This is a delightful time of year to encourage thankfulness, the in between season between the feasts of All Saints’ Day and Souls’ Day and Advent. For those of us in the Midwest, a time for wrapping up fall gardening projects and hunkering down in the rain and/or snow. What better time to get out the crayons, markers, and glitter glue and go to town on giving thanks through art? Teaching Catholic Kids has ideas.
Catholic dad Jerry Windley-Daoust says that a lot of Catholic parents would love to say the rosary with their kids if the experience wasn’t quite so fraught. At our house, we barely make it out of the preliminaries before the littles are swinging their beads around like lassos which inevitably become airborne missiles and if you have ever been whacked in the face by a rosary mid-Hail Mary, you know it kind of ruins the mood. Our older kids are better, but I personally remember doing some groaning and eye-rolling as a teen when it came time for the rosary. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a couple insights that help us to pray the rosary as a family in a more sane and meaningful way. Find 12 ways to help kids with the Rosary online.
“I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand and serve before the Glory of the Lord!” Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel are three of the archangels honored by the Church on September 29. Here’s a little bit about them, and the dramatic story of how Raphael helped a young man and woman.
With the feasts of the archangels and the guardian angels only four days apart, it’s a great time to celebrate the angels with your kids. Here are seven ideas for what to do.
Before you celebrate the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation with your kids, help them to prepare by coaching them through an examination of conscience. Here are some tips, resources, and several examinations of conscience to choose from.