Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Slice of Liturgical Life: Feast Day of Saint Faustina


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Yesterday, Oct. 5, was the feast day of Saint Faustina Kowalska.


Our family reads about the Saints' lives each morning during our Couch Catechism time and sometimes we recognize certain Saints in the liturgical calendar with a gathering of friends and a special activity.  There is no way our family could celebrate all the Saints and feast days since there are soooo many great Saints and feast days in the liturgical calendar and celebrating all of them would be a monumental feat.  But, this year we decided to have a small gathering and do an activity with a few friends to remember Saint Faustina.  This was the first time we celebrated Saint Faustina with friends.   

I'm just beginning to learn more about Saint Faustina and I'm learning to appreciate her love for the Lord and the message of Divine Mercy that Jesus Himself gave to her starting on February 22, 1931.  Saint Faustina had only 3 years of simple education, so the fact that she was able to write down all that Jesus told her was  miraculous in and of itself for this simple Polish nun.  She wrote down all of Jesus' mercy messages in Diary: Divine Mercy in a Soul.


Yesterday a few of our friends gathered at our home to honor Saint Faustina and remember Jesus' Divine Mercy.   We had boys present too, but they were more interested in running outside in the rain with my son.  :) 

The first thing we did was watch a cute animated children's movie about the Divine Mercy Chaplet from EWTN.  The movie explained about Saint Faustina and Jesus' Divine Mercy and then all of us prayed a Divine Mercy chaplet along with the movie using rosary beads. 

After the movie was over the girls gathered around our kitchen table and they glued the Divine Mercy image onto construction paper.  The image is from a 2010 Divine Mercy Calendar that is no longer being sold.  Each month had the same image of Divine Mercy and my friend Karen called the company several years ago and had about 100 calendars sent to her so the Divine Mercy image could be shared.  On the back of the construction paper the girls glued information typed out by Karen about the Divine Mercy devotion.


The images are now going to be given to local priests to share with people they visit in prison, to Eucharistic ministers who visit the sick in the hospital, and to nursing homes where they can display the image in their rooms.

After the movie and quick craft we then had our Divine Mercy snack of strawberries and blueberries, which I made the past few years on Divine Mercy Sunday.  And I didn't realize I was wearing the Divine Mercy colors of red and blue until one of my daughters took the photo. :) 


It was another fun feast day!

And coming up tomorrow, October 7th, is the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.   We will be making these edible rosaries to celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary.


 
I have organized all the posts I've done for the liturgical seasons and feast days on my page A Slice of Liturgical Life.  This page helps me organize the liturgical calendar and our celebrations and I can now easily refer to this page for future feast day celebrations vs. me having to search all over my blog for each post.  Maybe it will useful for my blog visitors too!  Hope so!


And have you entered the The Story of the Bible giveaway I'm hosting on my blog this week?  If not, go read all the details and enter!  Giveaway ends this Friday, Oct. 9!



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