7 Quick Takes on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

by | Feb 23, 2013 | Lap Books, Papal Unit Study, St. Peter | 20 comments

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It’s a Friday during Lent and we gave up sweets, which means we didn’t make any special treats for today’s Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. However, that doesn’t mean we haven’t done anything special for this feast day, during this very significant time for our Holy Mother Church as we wonder who will be sitting in the “Chair of St. Peter” soon. So, I thought today would be the perfect day to begin our Papal Unit Study!

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Here is a sneak peek at the Lap Book I’m creating for my children to complete and assemble!

Yep, this is what I’ve been working on all afternoon, instead of exercising or working on my next Catholic Digest submission…  What? Me procrastinate?!  Never! 😉  
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I’m so excited with how it’s turning out! Isn’t the cover perfect? I made a sample for the kids, and will let them each create their own. I used a yellow file folder and a piece of white card stock to create the base, and then attached the Vatican flag in the shape of the country! (Did you know that Vatican City is really a country?) I glued just the yellow of the flag to the yellow file folder, overlapping the rest onto the white. I haven’t figured out how many additional flaps it will need, since I am still creating the mini-books, so I’ll just add those later.

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I’m even more excited about the St. Peter’s Basilica Pop-up Book! (It was inspired by the Erie Canal Mini-Book from the boys Early 19th Century Lap Book, and I was so thrilled to figure out how to make it work for St. Peter’s!) You can see my rough draft in the picture above along with the final printed version. The kids will be able to color the basilica and the background (the sky) before assembling it and adding their description.

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I’ve displayed some of our “Pope” themed picture books which we will be reading over the next few weeks beginning with St. Peter’s Story and Saint Peter the Apostle today. I’ll be sure to include a list of all our books when I post the Lap Book (if anyone is interested in using it too?) but in the meantime I have them listed in the sidebar. In addition to reading lots of great books, I’m drawing from My Catholic Faith and some online websites (like this one – thanks, Charlotte, for the link!)

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We broke out these fun books too!  My boys loved reading them and I thought they (or at least the first one) might make a fun read aloud over the next couple weeks.   You can find them here:   Lost in Peter’s Tomb, Break-In at the Basilica, Curse of the Coins, and Secrets of Siena.   My boys originally received these in their Easter baskets, if I remember correctly

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As for me… I’m currently reading, and loving, Lent with Pope Benedict XVI a little bit each day.
“Let it not be said, or thought, that this ministry of Peter finishes with his life on earth. That which is given as the support of a Church which is to last forever, can never be taken away. Peter will live in his successors; Peter will speak, in his Chair, to the end of time.”  ~ Jacques Bossuet
For additional Quick Takes visit Conversion Diary. Thanks for hosting Jen! 


  1. Anonymous

    I found you through 7Qt's. You're so crafty! I'm not very familiar with lapbooks, but yours looks great! I'm really looking forward to reading through your blog.

  2. Erin

    I would LOVE to use your Pope lapbook!! I have been looking for ways to study this over the next few weeks since it is so timely. My 7 yr old enjoyed Lost in Peter's Tomb and Break In at the Basilica too; she got them this Christmas.

    And yes, isn't that Vatican Insider link fabulous??? I was just looking at it yesterday!

  3. Donna Marie NJ

    I would love to play along and use your lapbook, too! I have no time to myself lately and I know the kids would love it!

  4. fadfd

    This is looking great Jessica! Awesome job…

  5. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks for visiting! Lap books take some extra work, but we think they are fun. And they make great keepsakes for the kids! My children are always busting them back out to show to family and friends.

  6. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks, everyone! I will try and put together the post and upload the documents over the weekend! I'm more than happy to share. Makes all the work that much more worth the effort! 🙂

  7. Jacqui

    Share? I'd be happy to pay for it =) you're so talented! I was thinking of teaching the kids all about the Pope's election, this would be an awesome tool!

  8. Jeannine

    This is just a wealth of information! I am definitely putting you in my reader! Thank you so much for sharing! Enjoy your weekend.

  9. Lisa

    You are so amazingly talented! Can't wait to use this with my girls. Thank you for sharing all you do so freely. We are all blessed!

  10. Unknown

    wow so cool!!! i can't wait til my kids are a little older and we can do neat things like this! good work, momma! XO

  11. Marie

    I can finally comment! I haven't been able to lately for some reason?

    This is TOO awesome! I would also be more than happy to PAY you to use your documents with my children. Seriously!!!! What would be easiest? Paypal, Amazon gift card :o) Name your price!

    You are such a blessing to me and my family!

  12. Anonymous

    You need to sell this Jessica! It is amazing!

  13. Krista

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS, JESSICA!!!!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! Can't wait to get the tutorial!!!!!!!

  14. Lauren

    Love this. I was planning on trying to make a lap book for the conclave, but never did it. thank you so much. I can't wait to do this lap book. God bless

  15. Barbara

    Thank you for the inspiration. I almost never do lap books with Faith and it's because they are time-consuming for mama! I spent about 6 hours today just finding and formatting information for her to put together. Wow. And I know mine will be a fraction as nice as yours. But hopefully they will be great for Faith to keep and look back on these next few weeks as incredibly historic!

  16. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you all so very much! I spent more time yesterday assembling the lap book, revising some of my documents and adding a few additional ones and I think it is almost complete. I just need to finish formatting everything in away that is easy to share and type up explanations and instructions!

    This was definitely a JOB and very time consuming but I am very pleased with how it is coming together!

    That is so very kind of some of you to offer to pay me for use of the documents! I know that it is something that I would have found a way to pay for myself, if I had found it online! 😉 But since I'd like it to be available to everyone (I know there are many families out there, like mine, who are having a difficult time paying the bills each month) I think I will just add a paypal button for those of you that that would like to "buy me a coffee" – or rather help fill my kids Easter Basket's this year! 😉 Thank you!

    I am hoping to have the post with the downloads up tomorrow!

  17. Jacqui

    Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for this download, we're looking forward to this lapbook! But I'm writing because I have an urgent prayer request and I think you get these emails easier than your other emails? Anyway…
    please pray for Dominic (8 years old) and his family (there are 9 children total)Doctors just found an inoperable brain tumor the size of a tennis ball. It's already affecting his vision and he's starting chemotherapy tomorrow, every day this week for several weeks! I'm still trying to put my head around this. I know you and your readers are faithful and prayerful, and that's just what we need, to storm heaven with prayers. Please feel free to pass this along, we need prayers and lots of them. God bless you!

  18. Jessica Gordon

    I am so sorry to hear that Jacqui… We will be praying!

  19. Advena

    I love the look of the papal lapbook! Your blog always inspires me — I found it during Christmas when I got interested in lapbooking.


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