Equipping Catholic Families …for Advent!

This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King…the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, which means that Advent will be here very soon! It’s time to dust off the Advent Candles (make sure we have them!) and the Jesse Tree ornaments and the Advent Calendar!

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First Reconciliation Season: 4 Sacrament Craft Kits!

We’re entering Sacrament Preparation time again …with our 5th kid Adam. He’s learning a lot of new things these days!

We’re revisiting our FOUR most recent Sacrament Craft Kits…and I think they’re all going to be helpful this year as we prepare Adam for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion!

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Prayer-Loom Prayer Book

We’ve expanded the Prayer-Loom Prayer Book Craft Kit!

The Prayer-Loom Prayer Book Craft Kit features 7 pages of prayers and illustrated prayercards, a Faith mentor template to record insights and prayers from loved ones, along with helpful tips and links to make this Heirloom Prayer-Loom Prayer Book a keepsake Sacrament gift and prayer journal.

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5 Tips to Help Adults Focus at Mass

Advance Reading

It always helps me to focus at Mass if I have read the readings beforehand. It also helps to receive the daily readings in the Blessed Is She Devotion each morning! I usually click on the link in the email and read the readings, psalm and Gospel along with the thoughtful reflection based on them. You can subscribe to Blessed Is She here

  • Missal

    The truth is…my hearing isn’t so great. I have a little trouble hearing the readings if the reader isn’t perfectly clear and if there is someone rustling a cough candy wrapper in the next pew.  I find it much easier to focus if I’m following along with the readings as they are read.

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  • 5 Tips to Help KIDS Focus at Mass

     

    Our kids range from 21 years down to 7 years old. Here are a couple tips we have found that have helped kids focus at Mass.

    1. Mass Mantra in the Van

    When the kids were a lot younger, I found myself kind of overwhelmed at Mass with them, especially when Bill was travelling and I was going it alone…with the kids. Church is only a 5 minute drive away, but I found that when I took the time to list ‘the rules’ and get the kids to repeat them after me, sometimes a look or one word could reign them back in. After 21 years of parenting, I still haven’t achieved the look my mother-in-law mastered that could keep even the most wiggly boy in check at Church, but our Mass Mantra has helped….along with the odd bout of bribery good behavior reward after Mass.

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    Equipping Catholic Families for August

    NEW FEATURE: Equipping Catholic Families for August!

    We will be posting a monthly summary of crafts and family traditions each month related to the Monthly Devotion, Key Feast Days and the appropriate Season of the Liturgical Calendar. We hope to give you a little more notice next time…launching the summary post a week or two before the start of the month.

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    NEW! Rosary Journal Stamps!

    We’ve just added a couple ROSARY Journal Stamps to our Prayer Impressions Journal Stamp Shop!

    After having recently re-committed to saying the daily Rosary (see 5 practical tips for the Reluctant Rosary prayer), I’ve been working on a few tools and tips that have helped me make it a lasting habit.

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    Keeping Advent, Advent

    Advent is coming! Do you have resolutions for Keeping Advent, Advent this year?

    Over the years, we have tried a number of Advent activities and devotions and I’ve compiled a Photo Gallery of them!

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    A Mom For All Seasons

    There are plenty of Moms out there…new Moms and veteran Moms, adoptive Moms, foster Moms, grieving Moms, hopeful Moms, spiritual Moms, expecting Moms, GrandMoms and Moms in the trenches of diapers and sleepless nights.

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    SuperHero Party 2016

    There were capes and masks…

    …and an Assessment Centre made from a Fridge Box. Our local Appliance Store graciously supplies appliance boxes for birthday parties!

    The Assessment Centre has an impressive Retinal Scan, Handprint and Fingerprint Scans, Voice Recognition (microphone), Photo Booth and Height Measurement

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