Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter: Fifty Days to Celebrate

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Easter Sunday may have been a few days ago, but the season of Easter goes on for fifty days.  From now until Pentecost, keep the Risen Christ alive with your kids using some of these activities!

Click on the pictures for the links to the original posts, complete with printables and instructions.

The Way of Light Coloring Book
During Lent, we pray the Way of the Cross, the fourteen stations that tell the story of Jesus' Passion and Death.  During Easter, there is also a set of fourteen stations about the stories that happened between the Resurrection and Pentecost. The Biblical accounts are collected with simple pictures and the Scripture references in this mini coloring book:
 Here you can see a screen shot of the four page printable:

The Way of Light Easter Sunrise
This craft creates a Easter sunrise with a ray of sun for each of the stations of the Way of Light:

The Way of Light Resurrection Eggs
This activity creates a set of Way of Light Easter eggs.  Each egg contains small objects that tell the story of the days of Easter:

The Way of Light Story in a Bag
Using simple objects collected in a bag, this project helps kids be the story tellers of the events of the Easter Season:

Way of Light Adult or Teen Bible Study
Seven part Bible study for individuals or groups:

Paschal Greeting Printable
The traditional Easter greeting in the form of a simple coloring page, great to hang up in your home or classroom:

Easter Playlist
Jam to the sounds of the season:

Easter Posters
Have some fun with lettering techniques and Scripture verses with special Easter significance while making these Easter posters:

Gospel in an Eggshell
Using tiny objects that fit into a plastic Easter egg, wrap together the story of Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection:

New Life Seeds
Connect the death and resurrection of Christ to the growth of seeds this spring time:

Fulton Sheen Quote Coloring Page
"Unless there is a cross in our lives, there will never be an empty tomb; unless there is a crown of thorns, there will never be the halo of light; unless there is a Good Friday, there will never be an Easter Sunday."

Resurrection Eggs
These eggs contain small objects and strips of Scripture that tell the story of Holy Week:


What Easter Looks Like Printable
Black & white and color printable of the symbols of the Easter season:

Regina Coeli Mini Book
During the season of Easter, we do not continue to pray the Angelus, but instead pray the Regina Coeli.  This mini book contains the prayer, some explanations, definitions of words, and pictures to color:

Debunking Resurrection Theories
This graphic organizer contains several of the theories that try to explain away the idea of the Resurrection of Christ.  It could be used as a discussion starter for a middle or high school youth group study on the truth of the Resurrection.

Come back on Friday for a new post on celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday during this Year of Mercy.  Until then, you can check out this post for some ideas for celebrating:

I wish you and the kids in your lives a very blessed Easter season!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

St. Patrick Prayer Cards

St. Patrick's Day- green, parades, shamrocks, and .... prayer!  Click on the image above for a printable prayer card of St. Patrick's Breastplate.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Favorite Prayers Mini Book

Little kids (and bigger kids alike) sometimes need some extra practice with our favorite Catholic Prayers.  I made this little booklet mostly to help my 5th graders with the Apostles and Nicene Creeds, but threw in a few more basic prayers for good measure. :)

This booklet includes:
-Our Father
-Hail Mary
-Glory Be
-Apostles Creed
-Nicene Creed

*Note- Because of the length of the Nicene Creed, it gets a two page spread.  If you print the two pages double sided, cut in half horizontally, and then stack so the Nicene Creed is on the "inside," part one and part two will be side by side.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

St. Joseph Memorare Prayer Cards (and more ideas for St. Joe's Feast Day)

It's March- the month of St. Joseph!  St. Joe is the patron of our school, so we will be celebrating his influence all month.  One thing we will be doing is praying St. Joseph Memorare together as a community.  I made these prayer cards for the kiddos with the Memorare on one side and a favorite quote about St. Joseph on the other.

Want to honor St. Joseph this month and ask for his intercession?  Click on the image below to download and print your own St. Joseph prayer cards.

Looking for more ideas for St. Joseph's Feast Day? (or planning ahead for another patron Saint?) Make sure to check out this post:

“St. Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care.  May he always guard, protect, and enlighten families.” ~St. Pope John Paul II