“Doors of Faith” Genealogy Blog Carnival at The Catholic Gene

Doors of Faith - The Catholic Gene

[Editor's note: we received the following announcement from The Catholic Gene. It has been a long time since we've been a part of a blog carnival and this looks like a good one!]

Do you have ancestors who worshipped in the Catholic faith? Would you like to share photos and/or stories about a Catholic church (or churches) that played a special role in your family members’ faith lives? If so, please join The Catholic Gene in a celebration of Annus Fidei: the Year of Faith 2012-2013.

In honor of this new Year of Faith 2012-2013, the Catholic Gene is hosting a “Doors of Faith” celebration online. Here’s how you can participate:

  • Share a photo and/or write a story on your blog about a Catholic church in which you and/or your ancestors worshiped that played a role in your family’s faith lives. (We’d love to see a photo of the “doors of faith” – the entrance doors of the church – but if a photo is not available, please at least share your story with us!)
  • Send the link to your article to us by sending an email to CatholicGene@gmail.comDeadline: Friday, October 5, 2012.
  • Finally, celebrate the new Year of Faith with us on its opening day – October 11, 2012 – by seeing the photos and reading the stories of other families’ “Doors of Faith” that will be highlighted here at The Catholic Gene on that date.

Places of worship have played important roles within many of our lives and the lives of our ancestors. As this Year of Faith begins, we look forward to seeing the photos and reading the stories of the Catholic churches that have helped to spark the light of faith in the lives of your families over the centuries.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Carnival of Genealogy 100th Edition Celebration

Carnival of Genealogy

As mentioned in today’s posting of the 99th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, Jasia of Creative Gene has announced a super celebration for the upcoming 100th Edition of COG:

Call for Submissions! As I mentioned in a previous post, I am asking all who have participated in past editions of the COG to participate in the 100th edition. It’s a FAMILY REUNION! There will not be the usual cap of 30 submissions for this edition. Instead there will be a floor of 100! I will not attempt to write comments nor choose a featured author this time around. I’m asking all of you to help me out here and make my dream come true. I would like to have 100 or more submissions from my friends, my COG family members, for this 100th edition. It’s a tall order, yes. It hasn’t been done before and therein lies the challenge. Can it be done? Only your time and efforts will determine that. I know there are many more than 100 authors who have participated in the previous 99 editions of the COG. I need at least 100 of you to step up and write a blog post to submit to the COG to make my day, my week, my month, and my blogging career. I don’t know how many past participants are reading this edition so I’m hoping you’ll help me get the word out. Please share this info on FaceBook, Twitter, GeneaBloggers, Second Life, your own blogs, mainstream media, the 4 major TV networks, genealogy conferences, and wherever past COG participants may gather!

And the topic for the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is… “There’s one in every family!” Bring your stories of colorful characters, unique heirlooms, mouth-watering recipes, most dearly beloved pets, whatever! Interpret as you like. Every family has “special” individuals, you know, the ones with a green thumb, the black sheep, the lone wolf, the blue-ribbon cook, the story-teller, the geek! I know you have treasured recipes and amazing heirlooms you’ve yet to share! Tell us about them and become a part of history in the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy! The deadline for submissions is December 1st.

Submit your blog article to the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the “comment” box of the blog carnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you’ve written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Freedom Tweet and the Freedom to Blog

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I’ve got freedom on my mind lately.  One reason is that Juneteenth – on Saturday, June 19, 2010 – is upon us and I take time to reflect upon the impact of slavery on our history and its continued impact on our society.

FreedomTweet 2010 is an event on Twitter meant to bring unified voices in celebration of freedom.  Freedom from domination by one person, one race, one government.  Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to protest, freedom to act.

And as I mark June 19th as a day of freedom, I often think about ways in which I am thankful for having certain freedoms in my life and never, never taking them for granted.  One of the biggest for me as a blogger is the freedom of speech.

It is this freedom that allows me  to speak my mind without fear of governmental retribution.  A freedom to talk the talk but responsibility to walk the walk.  A freedom to reach out to others and to try and build community.

How Will You Celebrate Freedom?

I ask all my genealogy blogging colleagues who inhabit the twittersvere to consider joining in FreedomTweet.  Between now and June 19, 2010 tweet about freedom and use the hash tag #freedomtweet.  Tell us what freedom means to you.  Include links to blog posts about freedom, links to music that means freedom, links to photos of freedom.

One of my first tweets involves a song from Nina Simone entitled “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”: @geneabloggers: “Freedom is blasting the sweet soul voice of Nina Simone #FreedomTweet” ♫ http://blip.fm/~rq9sk

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee