Equipping Catholic Families…for December!

 

Equipping Catholic Families for December 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 December:

  • St Francis Xavier (December 3)
  • St John Damascene (December 4)
  • St Nicholas* (December 6)
  • St Ambrose (December 7)
  • Immaculate Conception (December 8)
  • St Juan Diego (December 9)
  • Our Lady of Loretto (December 10)
  • Our Lady, Queen of Angels (December 11)
  • St Damasus I (December 11)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12)
  • St Lucy (December 13)
  • St John of the Cross (December 14)
  • O Antiphons (December 17-23)
  • Bambinelli Sunday (December 17)
  • Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dec 18)
  • St Abraham, St Isaac, St Jacob (December 20)
  • St Thomas, St Peter Canisius (December 21)
  • St John of Kanty (December 23)
  • The Birth of Jesus (December 25)
  • St Stephen (December 26)
  • St John Apostle (December 27)
  • Holy Innocents (December 28)
  • St Thomas Becket (December 29)
  • Feast of the Holy Family (December 31)


*Check out the St Nick Bundle at the Arma Dei Shoppe available only until November 25th!

Season of the Liturgical Calendar: Advent!

The Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar is a great way to countdown the days until Christmas. You’ll find lots of chocolate covered ones in the stores now, but you can make your own and fill it with dollarstore Nativity figures, holy medals, Saint pegs, Super Saints, printable Advent Quest challenges and of course your favorite treats or chocolates. There are so many ways to make an Advent Calendar (including this one we made years ago) and we found 35 [Awesome} DIY Advent Calendars here.

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Equipping Catholic Families …for October Saints!

  

NEW FEATURE: Equipping Catholic Families for October!

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 October:

Monthly Devotion for October: The Holy Rosary

Book Reviews:

Season of the Liturgical Calendar: Ordinary Time

Countdown to All Saints Feast Day (November 1)

DIY Saints Votive Candles

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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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Apostle Painted Saints

It has been a while since I crafted something, so this week I painted a set of Apostles as part of my #paintedsaint collection. They are the small ones…measuring just under 1 3/4″. They’re not perfect, because it’s difficult painting detail with toothpicks, but I think that that adds to their charm.

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Saints Summer School

We’ve got craft kits that make learning about the Saints easy and fun! Purchase the SET for instant Saints Summer School!

Across these THREE Saint Scripts Craft Kits…we present 64 Saints with full color postcards, bios and quick facts plus black and white templates for kids to build their own Saint Albums or Saint Recipe Boxes!

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Painted Saints Church in a Wooden Box (Part II)

Recently, I used the Cathedral Clipart Craft Kit to convert this wooden lunchbox from Michaels…into a Church for our little Painted Saints!

Check out Painted Saint Church TO GO!

Just to prove that our craft kit is versatile…and after converting a Michaels wooden barn and a Goldfish Cracker Box to a Church, I picked up a couple other boxes from Michaels to make a few different styles of Church play sets for our Painted Saints.

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Painted Saint Church -TO-GO!

I’ve been shopping for hinged unfinished boxes for an even easier Painted Saint Church

…an easy box to find at the craft store… and easy to mod-podge the Cathedral clipart!

You might remember the barn-converted-to-Church.

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Miniature Painted Saints

If you’ve been hanging out here at Equipping Catholic Families, you’ll know that I’ve been creating little painted saints for quite some time and have come up with all sorts of ways to play with them! I’ve got quite the gallery of them now between my original painted saints and the Decoupage Saints I made with the help of Catholic Icing’s Printables.

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NEW Craft Kit: Adjustable Liturgical Calendar!

The 2015-2016 Liturgical Calendar starts fresh in 27 days!

Have you ever tried to teach the concept of the Liturgical Calendar or wished that you had an easy way see it in ONE glance?

I’ve always eyed those circular Liturgical Calendar posters (like this:  Year of Grace 2016 Poster Calendar)
…and now with Kelly Saints Comics, I have created an Adjustable Liturgical Calendar for use year after year, with 72 unique and awesome Kelly Saints Stickies to tailor the calendar with each family’s patron saints!

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Feast Day Fun: Birthday of Mother Mary

Feast Day Crafts and Activities

Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).

Happy Birthday Mother Mary!

There are a lot of ways to celebrate Mother Mary’s birth; the most obvious is probably a birthday cake! In A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families we recommend an All-White Dinner reminding us that Mary was born without sin! I collected a bunch of pins on Pinterest, searching Birth of Mary, birthday cakes and white food… At Equipping Catholic Families, we have created a number of dolls and figures for Mother Mary. Check out: Egg Carton Mary and Mary TY Doll and our Wooden Painted Saint: Mother Mary! Check out our Wooden Painted Saint Tutorial An Alphabet of Mary is a sweet book with little poems, explanations and illustrations of the titles and qualities of Mother Mary. Check out current Specials at Catholic Artworks!

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