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Monday, September 26, 2016

St. Micheal The Arch Angel FREE Printable Prayer Card

My kids love saying the St. Michael prayer and even more they love singing it! A couple summers ago I found this catchy kids version and they are so addicted to singing it. They beg to sing the song at night prayers and sometimes we go on and on because they love it that much! The song I was talking about that my kids love is called St. Michael from the album Totally Catholic by Mary Zitnik. You can buy just the one song on Amazon here. There are other cute songs on the CD too but that one is by far our favorite.
Here is a cute saint prayer card that you can print out. You can fiddle with your printer settings and print out multiple to a page of these and then laminate the card for the long haul.
You can find more cute saints in our shop! St. Michael and the other Archangels are in our second set of  printable Cute Saint Holy Cards along with some other pretty awesome saints!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

FREE St. Therese of Lisieux Mobile Craft and A Rosary Giveaway

We celebrate St. Therese of Lisieux a week from today on October 1st. Here is a FREE cute little saint craft you can do with the kids for it. She is a favorite saint of many especially because of her simple and profound love for God. She makes us feel comfortable and like we actually have a shot at sainthood because we too can follow her Little Way of Love.

Here are some awesome links to help you learn more about her and some great ideas to celebrate:

Shower of Roses- Many wonderful ideas on how to celebrate St. Therese
Tan Books- Catholic Treasure Box books have a beautiful story on the life of St. Therese
A Slice of Smith Life- Rose Cupcakes
Life, Love, & Sacred Art- FREE St. Therese Coloring Page
Training Happy Hearts- Make Play Dough Roses
Today's Catholic Homeschooling- Book Review: A Little Way of Homeschooling

Here is how ours turned out. 

I have a super cute Large St. Therese Kids Rosary and Holy card to give away for this special saint. You can enter through the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. The Giveaway is open to anyone and will begin Saturday the 24th of September and end Saturday October 1st.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Coffee and Crayons: FREE Marian Quote Coloring Page

I was afraid, very afraid of giving too much attention to Our Blessed Mother when I was younger. Now, I was raised a cradle Catholic, but my precious mamma is a convert to Catholicism and while she made sure we knew our basic prayers and especially loved Jesus, there wasn't too much delving into the lives of the saints and not a lot of focus on Our Lady. I didn't learn to say the rosary until I was in High School and was on my own journey deepening my faith. In fact, I don't think before High School I had ever even prayed a rosary [...GASP...] 
When I read this quote from St. Max, it just really touched me. How could we ever love Mary more than Jesus did? A true and genuine devotion to our Blessed Mother always will lead us to Jesus because her will is perfectly united to His. She has the most humble servants heart and always is desiring to draw us closer to her beloved Son.  

The FREE coloring page above is part of a collection of different quotes from various saints about the Blessed Virgin Mary and you can find the set up in the shop.

Don't forget to check back next month for a new great FREE coloring page! You can find the growing collection of coloring pages and activities here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady and FREE Coloring Pages

September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. Today is also the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and a fitting time to contemplate these Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. The Holy Cross was probably one of our Lady's biggest sorrows. Being a mother, I can't even imagine the emotions and sorrow connected to it for her and still she said YES to all of God's Holy Will.

I have a beautiful ancient little book titled The Seven Sorrows of Mary which I am going to share with you a few highlights and scripture about the sorrows. At the bottom of the post, you'll see the FREE coloring pages for the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady.
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The First Sorrow:
The Prophecy of Simeon
" and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted  (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”  Luke 2: 34-33
How would you like it if someone told you just a few days after your baby was born that he was going to cause you great pain and suffering in life and others too! I would be positively crushed if someone said my beautiful little baby would be rejected and outcast in life...that is nothing a new mother wants to hear.
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The Second Sorrow:
The Flight into Egypt
" The Flight to Egypt. When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”  Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Matt 2:13-15
The hits just keep on a coming, now the Holy Family has to pack up in the middle of the night and move to a foreign country where they don't know anyone or have jobs lined out or even any idea where they are gonna live. Through all this Mary said YES to God.
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The Third Sorrow:
The Loss of Jesus for Three Days
" The Boy Jesus in the Temple. Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,  and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.  Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” Luke 2:42-48
Can you imagine loosing Jesus? Think about the sorrow you feel when you are far away from Him due to your sins. Then think how Mary must have felt to not have Jesus close to her and she didn't even do anything to cause it.
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The Fourth Sorrow:
The Meeting on the Way to Calvary
"A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him." Luke 23:27
Mary was there silently suffering as she watched her beloved son endure all this horrible torture. These last four sorrows were probably just one big sadness for Mary as she watched helpless to do anything to comfort her sweet, precious, and innocent Son. And still she said YES to God through her silent suffering.
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The Fifth Sorrow:
Calvary the Crucifixion
"The Crucifixion. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull),  they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink.  After they had crucified him, they divided his garments by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there." Matt 27: 33-36
I have few words for this, I have never lost a child living outside my womb. The sadness of miscarrying a baby I am sure pails in comparison to a baby you have held in your arms and loved and cared for. It wasn't even an accidental loss, but rather, Our Lady had to watch helplessly as they killed her innocent child. This also was in God's plan and she still said YES because cause she loved God and longed for the salvation of humanity...her will was and is perfectly united to the Father's. 
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The Sixth Sorrow:
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross, The Pieta
" When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen "  Matt 27:57-59
Jesus was finally taken down from the cross, the masses were no longer jeering and starting at His humiliating death. Mary could hold her precious child close in her arms like she had wanted to through this whole horrific ordeal. Now though, His beautiful presence was gone once again from her and the sorrow overwhelming. But she continued to say YES to all of Our Heavenly Father's plan. 
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The Seventh Sorrow:
The Burial of Jesus
"They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by." John 19:40-42
Jesus came into this world without a place to lay his head and leaving it was buried in a borrowed tomb...His mother was poor and had nothing to give Him. What mother doesn't want to give their baby the world and how we all clamor to make sure things are just right before baby comes and goodness forbid we have to burry a child, I am sure we would all want to honor as best we could that precious life. Mary truly is the humble handmaid of the Lord, she just said ok God, it is what it is and I am good with Your Will!     

Through all of her sorrows Mary said YES to God. We need to look at her life and try a little to say yes to God in the difficult times. He carried her through it all and will also carry us too, if we submit and say YES like Mary. It may not be easy but after all, Jesus came to show the way and it wasn't exactly a walk in the park for Him. So what makes us think we can skate through this life unscathed by a little suffering or that we should even try and wiggle out of most of it! 

You can find all of the FREE coloring pages here, there is also a beautiful Crucifix coloring page.

Monday, September 12, 2016

What's Coming Up: Blog Schedule

So I thought that I'd clue you in to what we are going to be talking about here for the rest of September and October. Sometimes I post FREE coloring pages and activities ahead of time and other times I have them scheduled for the specific day of celebration. If you want to use some of my  printables and activities here is the list of what's going to be available as a resource for Sep & Oct!

Sep14th Seven Sorrows of Our Lady & FREE Coloring Pages

Sep 21st  Coffee & Crayons: FREE Marian Quote Coloring Page

Sep 28th FREE St. Michael Prayer Card 

Sep 30th FREE St. Therese of Lisieux Mobile Craft

Oct 5th Divine Mercy & St. Faustina FREE Coloring Page

Oct 12th 10 Tips For Praying the Rosary with Kids

Oct 19th Coffee & Crayons:  FREE St. Pope JPII Quote Coloring Page 

Oct 26th  FREE Advent Calendar and Advent Activity Pack Giveaway

So there ya have what's coming up and I really hope you do stay tuned because I have some even more exciting posts scheduled for November & Dec.

You can find all my FREE coloring pages and activities here or by clicking the picture below.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Happy Birthday Blessed Mother and a FREE Printable

Did you know today is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary? We usually have a little party in her honor her and make some goodies to go with a spot of tea.
In past years I have even had it together enough to bake an awesome cake! (My kids still talk about our cool cake that we made a grotto out of black colored caramel corn for Our Lady.
So even if your super awesomeness isn't consistent and the creative spurts are here and there, just remember that even the little that you do, your children will cherish)
This year we are celebrating quite simply as our new baby is getting close to making his arrival and this mamma is quite tired. Some things we will do today are read a little bit about Our Blessed Mother, add in some coloring pages to our school day for her, and maybe watch one of the Marian CCC of America cartoons :) I really wanted to make it to Mass this morning but after a rough night of contractions and lack of sleep I woke up as Mass was just starting! Here is to making it next year!

Some great ways to honor and celebrate today might be...
Go to Mass:
Say a Rosary, Read about Our Lady, or Learn a new Marian Prayer!
Make a Rosary:
Make a Marian Craft:
Make a Tasty Treat:
Other Ways to Celebrate:

Because it's our Lady's Birthday, I thought I would share with you one of the cute certificates in my new Cute Saint Classroom Awards Printable. I call it the Immaculate Hart of Mary Birthday Award.
You can find the complete set of 20 different cute saint awards in the shop here

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back to Homeschool & Catholic Preschool Printables Giveaway

You can enter the Giveaway at the end of this post!

We officially started back to our homeschool studies. Not that we really took a full break over the summer. It feels good to get back into the swing of more structured learning. This year we have two little students at the table in Pre-K (Lily) and 2nd grade (Rose). Last year was a bit of a struggle with a lot of things for Rose, our oldest. We have an official diagnosis of dyslexia and alexia and are still investigating other issues. Hopefully this year with therapy and extra help it will be less of a struggle for all of us.
We are starting out this year all together with morning time around the school/kitchen table! It went splendidly and really helped set a happy tone for the day. Our morning time includes the Pledge of Allegiance, our morning prayer, tea with breakfast or a snack, saint study, religion, a little coloring, and some read aloud time from various books.
Rose(8): We are using mostly CHC for Rose but substituting some subjects: All About Reading and Math. Lily (4): We are using my Catholic Preschool Printables and she loves it!
The Blessed Mother is the patroness of our Homeschool. She and the little angels watch over us throughout our day!
 Who is the patron or patroness of your homeschool? Do you have a favorite prayer you start your day with?

You can enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below and here are the details. On Sep 14th the winners will be selected. The Giveaway is open to anyone. There are 3 PDF prizes 1st: Catholic Preschool Printables 2nd: Large Saint Alphabet Flashcards 3rd: Cute Saint Classroom Awards


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

First Friday Devotion Tracker

Tomorrow is a First Friday!!!!
I have another FREE printable activity for you! Sometimes the best way to stay on top of something
I have found is to get the kids involved. My children always remind me of things like praying our rosary or other important things I have initiated that sometimes fall by the wayside during the bustle of life. I have never made it to 9 consecutive First Friday Mass and goodness knows I have made an effort! I am thinking this school year will be the perfect time to try again. And so I made this little tracker for us to put up on the fridge.

I hope it's something fun the kids will enjoy and also that this might actually help us make those 9 First Friday Masses! 

Here are some great links for resources on the First Friday Devotion so you can put it into practice.
You can find all of our FREE coloring pages and activities by clicking here or on the picture below!