Family Resources



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Coming Soon - Pentecost! 
"Pentecost in 2 Minutes" - a quick reminder of what we're celebrating
“The Day that God Made Church: A Child’s First Book About Pentecost” - There's an author discussion at the beginning and end, but if you start at 14:00 you can hear the author read this story about the 1st Pentecost.
9 Things to Do with Your Kids on Pentecost - This list ranges from making 'a great noise' and flying a kite to prayer and discussion, but they missed my favorite - celebrate with birthday cake for the "Birthday of the Church"! 
Filled with the Holy Spirit - Use balloons to share with your children what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Check out these resources to learn about the "Novena to the Holy Spirit", traditionally prayed between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost:
Novena to the Holy Spirit - a 2-minute video
Novena to the Holy Spirit - a simplified format
Novena to the Holy Spirit for Elementary Families

Celebrate Mary this Month

      The Rosary in 2 Minutes - a quick video from our friends at Busted Halo      
     
How to Pray the Rosary - a simple one-page outline
      How to Pray the Rosary Coloring Page
      Color the Joyful Mysteries - use this coloring sheet in place of a rosary
      Color the Sorrowful Mysteries - use this coloring sheet in place of a rosary
      Color the Glorious Mysteries - use this coloring sheet in place of a rosary
      Learn about the Rosary - the prayers, mysteries and history of the rosary
      Br. Mickey McGrath Rosary Coloring
      
Rosary Petitions to Use During the Pandemic

Learn about some of Mary's titles with these coloring pages:
     Our Lady of Fatima
     Our Lady of Grace
     Our Lady of Guatalupe
     Our Lady of Pontmain      

Websites:
     13 Tips for Praying the Rosary with Kids
- including making it edible (think chocolate chips, cereal, blueberries...) and starting small
     
Have Fun with the Rosary (No, Really!) - includes lots of suggestions, including "Rosary Hopscotch" (I'd try it with sidewalk chalk)
     Marian Resources from Loyola Press - includes a "Story of Mary" coloring book
     Rosary Coloring Pages  - lots of pages!

Catholic Brain -  Catholic Brain offers over 5000 video lessons, ebooks, interactive games, quizzes & more, and during this crisis you can get a 30-day free trial! 

Catholic Icing - If you’re looking for Catholic craft ideas for kids, this is the place! Lacey, a Catholic mother of 4, posts simple crafts, recipes, and hands-on ideas to bring Christian fun to families on the internet for free.

Catholic Mom - Lots of resources for everyone in the family, including podcasts and prayer services

Children’s Liturgy of the Word - Check this Youtube channel each week for a video of a complete Children’s Liturgy of the Word service.

Facebook - Redeemer Elementary Families

"How the Virus Stole Easter" - Kristi Bothur wrote this inspiring take-off on "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

Pop-Up Catechesis!  - a series of one-minute videos with bite-size suggestions for how to make faith alive in the home
Blessed by Having Less - cleaning out our closets and drawers as a spiritual practice
Singing Hymns - One great way to teach children about their Catholic faith is to introduce them to Catholic hymns!
Praying a Novena - learn about this traditional practice, and then see above to pray the Holy Spirit Novena
Taking It to Heart - Joe shares why it is important to help your child "take to heart" (memorize) traditional teachings of our faith 
Get to Know Your Bible - suggestions for helping your child get to know the Bible better - Click here to print the Bible bookmarks.
"I'll Light a Candle for You" - a guide to intercessory prayer (praying for the needs of others)
Stories of the Saints
Teaching Traditional Prayers sharing these "family heirlooms" of our Church
Sharing Faith on Social Media - check out Joe's ideas, and send me anything you come up with for sharing - I'll add it to our Redeemer Elementary page!
Family Rituals - simple family rituals for morning, meals, bedtime, and special family times
The "Finding God Everywhere" Game - a new version of the Easter Egg hunt!
May Crowning An outline for a simple home service - If you don't have a statue of Mary, you can find an image online to print and place a small bouquet.
Praying the Rosary as a Family - Visit Catechist's Journey for resources to help you get to know the Rosary better.
Creating a Prayer Space in Your Home
Reading the Bible as a Family - A look at how to read the Bible together with a focus on the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday
Praying at Mealtime
Observing the Liturgical Calendar
- Mark all time as belonging to God by celebrating the feasts, seasons, & saints of the Church’s liturgical year.

Strong Catholic Family Faith - A wide collection of  resources that are specific to the coronavirus stay at home orders: how to keep the Sabbath holy at home, talking to your children about the coronavirus, faith formation resources, and much more, such as a weekly Children’s Liturgy video, and a cartoons for the Sunday readings

Sunday Connection (Loyola Press) Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday's Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.

Teaching Catholic Kids - (Our Sunday Visitor) Free downloadable activities and articles are updated each week. Sign up for the weekly newsletter here and get these resources sent straight to your inbox.  Click here for a free digital copy of the May issue of Take Home: Family Faith on the Go, including a poster about the Holy Spirit, why Mom's need Mary, and a kids' page about John Paul II 

Weekly Gospel Questions for Families child-centered questions for each week's Gospel.  There are several for each week, so you could have one a day!

[email protected] (Growing Up Catholic from the Pastoral Center) - These simple worship services are created for families to use at home. They include instructions, prayer, video, readings, everything you need to celebrate each Sunday at home.