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An Altar of Our Own

By Jenny Dendinger   When COVID-19 first hit, churches everywhere made the painful decision to cancel their Saint Joseph altars. Despite being disappointed, our family decided to honor St. Joseph by building our own altar at home. Since we were trying our best to isolate, it meant working with what we already had in the […]

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Excessive or Essential?

By Jenny Dendinger After half of us tested positive for COVID-19, my family spent most of January in quarantine. Thankfully, we only experienced mild symptoms, so isolation was the hardest part. Returning to the “virtual front pew” was more difficult than we anticipated, but we did our best to offer it up as we waited […]

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Leaning into Latin Mass

By Jenny Dendinger My family experienced our first Latin Mass on a Tuesday morning in December. It was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass started at 7 a.m., so it required extra effort to get our five kids out of the door in time, but the pep talk we gave them the night before […]

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Loving Thy Neighbor

By Jenny Dendinger During our daily bike rides, we make sure to smile and wave as we pass our neighbors. Occasionally, we stop and visit for a few minutes while bonding over a pet.  Friendly animals always make good icebreakers!  One day, while loving on his dog, Suzy, our neighbor asked, “Am I right to […]

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The Gift of Hope

By Jenny Dendinger As we were telling a parish priest hello after Mass, I noticed an older lady standing off to the side. I thought she was waiting for a chance to speak to the priest, but she walked up to me instead. Her mask was still on, but her eyes were smiling as she […]

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Preparing for His Arrival

By Jenny Dendinger If someone tells you that they are going to stop by for an unexpected visit, what’s the first thing you do? I know in my family, we clean! I immediately announce that a visitor is on their way and instruct everyone to quickly pick up anything out of place. We also wipe […]

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A Sacramental Oasis

By Jenny Dendinger Blessing ourselves with holy water might appear to be a simple act, but its absence in our lives these last few months has been painfully noticeable for my family. Before COVID-19, the only time the holy water was missing from the font was during the Triduum. I’ve also heard that some churches […]

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A Different Perspective

By Jenny Dendinger I was lost in lesson planning when my son approached me in tears. I automatically scanned his little body for signs of injury, but all I could find was a defeated look on his face. He crumbled into my arms and sobbed, “Mom, I wasted my money on this game! All of […]

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Back to the Basics

By Jenny Dendinger P.E. – canceled. Trip to the lighthouse – canceled. First Friday picnic – canceled. Little Mermaid Ballet – canceled. Date night – canceled. I could go on, but I think you get my point. COVID-19 threw quite a monkey wrench into our plans, and, as a result, our family life became a […]

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Rooting Out Racism

By Jenny Dendinger With a heavy heart, I spoke to our children about the evils of racism during our bedtime prayers. This wasn’t the first time we’d discussed the topic, but their innocent faces always look the same – shocked and confused. While I mournfully described the last moments of George Floyd’s life, their eyes […]

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Sharing the Blessing

By Jenny Dendinger Most Holy Trinity Parish in Covington recently paired with CRC Global Solutions to distribute a truckload of food to the needy during this time of crisis. Since my sister-in-law knew we could use the help, she generously offered to go wait in line. When she pulled into my driveway, every spot in her […]

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