O Canada at Casa

Posted April 29, 2014 by casamariasm
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Canada Day (July 1) came months early to Casa María to coincide with the birthday week of Aspirant Joseph N. from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Before the dinner prayer, he led a crowd of 40+ students, staff, faculty, friends and Marianists in the singing of “O Canada,” his national anthem. Special desserts included red velvet cupcakes with a red maple leaf candy, maple leaf sandwich cookies (Quebec) and official Nanaimo bars (Vancouver).

Happy Birthday, Father Chaminade

Posted April 9, 2014 by casamariasm
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With a two special birthday cakes, whoopee cookies and an appearance by Chami, himself, Casa María celebrated the 253rd birthday of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Marianist Family, on Tuesday, April 8. Aspirant Justin Quiroz led prayer and prepared the desserts for the weekly gathering of about 40 students, staff, faculty and friends of the Marianists.

Brothers at “The Quad”

Posted April 4, 2014 by casamariasm
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Marianists from St. Mary’s University joined several student organizations for “Quad Friday”—a traditional, weekly gathering of student Greek fraternities and sororities on Friday mornings. Rather than wooden Greek letters, the brothers showcased their symbol—a Marianist cross made of wood, created by Brother Fred Halwe, S.M., an English professor at the university. Wearing their “Rush S.M.” shirts, the Marianists offered home-baked cookies, lemonade and water to all students. Coffee tables, couches and the famous Chaminade bust—on loan from the University Center—added a living room atmosphere to the Marianist section. This week, the event took place at Chaminade Field, rather than The Quad, as part of a trial-run for next year when construction to Reinbolt Hall will make The Quad unavailable for this weekly gathering. The brothers not only found this to be an enjoyable way to interact with students, but also a unique opportunity to promote a culture of Marianist vocations—after all, the Marianists are the oldest fraternity on campus whose founder is set to become a saint!

April Fools’ Day Desserts

Posted April 1, 2014 by casamariasm
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“We are fools for Christ’s sake” (1 Corinthians 4:10). In honor of April Fools’ Day, Aspirant Justin created special desserts for Casa Tuesday meant to fool others into thinking they’re something else. For example, instead of a mini-hamburger slider, it’s a cupcake brownie with a hint of coconut topped with whipped cream. Instead of an ice cream cone, it’s a vanilla muffin topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. And, instead of a typical chocolate cake, it’s a funfetti cake stuffed with M&Ms which spill out when cutting it! Justin was inspired to make these treats as an “ode to those April Fools tricksters of the past.”

Mmmmmm….Minions!!!

Posted March 26, 2014 by casamariasm
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Everyone was happy when the cutest cupcakes and cookies were served for a “Despicable Me” dessert at this week’s Casa Tuesday prayer social. Nearly 60 St. Mary’s students, staff, faculty and friends enjoyed the movie-themed Minions which were made out of chocolate cupcakes, Twinkies and Milano cookies.

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone HAPPY? Let them sing songs of praise.” James 5:13 (NIV)

More Just(in) Desserts

Posted March 22, 2014 by casamariasm
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Aspirant Justin continues to hone his dessert decorating skills taught by a Marianist family member who provides thematic treats for Casa Tuesdays.

At the March 7 lesson, Justin’s younger sister, Stephanie, joined him to learn about stacking and frosting a cake and piping a shell border. They made a mandarin orange cake for the evening’s dessert and a rosette cake with white chocolate 3-D swans. Justin also made some chocolate cake pops for the community who is getting spoiled with his edible experiments throughout the week.

At the March 21 lesson, they made a decadent chocolate cake with chocolate-covered strawberries for the evening’s dessert and a blueberry glimmer-glazed cake for The Rattler student news staff’s press weekend. Justin also practiced frosting a cake using the petal technique. He finished the cake with a trinity of chocolate Marianist crosses.

Feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph

Posted March 19, 2014 by casamariasm
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Casa Maria welcomed back from spring break nearly 40 St. Mary’s students, staff, faculty and friends for a celebration of two significant saints in March. St. Patrick’s feast day was on March 17, and St. Joseph’s feast day is on March 19. Shamrock shortbread cookies (made with real Irish butter) and green pistachio pudding cupcakes were served in honor of St. Pat, while an Italian-style cream puff (sfinge di San Giuseppe) was made in honor of St. Joe.


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