Wednesday, September 21, 2016

St. Terese Novena for Vocations {Color-a-Novena}

I do love praying novenas, but find that I sometimes have a hard time keeping track of the days or holding myself accountable to the set of prayers.  Last year in preparation for St. Terese's Feast Day, I joined in this novena (she is the patroness of vocations in my Diocese) and wanted to try something different.  I wrote out the main prayer in my journal, and ended up doodling in a rose each day as I prayed.  I added in the date, theme for the day, and a brief quote from the reflection.  It kept me on track, and made the novena much more present in my mind and therefore more meaningful.

A novena is simply nine (or sometimes more) consecutive days of prayer for a specific intention often leading up to a Saint's Feast Day or other Liturgical celebration.  You can read more about what a novena is here and about the history of novenas here.  You can even sign up to have novena prayers and reminders sent straight to your inbox at Pray More Novenas.

I thought that this journaling strategy might be great for kids (or other adults) to use as they prayed a novena, so I started making Color-a-Novena sheets.  St. Terese is the first one I have to share with you!  This sheet features the main prayer for the vocations novena and a numbered rose to color for each day.

To finish the novena on October 1st, the Feast of St. Terese, you start the novena on September 23rd.  However, you can pray this novena for vocations any time of the year.  The full novena has themes, meditations, and prayer for each day. You can find the novena in its entirety here and print a pdf here.

Click on the image below to download the St. Terese Color-a-Novena:

Do you have any favorite novenas that you would like to see as a Color-a-Novena?  I'll happily take your suggestions in the comments, and then I'll get to work adding to the collection!

***Update- Prefer the spelling Thérèse? Here's the same color-a-novena with the alternate spelling:

***Update- If you're praying this as a class or in a group, here are a couple of sets of Google Slides with the full reflections from the Diocese of Peoria Novena.

This one just has the novena prayer:

This one has nine days of reflections and the novena prayers:


  1. This is lovely! Here are some other suggestions:

    Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena
    The Divine Mercy Sunday Novena
    St. Andrew Christmas Novena

    This isn't a novena, but something for the 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration would be another idea. :)

    1. Love ALL of those ideas! Divine Mercy and the Christmas Novena were already on my list, but OL Undoer of Knots is fantastic. Thanks!

    2. And yes...some accountability for a Consecration would be good too... so many ideas! :)

  2. This is so beautiful! St. Therese is one of my favorites. I also love the folks at Pray More Novenas. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Thank you for this!! I'd love a St. Philomena coloring page. :)

  4. OH! Thank you! I just printed this off. What a blessing!
    Suggestion of Our Lady of Undoer of Knots is great! What about one for Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
    God bless! +JMJ+

  5. This is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Agree w/ 33 Days to Morning Glory
    Our Lady of Guadalupe
    St. Anne
    St. Monica
    Thank you!

  7. this is awesome how about for St Dymphna she helped me in my time of need thank you

  8. The Divine Mercy Chaplet would be absolutely divine!
    Also, the St. Jude novena.