Friday, September 2, 2022

September Radiant Roundup

Seven Sorrows of Mary
It's the month of the Sorrowful Mother, a reminder to all of us that the Saints- including the Mother of God- know sorrow and suffering. We can follow in their example of uniting our own sorrows to the wood of the Cross.

St. Teresa of Calcutta: September 5th
Mother Teresa*- Decorations, bulletin board, signs, folder covers, etc. (featuring my favorite bulletin board border ever, as pictured above ;) )

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: September 8th
Lovely Lady Marian Bulletin Board (could be used for decor for a Marian Birthday Party!)
Favorite Marian Songs a playlist (all ages)

Most Holy Name of Mary: September 12th
Blessed Virgin Mary Digital Scavenger Hunt (Includes investigating titles of Mary)
Marian Typology Cards* (5th & up) (One of my favorite resources I've ever made! I probably need to go back and do a redesign, but the info is solid and kids love the "scavenger hunt" of seeing how the Mother of God was foretold in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament with Mary.)

Exaltation of the Holy Cross: September 14th
The Stations of the Cross aren't just for Lent! This is a perfect feast day to remember and thank Jesus for the gift of our salvation, won on the Cross.

Our Lady of Sorrows: September 15th

St. Vincent de Paul: September 27th
Honor St. Vincent's work with the poor by learning about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Choose a few to put into practice!
Corporal Works of Mercy* (Coloring Pages and Mini Books- K-6th)
Spiritual Works of Mercy* (Coloring Pages and Mini Books- K-6th)

St. Jerome: September 30th
Celebrate St. Jerome's work compiling and translating the Bible by spending some time in Sacred Scripture!
Structure of the Bible Printables* (4th & up)
Lectio Divina Journaling Prompts for Kids* (Pre & up)
Lectio Divina Graphic Organizers* (4th & up)
Lectio Divina Book Marks* (6th & up)

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Jesus in the Monstrance Bulletin Board Ideas (and Eucharist Video Playlists!)

Last week I posted a quick tour of my classroom in this video on Instagram. The most common question I got was about the details on this Eucharist bulletin board. Lucky for you I took some process videos and made a shareable version!

This bulletin board is the first thing you see when you come in my classroom door, so I like to take the time to make it something eye catching and meaningful. With the Eucharistic Revival beginning this year, it seemed like a great theme to run with for the beginning of the school year. This bulletin board is good sized at around 45"x45". First I'll give you the steps for this version, and then I have an easy to print one further down in the post.

-Cover bulletin board with black paper. I didn't want a border to distract from the quote/rays, so just trimmed the edges carefully.
-To make the Monstrance, I found a photo of a Monstrance that I liked online and projected it on my smartboard. With the touch sensitivity turned off, I taped a piece of kraft paper to the smartboard and "traced" the Monstrance with a black marker. It really was a rough trace- it doesn't have to be perfect. It will still look quite detailed from a distance, so don't go crazy trying to get every little line!
-I then used some gold acrylic craft paint to add some highlights to the Monstrance. Again, not going for perfection, just some shiny details. Up close it is far from perfect, but on the bulletin board it looks great.
-Cut a host out of white paper and attached to the Monstrance. Hung in the center of the bulletin board.
-Lettered "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" on white paper and hung at the bottom, kind of like an altar cloth beneath the Monstrance.
-Wrote out a series of Eucharistic quotes from Scripture and the Saints. (List included below). I wrote them with black marker on old adding machine tape, which was way easier than cutting paper. I did a little rough measuring to know how long the lengths of paper needed to be, and then chose the length of quote to fit. 
-Tucked the end of the rays of white paper under the edge of the Monstrance and had the radiate off the sides of the bulletin board. I now wish that I would have made them all about 2" longer so they all hung off the edge, symbolized the effects of the Eucharist in the world... but wasn't crazy enough to redo them. ;)

You might be thinking, "That's nice Katie, but that is a whole lot of work for a bulletin board."
So I also have a printable version for you! :)

I made this one with bright paper just for something different, but you could do the exact same thing in black, white, and gold if you like.

I don't have anything that can print on paper larger than 8.5"x11", so I printed this Monstrance image using the poster feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader. In the print dialogue, click on "Poster" and then change the tile size to something larger like 150% or 200%. It will print on several sheets of paper which you can trim and tape together to make it as large as you like! Here is mine on 4 sheets of regular paper:

I then taped it together and roughly cut out. (No way am I cutting on all of those tiny lines! Just the general shape is enough!) I cut out a small white circle and glued on for the host.

I have the "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" still at the bottom for balance, but it certainly could go on the top. The Eucharist quotes are printed on 8.5"x11" paper, so those rays are all 11" long. You could also print those on a larger scale if you were decorating a larger bulletin board. 

All together, this printable bulletin board sized in right at 3'x3.' It would look great on a door as well!

Click here for the Monstrance Printable:

Click here for the Eucharist Quotes
4 per page size (used for the rays in the bulletin board design)  (this one also has the "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" title)

Along with the resources for the Eucharist that are already here on the blog (check under the "Sacraments" tab above) I plan to pull together and organize some new tools during this time of Eucharistic revival. I've saved 100s of videos to YouTube playlists over the years, and those playlists are getting quite long. So I started a few new sets that you might be interested in below. 

I teach 6th-8th grade, so most of these videos are things that I would consider using with them or my high school youth group. There are definitely some things for younger kids mixed in. As always with any video, please watch it first and make sure it is a good fit for your kids. I'll be adding more to these playlists as I continue to curate!

Eucharist Video Playlist

Eucharistic Saints Video Playlist (still working on adding to this one! Feel free to add some links in the comments!)

Eucharistic Procession Playlist

May a renewed love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament change our hearts and our world!

Monday, August 1, 2022

August Radiant Roundup: Resources for the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Philomena, St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Assumption & Coronation, Back to School, and More!

August: The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Marian Medallion Circle Stickers* (print, color, and add to your new back-to-school folders and notebooks! These fit on 3" circle sticker labels, or you can print on full sheet label stickers and cut out, or just print on your favorite paper and glue/tape on!)
Immaculate Heart of Mary Coloring Pages* 
Immaculate Heart of Mary and Hail Holy Queen Prayer Cards*
Immaculate Heart of Mary Block Carving Print*
Holy Family Hearts Coloring Pages and Prayer Cards* 
St. John Vianney: August 4th
St. John Vianney Mini Study (Google Classroom Ready)

The Transfiguration: August 6th

St. Philomena: August 11th
St. Philomena Block Carving Prints:*
-prayer cards in color or black/white

St. Maximilian Kolbe: August 14th
Teaching about St. Maximilian Kolbe* (Cross curricular literature, writing, spelling, art, religion, and research unit) (4th-6th)

Assumption of Mary: August 15th
Queenship of Mary: August 22nd 
If you missed out on crowing Mary in May (or just love honoring Our Lady!), making a little Marian shine is a perfect way to celebrate her Assumption and Coronation! You also can crown your own statue of Mary with flowers or a homemade crown, and then pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary or sing a Marian Hymn.

Back to School

Print.Cut.Pray. Prayer Card ebook* (K-8th) Over 100 prayer cards and mini books
Little Prayer Books (K-8th) Storage solution for prayer cards
Favorite Prayers Printable Mini Book*

Friday, July 22, 2022

First Day of School Signs- Weave some Catholic identity into those back-to-school photos!

Can you believe that Back-to-School season is upon us?!? I know in some places, kiddos are back the first week of August. I've still got a few weeks until I'll have students in my classroom, but my mind is definitely spinning with all the things that need to get done between now and then. 

So many parents and teachers take photos of their kids on the first day of school- so I was thinking, why not infuse some Catholic identity into that tradition? We could use posters filled with symbols of our faith as a visible sign of prayer and blessing for the coming school year. Those images represent the importance of incorporating our faith in education, whether happening at home with parents as the primary catechist, at a Catholic school, or parish Religious Education. 

And these Back-to-School Signs were the fruit of that inspiration! Bold letters marking the "First Day of School" and lots of Catholic symbols in the background will hopefully make for great photo props for both parents and teachers. I made 20 different variations, hopefully hitting all the grade levels you might be looking for. They're black and white and sized at 8.5x11, making them easy to print at home or to make multiple copies of for a classroom.

I think these will look great in your Back-to-School photos, and would also make fun coloring pages for that first day! On the back the kiddos could write a prayer for the year, or you could ask them fun questions like their current favorite things, plans for the future, etc. Then tuck this in a folder and compare on the last day of school! (After typing that out, I was inspired to make you a template- so that's included below too!)

Know of my prayers for the coming school year for all of you- kids, parents, teachers, and catechists!

Click here for the printable with all 20 signs, then just print the grades you need:
Click here for the First Day of School Favorites page:

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

July Radiant Roundup

Happy July! We somehow find ourselves in the middle of the summer! If you are looking for some ways to learn, pray, and celebrate with your kids this month, here are a few ideas!

July: The Month of the Most Precious Blood
Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Use any of these activities to celebrate the gift of His Most Precious Blood, especially during the beginning of the Eucharistic Revival called for by the USCCB:
Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity Coloring Page Cursive*
Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity Coloring Page Manuscript*
Seeing Jesus in the Eucharist- Monstrance Art Project*
Reviewing the Eucharist Notebook Activity
Teaching About the Mass Activity Sheets* (2nd-8th)
Peg Doll Saints, church, and Mass Kit (Pre-4th)
Make Your Own Mini Mass Kit (Pre-4th)
Adoration with Kids Printables* (K-8th)
Favorite Books about the Mass (All Ages)
Order of the Mass Activity Cards* (4th-8th)
Using the Multiple Intelligences to Teach about the Mass* (all ages)
Mass Reflection Page Graphic Organizer* (2nd grade and up)
Mass Reflection Slides (all ages)

American Saints
As we celebrate the birthday of our country on July 4th, we can look to those who have gone before us as examples of holiness, asking their prayers for our nation.
American Saints At Home VBS (all ages) Tons of resources highlighting 14 holy men and women from the United States, with both printables and digital resources. (This is actually one of my very favorite collections I've made for the blog! Originally from the summer of 2020 when we were all looking for resources to use at home, I really think that we have a lot to learn from these incredible people- and TONS of them have July Feast Days!)
American Saints Research Project (6th-8th grade) Google Slides project, great for the classroom!

St. Junipero Serra: July 1st

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati: July 4th 
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati* Coloring pages and bulletin board

Venerable Augustus Tolton: July 9th (unofficial feast day)
My favorite graphic novel about his life is in this post!

St. Kateri Tekakwitha: July 14th

Our Lady of the Brown Scapular: July 16th

Bl. Stanley Rother: July 28th

Bl. Solanus Casey: July 30th

Praying for an End to Abortion
With the Supreme Court decision on June 24th no longer enshrining abortion as a constitutional right, we will continue to watch, work, and pray that abortion becomes not only illegal but unthinkable. I know that it will continue to be a top story during the month of July (and onward), so it might be a topic of conversation to discuss with your kids as appropriate according to their age. Even young kids can pray using this spiritual adoption prayer. I also highly encourage you to find ways to directly support moms and their children in your community- find a place to donate, volunteer, and advocate for.  Knowing the resources available in our communities helps us to be ready to respond when someone is in need. Two of my favorite places to regularly donate to are the Sisters of Life and Women's Care Centers. Both groups honor and uphold the dignity of both mother and child, providing support and resources while building relationships with the women they help. We also can be looking for opportunities to connect with a single mom or family who needs support in our town or parish that your family can walk alongside. Meals, babysitting, playdates- these acts of love matter.

Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of America and the Unborn, pray for us!

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June Radiant Roundup

Hello friends! Happy June, the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! There are so many beautiful feasts to celebrate this month, and I'm happy to share some ideas below. Whether you are looking for quick projects to beat summer boredom or need resources for a parish VBS, I hope you find tools to help your kiddos pray, learn, and celebrate!

Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: June 24th

Pentecost: June 5th
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Retreat* (editable calendar, printable prayer journal, recommended prayer, scripture, videos, and activities)
Who is the Holy Spirit? Resources* (editable google classroom assignment & paper version)
Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit Printables* (Scroll down in the post)

Ordinary Time Begins: June 6th

Mary, Mother of the Church: June 6th 
Mary, Mother of the Church Activities

Trinity Sunday: June 12th

Corpus Christi: June 19th

St. Peter & Paul: June 29th

And its's not a Feast Day, but most schools will be out for summer soon! If you are looking for a way to keep your teen or preteen growing and praying this summer, you could try this editable retreat plan!

Happy June! Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Saturday, April 30, 2022

May Radiant Roundup

Can you believe that is is already May!?! So many things to celebrate during this time of year- I know I have been busy with Confirmations and First Communions, and my 8th graders are wrapping up their school year and looking toward graduation. May will fly by, but there are so many things to savor, including the continuation of the Easter Season, the month of Our Lady, and the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker just to name a few! Click below on any of the links to help you learn and pray this month.

The Month of Mary:
Marian Paper Dolls (2nd & up)
Favorite Marian Songs a playlist (all ages)

The Easter Season: 
50 Ways to Celebrate the 50 Days- Easy to share pdf with ideas for the whole Easter Season
Fifty Days of Easter* Post with collection of ideas for celebrating Easter
What Easter Looks Like * Coloring Page/Printable
The Sound of Easter: An Easter Playlist
Resurrection Eggs*
The Gospel in an Eggshell*

St. Joseph the Worker: May 1st

Good Shepherd Sunday: May 8th
While these activities are not exclusively about Jesus, the Good Shepherd, I think that Good Shepherd Sunday is a perfect time to teach about the parables:
More info on how to teach the parables* (ideas for all ages, printables for 6th & up)

St. Simon Stock: May 16th

Ascension: May 26th (Observed in some dioceses on Sunday, May 29th)
A great day to celebrate the Four Marks of the Church!* (K-3rd)