St. Patrick's Day Craft:

St. Patrick's Feast Day March 17th

Here's a pic of the craft...Only we're not making 4-leaf clovers like you see all in the lawn...  The "luck" is when you search the lawn and find a three-leaf clover.  We call that a Shamrock - - and it's what St. Patrick used to teach the Trinity.  One shamrock - three leaves belonging to the same plant... One God, three "parts" - Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  


Take the paper plate - squeeze the dab of green paint on it.  Use the flat part of your hand to spread the paint around the plate.  Take your paint covered hand and touch the white paper three times to make the top three parts of a cross shape (top/side/side).  For the bottom of the shamrock, take a swipe of the green and draw the stem.   Now go wash your hands :)!  Look at your shamrock and say a prayer:  St. Patrick, may I share our Lord with other's as you did. Amen.   Then go and share your shamrock with family and friends!  Remember how Ireland was "lucky" enough to have God's love shine on them through St. Patrick.  And may the "luck o' the Irish" be with you too!

St. Joseph Day Craft:

The Purity of St. Joseph is often represented with Lilies - a Spring flower that also represents new beginnings (God beginning a part of his existence on earth for our sake...).  Trace your hand three times on white paper.  Cut the hands out.  Roll them into a cone and staple or tape it to stay.  Curl back the "fingers"--rolling them should work-or curling them around a pencil might help.  Fold the green wire in half, over the yellow wire.  poke the green wire into the cone you just made until the green comes out the bottom to be the stem--and the yellow wire becomes the inside of the Lilly.  Bend the tops of the yellow wire a bit to be more "inside-the-flower-like".   Put them in a glass or a vase--or maybe make a vase if you're feeling more creative...  Admire your creation and say a prayer.  St. Joseph, pray for us! Amen.  Check out the link below to hear more about how people celebrate St. Joseph's Feast Day.

The Annunciation Craft:

The Feast Day of The Annunciation of the Lord March 25th


The Angel Gabrial Announced the Lord's intentions to Mary...asked her, for the Lord, if she would become the Mother of God.  

Mary's Fiat, her "Yes", continues to bless the world.  Are you always ready to say "yes" to the Lord when he asks you to be the best you can be?       The Parts to this St. Angel Gabriel are in your craft bag... draw baby Jesus in Mary's "womb".

February Crafts



February 14th

St. Valentine was a real person, a martyr (he died for the Faith), and a Saint.  When the government of his time and place in history told him that couples couldn't get married--he married them in secret.  He knew that marriage was between the couple, and God.    He got thrown in jail for doing God's work.  God gave him the ability to cure a young girl's blindness.  She was grateful, and wrote him letters in jail to cheer him up.   He would write back and sign them "Your Valentine".  Sound familiar :) !   Remember to call the day by it's real name--The Feast Day of Saint Valentine.

Use the "St. Valentine's Day Colored" Cardstock from your craft bag to make a small box.  Cut the St. Valentine message/picture in half, and attach as shown. Consider putting a treat in the box and give it someone you love. 

How to make the box?

Basically, cut the colored paper down the middle in half longways.  Fold up the sides of each of the two pieces,to make a top and a bottom, and remember to crimp the corners in and tape the corners so they stay put.

Is it difficult or challenging to make the box? Yes. 

Consider that making this box is like love.  It takes patience, perseverence, and a leap into the unknown.  You can try, get frustrated and give up...or search (in this case the internet) for assistance.  This craft takes effort.  Just like with love--take the challenge--work at it--don't give up!


Remember the story of Jesus meeting Peter for the first time?  Jesus asked Peter to go back out into the water and cast out his nets to catch fish.  Well, Peter had been fishing all day and caught nothing, so he argued with Jesus that it was a waste of time.  Doing what Jesus wants is, of course, never a waste of when Peter went out, he caught so many fish that his boat almost couldn't carry them!  Jesus asked Peter if instead of fish, if he'd like to be "fisher of men", meaning "catching" people's hearts by telling them about God's love... 

Peter said yes, and left his fishing business to follow Jesus as an Apostle.     In time, after Peter got to know Jesus better, Jesus put Peter in charge of the church on earth as the first Pope.  Check out the bible verse and pictures of Peter and Jesus in your craft bag.  Jesus gave Peter his name, because Peter means "Rock"--he told Peter that upon him--the "rock"--he'd build the Church.  The rock foundation still stands today--we still have a Pope!

Take the foam ball from your craft bag and crush it onto the table so that it gets a flat bottom (a grown-up can help).  Cut out the 2 pictures of Peter and maybe even the bible verse, and tape them to the two sticks in your craft bag.  Stab the popsicle sticks into the foam ball to help Peter stand on the "rock" (you might want to use a grey or brown marker to make that ball look more "rock-like".  


Ash Wednesday is the day that starts Lent--the 40 day count-down to Easter.  Lent is a time of extra Prayer, Fasting, and Giving.  Even though it's a Wednesday, not a Sunday, Catholic's go to church to have the Priest draw a cross on their forehead with ashes.  Remember the story of Adam and Eve, when God creates Adam, the first man, by breathing on a handful of ashes...  Ash Wednesday is humbling because it reminds us that God made man from the dust of the earth, and after death, our bodies return to dust, (but our souls have the opportunity to live in God's glory forever).  

Cut the cross out from the page in your craft bag.  Place it on the black paper, and use your hand to hold it down.  Use the side of the chalk to rub around the cross, so that when you pick the cross off the page, an image of the cross remains in the center of the chalkdust.   With the stick of chalk write "Remember man, you are dust--and to dust you shall return".  Place that picture somewhere that you can see it for the 40 days of Lent.

LENT CRAFT - March 3rd-April 16th

It's always right to try to be like Jesus.  Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days before he died on the cross for us.  Each year Catholics try to pray and fast and suffer a bit, for 40 days before Easter, to remind them of how much Jesus did for us.  

Cut between the types lines of the two pieces of cardstock in your craft bags to make paper strips.  Make those strips into a paper chain.  Each of the 40 days of lent, beginning March 3rd, rip off one strip, read it, say a prayer (something like "Help me to more like you Jesus, Amen), and place it in the holder you make from the colored and white paper in your craft bag.  Write the word LENT somewhere on it, and decorate it however you'd like.  

January Crafts




Take the ribbon and tie the two pretzel sticks together.  Pretend to bless the throats of your family member as the priest does after Mass on the feast of St. Blase.  As you do this, have conversations with your family about...conversations :).  Contemplate that what comes out of your mouth (what you say) matters...   And as you try not to break the pretzel rods :) , think about trying not to break God's second and fifth commandment...  and how the greatest "commandment", Always Love, should color your words...

Feb 3 - St Blaise, bishop, martyr (d. c. 316) -

Cut out, color in, and attach the picture of Our Lady of Lourdes appearing to St. Bernadette, to a background paper.  Then rip or scrunch up the paper in your craft bag to create a grotto around them both.    Say Hail Mary's while you contemplate the amazing blessing of Lourdes!  Perhaps plan a trip to Lourdes of Litchfield...

Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette Soubirous • Saint stories - Teaching Catholic Kids

St. Anthony of Padua's Feast Day is in June when we don't have class... So here in the season of Christmas, when we focus on our Heavenly Family, and your First Penance, when you are deeply contemplating :) how we treat our Earthly Family, it's good to remind ourselves of our Parish Family.  The St. Louis de Montfort Parish includes St. Anthony of Padua church in Litchfield, St. Thomas church in Goshen, Our Lady of Grace church in Bantam, and the Lourdes Shrine in Litchfield.  It might be fun to plan to visit all four of those churches, and perhaps say a prayer in each for the huge family that you are connected to.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Mother Mary and St. Joseph, all the Angels and Saints in Heaven, your personal family members here on earth, Monsignor Tucker, all the parishoners who attend St. Louis de Montfort churches, and me, "Miss" Joyce, all pray for you--all the time!  You sure are loved!  Contemplate your roots by planting the basil seeds from your craft bag.  It is a traditional thing to do on the feast of St. Anthony of Padua.  Write who you pray for on the popsicle sticks, poke them into the soil in the cup with a quick prayer, and watch love grow.


As you train yourself not to sin by going to Penance (remember, this will be your first Penance, not your last :)), you will be thinking about "What makes a good person?"   Consider the virtues we learned in class:  by being Humble, Kind, Diligent, Temporant, Chaste, Generous, Patient, Meek etc., you are finding out the power of being gentle.   Take the bandaid out of your craft bag.  Putting a bandaid on someone is always done with gentle patience:  You feel concern for the person, slowly and deliberately peel off the wax paper, and carefully place the bandaid on the person's wound--usually with gentle words--and sometimes with a warm hug or forehead kiss.  Now think about how strong a bandaid is.  Try to rip it - go on...pull--try to rip it.  It's a pretty strong job to care for a wound!  If there's still some stickiness left after you tried to rip them :), but two bandaids on the picture of St. Francis de Sales like a cross.  Think about how Jesus on the cross was so strong to go through all he did for us.  Then remember how gentle and patient and full of love Jesus is.  Go be a bandaid:  strong in your faith, and gentle with your words and actions.  Wise St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!!




Cut the middle out of the star from your craft bag.

Rip up or cut up the colored tissue into pieces.

Turn over the black star outline that you just cut out.  

Glue the colored pieces onto the star--continue to 

 overlap as you glue, so the whole middle is filled with color.

Let it dry.

Hang up and enjoy.


Decorate a shrine similar to this one on 

 the blue cardstock from your craft bag.  

Use your imagination with the popsicle 

 sticks framing the holy card of Mary.  You 

can use the "hay" and stars to make this

 into a Nativity craft if you want.  Mary IS 

always making Jesus the center of attention...


Epiphany is coming up!  Fold and decorate 

this with the stars in your craft bag.


Cut out the shell from your craft bag and 

cut out the water droplets.  Tape or staple

 the droplets, from the shell, with the ribbon

 in your craft bag.  Make believe you're 

baptising your family. :)  Ask them to tell 

you about your baptism...


Color the page in and put it near your books 

or where you do your homework...  Pray to 

her when you need a boost to do your best at school...




That little boy's lunch fed thousands of people thanks to Jesus' Miracle!

Cut one paper plate in half.  Glue, staple (or sew) the half plate to the 

whole plate--now you have a basket.  Fill it with the loaves and the fishes.  

If a few thousand friends stop by, you can rip your craft into 

bite size pieces so they all can enjoy your art :) ...pretend eating only please!


Peter - the Apostle that Jesus put in charge (the first Pope), 

was grumpy about not catching fish all day.  Jesus gave him a miracle--

He told Peter to go out on the water and once more, cast his net into the sea.  

Peter did--and he caught SO many fish he could barely get the boat to shore! 

Jesus asked Peter if he would leave being a fisherman, and become an Apostle--

basically walking around telling people about God.  Peter saw the miracle of the fish--

believed in Jesus--and followed Jesus around from that day on...


This craft has goldfish to glue to the picture...DONT EAT THEM :) !  

Use a tissue for the sail.  Glue it to the blue paper...


The apostles didn't want to wake up Jesus--but they 

were afraid the boat would sink from the storm!

When Jesus awoke He stood up, put out his hand, 

and commanded the bad weather to stop.  Truly a miracle!


Cut the straw to use as the mast- and a tissue for the sail...

Glue strips to the blue paper...


That little boy's lunch fed thousands of people thanks to Jesus' Miracle!

Cut one paper plate in half.  Glue, staple (or sew) the half plate to the 

whole plate--now you have a basket.  Fill it with the loaves and the fishes.  

If a few thousand friends stop by, you can rip your craft into 

bite size pieces so they all can enjoy your art :) ...pretend eating only please!


February                       crafts

This month's crafts are more "obvious" than usual...  You may wish to spend some time printing out or drawing the mysteries of the Rosary... 

There are 5 Mystery pages to color in your craft bag--but it would be much more fun to read about the MYSTERY HISTORY and draw your own!

Now is the season to be Penitant...remember how the word Penance means feeling sorry for our sins and "doing something about it to fix it (like saying sorry - going to Confession - working to do only things that are pleasing to God...)        ...Well these 40 days before Easter that we call LENT - is a time to do those things BEFORE we sin--like give to the poor, pray for everyone (even those kids we don't think we like :)), give an extra call or draw an extra picture for someone in our life that might be lonely...   MAYBE bring your crafts to a local Nursing Home to cheer up some elderly people! --

Color the picture of the Rosary

--AS you say the prayers! 

It's a great way to

practice your prayers!!

Make this CHAPLET from the fuzzy wire and beads in your craft bag.  If you give it to a friend, you can both say an Our Father and ten Hail Mary's together for someone you love.  Remember YOU always have Rosary Beads with you --- your ten fingers!

Palm Sunday is in 5 weeks!!

Remember Jesus walked around telling everyone about Himself and God for three years - and the people who wanted to shush him and hang him on a cross - never did find him...   Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey - basically telling the bad guys Here I am!   All the people who already loved Him put palm branches - and even their coats--on the ground--kind of like a red carpet for movie stars....for Jesus to walk on.   This Palm Sunday, many of you are receiving your FIRST HOLY COMMUNION.  It's like you walking into Church saying Here I Am Jesus! :)   What a beautiful day that will be - I'm so excited for you!!  

Cut and paste things on to this to make it look like you!  There are little black pompoms in your bag to use as ashes :) !! As you sprinkle your "ashes" onto the glue on your head (on the picture!!), say what the priest says when he sprinkles ashes on your head for real on Ash Wednesday,..."Repent and Believe in the Gospel." "Amen."   

        To repent means to choose not to sin.

        Remember the Gospel is the first four books of the New Testament in the Bible.  They were written by the Apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  The Apostles were those twelve guys chosen by Jesus to walk around with him while he was on earth--they were the first priests.

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January Crafts


God filled the sky and the sea on the 5th day.  Draw a big 5 on a piece of paper and fill it with as many creatures as you can fit!


MOSES PARTED THE SEA by raising his staff above his head at God's command.  All the people who believed in God got to cross through WATER to get where God wanted them - safely on the other side.  The bad guys--they got swallowed up in the water just like in the story of Noah's Ark...  There's a craft page in your bag for this...check it out.



MOSES gets water from a rock when the Israelites were thirsty.  God always quenches our thirst--body and soul!

Cut half of the paper bag for the sand.  

Crumple the other half to make a rock.

Cut Moses, his staff, and the water droplets from out of your craft bag, and glue them on.  

Then read the story of Moses Exodus 17:6


This craft I figured you could make on your own with leftover tissue from last month's bag...  after NOAH and his family, and the animals, were safely on the WATER...God sent a rainbow as a promise that he would never swallow up and clean away sin like that again...  But now we know he can!!


There's a clothespin in your craft bag.  Draw a whale and Jonah, and attach.  Then read the story of Jonah and the whale in the book of Jonah.

watch the story here:


Just something else to contemplate about WATER...  God could have "poof" been in the world as a human...but he chose to be born of Mary...Babies float in a sac of water in their Mom's womb's until they're born...  Hmmm...was Jesus' Holy Water?  Just thinking out loud...



Today if the Feast of The Baptism of our Lord.  It also marks the last day of Christmas.    From being placed in a water trough as an infant, to being placed in a river...Jesus shows all the power of himself as LIVING WATER for our souls.  Cut out the shell in your craft bag.  Attach the ribbons, and hang water droplets from them that you color blue like water...  Remember your baptisms by making believe you are baptising each other.  Talk about how today we renewed our Baptism promises at church...



I SO wanted to put a box of blue JELLO in everyone's craft bag--but I thought that might just be getting carried away :).  I would LOVE to see someone create this though...PETER WALKING ON WATER with Jesus.  REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON JESUS...or you might sink into sin and need to be washed (through penance and by Jesus)...


JESUS' FIRST MIRACLE WAS WATER INTO WINE.  You can draw your own water jug and "fill" it with blue (for the stinky feet water) or purple (for the best wine) colored paper to make this craft...  I'm sharing it because I thought it was funny how they put a "downloading" bar on the jug to show the change :)) ....


JESUS WASHING THE FEET OF THE DISCIPLES.  This might be my favorite craft ever :).   Check your craft bag for the ingredients...  We didn't cover this in class today but you can see it here:   JESUS wants us to always be humble.  We should always help and take care of each other--even the stinky dusty jobs--because no one is too fancy to do a humble thing for someone else.  




-Color The Joy Candle Pink,

-Color the Hope, Peace and Love candles Purple,

-Color the Jesus Candle White

-Color in the page with all the leaves on it in greens...

Then cut out the candles and the leaves. 

Glue them, wreath style onto the gold paper plate (if you don't have an Advent Wreath in your home, you may wish to add one candle each Sunday until Christmas).


(Notice that at the beginning of Mass, a family is invited up on the altar to light the next huge Advent candle and say a special prayer--if you want to do it with your family, ask Monsignor...)


Color in the holy family then cut them out as one piece.  Cut a piece of green paper to make Joseph's robe.  Wrap the green paper around the holy family and tape or staple the two pieces together.  You may wish to draw Joseph's hand on the front of the green paper.  Now imagine the Holy Family, huddling in the barn in the chill of the night.  God put Joseph there to protect Jesus and Mary.  If you'd like, you can hang the craft from the hole on top.


Glue the popsicle sticks in a star pattern.  When the glue dries, put some glue or paste on the top of the star and decorate with glitter or cookie sprinkles.  You can hang this craft with a string tied around the top.       

Since there was no TV back then, the most exciting thing people had to do at night was look up at the sky.  Since there were no electric lights, more stars showed up every night. People knew the patterns of the stars very well.  The star that hung over Jesus Bethlehem barn was a new and very bright star that had never shone before.  People noticed.  The three wise men travelled from very far away to reach that's how they found Jesus.


Cut out as much white as you can from the middle of the nativity silhouette (hint-to cut away the smaller spaces, cut through some of the black lines-you can glue them together later...)  On a seperate white page, tear or cut tiny pieces of all different color tissue, and glue them all over the page--you're making "stained glass".   When the glue dries, put glue on the back side of the silhouette.  Lay the black silhouette of the nativity over the "stained glass" and press it down.  When that glue has dried, cut around the outside and voila--you have made a "stained glass" ornament. 

The stained glass windows in churches tell us stories.  Way back when hardly anyone owned a bible, people would be reminded of bible stories by walking around churches...   What other stories can you tell with this kind of art...? 


Color in St. Lucia.  Glue or staple on three red berries (red circles) to her wreath.  Maybe read a story about St. Lucia.

ST. NICHOLAS CRAFT:  Click the link next to the St. Nicholas craft, on the Penance tab of this website...there are several ways to make this craft...get creative.  I like to make a paper cone then cut out and add a circle face, a triangle hat, a candycane shaped staff, and some arms, and a small bag of gold.


What Do The 4 Advent Candles Represent

The Advent wreath is a popular Catholic Advent custom that originated in Germany. There are 4 Sundays in Advent. Each Sunday you add 1 more candle that you light each night. Here are what the 4 candles during Advent stand for:

First Sunday of Advent (purple): Hope

Second Sunday of Advent (purple): Peace

Third Sunday of Advent (pink): Joy

Fourth Sunday of Advent (purple): Love 

White candle in the middle for Christmas: Christ candle 

Check out this link from Catholic Icing:  All about Advent...


Check out this link from Catholic Icing:

All about St. Lucia Day

December 13th

St. Lucia wished to become a nun - but her family tried to force her to marry.  Of course she fought not to marry the guy, and he had her tortured for being a Christian--they thought they damaged her eyes with the torture, but she could still see.  She was really devoted to God, and God restored her eyes.  In her life, she brought food to the poor at night...  All this makes her the Saint of Light.  Her feast day is celebrated all over the world, but Sweden, because it has such a dark winter, and her feast day used to land on the day in Sweden that has the shortest amount of daylight, celebrates the Saint of Light in a big way.  One tradition is that the youngest daughter of each family, wakes the rest of the family on Christmas morning, wearing a wreath of Advent candles on her head, and carrying a tray of sweet rolls.   Do you have any traditions having to do with saints, that your family celebrates?

Check out these links for the real story of St. Nicholas, and why you might consider putting your shoes on the hearth, Sunday December 6th...


10 Commandments Craft:  First sing the 10 Commandments song we learned in class (the video is on this page)...then trace, or paint and stamp your hands on a big piece of paper.  Cut out the ten commandment squares in this month's folder and glue one to each finger (in order 1-10).  Cut out and glue on the Always Love part where you think it should go.  Then practice your 10 Commandment song again :).

Penance Heart Craft:

Remember how Penance - the giving of the sins you feel bad about to Jesus in confession - wipes your soul clean.  Write your sins on the red heart in your honest, be thorough!  Then write "Jesus forgives me--my soul is clean!" on the white heart.  Staple, Tape, or Glue only the top of the red heart to the white heart.  Flip the red heart up so you can see the clean white heart.  Say a prayer of thanks to

Jesus who loves you!!

Pretzel Craft:

Give yourself a hug - and a pretzel - but the pretzel in your folder isn't to's to dip into chocolate, then glue to paper with the (in your folder) reminder of what the pretzel was invented for....penance!

Finger Puzzle Craft:

Download the template from the button below, onto paper that you like.  Use the directions in that link to fold it into a finger puzzle - Have fun exploring it with your family and friends!

An ADVENT POSTER is in your folder - FULL OF CRAFTS:

An early Merry Christmas to all since Advent will begin before we meet next on December 13th

Here's inspiration for a Faith Box...

Decorate any shoebox-sized box, any way you'd like.  My favorite is using mosaic to make your own "stained glass" (with squares of colored paper/colored tissue/or even beads or painted dry pasta!)   Place in the box your sacramentals (holy card's, little statues or gifts you may have from your first holy communion), drawings of faith, prayer requests, bible verses, prayers that you've copied onto paper...   Then keep the box somewhere in your room.  Whether you put it on your desk, or under your bed doesn't matter --just that you know it's there--and when you see it or think about it, you smile, say a prayer, talk to God, remember being at Mass with your family (which includes Jesus, Mary, and all of Heaven!) 


Pray when you craft! --It's a great way to just spend time with God!!


NOTE:  Some people learn the 10 Commandments in a little different order, like the craft here - with slightly different wording.  As second graders, as we first learn the Commandments, the song we learned in class is a quick reference to help us recall our sins for Confession...  Remember to read them in your Bible to get the full paragraphs of what God is expecting of us all.  You'll understand the full Commandments more fully as you get older--have patience with yourself as you grow in faith.

In the Bible, people tried to trick Jesus by asking him what the most important Commandment was...  Jesus didn't pick one of the 10--he said "Love one another as I love you and treat others as you wish to be treated..."  Probably because if we love everyone, we wouldn't think to lie, cheat, steal etc. from them...   So Love. Always Love...God is love!



Spread the Gospel around the World

(if you were in class today, the pieces are in your folder)


Trinity Shamrocks (pieces in your folder)

Candy Corn teaches the Trinity


Pumpkin Carving With God

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