Jul 28, 2011

Morning Offering Prayer ~ Banner Craft

This craft is a helpful reminder for kids to say the Morning Offering. Once it's completed it can be hung on the refrigerator, next to their bed, or anywhere they will see it as a reminder to say this wonderful prayer each morning.

This project can be as fancy or as simple as you like

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Click Here for the free printables and instructions.
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May you have peace on your mind and in your heart
as you offer all your daily actions to Jesus!
 God Bless.
~Jennifer

Jul 17, 2011

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St Simon Stock, and the Scapular ~ Skit and Craft

Wall Scapular Craft:
Hang this wall scapular on your wall as a reminder of the precious scapular, it's story, and Mary's promises to those who wear a scapular and obey God's commands.
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Click here if you would like to print
the scapular images and instructions.
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About the scapular:
 A scapular is part of a monk's or nun's habit. It is the strip of fabric which has a hole in the middle so that it could hang over the shoulders and cover front and back. Its name came from the Latin word for shoulder; 'scapula'. In the fifteenth century, Third Order members were required to wear the scapular. The Third Order were lay people so the scapular was reduced in size, and it was eventually miniaturized in the sixteenth century.

Today, the scapular is typically made up of two small double squares of cloth (sometimes only one). They are normally 2  inch squares with two long strings between them so it can be hung over the shoulders, with one square in front and one in back. The scapular is usually the same color as the habit of the religious order to which it belongs. The scapular can have an image of Our Lady or a symbol which relates to the particular devotion it recalls. Scapulars are sacramentals, they give the wearer God's protection. There are approximately 18 different scapulars, most of them have an origin that stems from a vision.
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A Short Skit
Our family does a lot of short skits to help the kids learn and remember the things we are talking about.
Here is one about St Simon Stock, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the scapular:

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The story Rachel wrote for the play/skit:
Our Lady, St. Simon Stock, and the Scapular

Simon was born around 1165 A.D. At the age 12, Simon traveled to the Holy Lands were he met a group of hermits who called themselves the successors of Elijah. Simon joined them. His last name Stock, which means "tree trunk", is thought to have derived from his behavior of living in the trunk of a oak tree as a hermit.
When the Muslims began to take over the Holy Land, Simon and his friends fled to England. There Simon started many Carmelite Communities in areas like Cambridge and Oxford. He also started some in Paris and Bologna. He changed their ways from being hermits, to Mendicant Friars.
Years later the Carmilite Community wasn't doing so well. Then on July 16, when Simon was in Cambridge, he decided to go to his room and pray to Mary. While in his room, Mary suddenly appeared to Simon holding the brown scapular in one hand and she said:

"He who dies clothed in this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection."

Many years later both religious and ordinary Catholics have been able to wear the scapular. The church has approved 18 different kinds of scapulars. But the most popular is the woolen brown scapular which Our Lady gave Simon Stock.

Simon's feast day is on May 16 and
Our Lady of Mount Carmel's feast is July 16.

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Brown Scapular Enrollment:
Years ago, many Catholic parishes enrolled the children who were to receive their first Holy Communion in the Brown Scapular. Today it's not as common. 
If you want to be enrolled, talk to a Catholic priest.

Take a look at the entire site for even more information on the Brown Scapular.
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May God's peace be with you,
~Jennifer



Jul 16, 2011

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha ~ Play and Crafts

We often enjoy doing skits/plays when we are learning about a Bible story or saint. Today Rachel, our 13 year old,  wrote, narrated, and directed a short skit about  Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. I helped with the low budget costumes, but she did most of it on her own. (Keep mind that shes been performing in our family skits for years and she knows what to do.) 
Here is the skit:





Make a Christain Indian head band.

Click Here to print the Bl Kateri head band and feather that you can make.
We used in this head-band and feather in our play.




Here is the Story of BL Kateri that Rachel wrote for the play:

St. Kateri Tekawitha

Kateri was born in 1656 near the town of Auriesville, New York. She lived with a Mowhak tribe; her father was a Mohawk warrior and her mother was a Christian.

Kateri lived happily with her family, but when Kateri was 4, her parents caught small pox and died. Kateri also caught the illness. She recovered but it left her eyes weak, and her face scarred.

After her parents death, Kateri lived with her two aunts and an uncle, who was the Mohawk chief. In that time period a group of Jesuit priests (The Mohawk's called them black robes) came to her village. Although her relatives disapproved, Kateri wanted to become a Christian  Kateri was baptized on Easter Sunday, and received her first Holy Communion on Christmas Day. After her conversion, Kateri spent the rest of her life helping the elderly, sick, and the young. Every morning, Kateri would get up early and go to the church and wait for its doors to open at 4:00. Their she stayed until the very last Mass was said.

Kateri died on April 17, 1680 after battling a long illness.At the time of her death, her facial scars from the small pox disappeared.

In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared her the first beatified native American. Her feast day is July 14.





Try making a simple skit with your family and friends. It doesn't have to be fancy. It's only purpose is to allow the kids to have fun, and learn about the faith.(As a bonus kids learn to not fear being in-front of people.)

Have fun and God bless!~Jennifer

Jul 14, 2011

Mary Walking Among the Flowers ~ Color and Create!

This craft project depicts Mary walking among the flowers.
It's a very simple craft for young or old.  

Simply print off the floral frame image and the Mary image. Color the flower frame pattern and decorate it however you like. Then cut around it and also in the center. Now, cut out the Mary picture and glue or tape it to the back of the frame.

Very simple and very lovely!

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My daughter, Rachel, is the artist of the flower frame! 
 Thanks to Rachel for sharing this with us!

Mother Mary, Pray for us!

~Jennifer


Jul 13, 2011

Jesus in the Eucharist ~ Monstrance Art Project

I have already added our "Jesus in the Eucharist ~ Body and Blood Craft" to help teach kids about the true presents of Jesus in the Eucharist. This Monstance Craft is a different variation of the same idea using a image of the Blessed Host in a monstrance.
 Pick which variation of this craft you like best based on the topic you are teaching.
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Children who are preparing to receive First Communion may be better
to do the Bread and Wine Craft:
Click Here.
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Children who are learning about Adoration or Holy Hours
may be better with this Monstrance Craft.....
Click Here for printable monstrance and host.
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Supplies:Glue
Scissors
Clear tape
Printable Monstrance and Host - Click here
Sheet of construction paper for the background (blue or black look nice)
Decorative items like glitter/glitter glue, gems, sequins, etc.
Crayons to color the Monstrance. (yellow, orange, & red)

Extra Idea...
Print the Monstrance sheet onto yellow paper and cut out. (No coloring necessary.)
Another Extra Idea...
Use the Monstrance sheet as a coloring page and add your decorations. (This is nice if you hate cutting.)

Instructions:If you are not using this printable as a coloring sheet, cut out your Monstrance. Color it if you did not print them out on colored paper. Glue the Monstrance onto the construction paper.
Now decorate the Monstrance with the glitter, gems and sequins or whatever else you choose.  You may also decorate the construction paper background, if desired.
Glue the Jesus resurrected circle on to the Monstrance's center circle. With a small piece of clear tape attach the Eucharist to create a door that opens to reveal the image of Jesus.

Jul 3, 2011

Jesus in the Eucharist ~ Art Project

This craft project is to help children understand that Jesus is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. Although Jesus is hidden, He is truly there. This reality is something very difficult for we as simple humans to comprehend. Sadly, it is a teaching of the Catholic Church which many Catholics do not have enough faith to believe. Lets help our children to believe, understand, and remember it.
 The Eucharist in this craft opens to reveal Jesus.
Supplies:
  • Glue 
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Printable Chalice and Host -Click Here
  • Sheet of construction paper for the background (blue or black look nice)
  • Decorative items like glitter/glitter glue, gems, sequins, etc.
  • Crayons to color the chalice and Eucharist’s rays. (yellow, orange, & red)
Extra Idea...
Print the chalice/Eucharistic rays sheet onto yellow paper and cut out. (No coloring necessary.) 

Another Extra Idea...
Use the chalice/Eucharistic ray sheet as a coloring page and add your decorations. (This is nice if you hate cutting.) 

Instructions:
If you are not using this printable as a coloring sheet, cut out your chalice and Eucharistic rays. Color them if you did not print them out on colored paper. Glue the chalice and rays onto the construction paper.
Now decorate the chalice and rays with the glitter, gems and sequins or whatever else you choose.  You may also decorate the construction paper background, if desired.
Glue the Jesus resurrected circle on top of the Eucharistic ray circle. With a small piece of clear tape attach the Eucharist to create a door that opens to reveal the image of Jesus. 
Through this art project, children can imagine how this simple bread and wine is truly Our Almighty Lord
Through this art project, children can imagine how this simple bread and wine
 is truly Our Almightly Lord, Jesus!

May God Bless you,
~Jennifer

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