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!