Showing posts with label Mary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mary. Show all posts

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Mother

From the archives:

At my Catholic moms' group last weekend, I asked my good friends if they could help me brainstorm a craft for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Diane had this lovely idea for something with pull tabs. Then Lisa said, "Now, you just need to draw it!" So, I did.

This is how the craft will look like when it is finished. See, before you pull the tab, you have Mary at the end of her earthly life, and the quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the top ...
But then, you just give the tab a little pull, and you have Mary assumed into Heaven, with the rest of the Catechism of the Catholic Church passage showing:
The craft is super-easy because that's how I roll. And all you need is your computer, printer, paper, and colored pencils or markers. (My daughter colored the above pictures.)

Interested in making one for August 15, too? Then here you go, friends!

Directions:
(Please note: My ink was running out, so that's why the photos look in sepia tones. The PDF is a regular black and white document.)
Step 1. Print out the downloadable 3-page PDF for this project. (Please download it and then print it out. If you just work from the preview window, not everything will line up right.)
Step 2. Color now, if you want to. 
Step 3. Cut out the windows in Part A. Also, cut across the top where indicated.

Step 4. Cut out the pull-tab. 
Step 5. Add glue along the edges of  the last page ... (Don't forget to cut along the top where indicated on this page as well.)

Step 6. Then place the first page on top of it. It should look like this:

Step 7. Insert the pull tab into the middle. It will look like this. Be sure to have trimmed the pages before putting the pull tab in. The pages will be shorter than a regular one, so the pull-tab can stick out at the top. Your first part will look like this:

Step 8. And then, you'll pull the tab to show the assumption of the Blessed Mother into heaven.

Step. 9. Discuss the Assumption of the Blessed Mother together.

Step 10. Say a Hail Mary together and place the project somewhere special as a reminder on August 15 of this wonderful feast day. (Don't forget to pray for Paper Dali. Know I pray for everyone who uses my crafts and coloring pages, too.)

If you do the craft, pretty please send me a pic or a link to your post so that I can take a look at it, too. I'm taking photos with my BlackBerry, so the quality is a bit meh. And I'd love to swap in better ones!



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Immaculate Conception Coloring Page

In honor of the Blessed Mother's feast day, I drew a little coloring page of her parents, Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, daydreaming of the baby Mary.


Download the Immaculate Conception picture here. (It's in landscape format, by the way, so make sure your printing option is set for it!)

Some folks erroneously believe that Catholics think that the Immaculate Conception is the feast day of Jesus's conception. As if we don't know that a baby is in the womb for 40 weeks. Hee! No, no, my dears, the feast day is in celebration of Mary's Immaculate Conception.

The idea is that "The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain—that’s what 'immaculate' means: without stain" (Catholic Answers tract).

The tract explains it better, but let me make a few quick points that I've shared in RCIA talks:

  • The fact that Mary was conceived without sin does not mean that Mary did not need a savior. She most definitely did! Fulton Sheen writes about Mary's being saved in this way: Imagine that there's a road beside a ditch. Everyone who walks along the path ends up in in the grimy ditch, and Jesus needs to pull them out of it. Now, along comes Mary, who is about to tumble into the ditch. Jesus saves her from falling into the ditch, so she remains clean and pure. However, she still needed to be saved by Him, or else she would've been dirtied, too.

  • "But how? If Jesus wasn't born yet!" Jesus did exist, however. Jesus always existed. Don't forget that he existed before the Incarnation. Also, God sees all of time; He is not limited by it.

  • People have asked, "Why would God bother?" It makes sense, though, doesn't it? If you were going to be born into the world, would you not start by clearing up a place in it? God began by guiding the Jewish people out of the polytheism around them and towards monotheism, then giving them prophets to let them know of the Messiah. Slowly, throughout time, God prepared a place. And He chose to have Mary as His mother and prepared her by making her immaculate and pure for the Christ Child.
     
To learn more about the Immaculate Conception, check out this article at the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Assumption of the Blessed Mother: Craft

This post is also appearing on CatholicMom.com. Swing on by and show some bloggy love if you get the chance!

At my Catholic moms' group last weekend, I asked my good friends if they could help me brainstorm a craft for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Diane had this lovely idea for something with pull tabs. Then Lisa said, "Now, you just need to draw it!" So, I did.

This is how the craft will look like when it is finished. See, before you pull the tab, you have Mary at the end of her earthly life, and the quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the top ...
But then, you just give the tab a little pull, and you have Mary assumed into Heaven, with the rest of the Catechism of the Catholic Church passage showing:
The craft is super-easy because that's how I roll. And all you need is your computer, printer, paper, and colored pencils or markers. (My daughter colored the above pictures.)

Interested in making one for August 15, too? Then here you go, friends!

Directions:
(Please note: My ink was running out, so that's why the photos look in sepia tones. The PDF is a regular black and white document.)
Step 1. Print out the downloadable 3-page PDF for this project. (Please download it and then print it out. If you just work from the preview window, not everything will line up right.)
Step 2. Color now, if you want to. 
Step 3. Cut out the windows in Part A. Also, cut across the top where indicated.

Step 4. Cut out the pull-tab. 
Step 5. Add glue along the edges of  the last page ... (Don't forget to cut along the top where indicated on this page as well.)

Step 6. Then place the first page on top of it. It should look like this:

Step 7. Insert the pull tab into the middle. It will look like this. Be sure to have trimmed the pages before putting the pull tab in. The pages will be shorter than a regular one, so the pull-tab can stick out at the top. Your first part will look like this:

Step 8. And then, you'll pull the tab to show the assumption of the Blessed Mother into heaven.

Step. 9. Discuss the Assumption of the Blessed Mother together.

Step 10. Say a Hail Mary together and place the project somewhere special as a reminder on August 15 of this wonderful feast day. (Don't forget to pray for Paper Dali. Know I pray for everyone who uses my crafts and coloring pages, too.)

If you do the craft, pretty please send me a pic or a link to your post so that I can take a look at it, too. I'm taking photos with my BlackBerry, so the quality is a bit meh. And I'd love to swap in better ones!



Friday, October 1, 2010

Crafts & Coloring Pages for the Month of the Rosary


It's the month of the Rosary, and Lacy of Catholic Icing is inviting everyone to share ideas about how to celebrate it.  If you need a refresher for praying the Rosary, here's a quick, solid article from EWTN.

(If you're not Catholic and wondering what's going on, let me explain briefly.

photo credit: bubbels

First, Catholics do not worship Mary. We honor her as we honor our parents according to the 10 Commandments. She's the mother of Jesus, so she truly deserves the greatest honor. But, yes, she is human, not a god, to Catholics. When Catholics pray to Mary---or any other saint---we pray differently from how we pray to God. We are beseeching her for her prayers. In other words, we are talking to Mary and asking her to pray for us to God. Also, the main prayers of the Rosary are taken from Scripture ... the "Hail, Mary" comes from the archangel Gabriel himself when he appeared to her. And the "Our Father" is what Jesus said when folks asked him how to pray. We repeat ourselves just because the repetition helps our mind and hands to get into the spirit of the prayer. And it's like saying "I love you" a hundred times to someone we love. You can't say it enough when you're in love. The same is true of praying the Rosary. If you want to learn more, Catholic teachings aren't a secret ... You can read more at this EWTN site.)

All right then.  Here are a few activities related to the rosary.

My Pro-Life Novena Worksheet was just posted yesterday, so it's fresh from the scanner. You print out the two pages: one of Mary with open arms and the other of the babies. Each day that you pray the rosary is a day you get to add the baby to Mary's care. It's a sweet little craft to track days of your novena.



 I also have an easy sewing craft to do to keep little one's hands busy while praying the rosary. (Xhonane of Familia Catolica took my idea and gave it a prettier, easier spin ... and glitter! Go see her nicer version if you've time. )


Be sure to visit Catholic Icing for more blogs to check out during this lovely month. And let's remember to pray for one another!


Vee

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pro-Life Novena: Activity Sheet

On this feast day of the archangels,  St. Michael the Archangel Organization's Novena for the Protection of the Unborn begins.

To help children participate in this novena, I drew up a little activity for tracking days of the novena. (I drew it for myself, too. I tend to lose track of days.)  Here's a glimpse at the completed project at the end of nine days: 

What You Need:
To use this pro-life worksheet, you'll need to print out:

Directions:
  • Color the picture of Mary and put it in an accessible place (such as a prayer corner).
  • Pray a rosary for the protection of unborn children. (Here's a refresher for praying the rosary, just in case!)
  • Color a picture of a baby then cut and paste the baby in Mary's arms.
  • Do the same for the eight remaining days, and you've just prayed a novena.
Add the Archangels, too!
And because this is the feast day of the archangels, you may want to download and color a picture of St. Michael the archangel, too. Print three out, color them differently, and you've got Gabriel, Michael and Raphael!

Shalom! ♥
Veronica Maria (aka Vee)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Loving Note for Mary / Notita de Amor para la Virgen Maria

In honor of today being the Assumption of Mary, I am sharing this from the archives.

To help my little guy keep track of the rosary prayers, I put together this little envelope o' loving. The idea is for Sebastian to see how prayers are sent forth. The big red heart is for the Our Father, and the 10 little hearts are the Hail Mary prayers.

This craft is very simple to make.

Materials:
red felt
white felt
brown felt
black thread & needle
scraps of pretty fabric if you'd like

1. Cut out two squares of white felt.
2. Cut out 10 small red hearts.
3. Cut out five big hearts.
4. Cut out a tiny red heart.
5. Cut out a small brown square.
6. For the envelope: Stitch a giant V shape from end to end (see picture) to make it look envelope-y. Then stitch the brown square to the center of that. Then stitch the red heart to that. Put the two white squares together and sew up the sides except the top, so the child can place the hearts in the envelope.
7. For the red hearts, I made them doubled up, meaning two red hearts sewn together. I did this for durability. And also, I had that pretty scrap of fabric that seemed perfect for such a craft.

And that's it! As each prayer is said, the little one puts the small (or large) heart ♥ into the envelope. I hope our rosary-praying time will be a little quieter now or, at least, little hands will keep busy with this activity.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Joy in an Envelope: The Marian ATC Swap 2010

This afternoon, we received our artist trading cards (ATCs) from the Marian ATC swap Kimberlee hosted.

To say that we were excited to receive them is an understatement. First of all, little kids hardly ever receive mail ... but when they do, it's always Something Good.

The creativity and sweetness evident in the cards just made us all smile and say, "Awww" about a hundred times. (No, I am not exaggerating.) The gorgeous cards remind us of the richness of the Catholic Church in that our expressions of love are so uniquely us.

I'm posting pictures of the adorable little treasures that we received, so if you recognize one that you did, well, thank you so much from the Paper Dali family.  (I did recognize Jessica's name in the envelope addressed to me and was delighted. ♥ One of her children's cards also showed up in the envelope of one of my children.)

In my eight-year-old son's envelope: (Visit here to see what he sent out.)



In my 9-year-old daughter's envelope: (Visit here to see what she sent out.)


In my envelope: (Visit here to see what I sent out.)




These dear little treasures need to be placed where they won't get lost or dog-eared like all our books. I'd like to do something creative to store them, but for now, I've found a few templates for making an ATC storage case:

Mirkwood Designs
Trading Card Holder from TLC (Just switch a picture of Mary for the baseball on the cover. *grin*)
Trading Card Holder (in a traditional plastic baseball-card sheet format)

If you made any of the above ATCs, please know that they were most happily received and have found a good home. We appreciate dearly the time and imagination taken to make each one ...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Marian ATC Swap: Vee's Edition

(I finished up the last card for the Marian ATC swap and am dropping these all in the mail today, juuuuuust making the postmarked deadline. Phew!)

Below are my contribution to the Marian ATC Swap. If you receive them, please know they were not drawn by a child. It's a grown-up's drawing ... a grown-up who draws like a happy child and enjoys doing so!





 (This was the first card I made, which was on canvas ATC material. Painting it was rather fun, but unfortunately, due to myriad events at Clubhouse Dali, I couldn't paint the remainder cards. Pressed for time, I turned to my beloved colored pencils.)






Marian ATC Swap: Oldest Son Edition

At the last minute, my oldest son (age 8) decided that the Marian ATC Swap wasn't something he wanted to miss! Below are his contributions to the swap, too. Some of the details are lost in the scanning (he draws minute details), but they're still perty dang kuh-yoot.

Above left: The Immaculate Conception, of course!
Above right: Joseph and Mary heading out to Bethlehem. I like their matching green shirts.

Above: The Nativity Scene ... Baby Jesus is sleeping. Shhh, don't wake him up.
Above: Our Lady of Guadalupe ... How can you not love our Lady when she's wearing purple?


Above: Mary holding baby Jesus ... He is very, very tiny, but he's there. Look very closely. Jesus is always with us.



Sunday, September 27, 2009

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