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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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.
A Catholic Kid’s Summer Fun Card Set
Do your kids get “bored” three days into summer break? Do they spend most of their free time glued to screens? Then we’ve got a great idea for you…or actually, 96 great ideas: A Catholic Kid’s Summer Fun Card Set.
The cards feature screen-free indoor and outdoor activity ideas for kids ages 5-12. Most require minimal parental involvement, although some require parent-provided supplies, setup, or supervision. Plus, a sprinkling of spiritual challenges help Catholic kids grow in faith throughout the summer.
How to use the cards: Print on cardstock or heavy photo paper. Then, use the cutting guide marks to cut each page into 12 square cards. Alternatively, instead of cutting each sheet into squares, post the sheets on a wall or refrigerator and have kids cross out activities as they complete them.
Preview the cards in the image gallery below.
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.
Paddy in the Woods: A Printable Board Game
You've read the storybook . . . now play the game! Help Paddy make it through the woods and back home safely again. Young players will get a few oatcakes to help them along the way . . . plus the words of Paddy's prayers! Simple play is suitable for ages 3-7. The game includes the 11×17 playing board (in two parts), playing cards, and instructions. You can preview the game below.
We suggest printing the game on cardstock (yourself, or send it to your local print shop) and then laminating it.
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Buy the Paddy and the Wolves storybook and coloring book on Amazon or right here:
- Paddy and the Wolves Storybook + Coloring Book ($18)
- Paddy and the Wolves: A Story about Saint Patrick When He Was a Young Boy (Hardcover, $21.99)
- Paddy and the Wolves: Coloring Book (softcover, $9)
- Paddy and the Wolves: Coloring Book (PDF Download, $6)
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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BYJ Saints Coloring Pages
You’ve got the Be Yourself! Journal for Catholic Girls…now get the bonus saints coloring sheets! Based on the six saints profiled in the journal, these coloring pages by award-winning artist Vicki Shuck are a great addition to the journal. Check out the previews below…then purchase and download right away!
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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.
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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