Saint Patrick printables, free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day activitites

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. Many people think the holiday is about green beer, shamrocks and leprechauns. But that 's just commercial hype. The real Saint Patrick was a Catholic Roman Britain taken as a slave by Irish raiders. Patrick later returned as a missionary to convert Druidic Ireland. Here are St. Patrick's Day lesson plans, crafts and activities to explore the saint behind the legend and the religious beyond the secular.Saint Patrick printables, free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

 

Free Catholic Lenten printables, Bible, Stations of the Cross and rosary coloring pages

The Catholic church enters the Lenten season of preparation before Easter. For Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Easter is about more than just bunnies and candy. Easter celebrates the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, Christians ready themselves for Jesus's coming with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The date of Ash Wednesday changes each year as Easter is a "movable feast." In 2015, Ash Wednesday is Feb. 18.Here are free printable Stations of the Cross, rosary, saints and Easter Bible story coloring pages.  Free Catholic Lent printables, Lenten Stations of the Cross coloring pages 

Free Catholic Bible printables, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week coloring pages

Catholics celebrate several special religious days, referred to as holy days of obligation. These days center around a Bible event in the life of Jesus or His Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary. Holy Days are All Saints Day (Nov. 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), Christmas (preceded by the holy season of Advent), Solemnity of Mary (Jan 1), Ash Wednesday (movable feast which kicks of the holy season of Lent and leads up to Easter), Ascension Thursday (movable feast) and the Assumption of Mary (August 15). Here are free printable Catholic coloring pages featuring Bible stories. prayer, sacraments, mass, Gospel, saints, Lent, Advent, holidays and holy days, life of Jesus, Catholic saints' feast days, rosary and stations of the cross.  Free Catholic Bible printables, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week coloring pages 

Free printable Catholic St. Valentine lesson plans, Valentine's Day worksheets

The story of St. Valentine has nothing to do with flowers and candy or Valentine's Day as we celebrate it on Feb. 14. Except one (we'll get to that). It has nothing in common with romance as we know it. But Valentine's story is spiritually romantic. Valentinius was a Roman Christian priest. In those days, this was not popular. In fact, it was downright illegal. Catholic families, here are Free printable Catholic St. Valentine lesson plans, Valentine's Day worksheets to help you observe a Catholic Christian Valentine's Day! Blessings!

Pope Francis speaks up for breastfeeding, exhorts moms to nurse at holy day mass

Pope Francis keeps showing us the softer, gentler side of the Holy See. We see a compassionate man beneath the papal pomp, a passionate prelate who champions the poor, voiceless and humble. He spoke up for babies at Sunday's Feast of the Baptism of Jesus holy day mass. The Pope told mothers to breastfeed children when they cried, said NBC news, Jan. 11.



The pontiff baptized some 30 infants on the holy day. He alluded to comforting children, when some little ones got fussy at Sunday's mass. The crying wasn't cued. Little ones often fuss in church. Pope Francis had planned ahead of time to speak on caring for them. But he did weave his homily around the timely crying by turning it into an object lesson.  Pope Francis speaks up for breastfeeding, exhorts moms to nurse at holy day mass

Free printable Catholic Advent O Antiphons prayers, crafts count down to Christmas

Advent, a penitential season in Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches, begins four weeks before Christmas. During that time, the faithful pray, give alms, fast and perform acts of sacrifice. It's a lesser Lent. Starting Dec. 17, says Benet Vision, the church counts down the last week till the Octave of Christmas, praying the Magnificat or O Antiphons (names for Jesus) litanyPrintable Catholic Advent O Antiphons prayers, crafts count down to Christmas

 

Free printable Advent calendars for Christmas countdown

 Advent is the Catholic Christian season leading up to Christmas. For four weeks, prior to Christmas, Catholics practice advent values prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each week focuses on hope, expectation and joy. Here are free printable advent calendars for kids to make, to guide advent to Christmas devotions.Free printable Advent calendars for Christmas countdown - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

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