Blessed Birthdays

Post Date: September 3, 2021
Author: Laura Stephens

For by me your days will be multiplied and the years of your life increased. – Proverbs 9:11

For my family, we are in the middle of birthday season with over half of the celebrations falling in the next few weeks! Big number years filled our family this year, but for us, each year is a gift and a reason to celebrate no matter the number. We use each birthday as a time to celebrate together as a family with special meals, activities and sharing our love through simple gifts.

Cultures and families all celebrate differently. Ultimately there is no one “Catholic” way to celebrate, but here are some ideas to consider that might allow the birthdays of our families to be more faith-filled:

Offer a blessing

Prayer is an eternal gift we can give to those we love. It is a gift that God can take and fill with so many more graces and effectiveness than we can ever imagine. Taking the time to offer a birthday blessing for our loved ones is a magnificent way to show our love. Here are some options:

Blessing on a Child’s Birthday

Blessing on the Occasion of a Birthday from the Book of Blessings

Birthday blessings are given by our priests here at Sacred Heart at the end of Mass on the first weekend of each month. This is another reminder of the gift of birthday blessings.

Fill with gratitude

Having another day to live should fill our hearts with joy and gratitude. No matter what we are dealing with, it is a day to remember especially when we can never be guaranteed another day. Each of us owes so much to God for the gift of life and to our parents for choosing to be open to life. I know that not all births and birthdays are easy for people if they come from broken relationships or other traumatic experiences. But I hope that each of us can find a way to fill our hearts and birthdays with gratitude for another day of life.

Gifts are not the center

Love is the center of birthdays! Let us be sure we teach our children to not just focus on the gifts they want or the gifts they did not get.  Those toys that they will likely forget about by their next birthday might not seem quite so important if they remember that love is the most important gift they can receive—the love of God and of family.  Gifts are just a way to show love to those we care about.

Each life is important

Take moment to reflect on the wonder of God’s love from before the day of birth. He had a plan for each of those we love and even for those we struggle to get along with!

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works!
My very self you know. My bones are not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down;
my days were shaped, before one came to be.
– Psalm 139:13-16

Our Blessed Mother’s Nativity (birthday) is coming up on September 8. On this day, the beautiful soul chosen by God to bring about our salvation was born into the word by her parents St. Joachim and St. Anne. God truly had an amazing and crucial plan for Mary’s birth and life!

Along with Mary, the only other birthdays that are celebrated in the liturgical year is, of course, Christ’s birthday on December 25th and St. John the Baptist’s on June 24th. Saints are usually remembered on the day of their death as their celebration into eternal life.  But it was the years leading up to that day of death that allowed them this great honor to be called a saint of God.

Happy birthday, Blessed Mother! Teach us to love as you do and prepare our hearts to be better disciples of your Son, Jesus!

For reflection:

How are we glorifying God with each new year He gives to us?

In what ways can we use birthdays in our family to thank God more for the gift of life and love?

Author: Laura Stephens, FF Homeschool Coordinator

Recent Posts

To Forgive or Not Forgive

To Forgive or Not Forgive

A Reflection on the Readings for the 24thSunday in Ordinary Time, September 17, 2023 First Reading: SIR 27:30—28:7 Responsorial Psalm: PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 Second Reading: ROM 14:7-9 Gospel: MT 18:21-35 Our gospel passage this week directly follows last...

Miracle of Life – Weeks 31st to 34th

Miracle of Life – Weeks 31st to 34th

Just as you do not know how the life breath enters the human frame in the mother’s womb, So you do not know the work of God, who is working in everything. - Ecclesiastes 11:5 Though we have spent weeks studying the intricate details of the weeks of pregnancy, there...

Monica’s Praise Report 8-23-23

Monica’s Praise Report 8-23-23

Praise be Jesus Christ!  Praise be His Holy name. May God be praised now and always, for He is God and wonderful is He and worthy to be praised. Thank You God for your providence. Thank You for your guidance and teachings. Thank You for your involvement in our lives....

Who do you say that I am?

Who do you say that I am?

He said to them, "but who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father." -...

The Prayers God Always Answers

The Prayers God Always Answers

When I was a child, my mother bought a book called “The Prayers God Will Always Answer.” I remember my anticipation as I cracked the spine and turned to the first page. I had been spending a lot of time asking God — begging God, actually — over and over again for some...

The Choice of Stewardship

The Choice of Stewardship

What does it mean to be a good steward? Does it mean to be an active parishioner, or something more? Are we better stewards because we give more in terms of our money and time to our parish, or are we called to do even more than that? The truth is that stewardship is...

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

August 27, 2023 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Isn’t it a bit weird that Catholics call the Pope “papa,” father? This Sunday provides us with essential Scriptural background on the papacy, the petrine office. Jesus gives Peter the “keys to the kingdom of heaven,” after...

God and the Good Strong Wind

God and the Good Strong Wind

My only real memory of the Mackinac Island ferry was the physical sensation of the wind against my face. I remember, distinctly, that it hurt. It surprised and confused me because wind had never felt painful before. Looking back now, I realize that it wasn’t just the...

Miracle of Life – Weeks 27th to 30th

Miracle of Life – Weeks 27th to 30th

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. - Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift. They turn young women and men into mothers and fathers. They push us to see life differently, to focus on what matters and to seek for the things eternal in a search...

He is Calling

He is Calling

A Reflection on the Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 13, 2023 Gospel: Mt 14:22-33 A man at my parish was struggling to overcome a habitual sin. He said to me, “Father, I know the chance that I will commit sin again is really high. Why should I keep...

Local Angels

(Our Sponsors)

For more information on how to showcase your business and sponsor this site, please send us an email.

Only 6 2 spots available, first come first served! One sponsor per industry.


View a calendar of upcoming events

Our History

Learn the history of our Parish

Clergy and Staff

Meet our clergy and staff members!

How to Become Catholic

Interested in becoming Catholic?

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Mass Times

Sunday 10 am

Weekend Mass Times

Saturday Vigil

5:00 pm | 7:00 pm SP


7:30 am | 10:00 am | 12:30 pm SP | 3:00 pm SP | 5:30 pm

Contact Info

109 North Frazier St.
Conroe, TX, 77301


Follow Us On

Join Our Newsletter!