Equipping Catholic Families for Sacrament Season!

Yesterday, Bridget received her Confirmation! We’re so proud of Bridget and the beautiful, talented and faith-filled young lady she is becoming!

She has been preparing all year through our Parish and watching the Chosen series* by Ascension Press throughout 10 evening sessions. 

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The Seven Prayer Dispositions

What They Look Like and Why We Need Them

Continuing with our evolving mission on this site Equipping Catholic Families…to PRAY  I’ve been looking at ways we might learn from the Saints (and of course Our Lady) to pray better and develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus. I’ve been studying some of the Prayer Dispositions of the Saints.

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Equipping Catholic Families …to Pray

Equipping Catholic Families is very much a family apostolate and as our five kids one by one step into the teenage and young adult years, our family ministry seems to be maturing as well. We will continue to present #catholiccrafts featuring our Catholic Craft Kits, Quizzing Cards and Books while we recognize the changing needs of our own little family with our Catholic kids emerging into adulthood. While my kids still humor me for the most part as I pull from storage our Catholic crafts and heirlooms to celebrate the Seasons and Feast Days of the Liturgical Calendar, I recognize that these little Catholic crafts, practices and programs will likely lose precedence, except for a few little nostalgic tokens, at least until grandchildren become part of our family dynamic yippee, I can’t wait!

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Back On Track for Lent with a Custom Lenten Prayer Journal!

It just occurred to me that I might not be the only one who needs a little restart this Lent! With March Break this week, some of our Lenten resolutions have fallen to the wayside.

I have however, been prayer journaling again and I think some of our new tools in the Arma Dei Shoppe have been helping!

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Equipping Catholic Families with a Comprehensive Guide to Lenten Crafts and Family Traditions

This is our summary post of Lenten crafts and activities to bless your family Lenten journey.

Classic Lenten Activities and Family Traditions

First of all, check out our FREE craft tutorials for these classics!

Good Deed Bead Bracelets: A great way to get kids engaged in LENT prayer and sacrifice and good deeds!

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Equipping Catholic Families with a NEW Hands-On Prayer-packed Craft Kit for LENT!

So, even though I have 50 Cathletics Craft Kits in my Arma Dei Shoppe, it’s hard to believe that I don’t actually have one craft kit dedicated to LENT!  Well, that is, until NOW!

Hands-On Lenten Pack of Prayers

This craft kit focuses mainly on the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and offers more inventive ways to get kids hands-on praying! Prayers are counted as beads are colored or laced up with a shoelace! Our Super Saints illustrations are kid-friendly and enticing and help to focus our prayers just a little bit more! Plus, they’re just fun to look at!

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Equipping Catholic Families for FEBRUARY Saints, Monthly Devotion and Ordinary Time!

Equipping Catholic Families for February 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. As our kids get older, our activities and commitment to Catholic crafts has changed and adjusted (at least for our tween, teen and young adult kids)! While we haven’t exactly been adding a lot of Catholic crafts around here, we do enjoy pulling out the crafts and programs we’ve developed over the years, sometimes sharing them with younger families in our parish!

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Top FOUR Resolutions for 2019

It’s that time of year again, our second chance to start the new year (the Liturgical Calendar began with Advent in 2018).These are the big four resolutions that I’m compelled to commit to and I’ve included some resource, article and affiliate links that I’ve found helpful. This is not an exhaustive list! I might even edit and add to these lists throughout January…and I’m happy to check out your recommendations!

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Feast Day Fun: St Gertrude

St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) was a Benedictine mystic and she is patroness of the West Indies.  She was born in Germany and placed in a Benedictine convent at the age of five. She had a vision of Jesus at the age of twenty-six. She wrote a number of books and many prayers, spreading devotion of the Sacred Heart. She is also credited with this special prayer for the souls in Purgatory. Jesus, Himself told her that He would ease the suffering of 1000 souls, release them from purgatory and welcome them into Heaven, each time this prayer is prayed devoutly!

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5 Mysteries of Mercy

The Mysteries of the Rosary offer intense events within the lives of Jesus and Mary for focus and contemplation while we recite the prayers of each decade of the Rosary. While the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is considerably shorter, I started wishing there were associated Mysteries of Mercy to contemplate during each decade of prayers.  In Scripture, we see Jesus model His Mercy as He interacts with the people and preaches to them. I did search online for Mysteries of Mercy, but only after I tried my best to extrapolate them for myself from Jesus’ Public Ministry.

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