Thursday, April 20, 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday Activities

Divine Mercy Sunday is just a few days away!  There's still time to plan an activity for your family, CCD class, or classroom.  Here are some easy but meaningful projects ready for you to use:

Click here for a Divine Mercy watercolor art project, including a way to simply explain the symbolism of the colors in the Divine Mercy image:

Click here for pattern and instructions for making a Divine Mercy melty bead craft:
(Which could also double as a cross stitch pattern)

Click here for ideas for several easy and cheap mercy bulletin boards:

Click on the image below for a printable for making a "pop-out" Divine Mercy Chaplet:

Click on the image below for a notebooking activity connecting the Image of Divine Mercy and the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Click on the image below for a post about making a lapbook connecting the Image of Divine Mercy and the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Here are a couple of Divine Mercy craft ideas that are simple and cheap that haven't made their way into their own blog posts:

One quick Divine Mercy craft you could make is this cute mini shrine:

It is made with a repurposed Altoid tin and features the Image of Divine Mercy, instructions and the words to the prayers, and a pop-out Divine Mercy Chaplet.  You can also check my original post about making mini shrines.

Another super fast idea is to make these little decade Rosaries/Chaplets.  The heart and the vertical beam of the cross are one long bent pipe cleaner and the horizontal beam of the cross is a short (~2") piece of a pipe cleaner twisted on.  String on ten pony beads, twist together, and you have a chaplet that can easily be used by little fingers- they can even slide the beads as they pray.  These also could be used for good deed beads.  I used blue, white, and red colors to remind us of the symbolism in the Image of Divine Mercy.

May God richly bless you this Divine Mercy Sunday!

For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter: Fifty Days to Celebrate

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Easter Sunday may have been yesterday, but the season of Easter goes on for fifty days.  From now until Pentecost, keep the Risen Christ alive with your kids using some of these activities!

Click on the pictures for the links to the original posts, complete with printables and instructions.

The Way of Light Coloring Book
During Lent, we pray the Way of the Cross, the fourteen stations that tell the story of Jesus' Passion and Death.  During Easter, there is also a set of fourteen stations about the stories that happened between the Resurrection and Pentecost. The Biblical accounts are collected with simple pictures and the Scripture references in this mini coloring book:
 Here you can see a screen shot of the four page printable:

The Way of Light Easter Sunrise
This craft creates a Easter sunrise with a ray of sun for each of the stations of the Way of Light:

The Way of Light Resurrection Eggs
This activity creates a set of Way of Light Easter eggs.  Each egg contains small objects that tell the story of the days of Easter:

The Way of Light Story in a Bag
Using simple objects collected in a bag, this project helps kids be the story tellers of the events of the Easter Season:

Way of Light Adult or Teen Bible Study
Seven part Bible study for individuals or groups:

Paschal Greeting Printable
The traditional Easter greeting in the form of a simple coloring page, great to hang up in your home or classroom:

Easter Playlist
Jam to the sounds of the season:

Easter Posters
Have some fun with lettering techniques and Scripture verses with special Easter significance while making these Easter posters:

Gospel in an Eggshell
Using tiny objects that fit into a plastic Easter egg, wrap together the story of Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection:

New Life Seeds
Connect the death and resurrection of Christ to the growth of seeds this spring time:

Fulton Sheen Quote Coloring Page
"Unless there is a cross in our lives, there will never be an empty tomb; unless there is a crown of thorns, there will never be the halo of light; unless there is a Good Friday, there will never be an Easter Sunday."

Resurrection Eggs
These eggs contain small objects and strips of Scripture that tell the story of Holy Week:

What Easter Looks Like Printable
Black & white and color printable of the symbols of the Easter season:

Regina Coeli Mini Book
During the season of Easter, we do not continue to pray the Angelus, but instead pray the Regina Coeli.  This mini book contains the prayer, some explanations, definitions of words, and pictures to color:

Debunking Resurrection Theories
This graphic organizer contains several of the theories that try to explain away the idea of the Resurrection of Christ.  It could be used as a discussion starter for a middle or high school youth group study on the truth of the Resurrection.

Women of the Resurrection Adult or Teen Bible Study
Seven part Bible study for individuals or groups, including Scripture verse coloring pages:

Divine Mercy Sunday
Check out this post for some ideas for celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday:

These activities tie together Pentecost and the Sacrament of Confirmation:

I wish you and the kids in your lives a very blessed Easter season!

Friday, April 14, 2017

This Great Silence

Sometimes my Seasons of Lent seem to have a theme.  This year, that running undercurrent was Holy Saturday- quiet, simple, sorrowful, and a time of waiting.  Through all the weeks of Lent, this Holy Saturday theme carried throughout, and popped up in many of the things that I read, listened to, and experienced.  If you are around on social media today, I wanted to share some of these great resources about Holy Saturday.  I also made a coloring page and a printable of my favorite line from the poem that has been running through my head.  You can print them below.

Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Holy Saturday and a glorious Easter!

Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. . . He has gone to search for Adam, our first father, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow Adam in his bonds and Eve, captive with him - He who is both their God and the son of Eve. . . "I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. . . I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. (Ancient Homily on Holy Sunday, CCC 635)

Catholic Stuff You Should Know Podcast: He Descended into Hell

The Easter Mystery: Christ Descended into Hell by Bishop Robert W. Finn
Includes poem "Limbo" by Sr. Mary Ada

CCC 631-637

Click here for the black and white printable coloring page:

Click here for the watercolor printable:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Triduum

We are entering in to the holiest three days of remembrance and celebration.  You can get this quick signs and symbols coloring page about the Triduum in my Liturgical Year Coloring Book.  It would be a great way to remind kiddos (and us) about the special meaning of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.  Use it to begin discussions, as a springboard for reading the stories from the Gospels, or even as a countdown by hanging it up and coloring the appropriate symbols each day.  

Click on the image or the link above to print your own copy:

I wish you and your family a very blessed and memorable Holy Week!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

RCIA Welcome Gifts

In less than two weeks at the Easter Vigil, adults all over the world will be joining the Catholic Church and receiving the Sacraments of Initiation for the first time.  As a school, we love to celebrate with our these new members of our parish family.  Since our 5th grade curriculum centers so heavily on the Sacraments, we make a special gift that connects to the three Sacraments of Initiation- Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

One of our favorite kid-to-RCIA-candidate gifts is this Exploding Sacrament Book.  You can find a step by step guide for folding here.  We used three sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock for each book.

It folds down to a 6" x 6" book, but opens up to a fun mini poster.

Usually two or three students work on the book together.  We added the title "welcome" across the open book:

On the various folds and flaps on both sides, the students then added personal notes:

And art relating to each Sacrament:

And Bible verses for each Sacrament:

The kids do such great work, and really put a lot of effort in making the RCIA candidates feel welcome.  Here are a few more pictures of their art and notes:

Finally, we fold them up, add a cover, tie them together with a bow, and deliver to our newest Catholics!  This project would also work so well for any school/CCD students receiving their Sacraments for the first time.

If you have less kids, less time, or want to do something less complicated, you could make a simple trifold card with a section for each of the Sacraments of Initiation

We welcome all those joining the Church this Easter!