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Links of the Month — April

These links will take you from Palm Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday.

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On Palm Sunday, put busy hands to work and weave a palm cross. While you are there, check out some other Palm Sunday traditions this site has to offer.

A Lenten tradition for us is the chocolate covered Crown of Thorns. For Easter, add it to the top of a cake or fill it with bright Easter eggs or flowers.

Observe Holy Thursday with a Christian Passover Seder Meal.

Here is a beautiful Stations of the Cross for Children.

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Kids of all ages will enjoy this color coded Easter egg hunt.

Be sure to visit Faith Filled Days in the Domestic Church. This site is the ultimate collection of ideas for celebrating the liturgical year with your family!

Our Lord’s Mercy grants forgiveness of all sins and punishment on Divine Mercy Sunday. Begin your novena on Good Friday, ending on the Feast of Divine Mercy.

3D Cut & Color Virtual St. Joseph Altar

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Make your own mini 3d Virtual St. Joseph’s Altar. Complete instructions included on the pdf download.

This is an idea I have had for almost two years. Many thanks to Isabel and Maxine for helping me get it done, and just in time for the 2009 Feast of St. Joseph!

Send me a photo of your 3d Altar and I will post it on the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog.

Virtual St. Joseph Altar is Open!

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The 2009 Virtual St. Joseph Altar is now open!

Visit the Altar to make your virtual offering, add deceased loved ones to the prayer list, or for special prayer requests visit the message board.

Be sure to visit the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog.

Because of your continued prayers & support, the Altar gets bigger and better each year!

Thank you for helping to spread devotion to St. Joseph & Viva San Guiseppe!

Links of the Month — February

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For many homeschoolers, the month of February is cabin fever at its worst. I know we are longing for warmer temps and the great outdoors. But, with a bit of extra effort, you can revive your students and yourself and actually make it to spring.

    St. Valentine’s Day:

  • February 14 is St. Valentine’s Day. A favorite in our house has always been creating valentines with doilies. All you need are doilies in all shapes and sizes, glitter, glue, and some creative kids!
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  • For a Sacred Heart or Immaculate Heart craft, visit the EWTN craft corner.
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    Academics:

  • Do you have a student that needs a crash course in note taking? Catholic Homeschool Support has a post on Note Taking which includes an Intro to Study Skills Mini-course.
  • Moms will want to check out the upcoming webinars being offered by Homeschool Connections.
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Links of the Month — November

Getting ready for Thanksgiving:

It’s just not Thanksgiving unless someone makes a pinecone turkey. This one is a bit more elaborate than most. Find more turkey crafts here.

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Another Thanksgiving must, at least in our house, is watching the Rockette’s in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!

How about some pilgrim and indian head gear for the smaller folks at your Thanksgiving table?

Catholicmom has some great Thanksgiving coloring pages and Holidays.net has lots of Thanksgiving craft projects, coloring pages, and other goodies

An interesting article on Giving Thanks for the Hard Things in Life and some facts about The First Thanksgiving.

9-11, Patriot Day

From my parish bulletin:
September 11 is officially Patriot Day. A presidential proclamation issued in 2007 proclaims:

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. . . the people of the United States [are] to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The reach of that morning, seven years ago, continues to affect our vision, perception and understanding of the world. Its impact continues to be felt in our mind, heart and soul. Please pray for all who were lost/injured on that day and for their families, along with those currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And, here are some flag links for your homeschool:

Check out this simple animation showing how to fold our U.S. flag.

Brush up on your flag etiquette.

Refer to the U.S. Flag Code for rules and regulations.

Get out the crayons for these American Flag coloring pages.

Free Goodies from CHC

In between planning lessons for next year, be sure to check out Catholic Heritage Curricula’s Free Curricula page. They’ve got lot of goodies for moms and students of all levels.

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Categories include:
Help for Homeschooling Moms
CHC Sample Packets
A Family Journal
Important Resources
Study Guides
Intentions of Our Holy Father
Language Arts
Heroes of the Holocaust
Catholics in America
Catholic How-To-Draw
Vocations
and one of my favorites, Coloring Pages & Activities

Their coloring pages include St. Francis, St. Joan, Sts. Cecilia and Rose, Sts. Martin and Patrick, Sts. Angela and George, and the Church Triumphant. Enjoy!

Everybody Loves Coloring Pages

Mary, Mother and Believer is a 22 page printable coloring book from the Marian Library/International Marian Reasearch Institute, Dayton OH.

Links of the Month — Pauline Year

This post was updated throughout the Pauline Year.

June 28, 2008 to June 29, 2009 has been proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI as the Pauline Year, dedicated to St. Paul, in preparation for the 2,000th anniversary of the apostle’s birth.

Mass for the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul will be said on January 25, 2009, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time during the Pauline jubilee year.

The following links can help you and your family get acquainted with St. Paul:

Conversion of St. Paul: A wonderful description of the life of Saul/St. Paul the Apostle to relate to children from Catholic Culture

St. Paul and the Epistle Charades: This covers three excerpts from Paul’s Epistles and introduces children to some important things he said from Catholic Culture


S p i r i t u s G l a d i u s

Images of Saint Paul, Catholic Forum

St. Paul, Catholic Online

Paul, Who Are You? Daughters of St. Paul

Saint Paul the Apostle, Star Quest Production Network

Pauline Prayers, Society of St. Paul in the Philippines

Saint Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, EWTN

In Paul’s Footsteps, ZENIT

The Tarsus Chamber of Commerce & Industry has the following, & more, on their website for the Pauline Year: about St. Paul, and the journeys of St. Paul.

CatholicMom.com has a coloring page featuring the symbols of St. Paul’s life and death on his shield.

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Sts. Peter & Paul coloring page

A 30-Day Walk With Saint Paul — prayer and daily readings from the Missionary Society of St. Paul

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Loyola Press has some brief articles on the life of St. Paul:

    10 Interesting Facts about St. Paul
    Cost of Discipleship
    Background information
    Temples of the Holy Spirit
    St. Paul the Apostle
    St. Paul on Making Moral Choices
    St. Paul and Prayer

Resources for the Year of St. Paul USCCB Committee on Divine Worship includes the following and more:

  1. A Holy Hour in Honor of St. Paul, the Apostle

June Art Study – St. Paul at 4Real Education

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St. Paul Newlsetter prepared by Pauline Sisters in California

Books for the Pauline Year from Pauline Books & Media

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Deepen your faith during the Year of St. Paul at Our Sunday Visitor

Year of St. Paul News from AmericaCatholic.org

Catholic News Agency has launched a special web site dedicated to the celebration of the Pauline Year

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Now up, the Vatican site The Papal Basilica St Paul Outside-the-Walls

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Direct from Rome, Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura is the ultimate source for info and events related to the Pauline Year. Thanks, Easter!!

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The Year of St. Paul, a beautiful Catholic Culture mini site containing links to documents, websites, pictures, prayer, books, and bible readings.

Our Sunday Visitor has some neat printables for kids:

    Fun facts about the Year of St. Paul for kids
    Prayer card
    Crossword puzzle
    Poster
    Eight-page coloring book

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A 52-week scripture study for the Pauline Year from Footprints of the Fridge: Raising Little Men of God. The left sidebar has the complete list of weekly readings.

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Women for Faith & Family has a beautiful Pauline Year prayer and more

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Agape Bible Study has a 18 lesson online course on the Letter of Paul to the Romans. This course is organized into subjects of one week study per lesson.

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Steve Ray’s Blog has a wonderful St. Paul timeline.
One of the earliest images of St. Paul.

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A Catholic Mom in Hawaii’s Fine Art Friday post features St. Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, in various works of art.

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In the footsteps of St. Paulis a very cool interactive online game on the Santuario de Nuestra Senora de El Pueblito website.

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Visit the Pauline Spirit Blog for a thought a day throughout the Pauline Year. This blog is also available as a widget!

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As the Church celebrates the Jubilee Year of St. Paul, the Diocese of Raleigh offers a series of podcast talks.

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Charlotte over at Walting Matilda has made a beautiful St. Paul coloring page.

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St. Paul Pantomimes help your students learn more about the life and ministry of St. Paul by performing pantomimes on key Scripture scenes.

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Life of St. Paul video.

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Our Domestic Church has instructions for a creating a wonderful 3d Year of St. Paul logo craft. An explanation of the symbolism is included.

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In this free 6-lesson online audio series, The Gospel According to Saint Paul, Scott Hahn explores the rich theology of the “Doctor of the Gentiles.”

The lay Association of Pauline Cooperators share the spirit and mission of the whole Pauline Family.

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Keeping a Light on for Pauline Pilgrims — Archpriest comments on closing of the Pauline Year.

At end of jubilee year, figure of St. Paul stands in clearer focus — The Year of St. Paul has left the Apostle a more clearly defined figure on the Catholic landscape.

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Evidence Points to Authenticity of St. Paul’s Tomb — Pope Says Scientific Analysis Seems to Confirm Tradition

Pope: St. Paul Is a Model Priest — Reflects on Fruits of Pauline Year

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Pope Benedict XVI: The Pauline Year, a Time of Grace
Pope Benedict during his Angelus address spoke about the Pauline Year which ends on Monday saying the year was a time of grace that showed the figure of Saint Paul be a man of extraordinary works and a great evangeliser. As the Pauline year ends the year of the Priest begins under the Patronage of St John Vianney Cure dArs.

The Holy Father noted that the Apostle Paul was an example of a priest totally identified with his ministry, conscious of carrying an incalculable treasure, that is, the message of salvation. The Pope went on to say that the priest has to be all to Christ and all to the Church, dedicating himself with love, like a faithful bridegroom to his bride.

Pope’s Pauline Catechesis Published
VATICAN CITY, JULY 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI’s 20 catecheses on St. Paul have been collected in a volume published by the Vatican publishing house.

The book was presented in Rome on Tuesday, just a day after the end of the Pauline Jubilee Year. It is titled “L’ Apostolo Paolo, Catechesi Paoline” (The Apostle Paul: Pauline Catechesis).

“It is not a random compilation,” said Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Governor’s Office for Vatican City State, “but rather an organic whole, corresponding to a carefully studied program.”

One year ago today, the Holy Father started a series of general audiences catechesis dedicated to St. Paul. He presented the life, thought and teaching of the apostle during most of the audiences of the Pauline Year. The 20-lesson series ended Feb. 4.

Throughout these catecheses, the Pontiff considered themes such as justification, erroneous interpretations of Paul’s thought, the cultural context in which he taught, and his relationship with St. Peter.

Links of the Month – Month of Mary

The Month of May is named for and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Jenn at Family in Feast & Feria has beautiful Rosary coloring pages. These are scanned from a 1949 book so there are no Lumnious Mysteries yet. Thanks, Jenn, for this wonderful project!

Honor Mary with a garden filled with symbolic flowers. Mary’s Gardens was founded back in 1951 to research the hundreds of flowers named in medieval times as symbols of the life, mysteries and privileges of the Blessed Virgin Mary – as recorded by botanists, folklorists and lexicographers. Their goal is to encourage and assist you in planting your own Mary Garden. The Homeschooling Mary Garden Project page will interest all of you.

Women for Faith & Family has a very nice May Crowning page including the history of May crownings and other family activities for the month of May.

Illuminated Ink has some very creative craft kits for your homeschool students. Perfect projects for May include Fleur de Lis Mosaic Kit; Marian Apparition Trading Cards; Wooden Rosary Holder kits featuring Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, or Our Lady of Guadalupe; and my favorite, Marian Grotto Kits for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, or Our Lady of the Snows. While you are there, be sure to check out the Saints Symbols page .

Papal Coloring Pages

I wish I would have found this last week! To commemorate the Holy Father’s visit to the U.S., Pflaum Publishing has produced several free reproducible activities sheets for kids in primary and intermediate grades. My favorite is the Coat of Arms coloring sheet.

For the older kids, here is a more detailed explanation of Benedict XVI’s Papal Coat of Arms.