Lesson Notes: Christmas Activity Packet

Posted December 16, 2017 by Sue Klejeski
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Plan and prepare.  Plan and prepare.  The Christmas season is so packed with activity that it seems the only way we can hang on through the whirlwind is to plan and prepare in advance so the priorities hold onto their rightful place!

It’s not quite Christmas yet, but we’ve scheduled this packet now with all that in mind.  As always with the seasonal activity packets, take a look through in advance and choose one or two things that will enhance the celebration of the season.

Family praying before monstranceOne activity I’d recommend for everyone is on page 1 – spending time with the Holy Child.  No matter what the age of your kids might be, a little time in the quiet of presence of Jesus is an amazing way to celebrate the season.  It’s okay to just spend 5 minutes before the tabernacle or in an adoration chapel if that’s what will work for your little kids, and you’ll find lots more notes on Adoration Etiquette in our archives.

 

*Bonus points awarded to those who know why the Lesson Notes icon at the top of the page is this unusual color. 🙂

No-sew Prayer Table Cloths

Posted December 14, 2017 by Sue Klejeski
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tips and tricks.pngEvery now and then someone asks me about where to find prayer table cloths in liturgical colors.  Three (or four, if you count gold) of the colors are all over stores right now!  Red, white, green – sound familiar Christmas shoppers?

While you’re out and about finishing your shopping, keep your eyes open for runners, placemats, or even cloth napkins in Christmas colors and you’ll be ready to go until Lent when Easter stuff is available in stores (hello, purple!)

A couple more tips:

  1. Don’t forget to check your local dollar store – I once found a lovely red runner at mine.
  2. Everything is already going down to clearance prices, so not only are these options no-sew but whatever you find will be cheap!   Horray!

Lesson Notes: Isaiah the Prophet

Posted December 13, 2017 by Sue Klejeski
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Isaiah the Prophet

A prophet is someone sent by God to help form His people and prepare them for salvation.  From Elijah to John the Baptist, no matter how far God’s people strayed He always sent someone with the welcome reminder of his love and the hard message of how to get back to it.

This lesson is about Isaiah and specifically about his connections with John the Baptist.  Hundreds of years ago Isaiah said this:

A voice cries out:  In the desert prepare the way of the Lord!  Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!  Isaian 40:3

and today we recognize that he was announcing the future arrival of John the Baptist, who very literally came to prepare us for Salvation.  We hear from both of them in the Sunday readings during Advent, so listen for it and do these activities to reinforce the connections.

Older Kids for TLsIf you have older kids, spend a little time with the Prophecy Concentration game.  Whether you play it with classic Concentration rules or simply match the Old Testament prophecies with their New Testament fulfillment your kids will get a sense of the enormity and intricacy of God’s plan for their salvation!

Family Rosary - TinaAnd if your kids are younger don’t miss the Titles of God worksheet.  Isaiah used many words to describe God, and it’s a wonderful exercise in praise for us to do the same!  The alphabet component makes it friendly for a younger crowd, but this is an activity that the whole family can work on together.  When you’re done, be sure to post it somewhere as an Advent reminder of just how good our God is!

And finally, we’ve provided the easiest decoration possible with the Isaiah Scripture Tent.  Simply fold it in half and put it in your prayer space (or a shelf, or a mantle).  Decorate it if you want, but the graphic design stands on its own and it is a great reminder of the overall “prepare” character of Advent.

Art for January Prayer Tables

Posted December 12, 2017 by Sue Klejeski
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I’m going to depart from my typical suggestion of some classic piece of art and ask you to consider using a photo of someone in a religious vocation instead.  It started when a friend sent me this photo of her daughter, Sister Maddie*,

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but didn’t take long before I remembered a bunch of other former Family Formation kids who have also discerned a religious vocation.

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Photos have the ability to make a concept more relatable and one of the goals is to help kids think, “This could be me!” You’re welcome to print these joyful sisters or my Family Formation kids** for your prayer table, or you may like some of the pieces I suggested a few years ago for this lesson, found here.  Or better yet, if you have a priest or religious from your parish, perhaps photos of them would be best.  You may also have a local order or a diocesan vocations poster that would work.  No matter what you choose, the goal is to convey the joy of serving God and to make it relatable for your students.

 

*Isn’t this a wonderful picture! She’s with the Pro Ecclesia Sancta order.
**Email me for a bigger, printable file. sue@churchofsaintpaul.com

 

What is the Immaculate Conception?

Posted December 6, 2017 by Sue Klejeski
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Happy New Year!

Posted November 27, 2017 by Sue Klejeski
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Yes, it’s that time of year, so this month spend a little time with the new Liturgical Calendar from your packet*.  Whether you plan to color or not, there’s still a wealth of information on the liturgical colors, feasts and seasons, and the Sunday Gospels.  (And that’s just the front side!)

We recommend you post it in a prominent place in your home and use some kind of marker (like a magnet or post-it flag) to track progress as we travel through this year.

 

*Not all FF parishes provide a Liturgical Calendar for their families, but whether you need one for your family or extras for gifts, they’re always available on our site.  Scroll down to about mid page to order pre-colored or color-your-own in either English or Spanish.  You’ll want Cycle B for the year starting on December 3, 2018

Lesson Notes: The Corporal Works of Mercy

Posted November 25, 2017 by Sue Klejeski
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Corporal Works

This week we’re focusing on the Corporal Works of Mercy and Jesus has some VERY clear teachings on them: basically, if you didn’t do these things for others, you are ignoring me.  Off to eternal punishment with you!

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On the other hand, when we do things as simple as feeding people, visiting those who can’t get out, donating clothing, etc. it’s  exactly like we’re doing these things for Jesus, Himself!  It’s pretty awesome to consider and very doable for children of all ages.  This lesson will help your whole family become more familiar with the official list and will give lots of suggestions for ways your kids can live it out.

(And you get to play bingo!)


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