February 2018 – The Month of the Passion of Our Lord
Have a candlelit dinner to celebrate the Presentation of the Lord, or “Candlemas“. Friday 2 February.
This feast is the 4th Joyful mystery of the Rosary and can be read aloud in the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 2, verses 22-40).
St Agatha, Martyr (Monday 5 February) is the patron saint against fire. Take this day to establish a fire escape plan for the family and to practice family fire drill. Also check any smoke detectors or fire alarms
Sing the national anthem, “God Defend New Zealand” and pray for New Zealand on Waitangi Day 6 February, 1840.
Pray for the church in Japan in honour of St Paul Miki and Companions Tuesday 6 February.
Tell your children about the “holy twins”: St Scholastica, Virgin (Saturday 10 February) and the tender love she had for her brother St Benedict. Ask them how they can help one another to become saints.
Have pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday (13 February), the night before Ash Wednesday.
Attend Mass on Ash Wednesday (14 February). Wear your ashes out into the world as a witness to our faith.
Pray for Pope Francis on the feast day of the Chair of St Peter (Thursday 22 February). Teach your children about the Papal Flag.