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Monday, January 18, 2016

The Holy Name of Jesus FREE Coloring Page

January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. Here are a couple free coloring pages, one is a girly design and one more masculine for the little fellows. I hope you all enjoy these coloring pages! Don't forget to check out our growing collection of FREE coloring pages!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A FREE Epiphany Coloring set

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Here are a couple FREE coloring/craft pages. The first is a set of the three gifts the Magi brought to
Jesus when they visited him. Can you imagine how happy they were when they finally found Jesus after searching for so long?

And the second, a cute set of the three Magi with their gifts for Jesus. They can be colored and cut out. Maybe you even want to glue them to large popsicle sticks for reinforcement and add some tiny fabric capes or other decorations. There are 4 sets to the page so if you have a bunch of little ones you can make multiple sets!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Children's Sacred and Immaculate Heart Illustration

We have a special devotion to the Sacred & Immaculate Heart in our home. Our home is enthroned and we display a beautiful image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of May.
I was thinking that it would be so amazing if there was a children's version of the image so the little ones could display it in their spaces. I couldn't find anything I liked so I set out to make a set for myself. I haven't really ever illustrated much digitally so this would be an experiment and I really feel an inspired one. Clicking on the picture will take you to our shop where you can purchase a set to download and print for yourself. It's a 4 page set with 3 different layouts and a multi image page so you can make some little holy cards!

I sat down at the computer all in one go and completed the project! That in itself I feel quite miraculous. I had a feeling when I finished that was just: wow Jesus, you really must have had a lot to do with this project!!! I was so thankful for the inspiration to work on it and doubly overjoyed with the result.

Here is a little behind the scenes look at what goes into one of these cute Saint images. It's quite a process and does indeed take time.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Cute Saint Beads and a Resolution

I made these cute saint beads because I couldn't find what I wanted in the stores. When you can't find what you want out there, sometimes you just have to go and make it for yourself! This kind of holds true for our spiritual lives as well!

Often we get discouraged because of one thing or another. Maybe your prayer life is lack luster or your Parish community is just rolling along on fumes. This New Year bring opportunity to make some resolve to do something about those things. If you want a more vibrant prayer life, you are going to have to do the time and put in the effort, but start small! Make some tangible goals like setting a specific time t pray everyday and for how long. Don't set out to climb Mt. Everest with this resolution, you might not make it to the summit of you aren't in shape! Rather treat it more like "I am going to walk x number of steps today". What I'm not saying here is to set the bar low so you won't fail or have far to fall, I am saying take baby steps you can build on. Let say you set a daily time and tell yourself you will pray for 5 minutes, then see how it goes for a week and bump it up to 10 minutes. Make a habit of it! I have this App on my phone that helps me make good habits and keep track of them. You could apply this to your prayer life and add in a goal of prayer then have a tangible way to track and look at your progress...sometimes it really does help to have a visual aid! And if you want a more vibrant Parish life sometimes you have to step up and volunteer for something. Try it! Keep in mind your time limitations and pick something small you can do. Plant a little seed and then watch it grow throughout the year.

Ok so now back to those cute childish Saint beads for bracelets and necklaces I was talking about. I searched in vain but I couldn't find any that I liked or were the right size for our craft. So on went the thinking cap and out popped these adorable little Saint beads. We made some extra ones too so others could enjoy them as well. Clicking on the picture will take you to where you can find the beads, bracelets and necklaces!