Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Party Like a Saint

Here is a repost from last December, updated now with links to the materials that I created so that you can use them too!

Last night, we held our Parish Family Advent Night, which is becoming an annual tradition.

We started with a Children's Mass, which was extra special because we were celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which is our parish's feast day.

Then the munchkins and parents moved over to the parish hall for some food and some fun.

The food consisted of an abundance of cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee.  There was approximately a 10:1 Cookie to Human ratio.  It was almost ridiculous.  However, we are known for sugaring the kids up in CCD and then sending them home, so why fail now?

The fun consisted of lots of stations with crafts, games, and learning.  The crafts and games were quite popular...the learning...well, we hope that it happened along the way.

The theme for the night was "The Saints of Advent."  Our CCD theme this year is "We are Among Saints," so we have had a lot of emphasis on these holy people who loved Jesus with their whole hearts.  I decided to run with it and came up with activities focusing on things we can learn from saints that we typically celebrate during Advent.

We played St. Nicolas' Many Gifts Bingo, complete with (chocolate) gold coins as Bingo Markers and discussed generosity.

 Click the documents for a link to pdf of the bingo sheet and words/instructions for the game.

We made St. Lucia crowns and paper dolls and talked about serving others.

I found the paper doll through Paper Dali.

Click here for a link to instructions for making a St. Lucia wreath and for a recipe for Lucia Buns.

We made paper roses and a "tilma" mural for St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe's miraculous signs of faith.

We learned about St. Joseph's hands of prayer, talking about how St. Joseph used his hands to provide for his family and to lead them in prayer.
Click here for a sheet about using our hands to remind us how to pray.
We made cards for elderly members of our parish in honor of our feast day.

And we played Saint PowerPoint Jeopardy reviewing cool facts about these great people.

Click here for a link to the file.  When you click on the point values, the slide moves to the "answer," and when you click on the answer slide, it moves to the "question,"  just like in real jeopardy.

We all had a good time, and it was nice to have an evening to remind us Who we are really celebrating this Christmas.


  1. This is beautiful! I was especially interested in seeing what was written for St. Joseph's Hands, but the link seems to be broken? It was taking me to Paper Dali.

    1. Thanks for letting me know, Maria! I have fixed the link. Let me know if you have any other trouble.

  2. I love the way that you set up the stations to work through. I was wondering how you make the informational sheets stand up. I can see that you mount them onto cardboard, and then I see the triangular piece of cardboard at the bottom. How do you attach the two pieces? Thank you for sharing all of your ideas!

    1. Hi Kim! I attached the signs with the Saints' names on a sturdy piece of cardboard and then cut two slits at the bottom of each about two inches high and about 3-4 inches apart. Then I cut another piece of cardboard about 10-12 inches long and 2 inches high, folded it in half, and stuck each side into the two slits. The view you see in the pictures is the folded half sticking out, on the back you would see the two ends. There are 3-4 inches for it to balance on then. It is the same technique I remember using from all those paper dolls when I was younger. :) Hope that helps!

    2. Thanks so much!! I am going to give it a try right now!! I am working on my Lent program and I am incorporating some of your ideas, which are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing and God Bless you and your work. Kim

  3. Katie, I've just found your blog in the past few weeks. Thanks for the creative and fun and helpful ideas!!

    1. Well, welcome! So glad you found the blog- glad it is helpful!

  4. Good morning! I was going to do the Saints Jeopardy and the link will not work. Can you please help? Thanks

    1. Hi Meg! Google Slides is not as friendly with functionality with old Powerpoint files (which is what this one is) so I recommend downloading and playing using Microsoft Powerpoint. Feel free to email me if you have furhter problems. looktohimandberadiant (at) gmail (dot) com