On Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Take some time this month to talk to your kids about their own baptism (even if you’ve told the story before!). Talk about who was there, how their godparents were chosen and the celebration after the ritual. Our kids love to hear fun details — our oldest dropped his pacifier in the font and our youngest howled loudly throughout the blessed event. What a great time to share that Jesus is with us always, even when things don’t go as perfectly as planned. Read the complete reflection online.
Why not celebrate the anniversary of your kids’ baptisms just like you celebrate their birthdays? After all, baptism is a “spiritual birthday.” Here are more than 9 ideas for what to do, plus a baptism backgrounder. Find all the ideas, like putting together a prayer table with items from his or her baptism, online.
St. Raymond of Penyafort, whose feast we celebrate on January 7, was a Spanish Dominican friar in the 13th century, who compiled the Decretals of Gregory IX, a collection of canon laws that remained a major part of Church law until the 20th century. Watch a short video about him online.
The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus, and on January 3, we celebrated the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Here’s why the feast — and the name of Jesus — are so important. Here in the Midwest, January is usually a month of cold and dark. So there’s an appeal to focusing on the sun…or the Son, as it were. If you’re crafty, we have some ideas for you! Find instructions online.
Can you guess which saint was the first to be born in America? Not many can. If you had told this saint as little girl that she would become Catholic, she probably would have laughed at you.
Elizabeth Ann grew up in a very strong Protestant family. They would have very little to do with anyone Catholic. Back then many people would judge you by what religion you were, not by your actions. Imagine choosing not to play with another kid just because he wasn’t your same religion! Her feast day is January 4. Read about St. Elizabeth’s story online.