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January & February Second Collections

Collection for the Church in Latin America

Announcement Dates: January 13th & 20th
Collection Dates: January 26th & 27th 

Share Your Faith: Support the Collection for the Church in Latin America.”

This new year is so ripe with wonderful possibilities. Heavenly blessings will be received, divine providence will be bestowed, unmerited mercy will be shown, and comfort and help from above will be poured into our lives. It is in light and promise of God’s goodness that I invite your heartfelt participation in the Collection for the Church in Latin America. 

The Collection for the Church in Latin America supports pastoral programs as awarded by the USCCB’s Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America. “Share your Faith” by willingly participating in this collection to ensure the strength of our Catholic brothers and sisters through the works of evangelization, formation of laity, religious and seminarians, as well as youth ministry and catechesis.

The people of the Caribbean and Latin America are still recovering from the storms of the past two summers. For so many of them, recovery is agonizingly slow. Your donation to the Collection for the Church in Latin America is needed more than ever. So many men, women and children look to the Church for whatever help can be given to them. Please Share Your Faith; give generously. Support the Collection for the Church in Latin America.

Diocesan Catholic Schools

Announcement Dates: January 20th & 21st
Collection Dates: February 2nd & 3rd 

We often say with all sincerity that our children are the future. Our children are saying they are not only the future, but also the present. In what I believe to be their divinely inspired wisdom, they tangibly remind us that the future begins today, not later. Our Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection is a concrete participation in the inspired wisdom of our children. Support for Catholic education today sets the foundation of future Catholic education. Please give generously to the Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection.  

Donating to the Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection acknowledges the present and future participation of our children in the Church and society. Whatever amount you give is the clearest sign of your commitment to them and their families. Your donation supports the Bishop’s Tuition Assistance Fund, which provides the means to support Catholic families in sending their children to one of our six diocesan Catholic schools: St. Frederick High School, Loyola College Prep, Our Lady of Fatima School, Jesus the Good Shepherd School, St. Joseph School, and St. John Berchmans School. Your gift makes so much happen for the greater glory of God and the salvation of young souls. Please give generously to our Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection.

Your sacrifice keeps the doors open to these havens where our children and youth encounter Jesus Christ, the teachings of the Church, the witness of the saints, and the missionary discipleship of our parishes. Please give gladly to our Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection.  •

Vulnerability is a Gift from God

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by Katie Sciba

Deep breath, I told myself. Play it cool. I lifted my chin, squared my shoulders, and feigned confidence walking into Sportspectrum. In the few months prior, I took up running as a light hobby and, in time, felt ambitious enough to shoot for a half-marathon; but to go for it, I had to train with the right pair of shoes, and to get the right pair, I had to ask for help. I knew absolutely nothing about brands, fit or types of support for my particular gait. I was in over my head and mortified by my ignorance. The last thing I wanted was for anyone to know I was new; mostly because I felt vulnerable.

“Have y’all had a big rush since the new year?” I made conversation with the employee. “Ha, HUGE. It’s one of our busiest times,” she laughed.  “Yeah I wondered if I had just missed all the Resolution people,” I said, looking at big gaps in the shelf, obviously cleared recently by new athletes born from the new year. Maybe if I laugh about being new, she won’t realize I don’t know what I’m doing, I thought.

So maybe, unlike me, you’re a veteran athlete with the prowess of a cheetah; but we all have some sort of vulnerability that makes us take a step or two back. Understandably, we don’t typically volunteer our shortcomings, wounds and weaknesses – they’re the parts of ourselves we’re not proud of.

In this era of social media, we typically just see the best or most beautiful shots of others’ lives. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for gorgeous Pins on Pinterest, and I’m guilty of losing track of time on Facebook. It’s fun to see and share happiness and beauty, but with just highlights visible, it’s easy to believe that others don’t have the same struggles we do. I for one don’t like feeling uncertain or incapable, so my vulnerabilities aren’t usually out there for the world to see.

Most of us have experienced the fragility of a precious newborn. Defenseless and too weak to raise his head, a baby’s life is entrusted wholly to parents to provide everything from food to love. And it’s in this form that the mightiest being of all, the Lord Himself, came to humanity. Jesus was born vulnerable and He died the same way.

Follow my train of thought for a second: 1) As the all-powerful God, He could have chosen something a bit more impressive than a babe in a manger, but such is His divine nature. God is love and love is vulnerable. 2) Because we’re made in the image and likeness of God, we’re supposed to imitate our Creator. We’re supposed to do the best impression of the Lord that we can; therefore 3) to make ourselves vulnerable, is to imitate the Lord.

Now, the Lord doesn’t exactly have the shortcomings we imperfect people have, so this is by no means a call to cast your fragile pearls carelessly before everyone. I’ve learned in recent years that sharing my vulnerabilities with a precious few, can create a stronger bond with friends, family or even strangers when they echo the same hardships back to me. The “Me too” movement is powerful. It creates understanding, compassion, solidarity and safety all at once, which are most definitely gifts from the Lord.

Whatever your resolutions this year, don’t hesitate to share challenges with one or two trusted souls. You may find that you’re in good company, and you’ll no longer feel alone.

Faithful Food: Sweetness and Light

by Kim Long

What a whirlwind 2018 proved to be for our family, and I am sure each of us can recount our own special moments which have shaped and changed us throughout the past year.

For my family there were two “enlargements:” my eldest son married a wonderful woman who brought two children of her own into our family, and another son and daughter-in-law gave birth to a baby boy, Isaac.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, on the eve of Christ the King, we gathered as a family at Holy Trinity Parish to baptize Isaac into Christ. With equal measures of joy and solemnity, we moved through the ancient rites of initiation. The priest said that if we had been able to see what had just occurred, namely that Christ had come into this child, we would be blinded by the light of God.

Years ago I attended a Mass on Epiphany. I desperately wanted to hear a life-altering message. As I listened, I heard the dates of the “moveable” feasts of the liturgical year proclaimed: Ash Wednesday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Corpus Christi and Advent. Certainly, a map was unfolded for us as the coming year was brought to mind by the voice of the priest.

I entered the Church seeking only a clue, and experienced the gift, the grace of emergence. Originating from the Latin root emergere, it means to bring to light. Modern dictionaries define emergence as the process of becoming visible after being concealed. Only years later, on the eve of Christ the King at the baptism of a child, does that homily on that long ago Epiphany make perfect sense to me.

I settle into January, heavy with the memory of holiday food and experiences. As the days come and go, lengthening ever so slightly, I begin almost unconsciously to mark time; checking the dates for Ash Wednesday, looking to see if Easter will be early or late, filling in calendars, planning for future events, and let’s not forget the dreaded New Year’s resolutions which I usually manage to break, bit by bit, until the starkness of Lent enables me to look at the considerations which January encouraged me toward.

Thinking back on the priest’s words at Isaac’s baptism, I am reminded of lines of the preface of Eucharistic Prayer IV:

It is truly right to give you thanks, truly just to give you glory, Father most holy, for you are the one God living and true, existing before all ages and abiding for all eternity, dwelling in unapproachable light; yet you, who alone are good, the source of life, have made all that is, so that you might fill your creatures with blessings and bring joy to many of them by the glory of your light.” (from the Roman Missal)

So, I ask myself: do I seek to go beyond the images of camels, kings and cakes and welcome what is waiting to emerge? That is my prayer for January, for Epiphany, and beyond.

Isaac’s Baptism Gumbo

Ingredients:

•  ½ pound bacon

•  1 large package of chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)

•  2 packages of sausage, sliced

•  2 large red onions, diced small

•  6 stalks of celery, chopped thin

•  ½ green bell pepper, chopped

•  Garlic to taste

•  2 cans of diced tomatoes

•  1 large bag of sliced okra

•  1 package Oak Grove Smokehouse gumbo mix with rice

  2 jars turkey gravy

•  4 tablespoons jarred roux (I used Savoie’s)

•  ½ gallon chicken stock

•  1 quart very hot water

Directions:

1) Cook bacon to render grease. Put into large cast iron pot.

2) Add chopped veggies and meats.

3) Let cook over low flame until chicken is cooked through.

4) In a separate pot put chicken broth, hot water and jarred roux mix. Stir until roux mix is incorporated. Simmer for about 30 minutes on low to medium flame.

5) Add cooked vegetables, meat, tomatoes and okra. Let cook for about an hour, stirring all over a low flame.

6) Add gumbo mix, two jars of gravy, and continue cooking for a couple of hours until gumbo thickens to your preferred consistency.

I have given you the recipe but not the whole story! I waited for this gumbo to “emerge” thick and nourishing. I began to think it never would –  after all roux is not my first language… no matter how many cookbooks I read.  Finally – success!

This makes gumbo for a crowd. I made this for Isaac’s baptism party. It also freezes well. Serve with crackers over your choice of rice, grits or potato salad. We like gumbo over yellow rice.

 

 

Mike’s Meditations: Are You Poor?

by Mike Van Vranken

In Luke’s gospel story, Jesus explains his ministry. He says: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).

His entire ministry is for the poor, the captives, the blind and the oppressed – and the remainder of Luke’s gospel will bear that out. Now, at the beginning of the year, might be a good time to prayerfully ask ourselves just what this means to us, today, in 2019.

Bring Glad Tidings to the Poor. Who are the poor Jesus is talking about? Certainly Jesus came for those who are financially poor. And I think he commissions each of us to be Christ to everyone who needs financial help. But his message here is so much more. In fact, I believe that our ability to be Jesus to the monetarily poor requires our wisdom about this scripture.

I suggest you go to your favorite prayer place, some location that is quiet and alone, take some serious deep breaths, and begin by listening to the quiet. After a minute or so, recognize God’s presence with you. Softly and intimately tell the Holy Trinity that you are aware of the presence, the love and the goodness flows over and through you. If you feel like it, make a gesture; maybe bow to the presence of God; or you might make the sign of the cross. Spend a moment giving praise, glory and thanksgiving for this love relationship you have with the Creator of the Universe who loves you more than you can imagine.

In the quiet of this experience, ask God: “How do you see me right now?” And, in particular: “God, where in my life am I poor?” Then, in your stillness and oneness with God, be quiet and listen. And, by listen, I mean listen with your entire being. Hear His faint, small voice with your mind, with your mental images, and mostly, with your open heart.

When we meet God in contemplative prayer like this, we may hear Him reply that we are poor in our desire and willingness to help the needy. He may gently tell us that we are impoverished in our ability to forgive those who have wounded us. He could say we are destitute in our loving kindness to welcome the immigrant or refugee. He may lovingly respond that we are poverty-stricken in our care for the elderly. We might hear Him explain how our reservoir of compassion for the emotionally injured is bankrupt. As you might see, there are countless ways the Holy Trinity might point out where we are poor. Now, back to our conversation in prayer with God.

As you sit with God in the quiet, notice how gentle, loving and compassionate He is with you and for you. There is no judgment here. Just a loving and holy answer to your question about where in your life you are poor. In like manner, lovingly and gently receive all He has to say. Continue to sit in the quiet and allow Him to caress and embrace you. Remember, He loves you “with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Savor the moment and do not end this prayer time too quickly. Remember Jesus came to bring glad tidings to the poor. Give him the time, space and openness to do what he came to do. He wants to relieve you of your poverty and replace it with his grace. The grace to help the needy; the grace to forgive, welcome, care for, have compassion for, and especially to love all those he puts in our paths. As he told St. Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). In other words, no matter how poor we are, Jesus came so we can receive more than enough grace to relieve our poverty, and be wealthy in our love and mercy for others.

I know of no mention of New Year’s resolutions in the Bible, but I am very aware of the message of conversion and transformation. As we begin 2019, let’s make time every day this month to visit with the God of the universe, and ask Him for relief of our poverty by allowing Him to lavish us with the grace to be transformed into His true “image” and “likeness” (Genesis 1:26-28). •

 

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Vocations View: Serving in a Parish

by Jeb Key, Seminarian 

What an incredible year it has been for me. I am now beginning my fourth year as a seminarian for the great Diocese of Shreveport and I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. It seems like only yesterday that Bishop Michael Duca accepted me as a seminarian. I have learned and grown a great deal in the past three years as your seminarian, and I continue to grow in the love of God each and every day.

Since beginning this journey, I have felt the desire to serve the people of our diocese grow in my heart. I am happy to say that this year, I have been following this desire a little more immediately by serving as a seminarian in the parish of St. Joseph in Shreveport. For this entire school year, I will remain at St. Joseph’s in lieu of returning for theological studies at Notre Dame Seminary.

During this period of time, I will be serving Masses and assisting our priests in providing the Sacraments to the people of Shreveport. I will also be able to take a more active part of the liturgical year of our diocese. My close proximity to St. Joseph School, as well as our other Catholic schools, will allow me to hopefully assist and be a part of these communities in any way that I can.

Most importantly however, this experience allows me to really think and pray more deeply with my vocation. In almost every job, you spend a certain period of time studying and learning under a more experienced person. This apprenticeship for me is teaching me the in’s and out’s of priesthood and parish life. So far I have been working with RCIA, high-school and middle-school youth groups, the parish school of religion, as well as learning from the wonderful staff at St. Joseph’s.

I’ve even spent several class periods with the middle-school religion classes answering questions and sharing my story. These experiences have given me a fresh outlook on what it means to be a part of the parish. The things that I have learned so far are things which you simply cannot learn out of a book in a school; but things which are learned by doing and being with the people of the diocese.

It is lucky that St. Joseph is one of our busiest parishes and I have many opportunities to learn about parish life. I know that my time at St. Joseph will change not only my life, but my future priesthood forever. •

The Immaculate Conception

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by Fr. Matthew Long

There are countless images of the Blessed Virgin Mary. No Catholic Church, hospital, school or home is complete without at least one. Her role in our redemption and salvation has always been recognized by the faithful. The Blessed Virgin Mary bears many titles, but the title of Immaculate Conception is the one that was bestowed upon her not by man, but by God.

The Immaculate Conception as a Dogma of the Church was not formally pronounced as an infallible teaching by the Pontiff until December 8, 1854. On this date the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus (ID) was issued by Pope Pius IX. A reading of this encyclical indicates that although it was the first formal pronouncement supporting this dogma, the Church’s tradition has always held the Immaculate Conception to be a doctrine of the Church handed down by the Fathers and professed by the faithful in every generation.

The importance of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception can never be underestimated: it is the foundation upon which our belief in the Divinity of Christ  rests. Christ is God and he was with the Father from the beginning. As the Creed states, he is “consubstantial with the Father,” which means that Christ is of the same substance as the Father.

We believe that sin or anything unholy cannot be in God’s presence; God cannot be contained in a sinful place. Therefore, in order for Mary to be the Bearer of the Christ, it was necessary that she not be tainted by any sin. Since, all of humanity bore the taint of Original Sin passed down to us by our first parents, Adam and Eve, “before time began, the eternal Father chose and prepared for His only-begotten Son a mother in whom the Son of God would become incarnate and from whom, in the blessed fullness of time, he would be born into this world.” (ID).

At her conception in the womb of St. Anne, God endowed “her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of His divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity.” (ID). This free gift of grace and privilege granted by God was only possible because of the merits of Jesus Christ.

Under the title of Immaculate Conception, Mary, our mother, is the patroness of our country and of our diocese.

I once visited the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches, within it lies the remains of the first Bishop of Natchitoches, Augustus Marie Martin. Upon the marble slab marking his tomb is his Episcopal Coat of Arms, and at the center of his shield is the symbol of the Immaculate Conception. As I began to read about the Immaculate Conception, I discovered that this same symbol was on the back of the Miraculous Medal. I then obtained some Miraculous Medals for each of our seminarians and the bishop blessed them. I sent them to each of our seminarians and asked them to pray each morning with me:

“O, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” Therefore all of us were united in our prayer to our patroness to foster a culture of vocations and to be faithful sons of the Church.

I encourage all of you to place your own lives under the Immaculate Conception’s patronage and join me in this prayer for the Church in the Diocese of Shreveport and our nation as all of us work together to re-evangelize our world.  •

*This is an edited version of an article that was originally printed in the December 2012 edition of  The Catholic Connection.


December Second Collections

by Fr. Rothell Price

RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS

Announcement Dates:
November 25 & December 2 

Collection Dates:
December 8 & 9 

Please give to those who have given a lifetime.” Your gift provides vital support to our senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests who have given their all to nourish the faith of Catholics throughout our nation. They have been devoted and vigorous laborers in the Lord’s vineyard alongside diocesan priests and lay leaders.  Your generous and joyful participation in the Retirement Fund for Religious Collection is a fitting expression of our gratitude to the Lord, who called these men and women to their religious vocations. Reach out and touch them in their senior years when their need for assistance is at its height.

While many senior religious, weakened by advanced age and illness need our assistance, others continue to serve in a wide range of volunteer and prayer ministries. You can reward the dedication and hard work they gave in our Catholic Schools, hospitals, numerous social service organizations and advocacy positions. Please give to those who have given a lifetime. Through the Retirement Fund for Religious Collection, you will free them from worry by ensuring that they will have appropriate medications, medical and nursing care, and more. Your gift assures that their religious communities are able to make long-term plans for their quality eldercare. Thank you for your participation in the Retirement Fund for Religious Collection on December 8 and 9. May our Lady of Guadalupe, in her Immaculate Conception, intercede for you as you lovingly give to those who have given a lifetime. •

 

DIOCESAN INFIRM PRIESTS’ FUND

Announcement Dates:
December 16 & 23

Collection Dates:
December 24 & 25

Love. Hope. Joy. Peace. These are the four joyful virtues of the Advent season leading to the great celebration of the Incarnation of our God at Christmas. The name lodged in our hearts is “Emmanuel,” meaning, “God is with us.” The Diocesan Infirm Priests’ Fund Collection is a beautiful spiritual opportunity to tangibly shower love, hope, joy and peace upon our infirm priests. What we do for them, we do in honor of Him who called and graced them for His service. Your joyful participation in this collection is a beautiful Christmas present to the holy Christ child, his Church, and his priest brothers and servants.

Our infirm diocesan priests need us. This collection for their physical and spiritual well-being lasts throughout the new year. The Diocesan Infirm Priests’ Fund collection makes a dignified life possible for these men of God, even within whatever restraints their diminished health imposes on them. Please think of them generously at the Masses on Christmas Eve and Day, December 24 and 25. Make their days merry and bright through your gift to the Diocesan Infirm Priests’ Fund Collection.

I wish you Advent and Christmas blessings.  •

 

 

Keep Christ at the Center of Your Celebrations

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by Katie Sciba

I sauntered through the Christmas section of a department store last year, beaming because my heart equates decorations and ornaments with bliss and glee. Ribbons, tiny pine trees and clunky wood signs were everywhere donned with reindeer and messages of “Merry & Bright.” Aisle after aisle overflowed, but it was only on a single, small rack where I found decor relevant to Jesus. Christmas has been secularized for years, I know, but more than any other year, I felt deeply bothered. The reality of God coming into the world He created is a more enormous and profound idea than our minds can comprehend. Christmas is the Lord’s birthday, yes, and also the dawn of man’s salvation. I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say we should keep Christ in Christmas, and in case you’re pragmatic like me, here’s a list of ways to do it.

1. Learn Salvation History During Advent

A fantastic way to recognize Jesus in the Christmas season is to spend Advent learning salvation history, and it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. Get your tree set up for Advent and decorate it with Jesse Tree ornaments. These special ornaments are hung one day at a time leading up to Christmas, and each has a corresponding scriptural passage about the ancestry of Jesus. Complete kits are available online, or you can sort through your own decorations to find ornaments relevant to this time-honoring tradition.

2. Give Catholic Presents

Maybe our kids are weird, but they get all giddy opening clothes as well as toys Christmas morning. We typically get them fun graphic tees featuring superheroes or fairies; but it occurred to me that our kids would relish showcasing their favorite saints on their clothes; they are, after all, real-life superheroes. Other meaningful Catholic gifts are saint medals, holy water, a blessed crucifix, art for bedrooms or living areas or a rope rosary. Or call your parish and ask for a Mass to be offered for your loved ones – the Mass card will make a perfect stocking stuffer, with out of this world perks!

3. Decorate for Advent

When it comes to big decor trends, the writing’s literally on the wall. We eat up signs with gorgeous lettering, so this year put up “Oh Holy Night” or “Glory to the Newborn King.” Display your nativity scene, heirloom or Fisher Price, and save the baby Jesus for Christmas Day. LSU fans know purple goes with everything, and it’s conveniently the same liturgical color for Advent! Deck your halls with all the purple and gold you have and you’ll see that your parish will feature the very same colors before Christmas. Trade them in for whites, reds and greens just before the Big Day to give yourself and your family a visual hint that the season has changed.

It’s time to actively underscore Christ in Christmas. Prepping our hearts with a Jesse Tree and short Bible readings, adding a touch of faith to our gifts and decorating our homes with words joyfully proclaiming Christ’s coming and birth will stir a change within us. Making exterior room for Jesus in our homes will in turn make interior room for Him within our souls. Our experience of Christmas will be happier than ever when we immerse ourselves in the “Reason for the Season.” •

 

Faithful Food: It’s Fruitcake Weather

by Kim Long

I don’t know many words, which just by their utterance, can take aim at the “Christmas spirit” quite like the word “fruitcake” does. A word which offers no middle ground, it elicits either love or hate. Over time I admit that I grew from hate and disgust at the unidentifiable and unnaturally colored fruit to a genuine fondness for it.

Today my ingredients have been assembled, my recipe smudged with eggs and batter from other years on the kitchen table, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving I ready the scene: Medieval Christmas music, a pre-heated oven, and a large bowl to hold all the elements for this traditional fare. Once mixed and in the oven, I will have a moment to read a little of A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, one of my favorite stories of all time, and so appropriate since “it’s fruitcake weather” here, too.

I decided a better way to introduce this Christmas staple to my own branch of the family was to put only the ingredients we actually liked. The only fruit are candied cherries, red only, and I add chopped pecans. That was my starter recipe. Over time I have added “just a schoonch” of candied peel and pineapple. And today, gentle reader, I confess I follow her recipe to the letter.

A few years ago, I decided to enlarge on tradition by making the Irish Christmas cake. I read recipes like people read novels. It sounded, gulp, a lot like fruitcake. In all my research I came across some recipes for a steamed Christmas pudding. It sounded so Dickensian!  I followed the recipe to the letter and low and behold it worked. If only my grandmother could see it.

This year, however, I have plans to celebrate my southern roots and my mother. I return to her Orange Slice Cake recipe. My mother played the piano for the Christmas cantata at our church, sewed like a professional, spoke southern and she was good at anything she put her hand to, including this cake. It has the texture of fruitcake with a surprise: it is delicious with no provisos or age distinctions – it is just plain good.

So I shall forgo Dickens for family, and candied peel for candy orange slices.

May your Christmas season be merry and bright and may you find time for a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of your favorite Christmas cake!

Mama’s Orange Slice Cake

Ingredients:

• 1 cup butter (softened real good)*

•  2 cups granulated sugar

•  4 eggs

•  ½ cup buttermilk  (don’t use sour milk, here splurge on the real thing)

• 1 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in the buttermilk

• 3 ½ cups flour, sifted, reserving ½ cup (cake flour is better but if not using it, sift three times)

• 1 box dates (buy the chopped ones, just as good)

• 1 lb. orange candy slices

•  2 cups pecans, chopped (walnuts if you prefer or omit if nuts are disagreeable)

• 1 cup frozen coconut, grated, fully thawed (I prefer the canned)

1 cup of orange juice

• 2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Directions:

1) Chop the orange slices, dates and pecans. Place in large mixing bowl.

2) Add the ½ cup reserved flour. Toss together until pieces are coated. Add the coconut, toss again to coat. Set aside.

3) In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, until smooth. (Don’t rush this step, Kim).

4) Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition just until incorporated.

5) Mix the baking soda into the buttermilk. Stir until dissolved.

6) Add flour, alternating with milk, adding portion of flour first, and ending with flour. Mix after each addition, just until incorporated together.

7) Use a large spoon to fold the orange pieces mixture into the batter just until combined.

8) Place batter into a lightly greased and floured tube pan. Place in oven preheated 250F degrees, on center rack.

9) Bake from 2 to 2 ½ hours, or until done. Insert wooden toothpick, if it pulls out clean, cake is done.

10) Remove from oven, set on wire cooling rack.

11) Place the orange juice and confectioners’ sugar in a small mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed.

12) Pour the orange juice and sugar mixture over the cake as soon as you remove cake from oven.

13) Let stand in pan overnight then unmold cake.

 

* The notes in parenthesis are her’s to me!