January Saints and Pray More in 2024

Equipping Catholic Families for January 2024 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.

  • Prompt Me to Pray through the 12 Days of Christmas PDF is PACKED with prayers and prayer prompts to tap into all the wonderful gifts God has given us within our Faith! It has simple summaries and excellent prompts to pray: to pray with gratitude, to foster the virtues and gifts already infused into us at Baptism, and to help us appreciate all God’s Grace and Tools He freely offers to us, as we pursue holiness.

Key Feast Days in January:

He’s still a little BABY! Sock Baby Jesus can still hang around in his crib as we bask in the Baptism of the Lord (January 8) and await the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd.

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9 Unique Catholic Gifts you can Print, Customize and Give!

Looking for last minute, meaningful Catholic gifts? All of our Catholic Craft Kit PDFs come with permission to copy for personal use and that means you can print and assemble them for beautiful custom, handmade gifts for your close family and friends!

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December Saints Days and ADVENT!

December Saints Days and ADVENT!

Equipping Catholic Families for December Saints!

It’s December and Advent starts THIS SUNDAY!

Here is our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion, Key Feast Days, and the appropriate Season of the Liturgical Calendar: Advent!

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Dollar Store Advent Wreath

We’ve been seeing beautiful wooden advent wreaths and I decided to try making one, using what I could find from the dollar store! I already had the 6″ masonite wreath base from an earlier trip to the dollar store.
I know I have seen little wooden leaf cutouts, but this time of year, my trusty dollar store had none. I switched gears to use little wooden hearts and flowers and this is what I came up with.

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Christ the King Novena starts November 17!

November 26th is the Solemnity of Christ the King and November 17th is nine days before it so that makes TODAY the first day of the Christ the King Novena!

We made a special craft kit for that!

This Divine Mercy Prayer Counter Abacus includes the 9 intentions and relatively short daily prayers leading up to this great Solemnity!

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All about Advent and Christmas {Review}

by Katherine Bogner and Shari Van Vranken

Katherine Bogner is the Catholic Teacher I’d want to be…and the Teacher every kid in Catholic School would love. I am so excited about Katherine’s book All About Advent and Christmas: Sharing the Seasons of Hope & Wonder With Children, illustrated and designed by Shari Van Vranken.

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Anticipating Advent


Here’s a summary of our most-loved Advent Traditions and the Heirloom Crafts we dig out year after year!

1. The Jesse Tree!


The Jesse Tree Tradition features Biblical ornaments tracing the lineage of Jesus through the Old Testament to the Nativity in the New Testament.

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Advent is SHORT this year!

Advent will start on December 3rd and Christmas Eve is the 4th Sunday of Advent, so the season of Advent is as short as it can be!

Do you have your Advent Candles yet? Amazon Affiliate link: here

With Advent approaching, it’s time to introduce the Advent Catholic Mom Bundle, packed with print-and-go resources to make it easy to live liturgically this year!

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Jesse Tree / O Antiphon Calendar 2023

…because the first Sunday of Advent falls between November 27th-December 3rd, the official Advent Calendar can look different every year (for 7 years!)
This year, Advent begins on December 3rd, so it’s the shortest Advent possible. The last Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve!

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Want to Shop Catholic this year?

I’m aware that some people manage to finish their Christmas Shopping before Advent even starts! I’m in awe.

This year, much as every other year, I’ll probably be racing to the last minute to purchase and wrap all our gifts for our family and friends. How about purchasing some gifts that help spark and build our Catholic Faith? With the following Catholic Gift Guides, you can even support Small Catholic Businesses, while you’re at it.

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