Equipping Catholic Families …with Traditions for Ordinary Time!

Sometimes we feel a little down when the official Christmas season is over. It’s hard to jump enthusiastically into Ordinary Time, because it sounds so, well, ordinary! But Catholic living can add so much richness to our every day life and celebrating our Faith and family culture can be an active pursuit all year long! Here are ten ideas to foster your own family culture…while integrating the richness of our Catholic Faith with Saints, Sacraments, Scripture, Catechism and Prayer! All of our Cathletics Craft Kits come with permission to copy for family use and they’re packed with Catechism, Saints, Sacraments and Prayer to get you started, but we’ve included other helpful links too!

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Equipping Catholic Families for January 2019

Equipping Catholic Families for January 2019 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.

Key Feast Days in January:

Monthly Devotion for January: Holy Name of Jesus

Season of the Liturgical Calendar: Christmas!

New Year Resolutions and

Season of the Liturgical Calendar: Ordinary Time!

Just a reminder, the readings for  Sunday Masses come from Year C and Cycle 1 for the Weekday Masses.

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Sock Baby Jesus Workshop in time for Advent!

Last Sunday (a whole week before Advent begins!) we hosted a Sock Baby Jesus in a Clementine Crib Workshop and we had a lot of fun!

First, we collected the materials we would need and even made a new Sock Baby Jesus just to make sure that we weren’t forgetting anything. The kids co-operated by eating their way through 3 crates of Clementine oranges and our friend Michelle brought 3 additional crates as well!

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Last Minute Saints Crafts and Deco!

Has All Saints Day snuck up on you this year? I’ve put together some easy last minute crafts you can put together without even leaving your house! These crafts use templates from our Saints Craft Kits in our Arma Dei shoppe. You can print out a couple copies at home and even laminate them for use next year and forever!

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Equipping Catholic Families for JULY Saints!

We’ve put together a quick summary of Catholic Crafts for July Saints and the Monthly Devotion of The Precious Blood of Jesus. Summer is a great time for a little extra crafting…so we also present Equipping Catholic Families…for Summer with the Saints!

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Equipping Catholic Families…for Ordinary Time!

Prayer Activities and Resources for Ordinary Time!

Sacrament Prep in Ordinary Time

Catechism Crafts for Ordinary Time!

Ready to start the Family Rosary?

The Easy as Abacus Rosary is an awesome Catholic craft and tool to keep kids involved, saying the Rosary as a family! All our original artwork is included in the PDF!

The Mysteries of the Rosary Craft Kit is packed with innovative, kid-magnet illustrations and crafts to help kids say the Rosary! It includes lace-up booklets and our innovative revolving rosary…all packed with our original Kelly Saints artwork!

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Equipping Catholic Families…for Pentecost!

We’re counting the days down until the Feast of Pentecost! The Birthday of the Church!

Are you looking of for some Catholic Crafts or family activities or traditions for this Sunday’s Feast?

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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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