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Epiphany Sunday (January 2, 2021) – Chalking of the Doors
“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it fades, we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus mansionem benedictat, “May Christ bless the house.”
Instructions for Blessing the Home
Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows:
20 + C + M + B + 21 while saying:
The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and twenty-one years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.
Then offer the following prayer: Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
“Family Faith in the Home” Resources
Enjoy these resources from Loyola Press that honor families and help families grow in faith and love. These resources focus on:
- Living as a Catholic Family “The family is the first school of human values.” —Amoris Laetitia, 274
- Prayer “The family is called to join in daily prayer, to read the word of God and to share in Eucharistic communion, and thus to grow in love and become ever more fully a temple in which the Spirit dwells.” —Amoris Laetitia, 29
- Raising Faith-Filled Kids “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.” —Amoris Laetitia, 324
Celebrating Baptismal Anniversaries – prayer service/activity to remember and celebrate the anniversary of your child’s Baptism
Family Thanksgiving Rituals – Making Thanksgiving rituals and traditions sacred is as simple as acknowledging God’s presence and inviting God into that space.
How to Raise Kids Who Care – 4 Ways to Cultivate Empathy
At-Home Marriage Retreat
Prayer for Married Couples
Who Me, Pray?… With her?
10 Tips on Dialogue from Pope Francis
25 Ways to “Fight” Fair – Catholic Culture
Love 101: Back to the Basics
Building a Domestic Church
Tools for Building a Domestic Church
Marriage and the Eucharist
Adult Faith Formation
Prayers to Life the Spirit (printable e-booklet)
FORMED Daily (1-2 minutes daily reflection)
FORMED – Signing up Under a Parish (use St. Mary of Lourdes as your parish)
Faith Fuel Blog
The Top 10 Movies about the Saints
All Souls Novena
Family Faith Formation
10 Tips for Teaching your Children to Pray
10 Prayers to Teach your Children
21 Ways to Pray as a Family
Becoming a Family of Prayer
Article: Easy Ways to Teach Your Children About Catholic Saints (all year long)
Setting Your Kids on a Path to Sainthood
FORMED for Kids – Signing up Under a Parish (use St. Mary of Lourdes as your parish)
Article: Friends, Not Statues: Three Ways to Teach About the Saints
Great Music for Kids
All For You
All of my Heart – all about The Greatest Commandment
Praise Your Name
Superstar – God has plans for you; You are unique
He Leadeth Me
Fruit of the Spirit
Blessed Assurance – This is a great song to play before you join us virtually for Mass.
Superhero – Doing good in your life every day and helping those in need
If You’re Happy and You Know it
I’ll Do My Best – Think Examination of Conscience.
It’s About the Cross – perfect for Christmas season and Holy Week
He Arose – Perfect for the 50 Days of Easter
Resources about Saints
Mary Our Lady
Patron Saints – alphabetical listing
Saints’ Feast Days – chronological listing
Saint of the Day
Which American Saint Are You?
What do All Saints Day and Halloween Have in Common?
Laughing with the Saints
Resources for College Students
Keeping the Faith: Prayers for College Students – Flip Book
Resources for Mass – Includes both Children and Adult resources
Order of the Mass – resource to follow along and respond during Mass
Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections – Sign up to receive via email a reflection from Matthew Kelly on the upcoming Sunday’s readings.
Sunday Connection – resources to help you to connect the Scripture to daily life
Diving into the Mass – mini course for kids
Dive into the Mass with these short 3-4 minute videos explain the Mass. Use the worksheets below to reinforce what was included in each video.
* The Sign of the Cross & The Greeting
* The Kyria and The Gloria
* The Collect and the First Reading
* The Psalm and the Second Reading
* The Gospel and the Homily
* The Creed and the Prayer of the Faithful
* The Presentation of the Gifts and the Eucharistic Prayer
* The Sanctus and the Consecration
* The Our Father and the Agnus Dei
* Holy Communion and the Final Blessing
* Worksheets for each video
* Answer Key to the Worksheets
Advent Family Prayer (added 10/19/2021)
God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for his coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.
Blessing of the Advent Wreath
Printable Advent Calendar for Children
Online Advent Calendar for Adults
Online Advent Calendar for Children
Best Advent Ever – Receive daily Advent reflections from Matthew Kelly
Blessing the Family Christmas Tree
Lenten Checklist for Families
Lent Calendar 2021: Daily at-home Lenten activities for families
The Corporal Works of Mercy: Practical ideas
The Spiritual Works of Mercy: Practical ideas
The Sounds of Lent: a Lenten playlist
Videos for Lent, Holy Week and Easter: a playlist
Lent – Pray, Fast, Give activity: great for families
Lenten Prayer Challenge board
Resurrection Eggs: Each egg contains an object related to Holy Week and a slip of paper explaining the item with a corresponding Bible Verse.
Paschal Candle Craft for kids: Helps kids soak up the signs and symbols of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday).
Holy Week at Home Family Retreat
Holy Week Journal: can be used in conjunction with the Holy Week at Home Family Retreat.
Lent Notes Foldable: a great teaching tool to use with kids as they learn about Lent at home.
No Greater Love LIVE Bible Study with Dr. Edward Sri: Biblical walkthrough of Christ’s Passion LIVE on Facebook and Ascension Press.
Best Lent Ever: Journey with Matthew Kelly this Lent
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Page
Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Page
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Page
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Page
Our Lady of Hope Coloring Page
Our Lady of Fatima Coloring Page
Our Lady of Grace Coloring Page
Our Lady of Guadalupe Coloring Page