The month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
St Alphonsus Mary Liguori (1 August) is the atron saint of confessors. Visit Catholic Icing blog to do a craft about the “ Treasures of Reconciliation ”: http://bit.ly/29CqBOY
Do some stargazing on the feast of St Dominic (3 August), the patron saint of astronomers. Try and find the Southern Cross.
St John Vianney (4 August) is the patron saint of priests, and a role model for all boys who wish to become priests. Pray for priests that they may persevere in their vocation.
Celebrate The Transfiguration of the Lord (6 August) by wearing white and setting the dining table Jesus’ “face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light” ( Matthew 17:2 ).
St Mary of the Cross (8 August) is the first Australasian Saint and one of the Church’s newer saints, canonized in 2010. Visit Cath Family blog to make a chatterbox using inspiring quotes from St Mary Mackillop:
Have your children help cook dinner in honour of St Lawrence, patron of Chefs (10 August).
St Clare (11 August) had such a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament that her symbol is the monstrance. Visit Catholic Icing blog for monstrance craft ideas:
Visit Tercets blog to make an Immaculate Heart of Mary craft during the month of August using felt and buttons:
St Maximilian Kolbe (14 August) was imprisoned during WW2 and offered himself in exchange for the father of a large family who was to be executed. Pray for those who suffer in our world today from man’s inhumanity, and in particular pray for an end to abortion
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 August) is the Patronal Feast for Aotearoa, New Zealand. Make an Assumption Triptych with the Immaculate Conception on the left, the
Assumption of Mary in the middle, and Mary as Queen of heaven and earth on the right, like this one from Homeschooling Down Under blog.
St Bernard (20 August) is the patron of candlemakers. Learn about making candles to help in preparing to make a family Christ Candle for Advent and Paschal Candle for Easter.
Pope St Pius X (21 August) loved the Holy Eucharist. He encouraged people to receive Jesus as often as they could, and even made a law permitting children to receive Holy Communion earlier than ever before. Pray the “Our Father” for our current Holy Father’s intentions
If you did not do a May crowning, you might like to do one to celebrate The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (22 August). Use real flowers, or make a crown from artificial flowers.
Learn the names of the 12 Apostles. Visit Activities for Kids blog to make a Jesus Crown and Disciple Fish mobile that features St Bartholomew (24 August) :
Do something nice for your mother in honour of St Monica (27 August), who followed her son St Augustine and prayed for years for his conversion to Christianity. St Augustine’s (28 August) complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with bad habits. St Augustine became a famous Catholic writer and one of the greatest saints who ever lived. Be comforted that there is no one whom God cannot forgive and help change.
We commemorate The Passion of John the Baptist on 29 August. Have a snack with honey as you recall that it was because St John the Baptist was a great preacher and drew crowds of people
wanting baptism, that Herod had him arrested and thrown into prison. Soon after that John was beheaded. “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)