Feast Day Fun: St Brigid

February 1st  is the Feast Day of St Brigid of Ireland

St. Brigid was born daughter to a chieftain and a slave woman, and brought up by a druid. Her life was marked by miracles from an early age which impressed the king of Leinster, who granted her her freedom. She became a religious and founded a monastery over the fires of a pagan shrine at Kildare, and developed into a cathedral city of culture and learning. She and her friend St. Patrick, are regarded as the Pillars of the Irish people. (from SaintNook)

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Catholic Crafts: Onesies Print Pack

I decided to compile a bunch of one-pager printables into a new Cathletics Craft Kit Printable.

This Cathletics Craft Kit includes SIX one-page printable templates including:

  • Sign of the Cross (Mirror Signs) (NEW!)
  • St Benedict Holy Medal Template
  • It’s My Feast Day Plate (EXPANDED)
  • Prayer Habits Meme (NEW!)
  • Reconciliation Prayers and LogBook (EDITED!)
  • Reconciliation Sneak Peek Sheets (EDITED!)

It’s only $5, and we do appreciate your support if you can spare it…to help justify the amount of time we put into this site and our Cathletics Craft Kit Printables!

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DIY Paper Patio Lanterns in less than 60 seconds

With so much celebration this month, we’ve been making cheap and easy decorations to use over and over across our continued Easter celebrations…three more family birthdays, High School Arts Night and maybe even our First Communion party all in the month of May!

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Perpetual CELEBRATION with the Communion of Saints!

Getting organized for the new year …2014?

Have you seen our NEW Communion of Saints Family Calendar!?

 Here’s January!

It’s a Perpetual Calendar…so it can be used YEAR after YEAR!

If you mark your special family dates ONCE (birthdays, Sacrament anniversaries, milestones), you can make copies of the calendar for Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. We have…and now the WHOLE family has a record of ALL the same family dates, to which they can add their own!

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Family Tree Printable

Here is a simple way to get started making a family tree.

It is a new-and-improved Family Fun Craft Kit, extracted from our Faith Journal Hand in Hand with Jesus. There are two templates included with instructions. “My Roots” offers an opportunity for more info about each family member, while “The Family Tree” offers a bigger picture of where all the relatives fit!Both templates are included in black and white for you to fill out and color, as well as a couple full-color templates, if coloring isn’t your thing! Have a look through the template…and decide which pages you’d like to use; you may not want to print the entire 11 page kit in color!Click the “Add to Cart” button for your Family Tree Printable! It’s officially $2, but if you subscribe to Equipping Catholic Families or “like” Equipping Catholic Families on facebook and use the appropriate discount code:

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…it’s yours for FREE!

Thanks to those who choose to pay the $2! Your donation helps justify the time we put into making these free printables!

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Triumph of the Cross: September 14

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross!

When Jesus’ Body was removed, the Cross was hidden so that followers would not find it.  About 300 years later the True Cross was found!

Sounds like the ultimate Treasure Hunt…check out our idea for a Treasure Hunt at the end of this post!

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Felt Friends Tutorial with FREE printable!

Would you like to try an easy hand-sewing project? We have made these bendable felt figures to look like Bible Heroes, Catholic Saints…and even special people we know!

We have compiled a FREE PRINTABLE with full instructions, a picture tutorial and a pattern.

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Marg’s Marvelous Floor Mats: you can make them too!

This is a wonderful project to tackle in the summer! Let the kids get creative with acrylic paint on canvas…and adding a couple layers of clear varnish, it becomes a sturdy, colorful floor mat for your home!  I’m thinking about doing this to my Feetprinting canvas for St Peter’s Feastday…now that I have 5 sets of prints!Our really cool cousin Marg is a great artist.  She and Eric have hosted our family for so many great events at their wonderful place in the woods, including workshops creating floor mats! The floor mats are usually about 2’x3′.  Marg paints the canvas white, folding (maybe ironing?) the edges over on the back for a clean hem.  We spend a wonderful day painting and visiting, munching and painting.  She then covers the (dry) painted surface with a couple layers of varnish, allowing for plenty of drying time between each coat.The above picture is our first floor cloth, created by Emily, Kelly, Marg and me.  We painted this before we had little Adam (what was life like before Adam!?), so each of the 6 puzzle pieces represent our members of the family at the time.My Mom and I created a floor cloth for my Mom, with little Bridget who was about 3 at the time. Mom is a piano teacher, so we again included a keyboard.  Bridget’s favorite part was adding her handprints, playing the keyboard.A year later, Emily and Kelly created a floor cloth with cousin Marg. They continued the puzzle piece and music theme.Next, was Joseph’s turn! Joseph made a floor cloth with cousin Marg and we think he did a great job! It looks great in his room!Can you tell that Joe likes superheroes?I hope cousin Marg doesn’t mind me showing off a little of her work…check out Marg’s website!

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The Pinterest Prayer Book

Isn’t Pinterest fun? My only challenge about pinterest…is how to really use it to create things to help my family!  It’s so easy to pin pretty pictures, but sometimes they just gather on my pinboards and I don’t actually try the craft or recipe.  I have been delighted to discover awesome artists who I would not have found without pinterest, but I don’t always remember to visit my ‘artwork’ pinboard to admire all of the work.  Together with prayers I have managed to find and pin, I have created a new Prayer Book Pinboard, but this time…I have an action plan!  This collection will be used to build something!

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Whiteboard Animation: Don’t YOU want to give it a try?


 This was Kelly’s Animation project last year in grade 8.  I just noticed that the post wasn’t transferred when I moved to WordPress…so here it is again! If you’d like to encourage an aspiring artist…please like Kelly’s Facebook Page: Kelly Comics! Click on the picture for the direct =&0=& youtube link!The music is pretty catchy…sorry, it might just stick with you for days. =)Do It Yourself Animation All you need is a whiteboard, dry erase markers and an eraser or shammy …oh yeah, and an AWESOME artist like my 13 year old KELLY!! Is it just me, or is this awesome?!?This was so fun to do…I think I have a couple other kids who want to give it a try! We set up a tripod and camera pointed at our new Walmart whiteboard (about $13). Kelly just started drawing and I kept clicking the camera.  We loaded the close-to-500 pictures (@ the smallest resolution on my camera) into Windows Movie Maker and made each frame only 0.2 seconds long.  We added a quirky soundtrack and here it is!Can you share this video?  Wouldn’t it be cool if it went viral?

In 2011, Kelly produced her first animated feature: Adam-ation.  It’s all about what her little baby brother Adam does when we’re not looking!  This is our blogpost about Adam-ation and here’s Adam-ation on YouTube.

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