67 Ways to Do the Works of Mercy with Your Kids

If you’ve always meant to do more Christian service with your kids, then this is the book for you. In 67 Ways to Do the Works of Mercy with Your Kids, Heidi Indahl provides parents with a roadmap for teaching kids the value (and rewards!) of Christian service by doing it with them.

In these pages, you’ll find dozens of ideas for how families can serve others, organized by type of service and age appropriateness, with low-cost and easy activities flagged. Additional articles address:

  • the biblical foundations of Christian service in the corporal works of mercy, and its development in Church teaching;
  • common barriers to family service, and how to overcome them;
  • strategies for building a culture of service at home;
  • ways to talk about tough issues with kids;
  • and how to build on kids’ positive experience of Christian service through intentional reflection.

Add dozens of resource recommendations to the mix, and you’ve got everything you need to help your family develop a rewarding habit of Christian service.


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Celebrating the Wisdom of St. Patrick in 10 Foldable Minibooks

Here’s a fun new way to teach your kids the basics of the faith: Family Moments Minibooks! Kids love folding their own little books…the perfect size for carrying anywhere.

First up in this new series: The Wisdom of St. Patrick. With art from Jen Norton, bits to color, prayer prompts, blessings, and the words of St. Patrick, each of the 10 books in this set create a little moment for teaching kids the basics of their faith. Book titles include:

Persecution and Perseverance + Vision and Mission + One God
Freedom and Faith + Nature and Creation + Grace and Gratitude
The Trinity + Jesus Christ + Prayer and Zeal + Church and Community

Plus, get two bonus books—a miniature St. Patrick coloring book and The Lorica of St. Patrick…the perfect size for memorization work! Scroll down for a free preview.

Each book folds to 8 pages; watch our video tutorial (below) for folding instructions.

How many copies can you print? Once you have the PDF, you can make as many copies as you like. If you plan to print many copies for a large group, please consider voluntarily purchasing multiple copies (change the quantity to do so). Your voluntary, non-obligatory contribution speaks to the value you place on us creating more resources like these.


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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.


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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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Want a more complete version of this article? See Prepare Your Kids for Palm Sunday and Triduum at Peanut Butter & Grace.

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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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