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The Liturgical Year, or the Church Year, does not follow the calendar year. The Church year begins with the First Sunday of Advent and has several different seasons including Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time.
Learn more about the Liturgical Year and get a closer look at the Liturgical Calendar here: https://teachingcatholickids.com/the-liturgical-year-a-journey-with-jesus/
OR Learn about the Liturgical Calendar and the Liturgical Colors here: https://www.catholicextension.org/camp-catholic/liturgical-year
Check out ways to celebrate the many feasts and season of the Church year as a family https://www.catholicfamilycelebrations.com/
Activities for Families
Mary on the Mantel (think Elf on the Shelf)
Featuring Sunday readings, and ideas to celebrate Advent more meaningfully! Dive into your Bible and let us journey joyfully, no matter where we are!
Get more daily ideas featuring service projects
As the “busy-ness” of Christmas increases, take time each day as a family to share Advent and Christmas joys and memories. Each evening at dinner or at another convenient time, choose one or two questions to share and discuss.
Scripture verse, reflection, and activities for the whole family to prepare for Christmas.
Posadas, a word that means "shelter" or "lodging," is an Advent custom in Mexico. It re-enacts Mary and Joseph's search for lodging as they traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The Posadas takes place over nine days, Dec. 16-24, which symbolizes the nine months of Mary's pregnancy. People go from house to house seeking lodging, but the "innkeepers" refuse to let them stay. On Christmas Eve, the travelers are finally welcomed at the last house where they celebrate the birth of Jesus. To learn more about Las Posadas click HERE.
Ordinary Time I
Baptism of the Lord - First Sunday of Ordinary Time - (Sun, Jan 10th, 2021)
January is often considered “Pro Life Month.”
January 22 is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn. Check out these resources below to help talk to your kids about valuing all life - from womb to tomb.
9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of every human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information.
February is Black History Month.
Did you know that The Subcommittee on African American Affairs (SCAAA) is the official voice of the African American Catholic community? Check out some of their resources HERE
February is also the month of the Holy Family.
Lent Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Lent (from Teaching Catholic Kids)
Divine Mercy Sunday - the Sunday after Easter
Often celebrated the following Sunday, takes place 40 days after Easter Sunday
Takes place 50 days after Easter Sunday
Ordinary Time II
May - The Month of Mary
During this month we celebrate the Crowning of Mary as a recognition of her Queenship of Heaven and Earth. We also celebrate Mary as not only the Mother of God, but also our Mother, the Mother of the Church.
an explanation of why we celebrate Mary during the Month of May
When we pray to Mary or any of the other saints, we are really asking them to offer prayers to God on our behalf.
Video: Why Do Catholics “Worship Mary”? (3:21) - Hint: They don’t.
6 Saints of Summer
August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption
August 25th is the Feast of St. Louis, the patron of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Video: St. Louis IX, King of France: Wisdom and Justice
Video: History of St. Louis, French King and American City
Other Holy Days & Holidays
Halloween/All Saints/All Souls
Click here to watch a video and read a Catholic Christian history of Halloween (All Hallows Eve), learn the legend of the Jack O' Lantern and discover what Catholics believe about witches, ghosts and magic.
Find more history and suggestions here for celebrating this holiday and your faith.
November is the Month to Celebrate All Souls:
Check out this website for more suggestions on “What to Teach Your Children about Purgatory.”
Catholic Schools' Week