Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts {Crafts, Printables, and Coloring Pages)


The feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary often fall on the first Friday and Saturdays in June and this year is no different. So I wanted to share a few files that I pulled out of a dusty old folder which I had saved on my old computer. (Don't worry I "dusted" them off! ;-) )
A devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary was a BIG DEAL years ago. Now (at least in my area) these special days often seem to be over looked and even forgotten. I've heard of schools that take time off from teaching to have the kids go to Mass every First Friday. That's sooo awesome!! It's wonderful to see some  schools do that! But if your kids are not lucky enough to go to a school that holds such a monumental sense of importance for First Friday or if you homeschool like me you need to be sure your kids understand the importance of going to Mass on First Friday, as well as, First Saturday.
Here are the promises made by Jesus and Mary:
About the Sacred Heart of Jesus
{9 First Fridays}
 

The authentic texts as found in the writings of St. Margaret Mary: (Jesus said)
  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will give peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.
  5. I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
  9. I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.
  10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
  11. Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.
  12. In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.
About the Immaculate Heart of Mary
{5 First Saturdays} 
Our Lady of Fatima asked that, in reparation for sins committed against her Immaculate Heart,

 on the first Saturday of five consecutive months the Catholic:
  1. Go to Confession (within 8 days before or after the first Saturday)
  2. Receive Holy Communion
  3. Recite five decades of the Rosary
  4. Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary
She promised that, whoever would ever does this, would be given at the hour of his death, the graces necessary for salvation.
Isn't that AWESOME!!!! Wow! What a gift Jesus and Mary have offered us! Most people would do these things if it meant they would win the lotto and these promises are far better than winning money! So we need to teach a devotion of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart to our children!
But please explain to the kids that finishing the requirements that Jesus and Mary asked does not mean we can do whatever we want and still get into heaven. A person must still try very hard to be good. These promises are Jesus and Mary's extra help to those who complete the tasks. They are not a heavenly assurance.
An Activity to Get Kids Interested and Motivated
I know that getting kids motivated can be a little difficult. So I made a few things to help you. 
First:
Here is a printable of the promises: Read these promises to the kids and explain what they mean. 
Second:
Here are a few printables for the kids. With these printables the kids can create a chart to keep track of the the First Fridays and First Saturdays which they have finished the requirements.
Choose the one(s) you like best for your situation:

You may also like to a simple coloring page
What to do:
After printing off the above pages (one set for each child) have the kids color the Sacred and Immaculate  Hearts on the chart(s). They can also decorate them with whatever they want (stickers, glitter, or other fun items) Then as the months pass they can mark to months that they were successful at completing the requirements.

Or you can make these printables into a craft if you wish! Have the kids color a simple paper plate with "rays of light". Than color the hearts on the chart. Now cut out the hearts and glue them to the plate.
Then glue on the months into the rays around the hearts. As they finish the months the kids can mark, high-light, or decorate the ones that they have completed. 
These charts and crafts will help them to remember to go to Mass and pray with a prepared heart and holy spirit. Hang them in a prominent spot so they can serve as a good remember as the months pass.

After they have completed the requirements:
After they have finished the requirements for 5 First Saturdays and/or the 9 First Fridays then you may award them a certificate of completion:

You can have a big ceremony if you like! 
But be sure invite Jesus and Mary to the party!!
God Bless!
~Jennifer


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