September 2017 – The Month of the 7 Sorrows of Our Lady
In spring, new life abounds. Plan a trip to see some baby farm or zoo animals and talk about new life. Consider planting a garden to help children feel close to God through His creation.
Make homemade, heartfelt cards for Dad and your parish priest for Father’s Day (Sunday 3 September).
Sing Happy Birthday to Our Lady to celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Friday 8 September).
Decorate letters spelling out MARY to celebrate the Most Holy Name of Mary (Tuesday 12 September).
St John Chrysostom (Wednesday 13 September) was a great Scripture scholar. Follow his encouragement of daily Bible reading and study, and read today’s Bible readings as a family.
Find a cross craft to celebrate The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Thursday 14 September).
Sts Cornelius and Cyprian (Saturday 16 September) were two friends in service of the Christ and his Church. They are buried in the catacombs of St Callixtus, which became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome. To learn more about the catacombs visit
Sts Andrew Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions (Wednesday 20 September). During the 17th century the Christian faith was brought to Korea through the zeal of lay people. Today there are approximately 4 million Catholics in Korea. Discuss things you can do as a layperson to help your parish community.
Read the passage where Jesus calls St Matthew (Thursday 21 September) to, “Follow me” (Matt 9:9-13). We are all called to belong to the family of God.
St Pius de Pietreicina (better known as Padre Pio) (Saturday 23 September) is a saint of the last century. He is most famous for his stigmata. Visit Family at the foot of the Cross blog to make Stigmata Rice Crispy Treats:
St Vincent de Paul (Wednesday 27 September) was a great apostle of charity. Find out more about the Vincent de Paul Society near you, and see if you can participate.
Pray the prayer to St Michael the Archangel on the feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (Friday 29 September).
St Jerome (Saturday 30 September) translated the Bible from Hebrew to Latin. Learn how to say, “Come Holy Spirit” in Latin: “Veni Sancte Spiritus“.