October 4, 2013

Celebrating the Saints.

It's been a saintly kind of week, hasn't it?  Lots of fun!  One of the commitments I made to myself this school year has been to get back to really celebrating the liturgical year.  Last year, I felt always behind and like feast days slid past with just a little mention.  I would usually at least read the blip of the saint of the day from this book or this one.  (I like Saints: A Year in Art because not only does it have a saint for every day but also a picture.  Though, there was the occasional one I passed on showing to the kids.  I like the second because it gives more detail and is specifically for kids).  I literally have gone through the calendar and picked the saints I want to make sure we celebrate and put them on the family calendar (we use Cozi).

At any rate, for this week we have celebrated a baptismal birthday, a birthday, and the feasts of The Archangels, St. Therese of Lisieux, Guardian Angels, and coming up St. Francis.  (And Our Lady of the Rosary on Monday....but that is next week and all!)  What a wonderful week to live the faith.  But I kept it simple.

For the feast of The Archangels:  Mass and ice cream sundaes.

Elizabeth showing off her coloring page.
For St. Therese of Lisieux:
Holy Heroes has their Glory Stories which my kids really enjoy listening to.  And they have this PDF to go along with St. Therese' story to color.  Or you can watch this video on Vimeo.  You can also get The Story of a Soul for free on Amazon and read it on a kindle or download the kindle app to any device.

"Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them." --St. Therese of Lisieux
 (and gosh, it looks way better in person!)
For St. Francis we will make a special treat for our feathered, furry and scaly friends.  Catholic Heritage Curricula also has this ebook available on the life of St. Francis that my kids have been working on coloring all week.  We have also been reading Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi by Tomie de Paola.

So, that has been our week.  Lots of good learning!

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