May 2017 – The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St Joseph the Worker (Monday 1 May) offered his daily 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 (Tuesday 2 May), bishop and doctor of the Church, is called “The Father of Orthodoxy”. Atanasius became 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 amke the Apostles out of ice block sticks:
Ss Philip and James (Wednesday 3 May) and St Matthias (Sunday 14 May). (St Matthias was the apostle chosen by the believers to replace Judas Iscariot following Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.)
Keep fresh flowers before the painting of the Mother and Child in your home during May. Look for Marigolds – it is the Virgin Mary that inspired the name, meaning Mary’s Gold.
Daily recitation of the Rosary is another way to encourage special devotion to the Blessed Mother during May. Pray the Rosary (or a decade) for world peace on Friday 13 May in honour of Our Lady of Fatima.
Make Mother’s Day Cards for elderly parish members or neighbours who have family that live far away that they may not see on Mother’s Day (Sunday 8 May).
Mary Help of Christians (Tuesday 24 May) has responded by helping God’s children throughout the ages, coming to the aid of individuals, families, towns and nations.
Crown Mary with flowers during the month of May. Use real flowers, or make a crown from artificial flowers.
St Philip Neri (Friday 26 May), the “Apostle of Rome”, had a profound love for the mother of God. He was an example of priestly life and holiness, and protected Rome from the errors of the Protestant Reformation./ St Philip Neri suggested to people who have nothing to do: “Do some good.”
Visit “Sunday School Zone” blog for a spot the difference activity for the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Wednesday 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.