It is SO easy to be overwhelmed by others awesomeness!!!
Especially now that there is a whole world of awesome individuals blogging about their awesomeness! Not that these people consider themselves awesome, infact most would be too humble to read this affirmation…. but I often feel somewhat lacking when I read about the multitude of crafts and activities that some mum’s come up with on a daily basis to teach their kids about their faith.
Last year I aimed TOO high and I learnt a valuable lesson.
My children don’t see the long list of things I want to do with them, but they do see WHAT I do with them.
This year instead of trying to celebrate everything, I went through the Church’s calender and selected major feast days and some saints who we have special devotion to or would like to learn about.
Phew!!! Already I felt a load off my shoulders!! 🙂
Secondly, I have started to put together a liturgical supplies box… a WHAT you say?
It’s not anything fancy, just a box with purple material, green material, white material, gold material, candles, prayer cards etc. Stuff I can whip out easily the night before, or the morning of a feast day and create a focus point! You could be elaborate and sometimes it’s fun to go all out, but I’ve noticed that my kids appreciate even the simplest of arrangements and that’s what counts! 🙂
Thirdly I have invested in some GREAT saints colouring in books and story books. I have tried to make a list of all the saints that these cover so I can plan ahead… but that is still in the making :). One vital tool in my homeschooling is my multi-function printer… I like to photocopy my precious colouring books so they can be used again and again! 🙂
Check out “Communion of Saints – colouring book” by Holy Imitation series. This colouring book is fat, the illustrations are beautiful and there is a GREAT range of saints!!
And lastly I’m trying to make one meal for each feast we celebrate a themed one! There are SO many websites out there with great special food ideas! Catholic Cuisine, Keeping the Feast and Catholic Culture are just a few. If you don’t have time to do anything fancy, which let’s face it, is most of the time, then cookies or cupcakes with the right liturgical coloured icing make any feast a FEAST! 🙂
So here after all that babble is our celebration for the Feast of St Joseph…. told in the words of Master Luke and Sunshine.
OUR FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH
Sunshine: To celebrate St Joseph’s Feast day, we made our very own St Joseph altar.
Master Luke: The altar had tools on it, pictures of St Joseph and candles. There were buns and other food.
Sunshine: There were three levels, symbolising the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On the day we went to Mass at my Gran and Granddad’s work (which is a Catholic run charity called The JPII Centre for Life).
Master Luke: We made breadcrumb “sawdust” and put it on our dinner.
The kids are having an exhausted day!!! All this moving and shifting has taken it’s toll this week. You would think yesterday was a year ago asking them to remember 🙂 Te he he!
So yes, we transformed our family altar into a St Joseph altar using two different sized boxes and a white sheet. I used the beautiful picture of the Holy Family that lives above Fuzz’s bed as the main focus and then we surrounded it with food, a bottle of wine, candles, books with pictures and prayers to St Joseph, some tools etc. I put this together in the morning before the kids were up quite quickly, thanks to my box :). For more info on St Joseph altars look here.
The kids were enthralled with it when they emerged and it set the tone for the day :).
Mass was beautiful in the small chapel at my parent’s work and we were blessed to have our Emeritus Bishop say mass! As mass is at 12pm, it was a gift that my four plus my 21 month old nephew (whom I look after on Tuesdays) were VERY well behaved! Thanks St Joseph 🙂
For dinner I made a very simple pasta bake.
– 1kg mince
– 2 grated courgettes & 1 grated carrot
– 2 x tins of Savory diced tomatoes
– salt & pepper
– 1 packet of gluten free spiral pasta
– grated cheese
– SAWDUST…. breadcrumbs!
This last ingredient, from what I can gather, is a fairly traditional element of dishes celebrating St Joseph. The kids loved they idea of having “sawdust” on their dinner 🙂
For pudding we made Zepolle di San Giuseppe… because they looked SO good! 🙂
This is the link for the recipe which we followed roughly and therefore ended up with something a little different (Gluten Free does that too!) but they were still good 🙂
Overall, we had a lovely day! We kept it simple, we kept the focus and I think the kids will remember it… hopefully :). The test will be if they keep me to doing the same things next year!
What counts is that we did SOMETHING! I feel so passionately about sharing our RICH faith and traditions with my munchkins… there is a reason God gave us the Church and it’s feasts so let’s share these treasure with what ever means we have 🙂