Equipping Catholic Families…for December Saints Days and Celebrations!

Equipping Catholic Families for December Saints!

It’s December already and we’re nearing the end of the first week of Advent!

Here is our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion, Key Feast Days and the appropriate Season of the Liturgical Calendar: Advent!

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A Better Advent

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year!  As Advent starts tomorrow, we might be tempted to bring out all the stops to make this NEW liturgical year SO much better than the last one. I like to offer all the Advent options: the Advent Calendar, the Advent Wreath, the Jesse Tree.
On the other other hand, we might want to skip Advent altogether and jump into celebrating Christmas,

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Prompt Me to Pray through Advent

I’ve just created a Easy Quick Guide Companion for Prompt Me to Pray!

Prompt Me to Pray through Advent introduces a practical plan for more consistent prayer from the heart, particularly during the Liturgical Season of Advent. Particular experiences and circumstances within these four weeks before Advent can be associated with opportunities to pray. This booklet offers prayers as well as prayer journal prompts to make the most of Advent and the early celebration of Christmas, to dig deeper into prayer as we prepare our hearts for the Birth of Jesus.

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Interview on Sewing Hope

So THIS happened last week!

You can hear the Sewing Hope podcast at Fiat Ministry Network

Anne DeSantis and Bill Snyder interview Monica McConkey about her book
Prompt Me to Pray and her Ministry Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families.

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Favorite Five Advent Activities

The Jesse Tree!


Faith and Fabric Jesse Tree 

The Mosaic Jesse Tree by To Jesus Sincerely

The Advent CALENDAR

…and the options are ENDLESS for filling each day of The Advent Calendar, especially with  Advent activities, Prayer Prompts, Jesse Tree ornaments and Saints templates

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Interview on Say Yes to Holiness

Here’s my interview with Christina Semmens from Say Yes to Holiness. I’ve been blessed to get to know Christina through the release of her book this summer, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her over at Smart Catholics and being a part of her
Book Study/Small Group.

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Equipping Catholic Families for Advent!

The Feast of Christ the King is coming! We’ve got a Craft Kit for that!

Easy as Abacus Divine Mercy plus Christ the King Novena is an easy-to-assemble Craft to keep track of prayers for the Novena of Christ the King as well as the Divine Mercy Chaplet!

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Review: Jesse Tree PDF by To Jesus Sincerely

I’ve seen Sara’s Mosaic Jesse Tree for years and I was so delighted when I discovered that she has made it available as a printable set!

Here it is in her shop: Printable Mosaic Jesse Tree

I eagerly printed the templates, wrote the numbers of the ornaments on the back in pencil, punched out the ornaments with a 1 1/2″ hole punch, laminated them and then punched them out again with the same whole punch. I know I can glue gun magnets to the back of them or punch a hole and tie a string tie, but I chose to stick them on the tree on this magnetic white board. Using the white board, I can make use of these adorable Little Drops of Water Saint Magnets and I suspect we might add little notes throughout Advent, written with the dry erase markers.

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Prompt Me to Pray…through ADVENT!

Prompt Me to Pray by Monica McConkey

Many of you joined us in our excitement this past summer with the release of my new book Prompt Me to Pray! We have been honored and humbled by incredible feedback from so many people across North America who have told us that this book has actually changed the way they pray!

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NEW Quick Start Guide: Prompt Me to Pray…with the Saints!

With the recent Solemnity of All Saints, I’ve been thinking about how we can let the Saints prompt us to pray! If you’ve visited Equipping Catholic Families or our Arma Dei Shoppe, you’ll know that we’re big fans of the Saints. The Communion of Saints offers us mentors in our Catholic Faith, patrons of almost anything you can think of for intercession, and models of persistent pursuit of holiness, wholeheartedly seeking virtue, prayer, and union with God.

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