Valentines Day seems to have started early in our house hold – my kids are busy making beautiful personalized Valentine’s Day cards for family and friends. We printed a nice little message, got some big foam hearts, small foam hearts and stickers from the dollar store and with their imagination they have created endless beautiful cards they can’t wait to give with love on the feast of St. Valentines! They have spend hours already and still have many hours to go to create a special message of love for everyone on their list! Who can blame their wonderful excitement – their joy if just contagious – the count down is one to celebrate this feast of love!
Easy Valentines Day Heart Crown!
If you have a special princess of prince in your life you might consider making a special heart crown for them – just cut out hearts about 3 – 4″ high all the same size and glue them in a circle to fit their heads and you have a beautiful crown of hearts!
About St. Valentine – from Happy Saints
‘Love One Another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ John 13:34
St. Valentine was a holy priest who lived during a time when Christians were not welcomed in the Roman Empire. He helped many who were imprisoned or were hiding from Roman soldiers. In the end, St. Valentine himself was captured and killed for his faith. He died on February 14, which became known as St. Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine’s Day became a lovers’ holiday because it was said that St. Valentine was killed for marrying Christian couples. Another tale had him writing letters of encouragement to the jailer’s daughter when he was in prison. What is important is that St. Valentine loved as Jesus loves. Jesus loves us so much He sacrificed His Life to save us. Likewise, St. Valentine risked and lost his life while helping others through selfless love. Let us love each other as Jesus loves us!
Click here to download the above free St. Valentines Day Card PDF (Can be used free for personal and non-commercial use only!)
If you like this free resource and want some more than visit the Happy Saints project where you can download a couple more free printable or you can purchase printable ebooks from Happy Saints to learn more about Happy Saints visit my precious post on them.
I used this lovely craft with my own family last year and this year as part of a Catechism lesson for 3 & 4 year olds. We talked about how God has written us Love Letters and after the lesson they each completed this craft to have their own love letters from God to read each day with their families as they count down to the feast of St. Valentine! They loved making this craft -(with lots of help;)) We just glued the first scripture verse to teh top heart by folding it in half and then continued the chain down to save on using the pipe cleaners. You can download this wonderful free resource from Catholic Icing
Sweet Printable Count Down Scripture Cards for Valentines Day from A Happy Home Fairy
As an alternative to doing a chain you might prefer making these sweet reusable countdown cards which could also be doubled up as valentines cards – by writing a personal message on the back!
If you have access to a sewing machine, brown paper and some treats this might be the right valentines craft for you. I would add a sweet little message to the front – like Love is patient, Love is Kind, Happy, Happy St. Valentines!
Here is a simple and cute paper doll of St. Kateri, Lily of the Mohawks I made for kids to celebrate her beatified on Oct 21st or to use for her feast day.
Step1: Print out this St Kateri Paper Doll PDF it works best on card stock paper
Step2: Colour in the picture
Step 3: Cut out doll
Step 4: Enjoy! Either play with your new St. Kateri doll or use it to make a nice table centre piece or laminate it and decorate a cake to celebrate her feast day!
For even more fun print out this FreePaper Canoe for St. Kateri, Lily of the Mohawks to travel in!
Here is a simple St Kateri coloring page that I made with the paper doll image too!
Learn more about St. Kateri and see other crafts to do to celebrate her on my previous post St. Kateri, Lily of the Mohawks!
Here is a wonderful link with a complete lesson plan and story to teach children of all ages about St. Kateri! You just need to end with Today she becomes a Saint or on Oct21st, 2012 she became a saint!
Below: We printed the St. Kateri Paper doll at 66% (using advanced printed settings) so she would fit into the canoe nicely and glued the paper dolls to empty toilet roll holders so they could stand up (bending her feet outwards at the bottom)!
On October 21st, 2012 a blessed becomes a Saint! The beautiful young women who lived from 1656-1680 whom we have known as blessed will now be Saint Kateri. Beatified by Blessed John Paul II in 1980, Kateri will be proclaimed the first Native woman saint by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21.
Tekakwitha’s baptismal name was Catherine, which in the Iroquois languages is Kateri. She lived a life of faith and hope! Kateri died at the young age of 24. Her last words are said to be, “Jesus, I love You!”. She is the patron saint of the environment and ecology.
Kateri’s Feast day: is April 17th (in Canada) and July 14 (in USA)
Here is a link to some beautiful original paintings of St. Kateri: Lily of the Mohawks 1 and 2 by Dorothy Speiser
“I am no longer my own. I have given myself entirely to Jesus Christ.”~ St. Kateri
With so much excitement building around this special canonization I thought I needed to get in on spreading the joy too! Here are links to some beautiful colouring pages and crafts to help celebrate the special day with your children:
Catholic Icing has some lovely craft ideas to help celebrate St. Kateri
Free printable craft sheet for creating Christian native headband from Catholicinspired.com
Blessed Kateri Colouring Page from Florida Centre for Peace
Holy Heros is offering a Free 6 page colouring book on St. Kateri
Holy Heros is also offering a great deal spend over $15 and get a free Glory Stories CD of St. Kateri’s and St. Cecilia’s life and a free holy card too!
Adorable St. Kateri Finger Puppet from Pinterest!
My husband and I made a simple 3D rose craft to use to celebrate the feast of St. Therese, bring some nice colour to you dining table and help inspire the kids to join in spread love in lots of little ways!
Step 1 – Print out the rose pedals pdf
Step 2 – Have your child write an act of love, a prayer or sacrifice that they would like to offer in love to our Lord, like St. Therese did. You can learn more about the Little ways here
Step 3 – Colour in the rose petals and centre piece.
Step 7 – Tape/glue the 3rd petal behind the middle of the 2nd petal, continue until your petals are forming a nice round bud (you may only need to use 5).
Step 8 – Glue/Tape Centre piece
Step 9 – Admire your child’s masterpiece!
Alternative option would be to use the template to cut out coloured construction paper petals to form a bouquet of colours!
Today only Holy Heroes is offering a beautiful free downloadable pdf colouring book! Great to print and use through out the year for your church bag, rain days or craft time! Click on the image below for the colouring book!
You can also purchase a wonderful CD by Glory Stories on their website about the life of St. Therese and Saint Miguel de la Mora of the Knights of Columbus.
Angel of God my guarding dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day/night be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and to guide – Amen
What is an angel – an angel is a pure spirit created by God. An important thing to clarify for younger children is that we won’t become angels when we die; the media loves to depict this image of everyone having wings in heaven. But while an angel is a pure spirit created by God, man is created in the image of God. After the creation of angels God created man and gave him dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:16).
Here is a sweet little cut out angel craft that I made to do with my kids on Tuesday! It is simple and easy to do!
What is an Angel
An angel is a pure spirit created by God. The English word “angel” comes from the Greek angelos, which means ‘messenger’.
Who are the Angels: ( from the Catechism)
329 St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.'”188 With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word”.189
330 As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness.190
The Angels we know by Name:
We only know a few of the angel’s real names from the bible:
Angel Gabriel who is best known for the Annunciation to Mary, that she would be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God (Luke 1:26-38) – Nice St. Gabriel Colouring Page by Matilda
St. Michael the Archangel (Jude 1:9) whom is referred to as the ‘prince’ of the heavenly hosts and whom can be seen in the book of Revelations. Free St. Michael the Archangel Colouring Page by Matilda
Angel Raphael – whom we see in the book of Tobas Free St. Raphael Colouring Page by Matilda
According to the church’s tradition we believe in angels and guardian angels. St. Jerome stated that: “how great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.” The church teaches that the role of our guardian angel is to help guide us to good words, works, and thoughts and to help protect us from evil.
No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, for to His Angels God has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Psalm 91: 10-12
St. Bernard said “Always remember that you are in the presence of your Guardian Angel”
St Therese the Little Flower told her sister Céline this regarding her Guardian Angel: “Jesus has placed near you an Angel from heaven who is always looking after you; he carries you in his hands lest your foot strike against a stone. You do not see him, and yet he is the one who for twenty-five years has preserved your soul, who has kept its virginal whiteness; he is the one who removes from you the occasions of sin. …Your Guardian Angel is covering you with his wings, and Jesus, the purity of virgins, reposes in your heart. You do not see your treasures; Jesus is sleeping and the Angel remains in his mysterious silence. However, they are there with Mary who is hiding you also under her veil!…” (LT 161 4/26/1894) – Source
IN BRIEF (from the CCC)
350 Angels are spiritual creatures who glorify God without ceasing and who serve his saving plans for other creatures: “The angels work together for the benefit of us all” (St. Thomas Aquinas, STh I, 114, 3, ad 3).
351 The angels surround Christ their Lord. They serve him especially in the accomplishment of his saving mission to men.
352 The Church venerates the angels who help her on her earthly pilgrimage and protect every human being.
What a comfort it is to teach our children that they are always in the presence of an angel and that at Holy mass the church is brimming full of angels joining in praise and worship of our Lord and King!
A wonderful book to read more about the angels is by Fr. Paul O`Sullivan called All About the Angels
Crafts for the Feast of the Holy Angels!
List of sites with free printable or great easy ideas for crafts to do with kids on the feast of the angels:
Here is a simple craft for to use for the feast of the Holy Angels or to simply help teach your child or Sunday school class the Guardian Angel Prayer.
This can serve as a beautiful reminder that your child is always in the presence of their guardian angel!
Step 1 – Print PDF
Step 2 – Cut out pieces
Step 3 – Glue wings so that the thumbs are touching and over lapping.
Step 4 – Glue Angels hair onto wings
Step 5 – Glue White gown on to wings, tucked slightly under the hair
Step 6- Glue face on hair and gown
Step 7 – Draw a face and decorate the angel
Step 8 – Practice Prayer and enjoy!
*To personalize the craft only print the first page and then have your child trace their own hands on a coloured piece of paper to use for the wings.
To learn more about angels see Feast of the Holy Angels