• "Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father's love—difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's miseries, her burdens, her needs - everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness - Everything is a grace because everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events—to the heart that loves, all is well."
  • - St. Therese of Lisieux

Friday, April 23, 2021

Liturgical Living: May Feasts And Solemnities


 Praise God it is May! 

As of this writing, most of us are still under enhanced quarantine. I have rounded up some activities for the entire family to do this month.

Mama Mary

The whole month of May is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary.  Filipinos offer flowers to the Blessed Virgin before or after daily  and Sunday masses. Since most of us still cannot come to church, let us offer our drawings, paintings  or crafted flowers to our Blessed Mother. I have a FREE printable of the Blessed Mother here. You can print it and add flowers on her head each day for the whole month of May.



Papa Joseph

May 1 is the feast of St. Joseph, the worker. You can find ways to celebrate in this blog post: Celebrating The Feast of St Joseph, Husband of Mary

Sunday Gospel Readings

May 2. The Vine and The Branches John 15: 1-8. 
Even before the pandemic, our family prepares for Sunday mass by reading the Sunday Gospel after breakfast. Since it is also a homeschool day (not a weekend) We do narration and journaling also. After reading (and/or  listening) to the Gospel each member narrates back what has been read, starting from the youngest up to the eldest (including Nanay - Mom and Tatay - Dad). We also do Scripture memory from the Gospel. I have another FREE printable to use in memorizing  a verse in the Gospel. 

May 9. Love One Another. John 15 9-17
There is a Scripture Memory coloring page, a word search and a word factory activity page here.

More printables on my FREE PRINTABLES page.

Saints' Feasts

Saints Philip and James, May 3

Saint Matthias, May 14

Saint Rita of Cascia, May 22

Saint Bede the Venerable, May 25

You can find coloring pages for all these saints over at my THE SAINTS PRINTABLES page.


Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord

Ways to celebrate and a FREE printable can be found in my Celebrating The Feast of The Ascension blog post.


Pentecost

Ways to celebrate and again, a FREE printable can be found in my Celebrating Pentecost With Family





I will continue adding links and resources to this post. So please check once in a while. I would love to know what you have done to celebrate these feasts and solemnities so please drop a photo or message on my Everything Is Grace Facebook page.

God bless you.




Celebrating The Feast of St. Catherine of Siena


The Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena is on April 29. She is the patroness of Europe. She is also the patroness of fire fighters and against fire because she was not consumed by it whenever she fell into fire during her ecstasies. Her patronage also include nurses, people ridiculed for their piety, Italy, against bodily ills, miscarriages, and sexual temptation, 

Here are some ideas for you and your family to do on her feast.

Learn more about St. Catherine

YouTube videos on the life of St. Catherine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZSblkcm-ME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbGft4ARjdY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncIjpRWgFvc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF2bycKbS4c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSVrh5FZ_a4

Books:
 
There are many Books of Saints for children which includes St. Catherine of Siena. Here are two from which we have already read about St. Catherine. 



 

I discovered a 30 day devotional based on the classic spirituality of St. Catherine.
Set Aside Every Fear is available on Scribd. We plan to begin reading on St. Catherine's feast day.


Saints Journal

My Son and I have been drawing and painting the Saints we learn in our Saints Journal. He loves to draw and he usually draws the events in the saints' lives rather than just a portrait of the saint. I usually do portraits. 
If you haven't started a journal yet, I encourage you to do so. You can download a coloring page for the little ones who prefer to just color. They can have their own Saint Journals too. The coloring pages can be pasted on a drawing book or sketch book or just put together in a binder.








Do Housework (With Love)

If you homeschool like us, you know too well that housework is part of the curriculum, and that it is encouraged even to the little ones. St. Catherine was made to do the most difficult housework to change her mind and agree to be married. She did all that was asked of her quietly and patiently. 



So just like St. Catherine, encourage each other to do all their chores with love and cheerfulness.

Talk about Firefighters and Fire Safety

Toddlers and Preschoolers would be delighted to do some activities about firemen. When our son was 3 years old, we pretended to be firemen, climbed up a ladder and even made props. I was asked to draw a couple of fire trucks to paint on. 




Celebrate With Food

I will definitely try this one from Catholic Cuisine

You can also prepare something that is cooked by fire like barbeque or a flambe. Or you can try the traditional dishes of the province of Siena.

Pray The Novena to St. Catherine of Siena

The novena starts on April 20th. Nine days prior to the feast day. Here are some links where you can find novena prayers to St. Catherine of Siena




I hope some of these ideas help you in celebrating the feast of St. Catherine of Siena. 

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