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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