"Become a saint, and do so quickly!" – JP2

Holidays, Holy Days, & Church Seasons

  1. Halloween 101 – 7th grade (PDF)
  2. Halloween 101 – 8th grade (PDF)
  3. A Catholic Approach to Halloween (video web link)
  4. The History of Halloween video (web link)
  5. The Trouble with Terror audio (web link)
  6. Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin 1 (pic), Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin 2 (pic)
  7. Hallowed-een? (web link)
  8. Is Your Halloween Costume Sexy? (web link)
  9. Fun Idea! – “Backwards Halloween” (web link)

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  1. The Story of Thanksgiving (basically) (video web link)
  2. 7th grade Happy Eucharist HW assignment (Word doc)
  3. 8th grade Happy Eucharist HW assignment (Word doc)
  4. How Catholics Can Reclaim the Feast of Thanksgiving (PDF)
  5. Happy National Eucharist Day (PDF)
  6. God’s Instrument (The Story of Squanto) (PDF)
  7. Washington’s Original Thanksgiving Proclamation – annotated (PDF)
  8. What Happened AFTER the Feast (PDF)
  9. Thanksgiving Prayer (PDF)

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  1. What is Advent? Gangnam Style! (video web link)
  2. What is Advent (PDF)
  3. The End of Advent (PDF)
  4. No Christmas without Advent (PDF)
  5. The Story Behind the Pink Candle (PDF)
  6. Catholics and Advent (PDF)

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CANDY CANES / T-SWIZZLE / ST. NICHOLAS / ETC.

  1. Candy Cane Tidbits (PDF), Candy Cane picture (PDF)
  2. Christmas Birthday Poem (Jesus’ b-day) (PDF)
  3. Taylor Swift – “Christmas Must Be Something More” lyrics (PDF)
  4. The Real St. Nicholas (PDF)
  5. St. Nicholas Punches Heretics in the Face (PDF)
  6. Happy Birthday Jesus (Whenever That Is) (PDF)
  7. Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday? – Ask Father Mike (PDF)
  8. Barbies and the Baby Jesus – A History of the Nativity Set (PDF)
  9. Say It Loud and Proud – Merry Christmas! (PDF)
  10. C.S. Lewis on X-Mas and Christmas (PDF)
  11. “Holiday” Tree, Not “Christmas” Tree (PDF)
  12. Christmas and the Drumbeat of War (PDF)

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

  1. The 12 Days of Christmas (pic)
  2. The 12 Days of Christmas HW (Word doc)
  3. 12 Hidden Symbols in the 12 Days of Christmas HW (PDF)
  4. The 12 Days of Christmas article (PDF)
  5. Catholicism Cheat Sheet (PDF)
  6. Holy Spirit Q&A (PDF)

CLIVE AND IAN’S 12 QUESTIONS OF CHRISTMAS
Clive and Ian’s 12 Questions of Christmas worksheet (PDF)

  1. Why do they call it Christmas? (web link)
  2. Was Jesus really born on December 25th? (web link)
  3. How long has it been since Jesus was born? (web link)
  4. What does Santa Claus have to do with Jesus’ birthday? (web link)
  5. How did St. Nicholas turn into Santa Clause? (web link)
  6. Why does Santa wear a red, furry hat? (web link)
  7. What’s with those bell ringers? (web link)
  8. What’s Hanukkah? (web link)
  9. What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus? (web link)
  10. What are the 12 days of Christmas? (web link)
  11. Who is Emmanuel? (web link)
  12. The last big question! (web link)
CHRISTMAS-RELATED VIDEOS
  1. Chris Stefanick – A Child is Born (video web link)
  2. The Digital Story of the Nativity (video web link)
  3. Kids’ Version of the Christmas Story (video web link)
  4. The Paradox of Christmas (video web link)
  5. Retooning the Nativity (video web link)
  6. Christmas with a Capital ‘C’ (video web link)
  7. Crashing Christmas Ornaments (video web link)
  8. Christmas in 50 Words (video web link)
  9. A Charlie Brown Christmas (video web link)
  10. Advent Conspiracy (video web link)
  11. Jesus & Santa (video web link)

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  1. New Year’s Day – March 25th (Ladyday) (PDF)

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  1. History of St. Valentine by Fr. William Saunders (PDF), St. Valentine’s Day HW (Word doc)
  2. St. Valentine Keynote and Prayer (PDF)
  3. St. Valentine Fun Facts (PDF)
  4. Icon of St. Valentine (PDF)

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START OF LENT

  1. MyLentenGoals-7thgrade (Word doc), MyLentenGoals-8thgrade (Word doc)
  2. 4 Tips for Creating Your Lenten Goals (PDF)
  3. Middle School Lenten Suggestions (PDF)
  4. What to Give Up for Lent – 25 Creative Ideas (PDF)
  5. What to Give Up for Lent – 20 Weird Ideas (PDF)
  1. Lent Calendar (PDF), Lent Calendar (completed) (PDF), Lent Calendar (completed, without days listed (PDF)
  2. What is Lent? (video web link)
  3. Lent In-Class Notes, Calendar, & Big 3 HW (PDF)
  4. Preparing for Lent HW (PDF), Preparing for Lent – Fr. Mike Schmitz (video web link)
  5. The Significance of Ash Wednesday – Fr. Mike Schmitz (video web link)
  6. Why Fast on Ash Wednesday? – Fr. Mike Schmitz (video web link)
  7. Great apps for Lent: Lentsantiy40 Day Spiritual Workout, Truth & Life Audio Bible (web links)
  1. Lent In-Class Notes & Homework (PDF)
  2. Ash Wednesday (PDF), The 8 Types of Ashes You Might Get on Ash Wednesday (web link)
  3. Why 40 Days? (PDF)
  4. The Big 3 – Lent FAQ HW (PDF), The Big 3 – Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving (PDF), Illustrated Guide to Fasting (PDF)
  5. Lent FAQ (PDF)
  6. Redemptive Suffering Keynote (PDF), RedemptiveSuffering (Word doc), Offer It Up Emoji Style – from Catherine King (PDF)
  7. The Passion of the Christ – “See, I Make All Things New” (video web link)
MIDDLE/END OF LENT/EASTER, ETC.

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  1. The History of St. Patrick (video web link)
  2. The Life of St. Patrick (PDF)
  3. Better Than Green Beer – An Irish Blessing for St.Patrick’s Day (PDF)
  4. Lorica of St. Patrick Prayer (PDF)
  5. St. Patrick – Prayer for the Faithful (PDF)
  6. St. Patrick Fun Facts (PDF)
  7. The Day I Told Someone Getting Drunk Doesn’t Honor St. Patrick – Lifeteen.com (PDF)

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