Catholic Cooks

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Group active since Wed, Oct 24, 2012

This is a place for those of the Catholic faith, and anyone else who is interested, young and old, to gather and discuss our faith, food, home, family, church, and anything that's on your mind. We might be trading meatless Lenten recipes or dishes for larger families.

Pat Morris
Oct 25, 2016

Church Ruling about Cremation and Scattering or Keeping Ashes

Have you heard this yet? I read an article in the paper today.

I never knew this until I was at St. Mary's a few weeks ago; they mentioned that the reason that we can't go out the side entrance (right exit facing altar) is because where it is blocked off is a place being built for those bodies cremated and must be kept in a church approved place. I hadn't planned on being cremated -but I imagine it affect and bother some Catholics.

In an article posted today it says, "To set the faithful straight, the Vatican said ashes and bone fragments cannot be kept at home, since that would deprive the Christian community as a whole of remembering the dead. Rather, church authorities should designate a sacred place, such as a cemetery or church area, to hold them.

Only in extraordinary cases can a bishop allow ashes to be kept at home, it said. Vatican officials declined to say what circumstances would qualify, but presumably countries where Catholics are a persecuted minority and where Catholic churches and cemeteries have been ransacked would qualify.

The document said remains cannot be divided among family members or put in lockets or other mementos. Nor can the ashes be scattered in the air, land or sea since doing so would give the appearance of "pantheism, naturalism or nihilism," the guidelines said.

It repeated church teaching that Catholics who choose to be cremated for reasons contrary to the Christian faith must be denied a Christian funeral.

The new instruction carries an Aug. 15 date and says Pope Francis approved it March 18.

The author of the text, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, was asked at a Vatican briefing if Francis had any reservations about the text, particularly the refusal to let family members keep remains of their loved ones at home.

"The dead body isn't the private property of relatives, but rather a son of God who is part of the people of God," Mueller said. "We have to get over this individualistic thinking."

Here is a link to the published articles.​

I edited the links -I had previously posted a wrong link. Sorry!!

Pat Morris
Sep 9, 2016



My family and most of my friends know the story that causes me to celebrate –my anniversary -each year. September 9, 1975 –a day of sadness and fear; September 9, 1976 and every September 9th thereafter –a day of joy and thanksgiving!

What was a nightmare and a struggle at first -a molehill than became a mountain for me –is now only a memory; and my life is filled with gratitude and love! I have a ready smile and am a very happy person. I have had people ask me if I always smile. I definitely try to do so, because it seems to make others happy and of course me too. After all –why wouldn't I smile? God has blessed me abundantly!

I am so blessed and thankful to be able to say that, although 41 years ago today (September 9, 1975) I had a total radical mastectomy and the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes; and I was given one year (two at the longest) before I would have a recurrence of my terminal cancer and die from it --God had different plans for me. People all over the world joined me in prayer that I would live to raise my son.

While praying, on August 17, 1976, one year after I found my lump that turned out to be malignant (Stage 4 cancer) and had spread to my lymph nodes; I had an inner peace and confirmation from our Lord that I not only would live to raise my young son, but that I would not die from cancer or have a recurrence. My son calls this day of my confirmation, my "Re-Birth Day." I had to relate this confirmation to my mother.

I went in my mother’s dining room and she and my son were eating some breakfast. I was all smiles and told my mother, “God let me know that I will live to raise my little boy and will return to health and not die from cancer.” She rejoiced with me. I believed this from that point on –even though I had almost constant check-ups; lab work, x-rays, biopsies and saw the fear in the doctors’ eyes, voices and instructions (to quit my job; stay in Augusta and enjoy my last days –which I didn’t follow). I was obedient to the doctors when they kept ordering tests, etc., for years. I knew eventually that they would see that God had different plans for me that did not follow the doctors’ prognosis for me. God answered everyone’s prayers in a BIG way –no recurrence at all! And that little eight year old boy, who feared he would lose his mother is now 49 years old. And I still am not VERY old! God blessed me in a BIG way, and GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

A couple of people have asked (and one is kin to me) me why I am still talking about and celebrating having cancer. Some people just don't get it!! I am not celebrating, nor have I ever celebrated having cancer. I continue to be thankful for my life and feel that my healing is a cause for celebrating -over and again! And I will never stop being thankful and joyful!

Today (as all days) I give thanks for my life!! This morning, I will go to Mass and give thanks in celebration of being healed of cancer and being able to raise my son. Each year on this date in addition to attending Mass and spending the day in thanksgiving–I also celebrate by inviting to lunch someone who knew me then and/or now and can rejoice with me.

The attached is a divinely inspired poem that I wrote one year (August 17th) after I discovered my lump–and when I knew that I would live to raise my son –and all my worry was lifted. Some of you have already read it.

Time to start my day of love, thankfulness and celebration. To all reading this: “Have a great day!!!

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Pamela Luckett
Apr 6, 2015

Wonderful Easter!

I love using wonderful recipes for our Easter celebrations. Thanks to so many of you good cooks out there, we had a wonderful Easter lunch. After Holy Week, and I'm in the choir, I felt like we all needed some celebrations to feel the spirit!

Jennifer S
Apr 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all, peace be with you.

Apr 4, 2015


The great gift of Easter is hope--Christian hope which makes us have the confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.

Happy Easter, Catholic Cook friends. God bless you.