After only one year, the Saint of the Day for Kids app is proud to be able to move onto another mobile platform. For $1.99 you can have 365 Saints, their biographies, and a drawn picture to colour not only on your iOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad), but also your Android devices. We have tested it on as many as we can, and we look forward to feedback on how we can make this new platform even better. You can find Catholic Saints on the play store, but can you find the Saint of the Day for Kids app? It is right here: Now Available on Google Play Catholic Saints are now on your phone! This summer, why not engage your kids in learning about the lives of the saints, inspire them with their bravery, and their faith. Now on virtually any device! On to the Saint of the Day for Today: St. Blaise Blaise learned about Jesus as a boy. He was always concerned about the troubles of the world but found great joy in Jesus. He became a priest and then a Bishop. He was always trying to do good and to help people. He was arrested for his belief in Jesus, because the ruler of Armenia did not believe in [...]
The Rosary can be challenging for kids to get a grasp on. It is long, and seems to go on forever. This is a printable rosary guide, it can be for kids, or just for yourself. Our children went through confirmation and first communion in second grade (age 8), and many of the deep prayers of the church seemed to overwhelm them. I created this printable for them to have at their bed side, taped to their bedroom wall, so that they could see that there was an end, and to be able to read along. We found it helpful to always have rosaries around. Our kids are used to using them, touching them, so that they feel comfortable holding it when it comes time to pray. If you can only get through one decade, it's okay. Mary is a mother too. I hope that you can use this with your kids, or school. It has the new missal format for the Apostle's creed. Printable Rosary Guide
Saint's are attributed special graces to specific circumstances. St. Matthew as an example is patron of Accountants. It seems like an odd attribute to have, but based on their life and what they were passionate about, why would they not have a special passion for their interest? Do you have a favourite patron, what is specialty? St. Isidore is one of my patrons, my work on the internet has praying often for this saints prayers. Here's a great infographic I found on a number of patrons!
Saint of the Day for Kids was reviewed on CatholicApps.com. Catholic Apps is a great site, that reviews and shares Catholic Tom was kind enough to review the app, and a number of users gave their thoughts. http://youtu.be/hS1nKc67nhI This app was written and designed with kids and families in mind! The brief biographies of each saint are written for little ears. The artwork is simple and easily printed for coloring with children. - See more at: http://catholicapps.com/saintofthedayappforkids/#sthash.2aG40EIx.dpuf
Saint of the Day for Kids App welcomes World Youth Day pilgrims from all over the world. As the main developer for the App, I have attended including: Denver, Colorado, United States of America Rome, Italy Toronto, Ontario, Canada Cologne, Germany That is a lot of travelling and meeting youth from all over the world. Saints for Prayer One of the highlights of World Youth Day is the highlight of various patrons of World Youth Day. You may be wondering if we have included any of the intercessors and patrons for World Youth Day in Rio, Brazil this year (2013). WE DO! St. Therese of Lisieux. Therese belonged to a very holy family. Her mother and father loved Jesus so much and they taught Therese and her four sisters to love Jesus too. Therese was the youngest in the family and everyone loved her very much and took very good care of her. When Therese was only 4 years old, her mother got very sick and she died. Therese’s oldest sister Pauline became like a mother to Therese. Since Therese was the youngest and people felt bad for her because she lost her mother, she was spoiled; everyone did everything for her. When Pauline decided to leave home to join [...]
Everyone family has a different routine at night, something to get the kids to bed and get a little bit of quiet time to calm down. My wife and I have prayed together every night since we were married. I can count on one hand (maybe two) the number of times that we haven't prayed together in the last ten years. Occasionally, one or both of us has fallen asleep, but we were there. Our Family Grows When we had our oldest son, we wanted to extend this prayer time with him. As our family grew and our kids grew we have made the same commitment with them. Daily prayer with us, for now, every night. If we were out late, we do it on the way home. But even our kids can count the number of times we have missed. Our two oldest have been praying with us for a long time, and we have moved through different seasons of prayer. We have sung, chanted, even done a little bit of quiet meditation. We have at least tried various forms. Saint Names Each of our kids have saint names, for at least one of their names, and we have tried to encourage prayer requests via their namesakes. But then [...]
Praying with kids is a challenge. We had an issue with our app that the Saints were skipping around and not landing on the correct date. A user brought this to my attention, which is great! Her feedback after we worked toward resolving the issue was this: Thanks, I appreciate your update to the app but more importantly I appreciate the app and how it's enriched our evening prayer time with our children. We begin our evening prayers with reading the saint of the day (and the kids like to see the picture) then ask that saint to intercede for us before we continue with the rest of our prayers. It's been such a great way for all of us to learn about the saints! Thanks, Gisele What Praying With Your Kids Does That is an awesome feeling. This is what all four of us had in mind when we started this project two+ years ago. We wanted to impact our own families. But more importantly we wanted to get others on a journey where they can be inspired and encourage their kids. Is it easy to be dedicated and do it every day like Gisele? No, it isn't. BUT, this app is there for a quick boost in your [...]
Saints get forgotten all the time, and I am sure that many of them would rather we contemplate Jesus than review their lives in great detail. This was not the case with the latest update. We found that when we put out the update some Saints were showing on the wrong dates, and some were not showing up all together. There is an update in progress right now that should fix these issues, it should be out soon. Some of the saints can be accessed by looking at them alphabetically.
Sharon, our fabulous artist who did all of the colouring pages for the app was interviewed again. Julie Musselman of Catholic Moms Connect interviewed Sharon this past week. She spoke about how this app has impacted her faith life and the faith life of her daughter. Julie spoke about how the Saint of the Day for Kids app would be a great asset to teachers teaching grade school, middle school, or especially kindergarten aged children about the lives of the saints. Home schooling parents will also appreciate this new resource. CLICK Here for the 13 minute interview We are delighted to share with you a new app available for iphone and ipad, Saint of the Day for Kids. The goal of the app is to give a short and child-friendly daily dose of the Saints. Perfect for home, school or homeschooling. Keep reading here. Special thank you goes out to Julie, and Cheryl Martin (Manager, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Division) who put us in touch and recommended our App to be profiled.
Be sure to check in with this weeks Prairie Messenger Newspaper, Kiply Lukan Yaworski, has written a great article about the Saint of the Day for Kids App. What is the Prairie Messenger? True to its Catholic tradition, the Prairie Messenger seeks to mirror for the church on the Prairies the whole reality of the pilgrim People of God as they seek to better understand, make present and judge themselves by the kingdom of God as announced in the liberating and merciful news of Jesus Christ. […]