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Ash Wednesday :: Copywork (FREE Printable)

Today is the beginning of the Lenten season. While Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, many Catholics the world over attend Mass to receive the imposition of ashes.

Before Mass today, the priest will burn the blessed palm branches from last year’s Palm SundayHe will then bless them with an antiphon and a verse of a psalm begging God’s grace and mercy.

He will then sprinkle the ashes with holy water and incenses them, place them on his own forehead, and then imposes the ashes on the heads of the congregation, the head being the seat of pride. He puts them on our foreheads in the shape of a Cross to remind us of our hope, and as he does so, he says the words of Genesis 3:

“Meménto, homo, quia pulvis es, et in púlverem revertéris

Remember, man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.”

 As we trot off to Mass this morning to receive the imposition of ashes, I thought I would share with all of you what will be awaiting my children upon our return home.

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A simple copywork sheet with the words of the priest from Genesis 3 to help them remember just what the importance of that cross is that graces their foreheads for all the world to see this day.

(You can print a copy for yourself–just click the picture to print without the copyright watermark.)

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Check out these other ways to celebrate the Lenten season in your own Domestic Church!

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On the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (FREE Printable Cut and Paste Craft!)

Yesterday marked the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord where we recall Jesus’ transformation upon Mt Tabor.

We celebrated this day in our home by wearing white and setting the dinning table with a white cloth to recall how Jesus’ “face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” ~Matthew 17:2

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With tradition holding that the Pope presses a bunch of ripe grapes into the chalice at Mass or uses new wine on this feast, our family chose to breakfast on biscuits as white as light with grape jelly, severed with a new bottle of grape juice, given the grapes significant prominence on this day.

We then moved on to reading about the Transfiguration from Tomie DePaola’s Book of Bible Stories which in turned sparked a discussion of just where this event took place.

Although only referred to as a retired mountain, I shared with the children how “tradition assures us that this was Mount Thabor, which is exceedingly high and beautiful, and was anciently covered with green trees and shrubs, and was very fruitful. It rises something like a sugar-loaf, in a vast plain in the middle of Galilee.” ~ Catholic Culture

The children then tried out their artistic hands as they colored in these coloring sheets from Mary.

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Bet you can’t tell which one belongs to which child!

They also played with a few worksheets centered around the day. My daughter enjoyed a word search and a word scramble, while my son enjoyed finding his way through the maze.

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Afterwards, my daughter practiced her handwriting by filling in the free printable Transfiguration of the Lord Copywork I created and shared yesterday.

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My son, not yet able to write at his young age, had the chance to practice his cutting skills!

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Your children can have fun with this too! Just click the image to print without the copyright watermark!

Scripture states that upon the mountain, “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,* then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” ~Matthew 17: 5

Remembering this, I created five simple clouds each filled with a portion of Matthew’s verse.

My son was able to cut each cloud out and then was tasked with arranging them in the correct order after listening to the verse one more time.

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He then decided to adhere them to a sheet of construction paper along with his completed coloring sheet. He was very happy with the results!

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Then, after enjoying a mid morning snack of raisins, (again recalling the grapes prominence on this day), due to the frightening thunderstorm outside, our home lost power. I couldn’t help but chuckle since it was at night, in total darkness, that Jesus, Peter, James and John all ascended up the mountain!

Keeping a Holy Lent :: Stations of the Cross Box and Resurrection Eggs Covers (FREE Printable)

When I shared all about how our family prays the Stations of the Cross with our children in our home the first time around, I don’t know why I didn’t include this for all of you!

A few of you have emailed asking for this resource….

I should have known you all would have wanted to have the printable stickers to adhere to your own family boxes!

So, here are the free printable stickers I used to cover both the Stations of the Cross Montessori Box and the Resurrection Eggs for my little guys.

Just click the image to print without the copyright watermark.

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(To make things  slightly easier, print onto sticker paper, then peel and stick to your boxes. Of course regular copy paper will work, too. You will just need the help of a glue stick!)

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How is your Lenten season winding down?

Are you preparing for Palm Sunday and Holy Week yet? Share and inspire the rest of us!

(PSSST! Don’t for get to enter my giveaway to win a FREE copy of Journey’s End! It ends this Thursday!)

Keeping a Holy Lent :: 40 Bags in 40 Days (Printable)

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During Lent we take care to ensure that we are making notable sacrifices for our own betterment and to draw us in closer to Christ. We prune and weed out bad habits in the hopes of becoming more disciplined.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we also did this throughout our own homes– going from room to room, pruning and weeding out all the unnecessary clutter?

A couple of years ago, Jennifer shared a lovely handout she received:

“Every day during Lent this year, empty one bag of ‘stuff’ that is no longer needed from your house, totaling a loss of forty bags of stuff!

1.) Taking a look at the size of your family and household, with an acknowledgement of how much ‘stuff’ is present, make a prudential choice on the size of bag to be employed during this challenge. Bag size should be small enough that the goal of 40 bags during the season of Lent is able to be accomplished, while not being too big that you are left with nothing. We must still live in the world, after all!

2.) If smaller children are a part of your family, a ‘gauge’ may be helpful to keep them engaged and help them keep track of progress. As part of your preparations, make a ‘paper chain’ of forty numbered links. As each new bag is started, place a new link in the bottom of the bag. This way, as the chain gets smaller, there is a greater sense of accomplishment.

3.) This challenge necessarily involves sacrifice. Each member of the family should be encouraged to give something to each bag, or there could be designated bags for each member of the family.

4.) Instead of just throwing things away, recycling is a great way to encourage good stewardship of the gifts we have been given, as it symbolizes that we are passing along our gifts to others. Families with children are encouraged to pass along clothes that no longer fit or toys that sit dormant in a closet to families in need instead of just throwing them away.

5.) Units of count need not necessarily be trash bags, either; however they should be equivalent. For example, a box of gently used toys or clothes could equate one bag off the chain. A stack of books donated to the parish library is another easy equivalent.

As the family accepts this challenge together, bonds will be created that will last a lifetime. Lessons are also learned not just by saying, but by putting it into practice. Here, the simple lesson will last throughout life that having fewer things can lead to a greater contentment in life.

(Credit due to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for this handout on vocations and family faith formation)”

This year, during the 40 days of Lent, I plan on accepting this challenge by tackling each room of my home and plan on taking out 40 bags– while both tossing out the junk and passing along gently used items to friends and family. (I’ve already armed myself with a 45 count box of trash bags!)

To help keep track of it all, instead of a paper chain as suggested, I’ve created a log to keep track of the areas that have been decluttered throughout my home.

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You can keep your own log throughout Lent this year, too. Just click and print.

Won’t you join me on this challenge? Together we can encourage each other to spring clean our homes while spring cleaning  our hearts this Lent.

Feast of St. Valentine Cupcake Toppers (Printbale)

With the Feast of Saint Valentine just a day away, the children and I spent part of our afternoon baking some delicious cupcakes. (And yes, of course, they were chocolate!)

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At the market this weekend, my daughter saw lots of cupcake toppers for purchase, but was dismayed to discover there weren’t any that depicted the Saint or mentioned that it was his feast day. So when we returned home,together we decided to create our own for the occasion.

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I let my daughter have the reins for these— didn’t they turn out nicely?

And you can adorn your cupcakes, too.

As an early St. Valentine gift to all of you,(and because I love ya!), the St. Valentine Cupcake Toppers are yours and free to print–just click on the image above to print without the copyright watermark!

We plan on bringing them along to a local park tomorrow afternoon where we will celebrate with special friends. We will also share the love and life of St. Valentine by exchanging our St. Valentine printable valentine cards!

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What chocolate goodies will you celebrate with on the Feast of St. Valentine? Please share!
(Recipes involving chocolate are especially welcome!)