The ideas listed below—drawn from the Catechism, traditional prayer practices, and some of the best practices of today's Catholic families—are a good way to begin celebrating the feasts and seasons of the Church year, as well as the important moments in your family life. Go ahead and browse; try out a few ideas that look appealing. If an idea works, incorporate it into your regular family prayer practice; if not, set it aside and move on.

Take Your Kids to the Easter Vigil


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  Yes, you can take your kids to the Easter Vigil, the high point of the Church’s liturgical year. Here’s how, plus eight cool things for your kids to spot.   Strategies for Making the Vigil...

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Celebrate Holy Thursday with Your Kids


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  Holy Thursday marks the beginning of Triduum. Here’s how to mark the day at home—and what kids can watch for at Mass.   Make unleavened bread and grape juice for Holy Thursday Bake a loaf of unleavened...

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St. Joseph • Saints for Kids


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  Meet St. Joseph! Here’s an introduction to his life, a short story for children, a coloring page, a Child’s Prayer to St. Joseph, some St. Joseph’s Day traditions, and a short video about the...

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Give Up Nagging Your Kids for Lent


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    Do your kids ignore you until you raise your voice? Do you find yourself exhausted by constant nagging? This Lent, give up nagging your kids by focusing on the 4 C’s instead.   by Jerry...

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Christmas Trivia (Catholic Edition)


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  It’s Christmas trivia time! Let your kids ask you one or more of the following questions…you can find the answers below.   Questions What does the name Bethlehem mean? What two Christ-related constellations appear...

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The O Antiphons • Praying with Kids


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The O Antiphons are an ancient liturgical antiphon (response) sung or recited during the last seven days of Advent (one each day from December 17 through December 23) as part of the Liturgy of Hours....

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Meet Juan Diego! • Saints for Kids


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    Who would listen to a simple Indian’s fantastic story? Certainly not the bishop! But the mysterious lady who had appeared to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill gave him exactly what he needed to succeed in...

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Let Your Kids Wear Their Prayer


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  Help your kids “put on Christ” every morning by giving them the option to “wear their prayer.” Here are some cool options.   Priests, monks, and nuns all wear special clothes as an outward sign...

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DIY Backyard VBS


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  My kids still remember the year we did summer VBS at home. Here’s a quick rundown of what we did.   by Heidi Indahl   Does your parish offer a summer VBS (or similar)...

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Making Our Good Friday Timeline


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    A picture timeline that I updated throughout the day was just the thing to help my kids appreciate Jesus’ Passion on Good Friday and beyond.   by Becky Arganbright   For years, I...

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Make a Door of Mercy for Your Home


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  Making your own Holy Door of Mercy can remind your family to keep the Jubilee Year of Mercy everyday . . . and welcome your guests with a message of mercy. Here’s how.   by Jerry...

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Make a Family Plan for Lent


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  Make your family’s Lent great with a little planning. Here’s how.   One of the easiest ways for your family to have a fruitful Lent is simply to take the time to plan what you want to...

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Doing 40 Days for Life with Children


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  by Heidi Indahl   40 Days for Life has been a powerful addition to our family’s Lenten devotions. My children learned more about praying the rosary, and we were all blessed by the focused time...

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Preparing for a Hands-On Lent


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Here are three hands-on activities for Lent: a candle-based Stations of the Cross, a flipbook, and hands-on Lenten prayer table suggestions. by Heidi Indahl I am someone who has always liked Lent. It always seems such a fitting...

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How Long Is the Christmas Season?


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  How long is the Christmas season? However you measure it, for many Christians, the celebration of Christmas is just getting started on December 25.   While retail stores may be discounting Christmas decorations and...

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Kids, Confession, and Coming Out of Hiding


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  My kids don’t like going to confession. That’s okay…I understand their desire to hide from God. But together we’re learning about the wonderful things when we step out from behind the proverbial “bush” into...

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12 Thanksgiving Prayer Ideas


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  Make gratitude the main dish at your table this Thanksgiving with these 10 Thanksgiving prayer ideas.   1. Attend Mass before the meal Did you know that the word Eucharist literally means “gratitude” or “thanksgiving”?...

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Make It a Catholic Halloween


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  Here are ten ways to celebrate the victory of grace over darkness and evil this Halloween.   You won’t find Halloween on the official liturgical calendar of the Church; the holiday has its roots...

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4 Ways to Pray with Baby


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  You don’t need to wait for your children to talk to begin teaching them how to pray.   This article is excerpted from 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids.   You don’t need...

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Dance Your Prayer


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  Do your kids love to put on some tunes and just dance? Then change up your family prayer time by dancing your prayer!   David danced before the ark of the Lord “with all his...

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Celebrate the birthday of your family


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Here is a super-simple idea for strengthening family bonds: Instead of just hiring a babysitter and going out for the night to celebrate your wedding anniversary, get your young children and older kids involved by...

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Celebrating the Feast of the Transfiguration


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The Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6) recalls and celebrates Jesus’ revelation of his divinity to three of his friends—Peter, James, and John—on a high point on Mount Tabor. According to the Gospel accounts, Jesus took the...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day


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  How do you celebrate Mother’s Day in your home? How do you wish you celebrated Mother’s Day in your home? We put that question to the moms in our Facebook discussion group and got...

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Celebrate St. Catherine of Siena


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Catherine of Siena (March 25, 1347–April 29, 1380) had a deep love for Christ from a young age, so much so that when her family tried to persuade her to get married at the age of...

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Celebrate Mary’s month


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  For centuries, May has traditionally been celebrated as Mary’s month; and in the northern hemisphere, with the blossoming of spring flowers, that means May crowning ceremonies or perhaps freshening up your home prayer table with...

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Celebrate Saint Gianna Beretta Molla


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Gianna Beretta Molla (October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962) was an Italian pediatric physician, a working mother, an avid outdoorswoman, and a loving wife best known for her decision to not abort her child when...

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Celebrate the Venerable Nano Nagle


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Nano Nagle founded a whole network of secret Catholic schools for Ireland’s poor Nano Nagle was born into a wealthy family in North Cork, Ireland, in 1718, during a time when Irish Catholics were harshly...

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The Easter Octave | The Bread for Apr 5 – 11


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  “Christ is risen, alleluia!” Plan to kick off a fifty-day celebration of the Resurrection with traditional Easter games for kids, Easter breads, and an Easter table blessing (we’ve got links). You might also plan to change up...

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Observe Advent and celebrate Christmas


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You would think that stores and merchandisers would consult the Church’s liturgical calendar about when to celebrate Christmas, but apparently they don’t, because most start displaying Christmas decorations sometime in mid-autumn and begin taking them...

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Throw a really big party


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Do you know how many times Jesus used the image of a feast, wedding banquet, or party in the Gospel? Lots, that’s how many. He even performed his first miracle at a party (changing the...

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Waiting for Christmas


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Welcome to Advent 2007, everyone. We put up the Christmas tree at our house…and the Nativity set (at the foot of the tree in the photo above, with Mary and Joseph waiting for the baby...

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