Preparing for a Hands-On Lent

Here are three hands-on activities for Lent: a candle-based Stations of the Cross, a flipbook, and hands-on Lenten prayer table suggestions. by Heidi Indahl I am someone who has always liked Lent. It always seems such a fitting end to the dreary winter. … Read More

3 Ways to Explain the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter to Your Kids

What exactly is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, and how exactly is a parent to explain apostolic succession and the universality of the Church to young kids? Try this explainer and a simple game of Whisper Down … Read More

An Examination of Conscience for the Whole Family

  This examination of conscience is taken from The Catholic Family Book of Prayers.   This brief examination of conscience, loosely based on the Ten Commandments, may be used in preparation for receiving the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, or … Read More

Call Young Children to Prayer with Hand Motions

Wiggly, distracted kids during family prayer? Try calling children to prayer with hand motions. We did that with our 2-year-old daughter and had positive results. Here’s what we did and some sample hand signs to try. by Regina Lordan “How … Read More

A Family Consecration to the Holy Family • Prayers for Catholic Kids

Have you consecrated your family to the model of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their family life? Your family doesn’t have to be perfect to be holy! Here’s why, and a prayer of consecration you can use with your own family. … Read More

Write a Letter to Jesus for Christmas

Do your kids write a letter to Santa? Encourage them to write a letter to Jesus, too.   Do your kids write a letter to Santa? Encourage them to write a letter to Jesus, too. “What do you want me … Read More

Paper Chain Prayers: A Great Way to Encourage Kids to Pray Daily

Get younger children excited about daily prayer by making a paper chain out of each day’s prayers. Here’s how.   by Jerry Windley-Daoust   Want a simple way to get younger children invested in daily prayer? Try making a decorative, … Read More

O Come, O Come Emmanuel • Prayers for Catholic Kids

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Singing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel around the Advent wreath is a traditional Advent activity for many families. Here are the complete lyrics, plus a printable PDF of the lyrics, and two video versions to give your kids an assist. … Read More

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