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    Celebrating St Patrick’s Day

    Add caption Happy St Pat’s to All:) A momentous day with ‘life’ happening, so alas all great plans did not come to fruition.  However a certain young lad was happy that we did managed to celebrate his name day with cupcakes with green icing! These would seriously have to be the fluffiest, lightest cupcakes we have ever made!  Yes, not grain free, blush,  I’m certain the secret was in the method.

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    Celebrating The Feast of St Valentine

    Rather unexpectedly and totally unplanned we managed in a small way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. For the past few years we haven’t been very successful in celebrating the Liturgical Year, so when something actually occurs it is monumental and must be recorded for the annals of family  history. If anyone has advice and tips to help me out of this slump I’m love to hear.

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    Celebrating the ‘Little Way’ With Friends

    For our monthly gathering earlier this month we were blessed to be joined by a third friend and her family who drove 2.5hrs to join us!  After chit chatting we enjoyed lunch together . Our theme this month was St Therese, after reading  Saint Therese by Father Gales(OOP) we discussed what is meant by ‘The Little Way’ and each child shared ways in which they could live ‘The Little Way’ in their daily lives. Afterwards the children enjoyed a couple of crafts. ( I’m usually so busy I only manage to catch a shot or two).  This month we enjoyed colouring, word searches, crosswords, and making paper roses. As always I had searched through Jessica’s archives for…

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    June – Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Early June we once again gathered with friends for an afternoon of ‘Faith and Fellowship‘.  Our theme of course was the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  After discussing with the children the devotion to the Sacred Heart, its origins and little aspirations(prayers) we can pray, some of the children enjoyed craft activities, others were keen to head out and play:) Activities enjoyed by the little ones were colouring and  creating holy card pictures. The older children inspired by Cherished Hearts at Home sewed Sacred Hearts, although we substituted fabric for felt. A couple of other inspiring ideas gathered but we didn’t manage to do were prayer hearts hung on streamers and an altar. *Alas no photos as we were so busy…

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    May – Month of Mary

    In May we met once again with friends for an afternoon of ‘Faith and Fellowship.’  May’s theme was,of course Marian.  During the last few months we have been blessed with having a young, enthusiastic priest on a short term stay in the parish. We invited Father Nicholas to join us and he was delighted to do so:) Father discussed Marian art, challenging the children to study and share their observations.  Father N teaches in the seminary and is quite comfortable using electronics as a teaching tool, as most of the children are under 10 the visual media helped keep their attention. After lunch the children had a choice of art activities.  The…

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    Celebrating the Feast of St Joseph

    Monday we celebrated the Feast of St Joseph.  As this was one of Michelangelo’s  Name Days he was so determined that we were to have a cake he baked his own.  A grain free Banana Choc-Chip cake, delicious! We’ve made this cake a few times with great success, and of course a few alterations;) we’re often altering.  We substituted olive oil for grapeseed, honey for agave nectar and added a cup of choc chips. A friend arrived for lunch with her children to join in the fun.  Alas no photos as my camera has been wiped:( We began with discussing St Joseph and his titles and patronships, then read our new copy…

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    November – Month of All Souls

    In the spirit of fellowship a friend and I have undertaken to meet once a month.  Each month our gatherings will have a different focus, we chose to begin with the Church’s Monthly Dedications.  As we began in November our first focus was The Holy Souls.   The children gathered together and we read parts of Father Philip Tells a Ghost Story (not a favourite as the writing style is long winded).  We discussed what The Church Triumphant, Militant and Suffering means and discussed Purgatory and prayer; “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”Mach 2:46 We then created notebook pages using a…

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    The Feast of Christ the King – Celebration and a Notebook

    Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King. Part of our celebrations included enjoying our simple Crown cake using Elana’s Chocolate Chip Banana Cake recipe. We had been preparing for the Feast in a variety of ways throughout the week preceding.  A simple and fun activity was to sew felt crowns.  I cut, Princess and Michelangelo sewed, easy:) We also created another notebook, including a simple colouring for the younger children. and a more detailed picture for the older children. We filled in a worksheet (not so popular;) and frustratingly some  questions and answers didn’t match the readings in our missals. Jenn’s centrepiece is now a yearly tradition. To further explain the…

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    Creating a Rosary Notebook

    Towards the end of October after a discussion with our tweens and younger children, we’ve been enjoying a different approach to our Faith lessons, notebooking.  Some ideas are quickly pulled together, some take a little more searching.  I thought I’d share here in the desire to help anyone who may be searching for ideas for Faith notebooks too.   As it was October, the Month of the Holy Rosary,  we decided that would be our focus.  The majority of our notebooking came from That Resource Site, Celebrate the Month of the Holy Rosary, there were many links here we didn’t have time to use including beautiful notebooking pages. The first two notebooking…

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    Our Saintly Cast

    We celebrated All Saints Day with Mass and enjoyed a relaxed afternoon with friends.  Shortly before teatime I suggested that the children might like to come dressed as a saint.  As we are blessed to have an extensive ‘dress up’ collection, including miniature ‘priestly vestments’, this was easily achieved. Without further ado, introducing from left to right: St Anthony Mary Claret, St Rose of Lima, St Therese of the Child Jesus and centre: St Ignatius Loyola

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    St Patrick’s Day Celebration

    Happy St Patrick’s Day to all:) I have a great love for St Patrick, nurtured as a child in a Parish that had only ever know Irish missionary priests.  St Patrick’s Day in our Parish began with Mass where each year “Hail Glorious St Patrick,  Dear Saint of Our Isle.” was sung, and every child in my class turned to stare at me during the chorus, “When Erin’s green valley’s bestowed a sweet smile.”  The whole day was a celebration of Ireland’s greatest Saint, culminating with a St Paddy’s Day Fete in the evening, concluding with Danny boy sung to our sweet Irish priest, whose name was ‘Danny.’  Reflecting now on these amazing…