Making Crosses: Review

Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God

by Ellen Morris Prewitt

This is a book I’ve had for a couple years…and it’s actually PERFECT timing for a thoughtful, reflective craft for Holy Week!

“Ellen Prewitt takes found and abandoned objects and turns them into crosses. In this loving, step-by-step invitation to join her, she turns her words of explanation into an experience of worship.  The making of crosses with their ‘discarded bits of brokenness’ becomes a physical way to offer our broken selves to the God who loves, redeems, and repairs us.” (Sybil MacBeth quote on back cover)

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Sacred Silence: Review

Sacred Silence: Daily Meditations for Lent

by Phyllis Zagano

This is a neat little book of reflections for each day of Lent. I began reading this book on Ash Wednesday. The first reflection describes the need for silence in prayer, because how else will we be questioned with questions we may not be able to answer, if we never stop talking!?

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40 Days, 40 Ways Review

OK, so I realize HOW late I am posting this review I wrote weeks ago! So sorry!

40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent 

by Marcellino D’Ambrosio

This really is a great book and has helped us take a new look at Lent this year.

“Fasting breaks undue attachments…humble service breaks the stranglehold of pride. The reverent worship of authentic Faith releases us from superstition, magic, and all arrogant pride. And the Word of God…slashes through the lies of the enemy.”

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Miniature Printable Peg Dolls: Passion Play

A couple weeks ago, we converted Lacy’s Printable Peg Dolls from the 3.5″ size to our 1.75″ size wooden dolls and we posted a tutorial with the conversion details and some tips here: Decoupage Saints.

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Egg Carton Saints Passion Play

Last year, I made a couple figures out of Egg Cartons…including a couple knights as our company mascot Arma Dei  (Armor of God)

 I made Mother Mary…and a Pope Francis as well!

It occurred to me that the little knights could stand in as Roman soldiers…and the beginning plans of a new Egg Carton Character Passion Play begins to take hold…

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Painted Saints Passion Play 2015

These little Wooden Painted Saints have been getting a lot of attention!

We recently made TWO different Churches with our new Cathedral Clipart Craft Kit

…one with a wooden barn from Michaels and the other from a family sized Goldfish Cracker box: Cracker Box Cathedral!

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Our new Jesus Tree for Lent!

Although I have on occasion put the Jesse Tree Treasures’ Holy Week Ornaments on our own Handprint Tree Felt Banner, our family hasn’t done The Jesus Tree…until THIS LENT!

Each ornament refers to a particular passage from the New Testament about Jesus’ Life. As we read through each assigned passage, we review the major events of Jesus’ Life and His Teaching. We prepare for the events of Holy Week and the Triduum, Ascension and Pentecost, proudly decorating this tree throughout the seasons of Lent and Easter!

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Lent Activities Gallery

Here is a compilation of all of our crafts and activities for LENT!

Many of these ideas can be taken on throughout Lent, made ONCE and saved for next year’s Lent as well!

Even if your Lent has been a little bumpy so far…it’s never too late to jump right in with a craft or activity that engages the whole family in a meaningful way!

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Stations of the Cross Carousel with new Kelly Saints Craft Kit!

We have just released our NEW Stations of the Cross Craft Kit featuring the Kelly Saints! See ordering below!

The Stations of the Cross Craft Kit includes templates for all 14 Stations plus the Resurrection and the Divine Mercy in full color and in black and white.

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Crown of Thorns Bread for Good Friday

You can see the Crown of Thorns we have made in a previous Lent. It’s also a Lenten activity in my book A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families.

It was more of a program for Lent; a way to count sacrifice and count down to Easter. I would include a picture here, except that one subscriber said that it looked like blood sausage with onion rings wrapped around it and I don’t want to cause anyone indigestion.

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