Mini Rosary Abacus Tutorial

Recently, I painted my own custom Mary icon for our family and I decided to use a print of it for another special little craft.

Since I finally joined the ranks of Daily Rosary Prayer last summer, I’ve been continuing to find better ways to stay focused and pray my 5 decades a day… see Reluctant to Regular Rosary Prayer for 5 Practical tips!

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Custom Mary Icon

Recently, I purchased this book Drawing Closer to Christ: A Self-Guided Icon Retreat by Joseph Malham* as I had heard of Icon Retreats before and was excited to try this at home! I created my first icon and posted a little tutorial here: Custom Jesus Icon

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Custom Jesus Icon: Self-Guided Icon Retreat!

Recently, I purchased this book Drawing Closer to Christ: A Self-Guided Icon Retreat by Joseph Malham* as I had heard of Icon Retreats before and was excited to try this at home!

The book is formatted with Scriptural and Theological reflections alongside step-by-step instructions to create a traditional painted Icon. I appreciated the special tips along the way, even though I opted to create a different image and use less traditional materials. While the author directs us to trace, etch and paint on a wood surface, I opted for a framed canvas from the dollarstore.  While I didn’t have access to traditional gold foil, my “gold spun” acrylic paint plus a little gold glitter paint added the texture and color and sparkle I was looking for.

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Equipping Catholic Families…for Easter!

Alleluia! He has Risen!

Equipping Catholic Families for Easter

50 Days of Easter

A summary post of sustainable celebration for all 50 days of Easter including non-chocolate surprises and treats for plastic eggs and awesome Catholic crafts and family traditions!

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Equipping Catholic Families for April Feast Days

Equipping Catholic Families for April Saints!

Welcome to our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion, Key Feast Days and the appropriate Season of the Liturgical Calendar.

Did you catch Equipping Catholic Families…for Holy Week? It’s not too late!

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Equipping Catholic Families…for Holy Week!

Holy Week is upon us!

Sometimes as we reach the Home Stretch of Lent: Holy Week!, we realize that we need to renew our focus of our Lenten Resolutions and reflect more intently on the Passion of Christ. These Passion Play and Stations of the Cross crafts can help to express and reflect on the events of this very important week, beginning with the Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the triumphant Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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Sorrowful Mysteries: DIY Lenten Votive Candles

A few months ago, I gathered all of our exhausted-but-blessed votive candles and recycled them with Super Saints templates from our Catholic Craft Kit Kelly Saints Blessing Cards

…you can see them here: Recycled Votive Candles.

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Equipping Catholic Families for…March Saints

Equipping Catholic Families for March Saints!

Welcome to our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion, Key Feast Days and the appropriate Season of the Liturgical Calendar.

The Monthly Devotion for March is St Joseph!

Key Feast Days in March:

  • St Katherine Drexel (March 3)
  • St Casmir (March 4)
  • St Perpetua and St Felicity (March 7)
  • St John of God (March 8)
  • St Frances of Rome, St Dominic Savio, St Catherine of Bologna (March 9)

Super Saints on a Ring are awesome Catholic gifts for your Easter Basket!

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Equipping Catholic Families…for First Sacraments!

Do you know anyone making their First Sacraments: First Reconciliation or First Holy Communion?

Here at Equipping Catholic Families, we have developed a series of Sacrament Craft Kits that have been very popular for Sacrament preparation, crafts and keepsakes!

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Equipping Catholic Families…for First Holy Communion

I know that this picture is a little fuzzy, but isn’t it cute?

That was Bridget making her first Holy Communion a few years ago. We are now preparing for our 5th kid Adam to make his first Holy Communion this April and I thought I’d share some of our favorite resources!

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