area.

·         Checking out a fun show at MGM Grand.

·         Take a road trip drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon. 

May 22, St. Rita of Cascia, Pt. of "impossible" cases[2]

Rachel’s Corner-Air Force Hunks and Movies


Best Places to Visit in may

Michigan[1] is home to a long winter, but when May rolls around, it is the height of the spring season and considered the start of summer. Tourists and locals alike emerge to enjoy the climbing temperatures and wealth of events in May in Michigan.

No matter what you’re interested in, there is something for everyone to do. Check out one of these amazing events and activities during your next trip to Michigan in spring.

Attend a Spring Festival

Festivals of all kinds are held throughout May in Michigan — from the Tulip Time Festival in Holland to the annual Food Truck Festival in Frankenmuth. As the weather warms up and the flowers begin to bloom, it is the perfect time to enjoy a community event.

Many of these festivals take place in the vicinity of the lakes, but you will find spring festivals going on all over Michigan. Whether you are interested in local food, cultural events, holiday celebrations, or musical performances, you can find it all.

Pure Michigan Dinner Menu[2]

  • Wolverinetini
  • Michigan Cherry Salad
  • Country Ribs Dinner
  • Grilled Sweet Corn
  • Apple Cranberry Slab Pie

Best Places to Visit in may

Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

Often referred to as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, Las Vegas is the ultimate playground of adventures, cuisines, and nightlife scenes, and when you visit, you’ll see why!

While Sin City sees an influx of visitors during winters and scorching summers, I honestly think the best time to visit the city is from March to this month and from September to November.

It’s still one of the warmest states to visit this month, but temperatures are much more manageable and hover around 89.6 degrees during the day.

You’ll find various events, hot (but not unbearable) daily temperatures, and fewer crowds. Nearby the city is the Grand Canyon, and I highly suggest a visit here—it’s a one-in-a-lifetime experience!

Spring and fall make for an ideal trip to the canyon for hiking, skywalking, and discovering the wildflower blooms, but I would also highly recommend just enjoying the scenic vistas.

    Visitors Center Address: 495 S. Main St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

    Average temperatures –89.6 degrees

My highlights… 

    Capturing an unbelievable Instagrammable shot overlooking the Grand Canyon after hiking around the area.

    Checking out a fun show at MGM Grand.

In honor of Joan of Arc

·         Stay at the Paris Hotel

·         Go to Mass at Joan of Arc Church

Dinner Menu[1] French of course

  • Joan of Arc Cocktail
  • Bacon, Cheddar, and Onion Quiche
  • Hot Niçoise Salad
  • Braised Baby Artichokes with Tomato Coulis
  • Crème Brûlée

Rachel’s Corner-See Dinosaurs

An Immersive Experience

At Dino Safari you can dig up fossils, learn about cutting-edge research, take a turn on the Sauropod Slide, see many varieties of animatronic dinosaurs, and enjoy thrilling virtual reality and other exciting activities to immerse the whole family in the age of dinosaurs.

Also

Do something for Corpus Christi

How to Celebrate Corpus Christi

Celebrating Corpus Christi can be a delightful mix of tradition and modern creativity. Here are some playful suggestions on how you can make this feast day uniquely special:

·         Join a Colorful Procession

Why not step into a bit of history and pageantry? Many parishes host Eucharistic processions, where the faithful parade through the streets, often with music and singing.

It’s a majestic way to pay tribute to the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist—like a spiritual parade with a divine guest of honor!

·         Bake and Break Bread

Gather your loved ones and bake some bread together. While it bakes, dive into the Bread of Life discourse from the Gospel of John. Sharing homemade bread can be a heartwarming way to connect over the significance of Jesus as the Bread of Life.

·         Adoration and Artistry

Take a quiet moment for adoration at your local parish. Bring along a sketchbook or some coloring materials.

Drawing or coloring while in adoration can be a meditative way to engage with the peace and presence of the Holy Eucharist, especially for the little ones.

·         Floral Offerings

Who says you can’t mix flowers and faith? Collect some wild or garden flowers and place them at the altar or along the procession route. It’s a beautiful, natural way to honor the feast and make the surroundings as beautiful as the celebration.

·         Learn a Sacred Song

Music lifts the soul! Learn a traditional Eucharistic hymn with your family. Singing together fills your home with music and a deeper connection to the feast’s meaning. Plus, it’s a fun way to keep everyone’s spirits high and engaged.

Each of these suggestions blends a bit of the traditional essence of Corpus Christi with a dash of personal touch, making your celebration both meaningful and memorable.

 St. Hubert's feast was originally November 3, but the 2004 Roman Martyrology transferred it to May 30, which was the anniversary of the translation of his relics. Why not celebrate twice?

 Have a toast of Jägermeister in honor of St. Hubert.

·         Cough syrup not to your liking have a Mint Julep

Best Places to Visit in may

Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

Often referred to as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, Las Vegas is the ultimate playground of adventures, cuisines, and nightlife scenes, and when you visit, you’ll see why!

While Sin City sees an influx of visitors during winters and scorching summers, I honestly think the best time to visit the city is from March to this month and from September to November.

It’s still one of the warmest states to visit this month, but temperatures are much more manageable and hover around 89.6 degrees during the day.

You’ll find various events, hot (but not unbearable) daily temperatures, and fewer crowds. Nearby the city is the Grand Canyon, and I highly suggest a visit here—it’s a one-in-a-lifetime experience!

Spring and fall make for an ideal trip to the canyon for hiking, skywalking, and discovering the wildflower blooms, but I would also highly recommend just enjoying the scenic vistas.

    Visitors Center Address: 495 S. Main St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

    Average temperatures –89.6 degrees

My highlights…

 

    Capturing an unbelievable Instagrammable shot overlooking the Grand Canyon after hiking around the area.

    Checking out a fun show at MGM Grand.

In honor of Joan of Arc

·         Stay at the Paris Hotel

·         Go to Mass at Joan of Arc Church

Dinner Menu[1] French of course

  • Joan of Arc Cocktail
  • Bacon, Cheddar, and Onion Quiche
  • Hot Niçoise Salad
  • Braised Baby Artichokes with Tomato Coulis
  • Crème Brûlée

Rachel’s Corner-See Dinosaurs

An Immersive Experience

At Dino Safari you can dig up fossils, learn about cutting-edge research, take a turn on the Sauropod Slide, see many varieties of animatronic dinosaurs, and enjoy thrilling virtual reality and other exciting activities to immerse the whole family in the age of dinosaurs.

Also

Do something for Corpus Christi

How to Celebrate Corpus Christi

Celebrating Corpus Christi can be a delightful mix of tradition and modern creativity. Here are some playful suggestions on how you can make this feast day uniquely special:

·         Join a Colorful Procession

Why not step into a bit of history and pageantry? Many parishes host Eucharistic processions, where the faithful parade through the streets, often with music and singing.

It’s a majestic way to pay tribute to the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist—like a spiritual parade with a divine guest of honor!

·         Bake and Break Bread

Gather your loved ones and bake some bread together. While it bakes, dive into the Bread of Life discourse from the Gospel of John. Sharing homemade bread can be a heartwarming way to connect over the significance of Jesus as the Bread of Life.

·         Adoration and Artistry

Take a the little ones.

·         Floral Offerings

Who says you can’t mix flowers and faith? Collect some wild or garden flowers and place them at the altar or along the procession route. It’s a beautiful, natural way to honor the feast and make the surroundings as beautiful as the celebration.

·         Learn a Sacred Song

Music lifts the soul! Learn a traditional Eucharistic hymn with your family. Singing together fills your home with music and a deeper connection to the feast’s meaning. Plus, it’s a fun way to keep everyone’s spirits high and engaged.

Each of these suggestions blends a bit of the traditional essence of Corpus Christi with a dash of personal touch, making your celebration both meaningful and memorable.

 St. Hubert's feast was originally November 3, but the 2004 Roman Martyrology transferred it to May 30, which was the anniversary of the translation of his relics. Why not celebrate twice?

 Have a toast of Jägermeister in honor of St. Hubert.

·         Cough syrup not to your liking have a Mint Julep

[1] https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/the-best-recipes-from-michigan/ quiet moment for adoration at your local parish. Bring along a sketchbook or some coloring materials.

Drawing or coloring while in adoration can be a meditative way to engage with the peace and presence of the Holy Eucharist, especially for the little ones.

·         Floral Offerings

Who says you can’t mix flowers and faith? Collect some wild or garden flowers and place them at the altar or along the procession route. It’s a beautiful, natural way to honor the feast and make the surroundings as beautiful as the celebration.

·         Learn a Sacred Song

Music lifts the soul! Learn a traditional Eucharistic hymn with your family. Singing together fills your home with music and a deeper connection to the feast’s meaning. Plus, it’s a fun way to keep everyone’s spirits high and engaged.

Each of these suggestions blends a bit of the traditional essence of Corpus Christi with a dash of personal touch, making your celebration both meaningful and memorable.

 St. Hubert's feast was originally November 3, but the 2004 Roman Martyrology transferred it to May 30, which was the anniversary of the translation of his relics. Why not celebrate twice?

 Have a toast of Jägermeister in honor of St. Hubert.

·         Cough syrup not to your liking have a Mint Julep

June

Thursday Feast

Thursday is the day of the week that our Lord gave himself up for consumption. Thursday commemorates the last supper. Some theologians believe after Sunday Thursday is the holiest day of the week. We should then try to make this day special by making a visit to the blessed sacrament chapel, Mass or even stopping by the grave of a loved one. Why not plan to count the blessing of the week and thank our Lord. Plan a special meal. Be at Peace.

·         According to Mary Agreda[1] in her visions it was on a Thursday at six o'clock in the evening and at the approach of night that the Angel Gabriel approached and announced her as Mother of God and she gave her fiat.

Thursday Feast Menu[2]

Best Places to Visit in June

Santa Barbara, California

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean-like climate throughout the year, and I love its dreamy, elegant vibe! 

With about 300 days of sunshine, remarkably consistent weather, and warm currents, Santa Barbara offers a relaxing day at the beach with pristine Pacific Ocean waters and excellent dining and shopping.

June temperatures average around 22 degrees, and if you visit towards the beginning of this month, you’ll see fewer crowds alongside the stable weather conditions.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: State Street Visitors Center 120 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Average temperature – 71.6 degrees

My favorite highlights…

  • Exploring the gorgeous shoreline with a sunset kayak tour.
  • Checking out the State Street Promenade Market filled with artisan stalls, performers, and non-profit organizations.
  • Going on the fabulous Santa Ynez Wine Tour.
  • Dining on tasty veggie tacos at La Super-Rica.

Rachel’s Corner-See London Bridge in honor of the American and British fallen during D-Day. The bridge was relocated in 1968 from London to Lake Havasu, Arizona. On day 2 then go to Santa Barbara, California for the Beach and fun.

·         Tomorrow is the Feast of the Sacred Heart

o   83. To all fathers and mothers, let your children see that devotion to the Eucharist in adoration is an essential, life-giving part of your schedule! As every parent knows, children learn from consistent actions more than words. When I was a boy, I was deeply impressed by the sight of my father genuflecting before the tabernacle. His humble and straight-forward witness communicated more to me about the truth of the Eucharist than even the best of catechists. When it comes to the Eucharist, every child’s heart secretly asks:

§  does Dad believe it? Does Mom believe it?

·         Tell them you do! But above all, show them you do. Eucharistic adoration does this in a powerful way. It is never too late to start this practice, no matter the age of your children.

·         Enthrone the Sacred Heart in your home.

·         Today is the feast of St. Norbert take time to go to adoration

St. Norbert-Although a cleric, Norbert led a very worldly life for a number of years. The decisive change took place suddenly in 1115. While riding one day, he was overtaken by a thunderstorm. A flash of lightning struck the ground before him, the horse threw him, and he seemed to hear a voice upbraiding him for his conduct.

As in the case of St. Paul, the experience wrought a complete transformation. Norbert decided to give away his property and income rights, and to lead a life of abnegation, devoting himself particularly to preaching. In 1120 he founded the Order of Premonstratensians (the first monastery was at Premontre) according to the rule of St. Augustine; approval came from Pope Honorius II in 1126.

In 1125, he was named archbishop of Magdeburg. On July 13, 1126, Norbert entered the city and came barefoot to the cathedral. About to enter the archepiscopal palace, he was refused admission by the porter, who failed to recognize a bishop so poorly dressed. "You know me better and see me with clearer eyes than those who are forcing me to this palace. Poor and wretched man that I am, I should never have been assigned to this place," Norbert answered when the porter later sought his pardon.
—Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

·         Today is also National Drive-In Movie Day

o   Arizona Drive-in Theaters



[1] Venerable Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations (p. 770). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition

[2] https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/the-best-recipes-from-michigan/


Thursday Feast

Thursday is the day of the week that our Lord gave himself up for consumption. Thursday commemorates the last supper. Some theologians believe after Sunday Thursday is the holiest day of the week. We should then try to make this day special by making a visit to the blessed sacrament chapel, Mass or even stopping by the grave of a loved one. Why not plan to count the blessing of the week and thank our Lord. Plan a special meal. Be at Peace.

·         According to Mary Agreda[1] in her visions it was on a Thursday at six o'clock in the evening and at the approach of night that the Angel Gabriel approached and announced her as Mother of God and she gave her fiat.

Thursday Feast Menu[2]Dinner in honor of St. Anthony of Padua

Rachel’s Corner June 13-Get your three-day outdoor experience via glamping or hardcore on your own.

Under Canvas Yosemite is located on 85 acres of forested land featuring unique glamping accommodations, a main lobby tent complete with café-style dining, upscale lounge areas luxuriously furnished by West Elm, and other elevated offerings. Located just 10 minutes from the main entrance to Yosemite National Park at Big Oak Flat, our very first California location is easily accessible from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and Northern California. Sleep amongst towering California Black Oak and Ponderosa Pine forests in king-size beds with plush linens and private, ensuite bathrooms. Immerse yourself in the stillness of nature and explore one of the nation’s most historic national parks from Under Canvas Yosemite, where a stay is part of the upscale, outdoor adventure!

Yosemite

Best Places to Visit in June

Yosemite National Park, USA

Temperature: 82.4 high; 50°C low
Season: summer
The USA is all about scale: big dreams, big burgers and even bigger landscapes. And scenery doesn’t come much bigger than California’s Yosemite, that mighty meeting of granite cliffs, giant redwoods and towering falls, high in the Sierra Nevada. May might be a top time to make a beeline for California, but June is the sweet spot for Yosemite: the snow has melted enough to clear the scenic Tioga Pass driving route (inaccessible from November to late May), but the heat hasn’t dried up dramatic Yosemite Falls yet. Not to mention the June bloom, when wildflowers are at their brightest. Sometimes feeling small can feel pretty good.

Where to stay: The Ahwahnee, with its grand wooden rooms and stone fireplaces, is the perfect escape, hidden between towering cliffs, twinkling waterfalls and vast expanses of land.


[1] Venerable Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations (p. 770). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition


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