June 2017 – The Month of the Sacred Heart
Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Church (Sunday 4 June). Wear red to church and/or visit Catholic Icing blog to do a Tongues of Fire hat craft or a Holy Spiri handprint craft:
Write out the fruits of the Holy Spirit onto plastic fruit. Discuss them with your children and ask them to give examples of what the fruits look like in their lives
Eat pretzels as a talking point point for The Most Holy Trinity (Sunday 11 June). “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen”
Learn how to say the sign of the cross in Maori: “Ki te Ingoa, o te Matua, o te Tamaiti, o to Wairua Tapu. Amene”
“Tony, Tony, Look around.
Something’s missing, can’t be found.”
Plan a treasure hunt in your house or garden to celebrate St Anthony of Padua, the patron of lost articles (Tuesday 13 June).
Make a monstrance to celebrate Corpus Christi – the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – (Sunday 18 June). Visit Catholic Icing blog for craft ideas:
Visit Eucharistic Adoration, even if only briefly with young children.
Read about Daniel and the blazing furnace of fire (Daniel 3). St Thomas More (Thursday 22 June), like Daniel, focused on God, not the flames. “I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me.” St Thomas More
The Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday 23 June). Cut out a large heart and write “Jesus” on it to symbolize Jesus’ heart. Have each family member cut out a smaller heart with their own names on it and glue them to the larger heart to show our hearts belong to Jesus.
Have a time of prayer near a fountain or body of water and talk about the gift of the Sacrament of Baptism in remembrance of the The Birth of St John the Baptist (Saturday 24 June).
Have a snack with honey to remember honey being part of St John the Baptist’s diet.
“John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.”( Matthew 3:4)
St Irenaeus (Wednesday 28 June) was a great defender of the Faith, his most famous writing being Against the Heresies.
Spend some time learning more about the teachings of the Church by creating a Triptych. You could use the three symbols for the following feasts: The Ascension (Crown), Pentecost (Dove), Trinity (Triangle)
Ss Peter and Paul (Wednesday 29 June). St Peter was chosen by Jesus to lead His flock, and his authority extends to the present Pope in an unbroken line.
St Paul, a convert to Christianity, reminds us of the billions of people who do not yet know Christ as their Good Shepherd. Visit Catholic Icing blog to make a Litany of the Saints:
Showing Love for our Common Home
In this month of the Sacred Heart we pause to remember all the ways God showers love upon us. We are also aware that we are called to shower love upon the world. In this short animated video we are reminded by Pope Francis that our love for the world includes caring for our Common Home – the earth.