May 2018 – The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St Joseph the Worker (Tuesday 1 May) offered each day’s labour to God with patience and joy, providing for his holy spouse and the Son of God. Pray that you may also do all things for God’s glory.
“And whatsoever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col 3:17 NIV)
St Athanasius (Wednesday 2 May), is known as “The Father of Orthodoxy”. He was one of the most dedicated opponents of the heresy of Arianism. The source of his zeal was simple: God incarnate became man, and that has real consequences for our lives.
Learn the names of the 12 Apostles.
Visit Catholic Icing blog to make the Apostles out of ice block sticks:
Ss Philip and James (Thursday 3 May) and St Matthias (Monday 14 May). St Matthias was the apostle chosen by the believers to replace Judas Iscariot following Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.
Make Mother’s Day Cards for your Mum and any parish members or neighbours who have family that live far away that they may not see on Mother’s Day (Sunday 13 May).
Pentecost is known as the birthday of the church (Sunday 20 May). Wear red to church and/or visit Catholic Icing blog to do a Tongues of Fire hat craft or a Holy Spirit handprint craft:
Our Lady, Help of Christians (Thursday 24 May) has responded by helping God’s children throughout the ages, coming to the aid of individuals, families, towns and nations.
Keep fresh flowers before a painting of Our Lady or crown Mary with flowers during the month of May. Look for Marigolds – it is the Virgin Mary that inspired the name, meaning Mary’s Gold.
St Philip Neri (Saturday 26 May), the “Apostle of Rome”, was an example of priestly life and holiness. He protected Rome from the errors of the Reformation. St Philip Neri suggests to people who have nothing to do: “Do some good.”
Eat pretzels as a talking point for The Most Holy Trinity (Sunday 27 May).
“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”
Visit “Sunday School Zone” blog for a spot the difference activity for the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Thursday 31 May):
“Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” (Luke 1:39-56).
Celebrating the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus
Learn a little more about the colours of the liturgical year.