St. Catherine of Siena coloring sheet

“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” So said St. Catherine of Siena (April 29) . . . words of wisdom and encouragement that today’s kids need to hear! You can download this coloring sheet by Catholic artist Vicki Shuck for free, or throw a few dollars into the open guitar case (the blue “Donate” button) to support the continued development of Catholic art for kids.


A Triduum Checklist

Here’s a handy Triduum Checklist handout to help your kids prepare for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. You can opt to support Gracewatch Media by paying $3 to download the PDF, or you can download it for free using this button:


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In the Realm of Mist and Mercy Lesson Plans

You’ve read the story of Waljan of the Wood, Haden Hunter, Penelope, Bo Dog and their friends . . . now, the real adventure begins . . . an adventure in faith!

These lesson plans for In the Realm of Mist and Mercy walk readers through the story as an allegory to the Catholic faith. Each lesson includes questions for discussion, an exposition of the relevant teaching of the Catholic Church from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible, and an invitation to prayer.

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In the Realm of Mist and Mercy

When young Waljan of the Wood is forced to move to a new home in the city, his first instinct is to resist everything about the change. However, it isn’t long before his new circumstances put him on a collision course with the evil lurking in Mortinburg, as well as his own true identity . . . an identity that will only become clear if he can somehow discover what lies beyond a mysterious, unassailable wall just outside the city.

In the Realm of Mist and Mercy is an allegorical novel, in the spirit of the Chronicles of Narnia series, for readers ages 9 and up. Also available: In the Realm of Mist and Mercy Lesson Plans, a complete set of catechetical lesson plans with discussion questions, catechetical and biblical references, and an invitation to prayer.

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Corporal Works of Mercy Cards

The Corporal Works of Mercy (Shelter the Homeless, Visit the Imprisoned, Visit the Sick, Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Clothe the Naked, and Bury the Dead) are an essential part of our Catholic faith. Now you can teach your younger children all about the Corporal Works of Mercy with this downloadable and printable set of cards and activities. You can preview the entire file in the image gallery below.


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Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth (softcover)

The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth from Saint Mary’s Press is a teen catechism that even parents will love reading. The engaging, easy-to-understand narrative text has been declared in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catechism. Packed with full-color illustrations of sacred art, historical sites and objects, and informational graphics, The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth includes lots of extra sidebars, appendices, and indexes that make it a comprehensive and indispensable guide to the Catholic faith.

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