October Crate: St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Paull II & Mysteries of the Rosary [Joyful and Luminous]
Happy fall! This month you will feast with St. Francis of Assisi and St. John Paul II. You will also learn about the Joyful and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, Theology of the Body, grow in virtue, and memorize a new prayer. Our monthly boxes empower you to build a Catholic culture in your home and share our beautiful faith with your children.
Feast Day #1: St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th)
St. Francis of Assisi Art
Each month your crate includes two art prints to help you celebrate the feast days. On the back of your lovely print, you can find feast day information to share with your little saints. Display these on the feast day, or all month long. Collect these prints for years to come.
Help! Francis Needs Hair
Get ready to grow hair! Really! You are going to help St. Francis cover his bald head with green hair. This awesome saint had a great love for God’s creation. Join him in celebrating and caring for the planet by growing wheatgrass on Francis’ head. Challenge: Do something nice for the environment this week!
Feast Day #2: St. John Paul II (October 22nd)
St. John Paul II Art
St. John Paul II is a modern saint-some of your parents and grandparents may have seen him during their lifetime! You should definitely ask them about him.
Theology of the Body Mini-Lesson
To celebrate John Paul II, you will learn about his amazing teaching known as Theology of the Body through a mini-lesson.
Roll the Dice!
This game reinforces how we express and receive love through our bodies. After you have shared the Theology of the Body mini-lesson, build your dice together.
Self-Image Art: Building Self-Love
Enjoy building a beautiful image of yourself with this art. Don’t forget to print extras at our monthly resource link!
Catechesis Corner: Mysteries of the Rosary [Joyful and Luminous]
How to Pray the Rosary
If the rosary intimidates you (or your saints in training can’t make it more than five seconds), try learning a single mystery, praying one Hail Mary, or praying a decade a week.
Joyful and Luminous Mysteries
Every year the month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This year, you will dive into the mysteries of the rosary, beginning with the joyful and luminous. (Next month, you will cover the sorrowful and glorious mysteries.) Your littlest and biggest saints will enjoy learning about the mysteries through pictures, stories, and Scripture.
Beautiful Words: The Sign of the Cross
It’s easy to think of The Sign of the Cross as a beginning and ending to prayer, but we often forget that it’s a powerful prayer and declaration of faith on its own. When we make the sign of the cross, we invoke the name of God in three persons. We declare the truth of the Holy Trinity, and we consecrate ourselves and our prayer to God in heaven. Bonus: Teach your little saints the correct way to make the sign of the cross while reciting the prayer.
Virtue Chat Table Topper: Temperance
Each month we will focus on a particular virtue as a family. Put this table topper wherever you eat meals together and use it to guide daily conversation. Read the brief reflection and discuss what things immediately pop into your head. Invite each person at the table to share their insights. There are NO wrong responses. We are all learning together. As a family, show generosity and gratitude to each person who shares. This is a beautiful way to unite our families and develop strong character.
Each month includes a playlist full of beautiful music. We encourage you to play the music in the car, at home during the day, during bath time, while cleaning--basically in the background of your normal everyday life.