Saturday, January 16, 2010

December

Dedication for the Month of December: The Immaculate Conception




O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve her from all stain, so too You would permit us, purified through her intercession, to come unto You. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Saint Nicholas (December 6th)


O good holy Saint Nicholas, you who brought joy to children, put in my heart the spirit of childhood about which the Gospel speaks. Teach me how to sow happiness around me. Amen.
Saint Ambrose (December 7th)


Lord, teach me to see you, and reveal Yourself to me when I seek You. For I cannot seek You unless you first teach me, nor find You unless You first reveal Yourself to me. Let me see You in longing and long for You in seeking. let me find You in love, and love You in finding.
  • Candle craft -- include the making of the Christ candle for the Advent wreath on this day. Our candles: 2011, 2015.
  • Read The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th)

Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th)


Our Blessed Mother said to Saint Juan Diego:
"My little son.  Do not be distressed and afraid. 
Am I not here who am your Mother? 
Are you not under my shadow and protection? 
Am I not the fountain of your joy? 
Are you not in the fold of my mantle, in the cradle of my arms? ..."
  • Coloring page
  • Textile picture using beans and rice.
  • Plan a Mexican dinner.
Saint Lucy (December 13th)


St. Lucy, pray that we may be the light of the world!
  • Say a prayer for the physically and spiritually blind.
  • Read the book Lucia, Saint of Light by Katherine Bolger Hyde
  • Make sweet bread.
  • Dress up in white gown, red sash, and candlelit wreath (boys can wear star hats) and serve the sweet bread to the family.
  • The Planting of the Wheat activity (I used cat grass since we are a mostly gluten-free household.)
  • Put up the outside Christmas lights.
  • Drive around to look at Christmas lights.
  • Make a candle gift for someone.

Saint Stephen (December 26th)


We give thee thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to thy Son Jesus Christ, who standeth at thy right hand: where he liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.
Saint John the Apostle (December 27th)


God, who through the blessed Apostle John have unlocked for us the secrets of your Word, grant, we pray, that we may grasp with proper understanding what he has so marvelously brought to our ears. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Feast of the Holy Innocents (December 28th)


Holy Innocents, you who are now in Heaven, pray for all of us that one day we may join you there to bask in God's love forever.

For more winter liturgical ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Winter Pinterest board.

Friday, January 15, 2010

November

Dedication for the Month of November: All Souls


O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of thy servants and handmaids departed, the remission of all their sins; that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
All Saints Day (November 1st)


Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • Go to Mass - it's a Holy Day of Obligation! (Psst... This is my favorite Mass of the year.)
  • All Saints Day Party (with lots of ideas)
  • Have kids pick out their favorite saints. Tell why. Draw a picture of him or her or narrate a story.
  • Create square saint art (2x2 or 4x4).
  • Play Saints Bingo.
  • Read stories of saints.
  • Play and sing the song, For All the Saints.
  • Pray the Litany of Saints.
  • At nightfall, light a candle and pray a Rosary for the dead in anticipation of the following day (All Souls).
Saint Martin of Tours (November 11th)


Dear well-beloved St. Martin, you were first a soldier like your father. Converted to the Church, you became a soldier of Christ, a priest and then a Bishop of Tours. Lover of the poor, and model for pagans and Christians alike, protect our soldiers at all times. Make them strong, just, and charitable, always aiming at establishing peace on earth. Amen.
  • First Friday Activity: story of St. Martin, lantern craft and song
  • Decide on family act of charity for the upcoming Advent season.
  • Horseshoe-Shaped Gluten-Free Almond Cookies.
  • Begin the Grateful Tree notes.
  • Gift of pajamas to the kids to "keep them warm" over the winter.
  • Act out story of St. Martin, cloak-ripping and all.
  • Prayer for our soldiers (it is also Veteran's Day in the U.S.).
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (November 17th)


Our father in heaven, 

Your servant, Saint Elizabeth brought care to the sick, food to the hungry and hope to the hopeless,

Grant us they blessing that we may follow in her footsteps with love and joy on our hearts.

Amen.
  • Tell her story and read a poem.
  • Pray for the salvation and holiness of relatives.
  • Go over spiritual and corporeal works of mercy with the kids.
  • Bake bread, giving loaves to others.

Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November)

Christ the King (final Sunday before Advent begins)


"And He will come down in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His Kingdom will have no end."
  • Make a special dinner.
  • Make a new liturgical wheel for the new Church year.
  • Stand-up Christ the King coloring page.
  • Make a Christ the King banner.
  • Make a crown on poster board and use it for Advent. The kids collect jewels for the crown to be able to crown baby Jesus on Epiphany (or for Christmas morning as a birthday gift).
  • Have a procession -- carry picture of Jesus, your banner, etc. End with prayer.
  • 2016 Celebration (paper lantern craft)
St. Andrew Christmas Novena Begins (November 30th)

For more fall liturgical year ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Fall Pinterest board.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

October

Dedication for the Month of October: Most Holy Rosary


Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Therese of Lisieux (October 1st)


"Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be - and becoming that person." ~ St. Therese
Feast of the Guardian Angels (October 2nd)


Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4th)


"Offer your bodies and take up His holy cross and follow His most holy commands even to the end." St. Francis of Assisi ~
Saint Faustina (October 5th)


O Jesus, keep me in holy fear, so that I may not waste graces. Help me to be faithful to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. Grant that my heart may burst for love of You, rather than I should neglect even one act of love for You. (Diary 1557)
Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7th)


Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

  • First Friday Activity: story about the Rosary, coloring page, learning to chant "Ave Maria" in Latin, and praying a living Rosary.
  • See links for the month above for more Rosary ideas.
  • "Fun" candy Rosary.
For more fall liturgical year ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Fall Pinterest board.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

September

Dedication for the Month of September: The Seven Sorrows of Mary

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!


September Liturgical Plans: 2011

Bl. Mother Theresa (September 5th)


"This is the meaning of true love - to give until it hurts." -- Bl. Mother Theresa


The Nativity of Mary (September 8th)


When thou wast born, o most holy Virgin, then was the world made light. -- part of a prayer by St. Anselm

The Triumph of the Cross (September 14th)

The Lord hung upon the cross to wash away our sins in His own blood. How splendid is that blessed cross.


Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15th)


Virgin, most sorrowful, pray for us.
Feast of the Archangels (September 29th)


Holy Archangles, pray for us.
For more fall liturgical year ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Fall Pinterest board.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

August

Dedication for the Month of August: The Immaculate Heart of Mary


Mary, Mother of Jesus,
give me your heart
so beautiful, so pure,
so immaculate,
that I may be able to receive
Jesus in the Bread of Life,
love Him as you loved Him,
and serve Him as you served Him
in the distressing disguise
of the poorest of the poor.
Amen.
Saint Dominic (August 8th)


Light of the Church, Teacher of Truth, Rose of Patience, Ivory of Chastity, You freely poured forth the waters of wisdom; Preacher of Grace, unite us with the Blessed. Let us pray: Grant, we beseech You, Almighty God, that we who are weighed down by the burden of our sins, may be relieved through the patronage of the Blessed Dominic. Your Confessor and Our Father. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
  • Stay up and gaze at the stars.
Saint Lawrence (August 10th)


St. Lawrence, pray for us, that the flames of divine love may burn away all traces of vice within us, and that we may be practical and zealous in the service of the poor. Amen.
  • Attend (or host) a family BBQ.
Saint Clare of Assisi (August 11th)


"Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! Place your heart in the figure of divine substance! And transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation."
Saint Maximillian Kolbe (August 14th)


Lord, You inflamed St. Maximillian with love for the Immaculate Virgin and filled him with zeal for souls and love for neighbor. Through his prayers, grant that we may work strenuously for Your glory in the service of others and so be made comfortable to Your Son until death. Amen.
  • Make intentional sacrifices for others.
Feast of the Assumption (August 15th)


Father in Heaven,
all creation rightly gives You praise,
for all life and all holiness come from You.
In the plan of Your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with Him in Heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting Your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
Saint Helena (August 18th)


Holy and blessed Saint Helena, with the anguish and devotion with which you sought the Cross of Christ, I plead that you give me God's grace to suffer in patience the labors of this life, so that through them and through your intercession and protection, I will be able to seek and carry the Cross, which God has placed upon me, so that I can serve Him in this life and enjoy His Glory ever after. Amen.
  • Make crosses out of basil and hang up in kitchen.
  • Pick basil out of the herb garden (or buy at the store): feel it, smell it, taste it. Use it to cook with and to decorate the table with. Tell the story of how basil helped St. Helen find the True Cross.
  • Play a game. Hide a cross and the kids have to find it.
  • Feast day 2011.
Queenship of Mary (August 22nd)


My Queen! my Mother! Remember thine own.
Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession.
  • Make a Marian candle (tall plain glass candle and add various printed images of Mary with modpodge).
  • Crown lunch (for inspiration)
  • Color / Paint this page and add stars around her head.
  • Craft: stand-up Queen of Mary coloring page using watercolors.
  • Sing Hail Holy Queen.
  • Pray Hail Holy Queen and/or the Memorare.

Saint Rose of Lima (August 23rd)


"Help me to remember what is really important: that I am Your child. You are my Father. You love me for who I am and how I live; not what I look like or what I own. Let me praise You Who sees into my heart, Who is always with me, and Who eases my suffering." ~~prayer of St. Rose
  • Summer with the Saints: holy card and cross craft.
  • Food: make *rosy* (pink) lemonade and serve alongside cross-shaped cookies.
  • Copy work or art work using the words, "Apart from the cross there is no ladder by which we may get to heaven." 
Saint Monica (August 27th)


Great St. Monica, patroness of fathers and mothers, please take our children, especially those who have turned from the ways of God and His Church, under your protection. Let them always remain faithful to their baptismal vows. Give them strength to walk always in the ways of the Lord, despite the temptations and false values they find in the world today. Grant that they may share with you in the joys of eternal life in God. Amen.
Saint Augustine (August 28th)


Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
  • Do something nice for mom.
For more summer liturgical year ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Summer Pinterest board.

Monday, January 11, 2010

July

Dedication of the Month of July: The Most Precious Blood of Jesus


“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most precious blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family.”
  • Pray the above prayer revealed to St. Gertrude and promised to release 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said.
Blessed Junipero Serra (July 1st)


God most High, your servant Junipero Serra brought the gospel of Christ to the peoples of Mexico and California and firmly established the Church among them. By his intercession, and through the example of his apostolic zeal, inspire us to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Saint Benedict (July 11th)


O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive You,
intelligence to understand You,
diligence to seek You,
eyes to see You,
a heart to meditate on You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

~~St. Benedict of Nursia
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14th)


O blessed Kateri, help us to trust as you trusted. Help us to see light even in our present difficulties. Help us to know that God has not abandoned or moved from us. Help us to know, help us to believe God is with us. Amen.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16th)


O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
Saint Brigid of Sweden (July 23rd)


With hearts full of con­fidence, we turn to you, O Blessed Bridget, in these times of darkness and unbelief, to invoke your powerful intercession on behalf of those who are separated from the true Church of Jesus Christ. Conscious of your deep knowledge of the cruel sufferings of our crucified Saviour, we beseech you to obtain the gift of Faith for all those who are outside the one fold, so that all the scattered sheep may be return to the one true Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Saints Anne and Joachim (July 26th)


Parents of Mary, pray for all parents that they may provide the 
loving home and faithful teaching that you provided your daughter. Amen.
For more summer liturgical year ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Summer Pinterest board.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

June

Dedication of the Month of June: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


Compassionate Jesus, I remember Your gentle invitation to "Come... and be refreshed." I bring you now all my worries, fears, needs and doubts, and those of my world. I entrust to you my loved one, both living and deceased. Enfold us all in your love, now and ever more. Amen.

Saint Germaine (June 15th)

St. Peter and St. Paul, the Apostles (June 29th)

For more spring liturgical year ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Spring Pinterest board.

For more summer liturgical year ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Summer Pinterest board.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

May

Dedication of the Month of May: The Blessed Mother



Good and Gentle God, we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women of theory who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings.

Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly.
Give them the faithful support of husband, family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children. 

Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood.
Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.
Amen.
Our Lady of Fatima (May 13)


O Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary, you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message. We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary. By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption that are recalled therein may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.


  • Feast day celebrations: 2014

For more spring liturgical year ideas, see my Liturgical Year - Spring Pinterest board.