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Saturday, November 22, 2014

St. John Berchmans Craft {Liturgical Ornament}

St. John Berchmans' feast day (November 26) is celebrated on the same day as another saint who I own much of my faith to, St. Leonard of Port Maurice. While I regret not having an ornament to share for Saint Leonard (maybe next year), I do recommend you read "The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved" This was such a huge eye opener to my husband and myself. It forced us to realize we needed to do more than just be a bare-minimum-rule-following Catholic and that God was asking much more for us all! Please, take a few minutes to read it.
Now for St. John Berchmans:
St. John is the patron saint of altar boys, so we made an ornament depicting an altar boy. Read more about him on the bottom of this page HERE. St Leonard's story is also told on the bottom of that same page. 

To make this ornament you will need:
  • medium blue felt
  • black felt
  • yellow felt
  • white felt
  • tan felt
  • brown sharpie permanent marker
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • thread and needle for the looped hanger
First, cut out all the parts like those above. We used the brown marker to add detail to his face.
Next glue down the black body and glue the white surplice on top. Don't glue down the arms of the white surplice yet. First, add the black arms under the white arm and then glue down the white part of the arms. 
Now add the halo, head, and cross. Cut out around the figure to remove any extra background. Add a threaded loop to the top so it can be hung up. 

St. John Berchmans, pray for us!

May God bless you all with joy.
~Jennifer and Elizabeth


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