August 2017 – The month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
St John Vianney (Friday 4 August) is the patron saint of priests, and a role model for all boys who wish to become priests. Pray for priests that they may grow in number and persevere in their vocation.
Celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord (Sunday 6 August) by wearing white and setting the dining table with a white cloth to recall how Jesus’ face, “shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” (Matthew 17:2)
St Mary of the Cross (Tuesday 8 August) is the first Australasian saint and one of the Church’s newer saints, canonized in 2010. Visit Cath Family blog to make a chatterbox using inspiring quotes from St Mary MacKillop:
Do some star watching on the feast of St Dominic (Tuesday 8 August), the patron saint of astronomers.
Have your children help cook dinner in honour of St Lawrence, patron of chefs (Thursday 10 August).
St Clare (Friday 11 August) had such a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament that her symbol is the monstrance. Visit Eucharistic Adoration, even if only briefly with young children and/or visit Catholic Icing blog for monstrance craft ideas:
St Maximilian Kolbe (Monday 14 August) was imprisoned during the Second World War and offered himself in exchange for the father of a large family who was to be executed. Pray for those who suffer in our world today from man’s inhumanity, and in particular for an end to abortion.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Tuesday 15 August) is the Patronal Feast for Aotearoa New Zealand. Make an Assumption Triptych with the Immaculate Conception on the left, the Assumption of Mary in the middle, and Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth on the right, like this one from Homeschooling Down Under blog.
Pope St Pius X (Monday 21 August) loved the Holy Eucharist. He encouraged people to receive Jesus as often as they could, and even made a law permitting children to receive Holy Communion earlier than ever before. Pray the “Our Father” for our current Holy Father’s intentions.
If you did not do a May crowning, you can do one to celebrate the Queenship of Mary (Tuesday 22 August). Use real flowers, or make a crown from artificial flowers.
Do something nice for your mother in honour of St Monica (Sunday 27 August), who followed her son St Augustine and prayed for years for his conversion to Christianity.
St Augustine’s (Monday 28 August) compete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with bad habits. St Augustine became a famous Christian writer and one of the greatest saints who ever lived. Be comforted that there is no one whom God cannot forgive and help change.
Have a snack with honey to inspire discussion about St John the Baptist. Because he was a great preacher and drew crowds of people wanting baptism, Herod had him arrested and thrown in prison. Soon after that John was beheaded. We commemorate the Passion of John the Baptist on 29 August.