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Partners in the Gospel: Holy Heroes

May 24, 2018

Partners in the Gospel

Every now and then something comes to our attention that fits really well with our mission of family catechesis, and we’re glad to share it with you.

Holy Heroes definitely falls into that category with their goal to help you bring the joy of the Faith to your family.  Not only do they produce many original products, they also have a carefully curated selection of other things available for sale.  (We’ve never found one we wouldn’t highly recommend!)

This time, we encourage you to take a look at one of their new ventures: St. Mary’s Messenger magazine.  It’s a quarterly publication for kids aged 7-12.  Kids love to get mail, and a subscription to St. Mary’s Messenger will provide stories, puzzles, and games, and more – all designed to help your child grow in their love of the Catholic Faith.

They sent me a sample copy from last year’s fall/Advent season that includes recipes and other suggestions for celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena bingo game, and details about their penpal program.  (Penpals!)

They’ll be opening up subscriptions again sometime this summer, so I suggest you get on their mailing list to keep up with the latest, and consider subscriptions for godchildren and grandchildren as well.  (Click here and scroll to the bottom to join.)

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Partners in the Gospel: Jesse Tree Treasures

November 9, 2017

Partners in the GospelAdvent, Advent!  There are so many wonderful things I could say about this favorite season!  I always feel like every effort focused on waiting* and preparing for Christmas is a little victory that will help my family better celebrate the birth of Christ.

Whether you light a candle each evening, read a book set aside for the season**, or change up your family’s prayer time a bit, Advent offers lots of opportunities to grow in faith!

The devotion I’d like to mention today is an ancient tradition that helps us recall the long, long wait for the arrival of the Savior.  It’s called a Jesse Tree (from the promise in Isaiah 11:1-4) and simply involves recalling a little piece of salvation history each day throughout Advent.  From creation to the manger, presenting this long wait as chapters in a single story is an immensely valuable way to give your family an abiding sense of God’s love and His plan for us!

A beautiful way to do that is with the ornaments created by Jane and Angie at Jesse Tree Treasures.  Not only are they heirloom quality, but they are kid safe and come with the Scripture references you need to make this a successful prayer and story time throughout the entire season.  If you would like to put together a custom set to match your favorite children’s Bible, they’ll help you with that.  If you would like to extend the tradition with additional sets, they do that too.


Advent starts on December 3 this year so this would be the best time to order to make sure you’re ready to go.

*(Never mind that this also cooperates with a tendency to procrastinate.)
** Great Advent book lists from trusted Catholic sources: Rosie’s listHaley’s list, Elizabeth’s list, and many, many lists from Jessica!

Partners in the Gospel: Give Him 5

November 6, 2017

Partners in the Gospel

Next in our series of creative ways people find to spread the Gospel, we’re excited to share the work of a ministry that is near and dear to our hearts; Give Him 5.  Michelle gives all credit to the Holy Spirit, but we’re so glad we can benefit from all the ways she cooperates with His inspiration!


Advent candles-2Do you want Advent to be more meaningful this year? Get your kids excited to wait upon the Lord with the Give Him 5 prayer bag. Each bag includes all the tools you need to help your child pray and encourage a friendship with Jesus.

  • The five-minute sand timer is a fun reminder to get started and when it runs out you won’t want to stop praying.
  • The “Begin with FAITH” prayer cards will guide your child through their conversation with Jesus using the FAITH message.
    • F– find a quiet place
    • A– ask Jesus to be with you
    • I – tell Him what is important to you
    • T– thank Him
    • H– ask for His help in your life
  • You’ll also get a Give Him 5 Pocket Cross, a scroll explaining why to pray, and a handy bag to keep it all together.
  • In addition, be sure to use the great audio prompts you can find on their homepage.

Bags are great for ages 4-99 years and you can use the code “Prayer” to receive 15% off your entire order. Contact Michelle for bigger discounts offered for churches, schools, and groups.

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Partners in the Gospel

September 26, 2017

Partners in the Gospel

We’re always excited to see the creative ways people find to spread the Gospel, and one of the best things about the internet is all the great Catholic stuff you can find with a simple search.

Every now and then something comes to our attention that fits really well with what we do, and we’re glad to share it with you.  They’ll be tagged with this icon and with “Partners in the Gospel” in the word cloud on our blog sidebar.

Today’s comes from the Merchant Adventurers Etsy Shop where you will find all sorts of amazing costumes, just in time for All Saints Day and Nativity play! Katy sent us this wimple and veil – a perfect start for lots of nun Saints, and a boy’s black cape, just right for Saint Dominic or your favorite Jesuit.


Not only are her designs really creative but, as a seamstress, I give her two thumbs up for the comfortable fabric and sturdy construction that will lend themselves to hours of creative play!


On October 7, we will hold a drawing for the pieces she sent for this review. Any Church of Saint Paul Family Formation family who attends the classroom session in October is eligible to win.  In the meantime, go to her shop with your kids and find some awesome All Saints costumes!

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