Saturday, April 8, 2017

Comprehensive List of FREE Catholic Printables

I am a member of the Yahoo group Christian Activity Worksheets and recently there was a message on there that had a comprehensive list of FREE Catholic Printables that are online.  Below is the list that I am posting for my own reference and to share with my readers! Thanks Laura for posting!   If you know of any more please comment and leave the link.  Thanks! 

Worksheets, Games, Bulletins, Puzzles, Booklets
Divine Mercy pages of Spiritual Bouquet Cathletics Craft Kit! Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families
 Image Credit: Monica at Arma Dei for this Pinterest board! Catholic Connections eSource: A Parish Religion Education Program for Grades 6 – 8 crossword puzzles, word searches, coloring book, mazes, etc. Confirmation Worksheets (scroll down to this) Christian Life Education (worksheets) Free Catholic files Sunday Gospel for the Mass activities: Mass worksheets, coloring, puzzles, crafts, games, quizzes, lessons, etc. Under Teachers/Catechists click on Blessed Are We Program Units or Feasts & Seasons. Click on the grade level you want. Grade 1, 2, or 3 worksheets Click on PGW Online Activities. Register for free. Inside you'll find features on Saints of the Season, Feasts of the Season, Catholic Culture, and Family Prayer - plus reproducible activities for preschool through junior high. New pages are posted four times a year. Chapter worksheets for K – 6th Grade To take you to activities, articles, and resources: Pick A Grade, Type of Visitor, and click on Go To Download FREE Sample Pages Mark, Luke, and John crossword puzzles Devotionals, skits, word searches, crosswords, recourses for Cycle A, B, or C Gospel for the Mass. Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities. Children’s Worship Bulletins posted for ages 3 – 12. A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week. Has a weekly quiz and coloring page on each week's readings. Elaine provides FREE faith based games, booklets, and more FREE Liturgical Printables games/puzzles, coloring pages, families, kids, church topics, etc. FREE Catholic Downloads (handwriting, coloring, 2014 Liturgical Calendar, St. Catherine Academy Gazette)

The Catholic Toolbox- FREE Printables (worksheets, puzzles, games, flash cards, handwriting sheets, booklets, etc.)


Pope Francis coloring page Coloring page for Pope Francis
Image Credit: FREE Catholic Coloring Pages Saint Pages Scroll down to the free coloring pages Saint coloring pages that you can download for free. Scroll down and click on the saint you want. The link will take you directly where you can download a black and white PDF file of the saint. Saints Coloring Pages


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Solemnity of the Annunication of the Lord: March 25

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March 25th is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord when Mary said "Yes" to God's will when the Angel Gabriel told her the exciting news that she was the mother of the Son of God! 9 months from today is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

We celebrated as in year's past with waffles for dinner (a Swedish tradition actually), "megaphones" to "announce" the Angelus prayer, and the table is decorated with a white candle with Baby Jesus cradled in the candle to represent how He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and lived in Mary's womb for 9 months.

In the morning of March 25th, I set up our kitchen table like this..

I put the familiar plastic white lace tablecloth over a plastic blue tablecloth.  I usually use these two tablecloths for Marian feast days because the lace looks "fancy", but it's a frugal decoration and the color blue is a traditional color for our Blessed Mother.

I made "megaphones" out of foam drinking cups so that we could "announce" the Angelus Prayer, which is a beautiful prayer about the Annunciation that we try to say each day at lunch time. I printed out artwork of the Annunciation and the first phrase of the Angelus Prayer and taped them onto the cups.

I displayed Mary: The Mother of Jesus by Tomie DePaola behind the candle.   This book has a page about the Annunciation.
Cover Image

I carved out a little hole at the bottom of the candle and put a plastic baby in it.  This is the same baby we use for the King Cake at our Epiphany parties and Mardi Gras.

The artwork on the right side of the Annunciation was painted by my oldest daughter several years ago that we have displayed in our home year round.

"Behold, the Virgin shall be with Child, and shall bear a son."

Matthew 1:23

The other book displayed is Saints and Angels by Claire Llewellyn

Here is our family saying the Angelus (and using the megaphones as telescopes too. :) )

We had waffles, bacon, fruit and homemade whipped cream for dinner because in Sweden the feast of the Annunciation is also called Waffle DayIt's interesting to learn why this is so!

For a great reflection about the Annunciation be sure to read The Annunciation: When Angels Held Their Breath.

And I'll conclude this post all about the Annunciation with this beautiful song and images about the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day: Books~DVD~Sweet Treats~Green Eggs~Craft

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We had a simple celebration on March 17 to remember Saint Patrick, the most popular Saint in Ireland.  Did you know that St. Patrick was a mentor to Saint Brigid of Ireland? Be sure to read Here's 31 Things You Didn't Know About Saint Brigid of Ireland and 3 Simple Ways to Celebrate St. Brigid of Ireland's Feast Day: February 1 to find out more about this well-known female Saint in Ireland who lead an interesting and inspiring life as well. 

Before I tell a little more about our St. Patrick's Day this year, I thought I'd share this photo taken on March 16 to celebrate my husband's birthday.  My husband has a fraternal twin brother and I have shared a "twin photo" on past blog posts.  It was a busy day with a soccer game, soccer practice and gymnastics, but we managed to squeeze in a little celebration at Chick-fil-A and we had cupcakes.

Saint Patrick's Day morning I set out this little display on our kitchen table.

The opened book in the center is a page about Saint Patrick that I read during our Couch Catechism prayer time.  The book is titled Saints and Angels.


We also recently enjoyed reading out loud Chime Travelers: The Secret of the Shamrock.  Such a fun book about 2 children going back in time to spend some adventures with Saint Patrick! 


Also on the table was a Saint Patrick statue and the Saint Patrick Shining Light Doll

After we read about Saint Patrick, I made some green eggs using the Green Eggs Chemistry Experiment we used last year for the first time.  They tasted better than they smelled and looked as my daughter held her nose stirring the water dyed with red cabbage and the egg whites. Ha! 

Then we did a fun printable Trinity Shamrock Craft from Catholic Icing.  Easy and fun and meaningful! 

For more ideas on ways to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day be sure to visit these bloggers' posts:

And some interesting posts I have read to learn more about Saint Patrick:  

Bind on the Breastplate of St. Patrick from Catholic Exchange
Done with your shamrock shake? Enjoy these 17 breathtaking quotes from St. Patrick's "Confessio"! (seventeen breathtaking quotes translated into English from Saint Patrick’s most well-known written work, his remarkable "Confessio")

Saint Patrick, pray for us! 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras and Salt Dough Crown for Lent

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It's been a little while since I posted because life is well, life. So I thought I'd catch up on some posts that I have been meaning to publish. I posted about our family's Lenten traditions and we aren't doing all the traditions this year, but many of them.

Just before Lent started, we celebrated Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, with a mini King Cake recipe that we did for the first time this year.  I usually make one big King Cake, but the mini King Cakes were easy enough for my 3 youngest daughters to enjoy making and decorating with a few friends. 

Using 2 cans of Cinnamon rolls (we bought ours from Trader Joe's), we unrolled them and braided the long dough strands and then shaped them into circles for a crown.

After baking the mini King Cakes and icing them with the can icing, my daughters and her friends used sugared sprinkles to decorate each one.

I must say this took a lot less time and the girls had fun making and decorating their mini King Cakes this year.  I'll have to remember this for next year!

A family Lenten tradition we have done for years is the salt dough crown of "thorns" (toothpicks).  Here are a few of this year's photos with my 2 youngest daughters making the dough before we braided it and baked it.

The crown looks like this after it is braided and baked and each sacrifice that our children make during Lent they pull out a "thorn" from Jesus' crown of thorns. During Holy Week close to Easter this crown is decorated with gold paint and jewels to symbolize all the sacrifices we made during Lent for Jesus as we celebrate the resurrection of the King of Kings at Easter!

I hope you are having a blessed Lent so far! 

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Latest EpicPew Post: 40 Facts You Wished Everyone Knew About Lent

Lent 2017 is in full swing so I thought I'd share my latest EpicPew post...

It’s that time of year again when ashes in the shape of crosses are found on foreheads throughout the world to make it the official start of the liturgical season called Lent. 

To make this season a bit more bearable, don’t you wish everyone knew these things about Lent?

Read more at 40 Facts You Wished Everyone Knew About Lent. Which facts are new to you?  :)

Speaking of EpicPew posts, below are the posts I have written so far for EpicPew that have been published in case you missed them....Enjoy!

What This Little Girl Does For This Widower Might Make You Cry 

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May the rest of your Lent be blessed!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Celebrating the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter: February 22

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February 22 is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, which has been celebrated in Rome since the 4th century.  There really is a portable chair preserved at the Vatican and it is believed to be the chair used by St. Peter.  The chair is also a symbol of authority, as kings rule from their throne.  Jesus chose His apostles as earthly leaders when He told Peter, our first Pope, "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church." (Matthew 16:18)

We just started celebrating this feast day in 2016 and we celebrated it again in a similar way to continue another A Slice of Liturgical Life tradition. 

So the real chair of St. Peter is not made out of tootsie rolls, graham crackers, icing and sprinkles, but the Smith versions do.

Here is a photo of the real chair in the Vatican.   Amazing huh?

To learn more about the story of the Chair of Saint Peter, be sure to listen to the audio and read more information at Franciscan Media.  

Allison at Totus Tuus Family and Catholic Homeschooling has a photo she took of the chair in 2011 with even more fascinating information.

So we made our sweet, sugary chairs for the first time last year after I saw it posted at Catholic All Year and when I mentioned that this feast day was coming up my children said, "Oh yeah, that's when we made those cracker chairs!" :) 
Perfect, just want I want them to remember our feast day celebrations so that as they grow older they will have these fun, faith-filled liturgical celebrations in their hearts to remember just how rich and beautiful our Catholic faith is that is filled with truth, goodness, and beauty.  So with these seeds of faith that I am planting (by God's grace), I pray they will never want to stray from Holy Mother Church and if they do, I want them to realize that they are going to be missing out on sweet, sugar chair celebrations ;) (and of the course, the most important aspect, the fullness of the faith and the Eucharist!)  

Here are photos of this year's creations...

The supplies we used, but you use anything you think will make good chair parts:

Some chairs got damaged during the manufacturing process. My 3 year old gave her chair a "thumbs up" and my son works diligently on his creative Tootsie Roll chair. 

Each child decorated their own version of St. Peter's chair. My 12 year old thought making a bench and decorating it with red gel icing and and a cross in the middle was a good way to make it. 

The finished masterpieces. My 9 year old daughter also brought out the Melissa & Doug wooden chairs from her castle to help remember this feast day even more. 

I didn't even realize this was a feast day until a few years ago, did you?  

I think our family will always remember the Chair of St. Peter on Feb. 22 and its significance and meaning in Church history.

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