Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls: {Book Review}

I was intrigued about this book Be Yourself: A Journal for Catholic Girls* and thought that it would be just the right thing for 11 year old Bridget. I was right!

Journals and All about Me type books have been pretty popular with my daughters…especially during the tween years! While my older girls still journal, this one is perfect to launch Bridget into thoughtful journaling…and prayer journaling. I just love that this is a Catholic Journal featuring female saints among the prompts and activities.

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Equipping Catholic Families…for All Saints!

NEW! Pocket Prayer Cards

For a limited time, we’ve included the special double-sided template of Kelly SaintsTM  Pocket Prayer Cards in the Prayer-Loom Prayer Book craft kit (PDF) 

renovated and re-released this week at Equipping Catholic Families.

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Our Lady of Fatima by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle {Book Review}

Equipping Catholic Families with…Book DeBriefs is a series of book reviews on awesome Catholic books published by Franciscan Media* and its imprint Servant Books, both offering excellent spiritual reading to boost prayer life, devotion and Faith.

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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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Reconciliation Prep

We’ve updated our Reconciliation Prep Craft Kit! It’s got 12 pages of color AND black and white templates presenting TWO classic Act of Contrition prayers, a few different formats of the Examination of Conscience (based on the Ten Commandments), quick information about the Sacrament and the general format of Reconciliation with the official text for both First and subsequent Confession. A number of different formats are included to accommodate one or two kids…or a whole class!

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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 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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