DIY Magic Box Tutorial

Magic Party It's a bit of a tradition in our family to have a Magic Party for each child's 5th birthday...driven by the fact that my Dad is a hobby Magician! He has an awesome Magician's robe, does beautiful magic shows and grows a pretty authentic wizard beard, worthy of the name Sigurd the Wizard.   In prep for the big party this weekend...I was making Magic Boxes and Magic Wands as their loot bags all last week!       If you have a budding magician in your family...I Read more [...]

Feast Day Fun: St Joseph the Worker!

St Joseph Feast Day Crafts and Activities Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO). Although we enjoyed the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19, May 1st is the Feast of the SAME St. Joseph, this time focusing on the Worker. St Joseph was humble, pure, gentle and wise, protecting the Holy Family. He walked by Faith, taking Mary as his wife and guiding and protecting the Baby Jesus, Read more [...]

Feast Day Fun: St Catherine of Siena

St Catherine 2 Feast Day Fun: St Catherine of Siena (April 29) is part of our ongoing series: Feast Day Fun with quick saint facts, crafts, activities and traditions! Check out our growing Gallery of Feast Day Fun posts! Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).   St Catherine became a nun at age 15.  At the age of 6, she received visions of Jesus.  She served Read more [...]

Feast Day Fun: St Gianna

St Gianna Feast Day Fun: St Gianna (April 28) is part of our ongoing series: Feast Day Fun with quick saint facts, crafts, activities and traditions! Check out our growing Gallery of Feast Day Fun posts! Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).     St Gianna was a wife, mother and medical doctor. When she and her husband were expecting their fourth child, Read more [...]

Equipping Catholics at Catholic Conferences

Fr. Simon Lobo of the Companions of the Cross spraying the vendors with Holy Water (gotta love Catholic conferences!) We just returned from the New Evangelization Summit in Ottawa with Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Ralph Martin, Fr. James Mallon, Patrick Coffin and many others. This wonderful event was organized by the Mission of the Redeemer, founded by Michael Dopp. While the event took place in Ottawa, Ontario, the talks were broadcasted to 20 Satellite sites across North America! The event was literally blessed by Archbishop Prendergast, Bishop Riesbeck and many priests of the Companions Read more [...]

Unique Holy Communion Gift you can MAKE!

Bridget Communion book   Last year, I made this special PrayerLoom Prayer Book for Bridget as she celebrated her First Holy Communion. I took the finished scrapbook to our Parish Women's Group, showing them the Catholic Craft Kits, Books and Cards I create ...and a couple of Moms returned it to me, in tears! I enjoy making meaningful, homemade gifts...especially when I think they will help immerse kids deeper in the Catholic Faith. As Catholics, we have a rich Tradition to pass along with many Read more [...]

Come Holy Spirit…this season of Easter!

Holy Spirit Spinner Craft KitThis Easter season of the Liturgical Calendar, every First Reading of Daily Mass comes from the Acts of the Apostles. Aren't these readings awesome and inspiring? The Acts ...show us how empowered the early Church Christians were...filled with the Holy Spirit and convicted to speak and convert thousands at a time!  Don't you love how the Apostles are repeatedly thrown into prison, but they don't let their surroundings dampen their enthusiasm! In fact...they just seem to use the opportunity to Read more [...]

Ultimate Resource Guide for Little Painted (and Printable) Saints!

painted_saints-1024x502 We've been building our collection of little Wooden Painted Saints...and we decided to make a Gallery of all the posts we've written about them...including a Tutorial with hints and tips to make them and ways to use them, play with them and stage and store them! The NUMBER ONE question at conferences we attend is... do you SELL your little Painted Saints? Sorry! We don't sell them...but this Tutorial offers tips to make them as easily as possible! We also have the Decoupage Read more [...]

Acknowledging the Presence of God in the Home: Architecture Thesis 20th Anniversary

Architecture and the Practice of the Presence...another venue for the little Wooden Painted Saints: my old Architecture School models that have been kicking around from one basement to the next ...for 20 years! We're in the midst of a couple family projects and I came across my Architecture School models from my thesis project completed this week in 1995! I have probably whined and complained about my five years in Architecture School. My happiest year...was by far my fifth and last year. Bill and I were married and after a gazillion Read more [...]

Feast Day Fun: St Gemma

St Gemma Feast Day Fun: St Gemma (April 11) is part of our ongoing series: Feast Day Fun with quick saint facts, crafts, activities and traditions! Check out our growing Gallery of Feast Day Fun posts! Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).     St Gemma was the fourth of eight children and learned to offer up her sacrifices and suffering at a very young Read more [...]