The Secret of Mary by St. Louis Marie de Monfort (89 pages)
“Predestinate soul, how are you to do it? What means will you choose to reach the height to which God has called you?… It all comes to this, then: that you should find an easy means for obtaining from God the grace necessary to make you holy; and this means I wish to make known to you. Now, I say that to find this grace of God, we must find Mary…”
from The Secret of Mary pgs. 11-12
Each book by St. Louis de Monfort is spiritually powerful, but The Secret of Mary is a treasure. This little book presents the key to sanctity: our salvation is “to Jesus through Mary.” Her role in our salvation did not end with the birth of the Savior. Rather, she is a constant part of our souls that cannot be neglected if we truly desire Heaven. Divided into three sections (“The Secret of Mary,” “Consecration to Jesus Through Mary,” and “The Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts”), this book promotes dedication to Mary, as St. Louis de Monfort discusses the beauty and power of her role in our lives. In brief paragraphs, the author discusses ideas such as “Mary Nourishes Souls and Gives Them Growth in God,” “Mary Forms Jesus in Us,” and “Through Mary Jesus Will Reign.” This is an excellent addition to every Catholic family’s bookshelf!
The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia as told to William Brinkley (223 pgs.)
From the very first page, Sister Cecilia’s story is gripping and suspenseful. Through determination and many sacrifices, Cecilia transforms from a simple farm girl to a courageous nun able to outwit the Communists while remaining loyal to her calling. Sister Cecilia’s unique story-telling weaves together amusing stories from her childhood, her call to the religious life, the role she played in defying Communism, and her love for the Catholic faith into a beautiful and inspiring adventure. This remarkable true story will transport you back over 50 years to Catholic Slovakia, a time that was charming and simple, yet at the hands of the Communists, became dangerous and deadly.
“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit…” Acts 2:1-4
This is a great project for young children and teenagers to help celebrate the Descent of the Holy Spirit. They can help with almost every step!
You will need:
- 1 batch of cupcakes, frosted white
- hard candy (“flame” colors: red, yellow, orange, etc.)
- tin foil
- cookie sheet
- ziploc bag
- cutting board
Begin by crushing the hard candy. The best method we have found is putting a mix of red, yellow, and orange candy into a ziploc bag and crushing it with a meat tenderizer. You might want to do this on a cutting board.
Line a cookie sheet (with sides) with tinfoil. When the candy is in little pieces, spread it onto the tin foil.
Place the cookie sheet in an oven heated to 300 degrees and let the candy melt completely.
When it looks like the candy has melted together, removed the sheet from the oven and allow the candy to cool completely. When it is cool, you should be able to remove it in one big sheet like this:
Break the candy into “flame-shaped” chunks and slide them into your cupcakes.
Optional: Place a dove in front of each flame. We placed wooden toothpicks into miniature dove sugar cookies- after the cookies were baked and frosted white.
One of the most common suggestions and requests we receive is for coloring pages that are more suited to little hands.
This Lent, we are excited to offer our first mini coloring booklet!
Our booklet features our Stations of the Cross coloring pages- now in 1/4 page size!
Click the image to print the sheets.
To print the sheets, you will need to set your printer settings to double-sided and follow the instructions. The sheets will print out with 4 stations per side.
Simply cut the pages in half horizontally…
…then put the pages in order! It’s that easy
We recommend stapling the pages together for easier coloring and to keep the book in order.
This is a great way to introduce your children to the Stations! We’ve found that children love to lead prayers. Let your young ones lead Stations this Lent, using their booklets and adding an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to each Station, or any other prayers you choose to say.
Leave a comment below and let us know how you will use your Stations booklet this Lent!
Have you ever made snow paint? All you need is a little food coloring, water and a spray bottle…
After shoveling our driveway for the tenth time this winter, we thought of a great way to use the high mounds of snow that have accumulated!
Creating your own snow grotto is easy! We began by carving out the inside of this mound of snow.
We wanted to add some color to our creation so we mixed a couple drops of black food coloring with water in a spray bottle. This gave us a medium gray mixture that turned a little greenish as it soaked into the snow. For darker colors, you can add more food coloring.
Heavy, wet snow works best for molding people and other figures. If your snow is too powdery, use a spray bottle with plain water to wet the snow as you work.
…and this is our grotto lit up at night…
We chose to make this grotto in time for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (Feb. 11th), but you could mold other Catholic objects or scenes.
Leave a comment and let us know what you create!
The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass
by St. Leonard of Port Maruice (123 pages)
“Treasures, however great and precious, are never appreciated until examined, counted over, and summed up.” Thus begins one of the most compelling discussions of the Mass ever written. As Catholics, we tend to take the Mass for granted, attending out of obligation, rather than desire. However, St. Leonard warns, this is not enough. In his book, St. Leonard offers a beautiful meditation on the tremendous powers of the Holy Mass, while fervently urging the reader to take advantage of these powers by hearing the Mass as frequently as possible. Not only does he discuss the great powers of a single Mass, but he also offers many suggestions for hearing Mass more devoutly. The Hidden Treasure is beautifully woven together with Scripture, anecdotes, stories of the saints, and the author’s own compelling voice. If you desire to better understand the mystery of the Holy Mass and attend it more often, then put this book at the top of your list of books to read!
The tradition of the Advent wreath is relatively newer. Originating in Germany, it was brought over to the United States by immigrants in the early 20th century. The beautiful custom of lighting a new candle each Sunday of Advent not only anticipates Christ’s birth on Christmas Day, but also the second coming of Christ.
This Advent, celebrate the tradition of the Advent wreath with our newest Perler bead project!
You will need:
- Advent wreath and candle template
- 1 large, square peg board
- 1 sheet of Perler ironing paper or parchment paper
- Perler beads:
168 dark green
29 light green
- an iron
Place the template beneath your peg board. You might want to tape the template to the table or work surface.
It is important to leave the gaps in the wreath, to allow your candles to stand up.
We made our candles on a heart-shaped peg board, creating bigger flames on our candles. If you have extra beads, get creative with your candles and wreath and let us know what you discover!
Remember to use Perler paper or parchment paper between your project and the iron!
You can add your candles all at once, or add a new candle each Sunday.
“As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4: 18-20).
Andrew left behind his life as a fisherman to follow Christ. After Christ’s death, Andrew traveled to Greece, preaching the Gospel. It was there that he suffered a martyr’s death, tied to an X-shaped cross. He is now the patron saint of Scotland.
Christ was not alone as He carried His cross to Calvary. The women of Jerusalem wept over His afflicted state and one man was made to carry the cross with Him.
Tradition also tells us of another woman named Veronica.
Moved by pity, Veronica offered her veil to Christ. He, in turn, wiped His face on her veil and left on it the image of His face. Today, Veronica’s veil is in St. Peter’s in Rome, Italy.
Recreate Veronica’s veil in just a few simple steps!
You will need:
- black crayons (peeled)
- Christ’s face template
- 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper
- hot glue or white glue
- white or light-colored fabric (cut about the same size as your paper)
Begin by printing out a copy of the Christ’s face template.
“Trace” this template onto another piece of paper using glue. Hot glue works well, but you can use whatever glue you have on hand.
Allow this ”glue outline” to dry completely. This is what you will use to put Christ’s face onto your “veil.” This glue outline is reusable- you only need one for a small group of children or repeat this step to have multiple outlines for larger groups.
Tape the glue outline to a table or hard surface.
Center and tape your fabric over it. Using the side of a black crayon, rub back and forth firmly to transfer Christ’s face to your veil.
St. Veronica, pray for us!
Fast and easy way to make a rosary holder…
We went from this…
in five minutes— with items we had at home.
We started with an old picture frame that wasn’t being used,
attached some roofing nails evenly spaced, and then let each family member pick a saint medal for their nail.
We attached two nails on the wall 8″ apart to hang the rosary holder in order to keep it balanced.
Peter was born in Catalonia, Spain, to a poor family. As he grew older, he desired to become both a priest and missionary. Feeling called to “save millions of perishing souls,” Peter traveled to northern South America, the center of the slave market in the Western Hemisphere. He lived with the belief that, ”I must dedicate myself to the service of God until death, on the understanding that I am like a slave.” Peter spent 33 years there, serving the thousands of slaves that arrived there each month. He would personally board the ships as they arrived, tending to the sick and dying, administering the Sacraments, and catechizing slaves. Through his efforts, hundreds of souls were converted. In addition to his work as a priest, Peter also fought for slave trade to be abolished.
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Gregory was born to a wealthy family in Rome, Italy. His mother is now also saint. By the age of 34, Gregory was the Chief Magistrate of Rome. He built seven monasteries in his lifetime, including one that he founded in his own house. Gregory received the habit in this monastery, known as the Benedictine Monastery of St. Andrew. There was unanimous support for Gregory’s appointment to the papacy. Though he accepted the position, he often missed the simplicity and quiet of the monastery. Gregory spent his time in the papacy writing letters and books and renewing the missionary activity of the Church. He is the one responsible for sending St. Augustine on the successful mission to evangelize pagan England. Gregory remained pope from 590 until his death in 604. Today, he is the patron of teachers.
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Irenaeus was raised in a Christian family. He became both a priest and bishop during his lifetime. Irenaeus is most famous for his work against the spread of Gnosticism, a great heresy that threatened the Church at the time. He wrote several books that were immediately popular and successful in refuting the heresy. One of the most famous was Against Heresies, which we still have today. The Church honors Irenaeus as a martyr for the Faith on the date of his death, June 28th.
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St. Scholastica is the twin sister of St. Benedict. Though they both entered religious life, she spent much of her life with or very near to him. The monastery she founded was only about five miles from Benedict’s monastery. Once a year, they arranged to meet at a nearby house. They spent this time together in spiritual discussion and prayer. After meeting one night, Scholastica begged Benedict to stay for one more day. When Benedict refused, Scholastica began to pray. A terrible thunderstorm began, causing Benedict to stay. The brother and sister spent the night discussing spiritual matters. That was the last time they ever spent together. Three days later, Scholastica died. In his cell, Benedict received a vision of his sister’s soul ascending to heaven. He himself prepared her body to be buried.
At birth, Saint Rose was given the same Isabel. However, Isabel was such a beautiful child that she was called “Rose” and the name stuck. Her beauty grew with each year that passed. Her mother loved to show off Rose’s beauty, even placing a wreath of flowers on her head to draw attention to her. Rose shunned such displays and attention and even placed a long pin in the wreath which pierced her head. She cut her hair and rubbed pepper on her face, in an attempt to hide her beauty. Other times, she put herself through severe mortifications like tying chains around her waist.
Against her parents’ wishes, Rose refused to be married, wishing only to give her life to Christ. Her father would not let her become a nun, but that did not prevent Rose from entering the Third Order of St. Dominic. She spent many hours each day before the Blessed Sacrament and fasted often. She also devoted herself to caring for the poor and sick. The crown Rose is commonly pictured wearing is one she made for herself with small silver spikes as penance. St. Rose is the patron saint of Latin America and the Philippines.
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The feasts of St. Monica and St. Augustine are on separate days- August 27th and 28th respectively- but their lives and paths to sainthood are inseparable. Monica is credited with bringing not only her husband and mother-in-law to the Catholic faith, but also her son Augustine as well. She prayed fervently for the conversion of her pagan husband and difficult mother-in-law for years, patiently bearing their insults. Her husband finally converted a year before his death. But Monica’s patience and perseverance would soon be tested further. Though Augustine was raised in the Faith and was said to be incredibly intelligent, he chose to follow a dark life of sin and worldly pleasures. Monica prayed diligently for her son for 17 years, never losing hope that he might return to the one, true Faith. Augustine finally converted in the year 387, just before his mother died. He went on to become a priest, bishop, author, saint, and Doctor of the Church.
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|Saint Monica Coloring Page||Saint Augustine Coloring Page