Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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 7th


Anniversary of the death of Servant of God Julia Greeley: June 7th


Our Lady of Perpetual Help: June 27th

St. Peter & Paul: June 29th

Anniversary of the death of Ven. Pierre Toussaint: June 30th

June Books for Catholic Kids
Click here here for a list of great books for feast days and devotions during the month of June!


And its's not a Feast Day, but most schools are 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!

Eucharistic Witnesses: St. Marianne Cope

 I'm honored to be contributing to the Heart of the Revival, the newsletter and blog for the National Eucharistic Revival. I've written several articles and created activities for kids (like this Eucharistic ProcessionMass Offering CardsPilgrimage PassportPope Benedict XVI quotesArt for Holy Week, and Bl. Carlo Acutis Activities). 

I've also been helping with a monthly series called American Eucharistic Witnesses. This collection highlights Americans whose lives have been changed by the gift of the Eucharistic. With a different expert author each month and an original woodcut print by the talented Connor Miller, I've been tasked with creating a version of this series for children. Each booklet contains a shorter bio and the art print on the front and back, and inside has some activities like a quote to color, a timeline to put in order, reflection questions, and short comprehension questions to answer. One booklet is for older children (I'd recommend 5th-8th grade) and another for younger children (I'd recommend 2nd-4th grade). The collection matches in structure and we'll finish the series with a final project to pull all the booklets together. 

Read the original article about St. Marianne Cope here, and find the kids' activities below. (including in Spanish!)







Eucharistic Witnesses: Blessed Carlos Manuel Cecilio

I'm honored to be contributing to the Heart of the Revival, the newsletter and blog for the National Eucharistic Revival. I've written several articles and created activities for kids (like this Eucharistic ProcessionMass Offering CardsPilgrimage PassportPope Benedict XVI quotesArt for Holy Week, and Bl. Carlo Acutis Activities). 

I've also been helping with a monthly series called American Eucharistic Witnesses. This collection highlights Americans whose lives have been changed by the gift of the Eucharistic. With a different expert author each month and an original woodcut print by the talented Connor Miller, I've been tasked with creating a version of this series for children. Each booklet contains a shorter bio and the art print on the front and back, and inside has some activities like a quote to color, a timeline to put in order, reflection questions, and short comprehension questions to answer. One booklet is for older children (I'd recommend 5th-8th grade) and another for younger children (I'd recommend 2nd-4th grade). The collection matches in structure and we'll finish the series with a final project to pull all the booklets together. 

Read the original article about Blessed Carlos Manuel Cecilio here, and find the kids' activities below. (including in Spanish!) 








Eucharistic Witnesses: Servant of God Julia Greeley

I'm honored to be contributing to the Heart of the Revival, the newsletter and blog for the National Eucharistic Revival. I've written several articles and created activities for kids (like this Eucharistic ProcessionMass Offering CardsPilgrimage PassportPope Benedict XVI quotesArt for Holy Week, and Bl. Carlo Acutis Activities). 

I've also been helping with a monthly series called American Eucharistic Witnesses. This collection highlights Americans whose lives have been changed by the gift of the Eucharistic. With a different expert author each month and an original woodcut print by the talented Connor Miller, I've been tasked with creating a version of this series for children. Each booklet contains a shorter bio and the art print on the front and back, and inside has some activities like a quote to color, a timeline to put in order, reflection questions, and short comprehension questions to answer. One booklet is for older children (I'd recommend 5th-8th grade) and another for younger children (I'd recommend 2nd-4th grade). The collection matches in structure and we'll finish the series with a final project to pull all the booklets together. 

Read the original article about Servant of God Julia Greeley here, and find the kids' activities below. (including in Spanish!) 






Eucharistic Witnesses: Flannery O'Connor

 I'm honored to be contributing to the Heart of the Revival, the newsletter and blog for the National Eucharistic Revival. I've written several articles and created activities for kids (like this Eucharistic ProcessionMass Offering CardsPilgrimage PassportPope Benedict XVI quotesArt for Holy Week, and Bl. Carlo Acutis Activities). 

I've also been helping with a monthly series called American Eucharistic Witnesses. This collection highlights Americans whose lives have been changed by the gift of the Eucharistic. With a different expert author each month and an original woodcut print by the talented Connor Miller, I've been tasked with creating a version of this series for children. Each booklet contains a shorter bio and the art print on the front and back, and inside has some activities like a quote to color, a timeline to put in order, reflection questions, and short comprehension questions to answer. One booklet is for older children (I'd recommend 5th-8th grade) and another for younger children (I'd recommend 2nd-4th grade). The collection matches in structure and we'll finish the series with a final project to pull all the booklets together. 

Read the original article about Flannery O'Connor here, and find the kids' activities below. (including in Spanish!)









Eucharistic Witnesses: Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

 I'm honored to be contributing to the Heart of the Revival, the newsletter and blog for the National Eucharistic Revival. I've written several articles and created activities for kids (like this Eucharistic ProcessionMass Offering CardsPilgrimage PassportPope Benedict XVI quotesArt for Holy Week, and Bl. Carlo Acutis Activities). 

I've also been helping with a monthly series called American Eucharistic Witnesses. This collection highlights Americans whose lives have been changed by the gift of the Eucharistic. With a different expert author each month and an original woodcut print by the talented Connor Miller, I've been tasked with creating a version of this series for children. Each booklet contains a shorter bio and the art print on the front and back, and inside has some activities like a quote to color, a timeline to put in order, reflection questions, and short comprehension questions to answer. One booklet is for older children (I'd recommend 5th-8th grade) and another for younger children (I'd recommend 2nd-4th grade). The collection matches in structure and we'll finish the series with a final project to pull all the booklets together. 

Read the original article about Venerable Fulton J. Sheen here, and find the kids' activities below. (including in Spanish!)










June Books for Catholic Kids

 

June Catholic Kids Book List
Below are a few favorite titles that fit well with devotions and feast days this month! This list contains Amazon Affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no cost to you. I'd also love to encourage you to shop directly with the publisher or with your local bookshop, or try to request these at your local library! I'm sure I've missed some books that would be great for this month, so feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments! You can find my giant list of Catholic Kid Books by topic here.


Feast Days this Month

6/3- St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

6/3- Venerable Patrick Peyton (Anniversary of Death)

6/7- Anniversary of the death of Servant of God Julia Greeley 
(she also had a huge devotion to the Sacred Heart!)

6/9- Feast of St. Collum

6/13- St. Anthony of Padua



6/30- Anniversary of the death of Ven. Pierre Toussaint


Book Lists By Month:
Click on the images below for book lists organized by feast days and devotions for each month:

Monday, May 27, 2024

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Block Print- Feast Day June 27th

The icon Our Lady of Perpetual Help is one of the most recognizable images of Mary. Originating from Greece, it has been housed in Rome for over five hundred years and reproductions of the icon are found all around the world. In the image, Mary carries Jesus close to her heart, comforting and protecting Him, while also holding Him out in front of her for all to see. Through this one image, we can see the role that Mary has to both bring Jesus into the world and also act as a loving Mother, first of Christ and then the Church. The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27th.

My Names of Mary block carving collection actually started with this image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It was the first image I made and then I decided to keep creating! You can see the echo of Mary's posture and face shape from Our Lady of Perpetual Help carried through all 12 images. 

I'd like to share a 5x7 printable from that project with you! This image was originally hand drawn by me, transferred to a rubber block, carved out, and then printed like a stamp. This is a true scan of that print that you are welcome to hang as art in your home or classroom or use as a feast day decoration!

Click here for the print:


And you can also find it included on these Names of Mary Bookmarks:

And if you are interested in more info on Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the devotion has a whole chapter in my book Through the Year with Mary! Complete with a kid friendly explanation, full color artwork with discussion prompts, reflection questions, a prayer, and a connection to Jesus, the goal of the book is to help you have good conversations with your kids!

Click here to find in from my publisher the St. Paul Center or here to find it on Amazon!