Here are some of our favorite traditions for the month of September. This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather it's my way of creating a resource that I plan to revisit each year for myself! I hope you can find it beneficial as well!
Be saints, it's worth it! Lisa
Month of Our Lady of Sorrows
- Prayer: Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary: Prayer Book
- Crafts: 7 Sorrows Mobile: Catholic Icing
- Food: Our Lady of Sorrows Cake: The Creamer Chronicles
- Coloring Page: Super Coloring (Print or color online)
September 5th: Bl. Mother Teresa
- Lesson Plans: Ave Maria Press (boatloads of ideas!)
- Coloring Page: Look to Him and be Radiant
- Mother Teresa Pie: Catholic Cuisine
- Eat Indian food
- Movie: Mother Teresa
- CD: Bl. Mother Teresa by Glory Stories
*I'm thinking about doing a 5 finger gospel craft (listen to the glory story if you don't know what I'm talking about). Trace the kids' hands and write "You did it to me" the fingers? Shouldn't be hard. I'll post a pic later.
- Prayer: Hail Mary, Memorare, Hail Holy Queen, the rosary...
- Craft: Make a rosary
- Food: Make a birthday cake for Mary!
- Decorations: Blue balloons, streamer, etc.
- Radio Show: CAT Chat: Mary Leads me Closer to Jesus
September 14th: Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (2010) (My 2nd post ever! Wow, I've come a long way :)
Just to clarify:
The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates two historical events: the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, in 320 under the temple of Venus in Jerusalem, and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which mark the site of the Crucifixion.
However the feast, more than anything else, is a celebration and commemoration of God's greatest work: his salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened. Excerpt taken from CNA
- The mysteries of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection
- Stations of the Cross
- Prayer before a crucifix: Catholic Culture
- Crafts: Pretty much any cross craft will do: Pinterest Board from Lisa Lang
- Cross Treasure Hunt:
- Discuss the various types of crosses: Planet Gast
- Hot Cross Buns
- Anything cross shaped... cake, cookies, sandwiches, crispy treats, pancakes, etc.
- Use basil (It is said that sweet basil grew all over the hillside where St. Helen found the true cross.)
September 15th: Our Lady of Sorrows
See ideas at the beginning of this post.
September 29th: Feast of the Archangels
Feast of the Archangels (2010)
- Prayer: St. Michael the Archangel
- Draw and Tell Saints (Click on the "Look Inside" feature. How to draw an Archangel is the free preview :)
- Coloring Pages: Waltzing Matilda
- Activity Book: The Great Battle for Heaven
- Food: (um, the amount of food traditions for this feast is a bit out of control)
- Angel food cake
- Devil food cake - with St. Michael defeating it (see above)
- Deviled eggs
- Gnocchi (traditional in Italy): Catholic Cuisine
- Blackberries (tradition holds that they are no good after this feast day because the devil spat on them on his way from heaven to hell)
- Roast Goose (Polish tradition)
- Gaufres (St. Michael's Waffles - French tradition)
- St. Michael Bannok: Catholic Culture
- Radio Show: CAT Chat: Amazing Angels and Saints