Keep LOVE in Lent 2014

 Welcome, friends…to the 2nd Annual
 Catholic Bloggers Network 
Keep LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2014!
We’ll be sharing tips, stories and experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. Are you a Christian blogger who’d like to share Lenten ideas? You’re welcome to join in! Please scroll to the linky at the bottom of this post and visit the Catholic Bloggers’ posts linked up!
CBN Lent LinkUp

Publish your post telling us how you plan to Keep Love in Lent!
Don’t forget to include the introduction to the Keep Love in Lent link-up, along with the linked button.


Link up your post below or at the blogs of our Catholic Blogger Hosts by March 10!


Take a moment to follow our Catholic Blogger Hosts!


We want to hear from you!  We appreciate your participation in the  Follow Frenzy.  You will be assigned a group of ONLY FIVE Keep LOVE in LENT posts to visit and leave meaningful comments during the week of March 10-17.

Don’t forget to include this Keep LOVE in LENT button, linked to the Catholic Bloggers Network:

 Keep Love in Lent 2014
and include an intro like this:
Join in on the 2nd Annual Keep Love in Lent Link-Up!
Add your inspiring LENT post at one of the following Catholic Blogs:
and discover NEW WAYS to Keep LOVE in LENT!

Big Clicks Awards: Cloistered Heart, Joy of Nine9 and Equipping Catholic Families and The Beautiful Gate

 Announcing the Big Clicks Awards for February!

#1 The Cloistered Heart for No Exterior Hindrance in the Readings and Reflections (RR) category.

#2 Joy of Nine9 for When a Minute Encompassed Eternity in the Readings and Reflections (RR) category.

and  #3 Equipping Catholic Families for Presentation of the Lord Craft in the Liturgical Calendar Category.

and #4 The Beautiful Gate for The Cure for Double Yoke Syndrome

Join us for the
Link up your LENT post starting March 3
and discover some awesome and inspiring Catholic Blogs
just in time for Lent!
A Big Thank You…
to some awesome Catholic Bloggers who have agreed to help out with various features and events of the
Catholic Bloggers Network!

Chris has been doing an AWESOME…diligent and consistent job at promoting our Catholic Bloggers’ posts on our FB page and group, as well as coordinating the
(Official Launch March 3!)
It’s easy to join up…just link your post and prepare to visit 10-12 other Catholic posts.
Help us build up our Catholic Bloggers Network!
Chris has submitted her first article as a Catholic Bloggers Network Contributor for Seton.
Monica is continuing as the main admin of the Catholic Bloggers Network, coordinating the Link-Up Blitz and Big Click Awards, cohosting the Keep Love in Lent 2014,  coordinating different CBN features and events and working with Seton as a contributor…and liaison for the Catholic Bloggers Network.
Tina is helping to coordinate and host the Keep Love in Lent 2014 Link-Up Event
Tina has also agreed to be a Catholic Bloggers Network Contributor for Seton.

Tracy is helping to host the Keep Love in Lent 2014 Link-Up Event
Tracy has submitted her first article as a Catholic Bloggers Network Contributor for Seton.
Laura has been busy promoting our Catholic Bloggers’ posts and has agreed to be a Catholic Bloggers Network Contributor for Seton.

Steed has agreed  to promote our Homeschooling Catholic Bloggers’ posts
and will likely be a Catholic Bloggers Network Contributor for Seton.

Jen has been busy promoting our Catholic Bloggers’ posts!

Jennifer has been consulting with Monica at the Catholic Bloggers Network
to make the website more effective as a venue to promote our blogs!
Chelsey has agreed to promote our Catholic Bloggers’ posts!

Lisa is helping to host the Keep Love in Lent 2014 Link-Up Event
and will likely be a Catholic Bloggers Network Contributor for Seton.
I’m sorry if I have forgotten anyone who has offered to help out at the Catholic Bloggers Network. Please let me know and I’ll will make sure you get recognized in the next announcement!
Would you like to help us build up the
Catholic Bloggers Network?
Email Monica at mmcconkey a t rogers c o m
subject line “Catholic Bloggers Dream Team”
and tell us how you’d like to help us!
Catholic Bloggers’ post promotion on FB or google+ or twitter
Visit Catholic Bloggers’ posts and leave meaningful comments
Visit Catholic Bloggers Contributor posts and leave meaningful comments
Be a host of an upcoming Catholic Bloggers Event
Suggest a new Catholic Bloggers event or feature
Help coordinate future Catholic Bloggers Network Directory
Help format, publish and promote Spotlight Interviews
Moderate the Blog Help page
Could you help us willy-nilly style?
1. Please visit our Contributor Pages and leave comments!
2. Please visit our Catholic Bloggers’ linked blogs at the Blitz
and leave meaningful and encouraging comments!
3. Promote Catholic Bloggers’ posts on FB and twitter!
Link up your post and visit 10-12 others and leave comments!
5. Display the Catholic Bloggers Network button proudly on your blog.


Keep LOVE in LENT Event 2014!

you looking for a new approach to Lent this year?


Then the Keep LOVE in LENT Blog Carnival 2014 is for you!

The carnival is open to all
bloggers, particularly Catholics and Christians of all denominations
who observe LENT. Share your unique perspective and  write about anything
that pertains to the blog theme!

For example:

* tips on how you and your
family keep LOVE in LENT

stories to encourage others to do so
* books and activities (even recipes!)
that help keep the Lenten observances of fasting
* extra prayer, sacrifices, cleaning
and giving clothes away to the poor;
* special Catholic devotions and
practices such as extra weekday Masses or Stations of the Cross, etc.
* any other relevant Lenten focus on
praying, fasting, giving alms

PLEASE NOTE:  Kindly write about the theme provided.
We do not moderate or screen posts but we do reserve the right to exclude your
entry from the list of link-up participants should your post be offensive,
irrelevant to the link-up theme, contain personal attacks, off-topic articles,
articles that are anti-Christ or articles aimed to market products or services.

Thank you.


To participate, please follow these

 1. Complete this form  by Feb 24, 2014

2. Write your blog post on the
theme, “Keep LOVE in LENT” 

At the beginning of your blog carnival post,
include the following introduction,
with the Keep Love in LENT button ~~~



“I’m participating in the Keep LOVE in LENT
Blog Link-Up 2014,

We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and
real-life experiences that will help us focus on 
 Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds
 and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE.

 Please visit any of these 6 hosts, to link your own
Keep LOVE in LENT blog post!


3. Link your post to any of these
hostesses’ blogs  between  Monday March 3 and Monday March 10:

Monica at Equipping
Families  (Equipping Catholic Families on Facebook)
Chris at Campfires and Cleats (Campfires and Cleats on Facebook)
Tina at Truly Rich Mom (Truly Rich Mom on Facebook)
Tracy at A Slice of Smith
 (A Slice of Smith Life on Facebook)
Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos (Home to 4 Kiddos on Facebook)

Please remember to
copy and paste our info to the bottom of your post so that your readers, who
may also blog,  can join in the fun and link up.

All five of us who are  hostessing
are committed to strong visibility on social media for the benefit of the
Catholic Bloggers’ Network Lenten carnival. Our blogs are accessible by email
subscription as well. We encourage all who participate in the Keep Love in Lent
link up to click to all of the hostesses and follow us so that you don’t
miss updates about the Lenten carnival! And besides, we’d love to stay in
touch regularly! 


4. Mandatory  FOLLOW FRENZY:

We require that all bloggers who
link to the  Keep Love in Lent carnival  participate
  in the FOLLOW FRENZY. We’re sorry, but this time
around, the follow frenzy is not optional. However, you will have a minimized
group of only 10-12 bloggers to click to, read, enjoy and comment upon.

Here’s how:

* Once the linky closes on 3/10/14, the
admins of the Keep Love linky will  email ALL who’ve linked. We will
provide you with  info  regarding a group to which you will be

* You are  asked to visit the
blogs in your group  ( there will be approx 10-12 ) and
 leave meaningful comments.

* You are asked to visit and comment
 between Monday 3/10 and Monday 3/17.

And that’s IT for the participation guidelines.~

 ~ Important Dates~


1.      Complete
  this form  by Feb 24, 2014 so that the admins of the
Keep Love in Lent carnival can assess interest level.  This is not
a hard and fast commitment; we are just gauging interest.

2. Write your post and include the special intro information, link-up button and hostess links

3. Link your Lenten post between 3/3/14
and 3/10/14 at any of the five hostesses’ blogs using the linky tool.

4. Participate in the mandatory follow frenzy
between 3/10/14 and 3/17/14.

We’re excited to read your entries and help spread
the word on how to keep LOVE in LENT!


Celebrate the SEASONS of the Liturgical Calendar

Celebrate the Seasons Link Up!


Do you want to celebrate the Seasons of the Liturgical Calendar with fun crafts, activities and traditions?  Do you want to share your own family’s ideas about celebrating Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time?

We’ve just opened the Celebrate the Seasons Link-Up for 2014 over at
Equipping Catholic Families. 

Add your special posts by the SEASON of the Liturgical Calendar!

Advent, Christmas and Ordinary Time will remain open for the remainder of this
Liturgical Calendar year!
Lent will open SOON in preparation for this important season.

Add your ideas…pick up new ones! Celebrate the Liturgical Calendar!

Celebrate the Seasons!

January Big Clicks: Faith of the Fathers, Equipping Catholic Families and Joy of Nine9

This year, we are organizing the Catholic Bloggers Link-Up Blitz a little differently, with just ONE link-up, but you are welcome to categorize your linked post by the initials of the category at the beginning of the title name.

RR= Readings and Reflections  
CA= Catechism and Apologetics  
HS = Homeschooling  
LC = Liturgical Calendar  
FJ = Family Journal
We’d also like to ramp up the excitement a little, by opening
NOMINATIONS for the Big Clicks Awards!
NOMINATE your favorite Catholic Link-Up Blitz posts by doing one of the following:
1. Leave a comment over at the Catholic Bloggers Link-Up Blitz, mentioning a particular post that deserves special consideration!
“I NOMINATE *this blogpost*”
2. Mention your favorite Catholic Blogger’s linked post over on the
“I NOMINATE *this blogpost* for this month’s
Big Clicks Awards: blogpost url”
3. Mention your favorite Catholic Blogger’s linked post over on the  
“I NOMINATE *this blogpost* for this month’s
Big Clicks Awards: blogpost url”
Be sure to share the LINK  to your favorite linked posts…
to bring it some extra Catholic Bloggers attention!
…and for the MONTH of JANUARY,
the prestigious WINNERS of the BIG CLICKS AWARDS go to

1. Faith of the Fathers for the post

“Ex-Catholics” in the Family Journal category

2. Equipping Catholic Families for the post

in the category of Liturgical Calendar

3. Joy of Nine9 for the post

in the Catechism and Apologetics category
Remember to link up…up to 2 posts per week at the
Visit OFTEN!

Congratulations WINNERS!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Catholic Bloggers Birthday Giveaway!
We have selected 21 winners to each receive one of the 21 awesome prizes!
We have emailed the winners…so if one of these names looks like yours…check your inbox (and maybe your spam folder)!
We need you to reply as soon as possible with the information requested in the email so that we can allocate the prizes, with special consideration to your first and second choice of prize!
Please respond by 9pm on January 28, 2014.
drumroll please…
A. Faber
M. Koralewski
M. Natores
C. Weitzel
B.M. Harrell
E. Brana
L. Jasmin
A. Durocher
M. Reyna
M. Oberle
R. Longwell
M. Roy
C. Sconochini
A. Good
D. Harre
T.D. Masters
S. Patterson
A.D. Hilker
J.J. Ramirez
A. O’Donoughue

New! Saints AND Seasons Catholic Link-Up for your Catholic celebrations, crafts and activities!


Saints Link-Up

Link Up your best blog posts of Saint’s celebrations, crafts and activities!
January AND February are currently open!
month by month!
Catholic Seasons Link-Up
Link Up your best blog posts of crafts, activities and traditions to celebrate
the SEASONS of the Liturgical Calendar!
Currently, ADVENT, CHRISTMAS and ORDINARY TIME are open!
Add YOUR links!
Discover other Catholic Blogs!
Celebrate Catholic Feast Days and Seasons!

Happy 2nd Birthday! Giveaway with over $300 in prizes!

We’re celebrating our 2nd birthday here at the Catholic Bloggers Network with the
Catholic Bloggers Birthday GIVEAWAY!
This FABULOUS GIVEAWAY is sponsored by the following
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