These ideas at the bottom of this page are not my own! They come from a terrific book called “A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families” by Monica McConkey. I had the pleasure of meeting the McConkeys at the National Catholic Educators Conference this past year. They are a very nice couple with some great educational materials for Catholic families and educators.
A few big saint feast days on the horizon:
August 24 – St. Batholomew, also known as Nathaneal, the cheerful apostle. Information says that like Andrew, Bartholomew was probably a fisherman.
August 27 – St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine – She had a very rough life. Her husband wasn’t very nice, and her son was a real “bad boy” of his day. After many, MANY years of persistent prayer and loving example, Monica’s husband and son were converted.
August 28 – St. Augustine – notorious for his womanizing and bad morals, he was converted after hearing a voice that told him to pick up the scriptures. He opened a bible, began reading, and the words melted his heart. He had a powerful conversion and went on to become a doctor of the church and a saint.
For St. Bartholomew’s feast, you might consider serving fish for dinner – or goldfish crackers to young children. Talk about how Bartholomew was a fisherman who responded to Jesus’ “Come follow me,” command. He was known as the cheerful apostle. Stress how it is important to be good little apostles even today by being kind and helpful, by telling others about Jesus and by doing these things cheerfully. Sometimes the best way to share Jesus with others is with a SMILE.
Ideas from Monica McConkey’s book:
For the feasts of Sts. Monica and Augustine, have a “Mother-Son” outing. Take a walk, ride bikes together, go get an ice cream cone and enjoy some special time – just the two of you!
On St. Monica’s feast, remember mothers – especially expectant mothers – in the prayers that you say with your children.
St. Augustine strayed from God “big time.” Pray with your children for “constant reminders of His presence and the strength and courage to please Him in all that we do.” (pg. 209) Perhaps you could place some religious artwork or holy card pictures in various places around the house as visual reminders of God’s presence.
For more great ideas, get a copy of McConkey’s book! You will find it to be a wealth of ideas that you will refer to again and again. Her super suggestions put into practice will really bring the Faith alive for your family! Mrs. McConkey can be contacted at ArmaDei.com. She’s also got a great blog loaded with neat faith-filled activities. You can find them at “Equipping Catholic Families.” Enjoy!