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Saint Novels For Teens

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Best Books Become closer to God’s forgotten friends with Susan Peek’s exciting adventure novels about the lives of little known saints. These are not your typical saint stories Ever read a novel about a saint and found their life inspiring but the presentation lacking in flavor? Finally, a series that incorporates the lives of the saints and adventure. Catholic author Susan Peek knows what you are craving.  These novels for teens are the most exciting saint stories you will ever read!  Guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.  We  have read all of Susan Peek's God's Forgotten Friends series and highly recommend these books. The titles in the series are: A Soldier Surrenders, The Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis Saint Cloud of Gaul: The Prince Who Traded Kingdoms The Kings Prey, Saint Dymphna of Ireland Crusader King, A Novel of Baldwin IV and the Crusades Saint Magnus, The Last Viking Click Image To Visit Susan Peek's Website Saint Magnus The Last Viking To P

Our Lady

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Feast Days Making gingerbread houses and Miraculous Medal crafts plus consecrations to the Immaculate Heart, there are material and spiritual customs for Our Lady ’s great feast of the Immaculate Conception The feast of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception is an opportunity to form children's interior life. On this day we celebrate Mary being conceived, by a special grace of God, without original sin. Our Lord's human nature came from Mary who was preserved from all stain of sin. There are surprisingly many customs for this great feast of Our Lady. Besides going to Mass and praying the Rosary, visiting a shrine or grotto would be very nice. Within the home a consecration or renewal of each member of the family to the Immaculate Heart can be done this day. Talk about original sin and the effects of baptism and teach your children to pray that their baptismal innocence will remain until the day they die. Fun activities for the day include a Miraculous Medal craft and making ginge

Fourth of July Crafts For The Whole Family

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Art and Crafts Fourth of July crafts for the entire family are easy, fun, and patriotic. How tos for two different projects that will make your Fourth more festive. We spent an afternoon creating this fun Fourth of July crafts display. The firework garden spikes were perfect for all skill levels. The twig bundle was fun for an older child and can be re-decorated for other holidays. The crochet bunting was a longer and more involved project but it looks great year after year. Fourth Of July Crafts #1: Firework Garden Spikes These Firework Garden Spikes take a couple of hours and are made out of cardboard tubes. You will need:  Toilet paper and paper towel rolls White paint and paint brush Curling ribbon White construction or printer paper A star-shaped stencil Streamers in red and blue Elmers glue Sticks or skewers Paint the paper rolls white. While they are drying, cut out stars and the caps. The caps are made out of about 2 inch diameter circles. Cut a slit up one radius then slide

Leading The Little Ones To Mary: An Indispensable Book For Your Children's Upbringing

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Leading the Little Ones to Mary is truly indispensable for your children's spiritual upbringing. With slogans and sacramentals as reminders, your family's code of conduct can be based off this book. Leading the Little Ones To Mary  has been an indispensable book to our children's spiritual development. It has been a great help in preparing them for their First Holy Communion and has served as a foundation for their interior life. It has also been an aid in character training. How often do you hear that about a book written for children! This book is written in sections that are called talks. It is written in a conversation format which makes it engaging for the child and makes it a cinch for the mother and father. There is much more to this book than what meets the eyes. A recommended books section concludes each chapter making this a treasure trove of Marian spirituality. Leading The Little Ones To Mary Can Be Read Year After Year This little book builds the foundation of

How To Celebrate St Nicholas Day

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 Feast Days Prepare your children’s hearts for Christmas by celebrating St Nicholas day, a simple way of spreading out the celebration and emphasizing the sacrificial nature of Advent St Nicholas Day holds a place of importance in Catholic homes. This is especially true of homes with little children. After all he is the patron saint of youth. With a visit from this holy patron, emphasizing the sacrificial nature of Advent comes natural. What better way to teach children to prepare their hearts for Jesus' coming at Christmas! The little gifts St. Nicholas leaves also helps spread out the celebration and the gifts that children receive during this holy season. Ways To Celebrate St Nicholas Day If you cannot arrange a visit from the holy patron of youth himself, arrange to have a note from St. Nicholas that conveys the following message: That he came from heaven.  That he is their special patron and is praying for them.  That he would like to know what they are doing to prepare their

Observe Advent In Joyful Expectation

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Feast Days Help your family prepare for Christmas this Advent with prayer, penance, and joyful expectation. With meaningful traditions including the advent wreath preparing your hearts for Christmas is fun! Prepare for Christmas by observing Advent. Keeping the feast after the fast in mind, remember to be joyful and an example of Christ’s love to all your friends, acquaintances, and relatives. The early Christians made converts because the pagans were impressed by their love. Be the type of person that makes others want to share in your joy and peace. How do you do this? Pray, pray, pray! Pray the Rosary everyday. Ask for graces. Meditate on the Gospels. Embrace the inconveniences and sufferings in your life and unite them to Our Lord’s cross. Imitate Holy Mary and ask her to be your mother. Drown out the distractions of this world through prayer and spiritual reading. Turn off the news. Play games with your family. Get outdoors. All these things will help you focus on the important t

Jesse Tree

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Feast Days Jesse tree customs and prayers. This advent calendar of sorts includes purchased or handmade ornaments and scripture verses. Rich in meaning, make it part of your Christmas traditions The Jesse Tree is a symbolic way of learning and remembering the events that led up to the birth of Our Lord. Several ornaments are used to represent each important person or event and many are of the lineage of Our Lord. The ornament that represents Mary is very special. Her ornament is placed near the top of the tree directly beneath Jesus' ornament. The Jesse Tree is a good way to prepare for the solemnity of Christmas. This special place near the top of the tree illustrates the importance of Mary by showing that she is the shoot of Jesse through whom Jesus was born.  The way the Jesse Tree craft takes shape can range from simple to elaborate. Some great starter kits are available but it is a fun family activity to make handmade ornaments. Some mediums you can use: Construction paper Fa