Celebrating the Saints on First Fridays
This year we have decided to get together on the First Friday of each month, with our Homeschool Group, for Mass followed by a potluck and a variety of crafts in honor of some of our favorite saint feast days for each month.
Our first get together for the year was this past Friday, the feast of St. Therese, and we had such a great time! To be quite honest, with the Baby Shower the weekend before, contractors still coming and going, feeling a bit overwhelmed with homeschooling this year, not to mention a conflict in plans (We had Father coming over for dinner and to bless our home at 4:30 pm and the Homeschool Event was scheduled from 12-4, 30 minutes from our home!), I wasn’t as prepared as I would have liked to have been, but it all came together in the end and it was such a lovely day!
Here are some pictures from our afternoon:
~ Cupcake Rosary ~
Since October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, we brought our annual “Cupcake Rosary” to share!
Being the feast of St. Therese, I topped each of the “Hail Mary”
cupcakes Beads with a Chocolate Rose.
~ Our Lady of the Rosary ~
One of the creative mothers in our Homeschool Group set up a table for the children to create their own Rosary Boxes!
~ St. Therese, The Little Flower ~
Now, being the feast of St. Therese, I HAD to make sure we’d have a craft in her honor! I had one late night and early morning to prepare – most of which was spent baking 59 cupcakes and a Rose Cake (for our dinner with Father, and which I FORGOT to photograph this year!)
– but after borrowing a few supplies in addition to a discount on medals from the local Catholic Bookstore on the way to Mass, the children were able to make Sacrifice Beads
~ The Holy Guardian Angels ~
~ St. Francis of Assisi ~
At one table the children could all make Pipe Cleaner Creatures
. My children LOVED this craft and we will have to make some more here at home sometime soon!
There were a couple other tables set up with lots of worksheets, activity pages, and coloring pages.
~ A Few More Pictures ~
My children are all ready looking forward to next month!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.