Free printable Blessed Virgin Mary coloring pages for Catholic feast days | Examiner.com

May and October are dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Catholics believe Mary appeared as Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Our Lady of Lourdes in France, Our Lady of Medjugorie in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Our Lady of Knock in Ireland and Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland. There are other Marion feast days, too. Here are free printable Virgin Mary coloring pages and printables of Our Lady in her different titles and roles.  Free printable Blessed Virgin Mary coloring pages for Catholic feast days | Examiner.com

Free printable Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, Lantern Festival lesson plans

 China's lunar calendar system is centuries older than the Gregorian calendar. The Chinese New Year begins in on February 8, 2016. The beginning date for Chinese New Year varies from late January to mid February on the western calendar. 2016 celebrates Chinese New Year of the Monkey (or KangXi). Each of the 12 years in the Chinese zodiac is represented by a different animal and the calendar repeats every 12 years. It was Chinese New Year of the Monkey in 2004 and will be again in 2028. CNY kicks off the Spring Festival in China and ends with the Lantern Festival, a quaint, charming holiday. Free printable Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, Lantern Festival lesson plans

Free Catholic Lent printables, Lenten Stations of the Cross coloring pages

The Catholic church enters the Lenten season of preparation before Easter. For Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Easter is about more than just bunnies and candy. Easter celebrates the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, Christians ready themselves for Jesus's coming with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The date of Ash Wednesday changes each year as Easter is a "movable feast." In 2015, Ash Wednesday is Feb. 18.Here are free printable stations of the cross, rosary, saints and Easter bible story coloring pages.  Free Catholic Lent printables, Lenten Stations of the Cross coloring pages | Examiner.com

Chinese New Year of the Monkey crafts, lesson plans, party activities for kids

Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, begins late January or early February on the western calendar. CNY 2016 starts Feb. 8. It's Year of the Monkey. Here are easy, inexpensive ideas to throw a Chinese New Year festival in a school classroom or at homeschool or with your family. Animal themed activities are included.   Chinese New Year of the Sheep lesson plans, party activities for kids | Examiner.com

Christmas decorations: Recycled homemade holiday candle centerpiece craft

Candles are lovely at any time of year. During the holiday season, candles are used in many religious holiday celebrations. Jewish menorahs, Kwanzaa candles, Advents wreaths and Christmas decorations all include candlelight. Here's a festive homemade holiday candle centerpiece craft using recycled materials. Choose seasonal candle colors: For Christmas decorations, use traditional red and green, gold and silver, white or Advent wreath pink, blue and purple. Blue and silver are the colors of Hanukkah. Red, green, black and yellow are Kwanzaa candle colors. Vintage, Victorian Christmas decorations were colored mauve, lavender, burgundy, blue, teal, emerald, gold and silver. Choose pillar or taper candles.  Christmas decorations: Recycled homemade holiday candle centerpiece craft | Examiner.com

Advent calendar prayers, almsgiving activities for Catholic Bible Christmas

Parents, are you sick of the commercialization of Christmas? Maybe you need ideas for Bible Christmas activities to counteract the selfishness of a secular Christmas? Perhaps you're looking for ways to teach your children an attitude of gratitude instead this holiday season? There's no better way to do that than by engaging children in acts of charity and service. And there's no better time to practice almsgiving than in Advent. Advent--meaning "coming"--is Catholic Christian season of preparation for Christmas. A Bible Christmas (the real reason for the season) teaches that God gave us His Son Jesus, as a baby to free mortals from sin. God made the ultimate sacrifice, and Catholic Christian believers imitate that love the best they can in corporal and spiritual works of mercy. A Catholic Christian performs acts of charity, mercy, says prayers and sacrifice in her limited human way. She teaches her children the Imitation of Christ starting at his birthday, his Christ-mass. A Catholic Christian family observes the Advent virtues of saying prayers, fasting and almsgiving activities.  Advent calendar prayers, almsgiving activities for Catholic Bible Christmas | Examiner.com

Advent Bible Christmas countdown activities for Catholic Christian homeschool

 We homeschooled our four children for over 10 years. As a Catholic Christian family, we celebrated Advent in the weeks before Christmas. In our homeschool, the entire month of December was devoted to Advent preparation and Christmas countdown activities. Advent begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas and counts down to the feast of Christmas. Christmastide extends through Epiphany. Here are Advent preparation and Christmas countdown activities.  Advent Bible Christmas countdown activities for Catholic Christian homeschool | Examiner.com

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