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JANUARY: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars... Rev 12:1

PRAYER: From Katherine Bogner, Look to Him and Be Radiant - "Look up the Novena to the Holy Family, and start praying it on December 21st in preparation for the Feast day, asking for the guidance of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in your life."

SYMBOLS: Crescent moon, halo of twelve stars.

Jesse Tree

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One of the traditions my family practiced a few years back was the Jesse Tree. Following Old Testament stories, it is an interactive reminder of the history leading up to Jesus' birth. The blog, "Why Christmas?" tells us that "the first Jesse trees were large carvings, tapestries or even stained glass windows put in Churches that helped illiterate people (people who can't read or write) to learn about the Bible from creation to the Christmas Story. But now Jesse Trees are used as a kind of Advent Calendar." 

As our family has grown, this tradition has been a bit lost in the shuffle to prepare for the holidays. But last year I came across a unique set of ornaments made by Sara Estabrooks of the blog To Jesus, Sincerely. Sara is not only a talented writer with a genuine heart for the Lord, but she is also a very talented artist! She used her skills over several years to hand craft her family's Jesse Tree ornaments using pieces of paper to create beautiful mosaics. These ornaments are available to purchase in her Etsy shop. Each set includes 25 cardstock ornaments and a 6×9 booklet with scriptures, reflections, and prayers for each day.

You can read more about her creations on her blog: tojesussincerely.com/2017/01/04/mosaic-jesse-tree/

Then hop on over to her Etsy shop here: 
www.etsy.com/shop/ToJesusSincerely

NOVEMBER: All Saints' Day

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Up until this year, our family has not been proactive in learning about new saints. This year, in preparation for All Saints, we are encouraging our kids to research a saint, their story, feast day, prayers, etc. Then they will share about their saint with the family. In addition, we will be choosing a patron saint for the family at the beginning of the liturgical year. Slowly we are building an arsenal of saints to intercede for us!

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For the individual saints, we will print out a family litany of our new saint friends. You can access a free digital download here: Family Litany of Saints worksheet.

After you have selected and researched the various saints, you might want to consider scheduling novenas with your "new friends" in advance. The website Pray More Novenas has an extensive list of upcoming novenas that you could add to your liturgical calendar. 

OCTOBER: Love

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October features both saints and angels who model virtuous love and charity. St. Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1) described her life as the "little way of spiritual childhood." Even though she is also known as The Little Flower with childlike faith, she knew that what mattered most "is not great deeds, but great love." A strong stubborness and big love fueled her unwavering devotion to God.

On October 2 we recognized our Guardian Angels. Each person on earth has a guardian angel who watches over him and helps him to attain his salvation (JGM, Matthew 18:10). St. Bernard encourages us to "be alert in your every action as one should be who is accompanied by angels in all your ways." And to "love God's angels with a most affectionate love; for they will be our heavenly co-heirs some day."

CRAFT: Inspired by the childlike faith of St. Thérèse, add to your peg doll nativity set by painting baby Jesus and build his manger. Emmaus Road Pegs offers monthly DIY sets to match our curriculum!

Quotable

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God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him. Whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

BL. JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN