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A Quick Reference for Kids on How to Pray the Rosary: A Printable rosary guide

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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 for Kids screenshot

Printable Rosary Guide

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Kids reading about Catholic Saints on their android device

Today’s Catholic Saint of the Day, now for Android

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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:

Available on Android

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 God and would not let Christians practise their faith. As he was being taken to prison, people gathered on the roadside to see him one last time. A young boy was choking on a fishbone and his mom brought him forward to Bishop Blaise. Bishop Blaise prayed for the boy and saved his life. That is why we ask St. Blaise for prayers to protect us from sickness of the throat. On his feast day we have our throats blessed with two candles. Bishop Blaise was martyred for his faith because he would not stop believing in Jesus.

St-Blaise

Saint Blaise, you are such a great example to us of trusting in God and saying yes to whatever he asks us to do. Pray for us, that we would have the same trust in God and the same courage to say yes. Saint Blaise’s feast is on February 3. 

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Top Five Catholic Apps

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I am a father of four. I work as a freelance graphic designer and freelance webmaster. Sometimes getting to prayer with four kids under 8 is a challenge for me. Catholic apps on my iPad or iPhone give me the resources to what I need for my faith. These top five Catholic apps have helped me to have more time for prayer and connect my kids with prayer as well.

Catholic Faith Based Apps

1. Saint of the Day for Kids App $1.99

Of course I am going to recommend my own app. However, it is because we use it pretty regularly with our kids. My oldest (he’s eight) isn’t so much interested in the colouring pages any more, but he is interested in reading about the lives of the Saints. They aren’t long or complicated, perhaps that is why he likes it. It is also our own go to app for Saint info. Saint of the Day for Kids.

Same price as a colouring book, and a lot more information. :) We use it daily.

2. Confession – $1.99

Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find Confession: A Roman Catholic App to be a useful and inviting tool.

I have used this a number of time to prepare for confession. I have to say, that I haven’t taken it in and read off of the app. I found it excellent to review things that I haven’t considered, and when I always have kids swarming around me, it is hard to take time to think things through.

It is the same price as a prayer book that I used to use for confession prep.

3. Words With Jesus – $.99

Short on time, but you want to add prayer to your daily life? The “Words with Jesus” app is a perfect solution. Set a daily reminder to receive a Bible verse containing only Jesus’ words along with a brief reflection. Whether a beginner to the Scriptures or well-versed, this app helps to enrich your faith and empower you each day.

I have used this app for my  prayer time starting point, and that is what it was created for. Quick, simple, and each day something different.

4. CatholicTV – Free

On television and the Internet, CatholicTV provides inspiring and entertaining programming, faithful to the teaching of the Church. CatholicTV has been in existence for over fifty years and is available on cable, satellite and the internet. Visit CatholicTV.com for live streaming and archived on-demand video, free and in full screen. We are America’s Catholic Television Network and its all for YOU!

Fast way to access the CatholicTV network. It has been great to be able to stream quickly without going to the web.

5. Catholic Calendar – Free

Liturgical calendar for every year from 1970 to 2300 and beyond.
Feasts and celebrations according to the General Calendar and the local calendars of the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland, and others.

I don’t use this everyday. However, I use it a lot for reference. Readings of the day are easy to get at here.

 

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Saint of the Day for Kids App Review from a Catholic Homeschooling Mom

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Tech-thursday-248x300Pam Barnhill, over at edsnapshots.com gave us a great review and some fabulous suggestions for keeping our app up to date! Thank you, Pam!

Her review was good, but read about her favorite part of the app. It’s great!

We love it when we get suggestions and feedback!

Homeschool App

We have heard our app has been used by homeschooling parents, Mom’s and Dad’s, to help gain interest in the lives of the saints. For us, it was difficult to find a resource that was age appropriate, and short enough that didn’t involve a lot of difficult reading. Short little bites of information on a saint may trigger your kids to explore more about a particular saint. We left some of the details of their death in the descriptions, but left out the more gruesome details. Many were killed for their faith, and even though for many it is difficult to imagine, it was a reality.

Thank you Pam Barnhill for a great review!

http://edsnapshots.com/2014/02/saint-of-the-day-for-kids-review/

 

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Catholics Today … An awesome infographic

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Catholics Today part 1

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

 

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Bucket of Milk

New Years Resolutions for Christians … Buckets of Milk

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As 2014 begins many people make resolutions to get healthier, eat better and accomplish more. How many people put their faith life on the list of things to deepen, expand and learn about.

The depths of the Church

Is it easy to learn about the depth of the Catholic faith, what about your Christian roots? The information out there on the history of the church is plentiful. Just start googling catholic, or ask around. There are many resources.

Where did it all begin? Christmas 2013 has just passed, and we celebrated the coming of the Saviour. For the last 2000 years people have come before us and lived their lives according to scripture, and worked within and without the Catholic Church. Many of the movers and shakers of the last 2000 years have been saints. They impacted social norms, art, history, and society.

Learning more about the saints is as easy as downloading the app. 365 Saints right there on your iPhone, iPod, iPad!

 

Miracles and Milk!

Incredible miracles happened with the saints. Jesus changed water into wine, but what about filling a pail with milk? It’s happened. St. Brigid of Ireland was generous with all of those around her, but one day she was a afraid that she had given too much away.

Kids will love this short story.

Lord, fill my bucket with milk!

St Brigid of Ireland

St Brigid of Ireland

Saint Brigid of Ireland

Brigid was born a short time after St Patrick began spreading Jesus’ message in Ireland.  She grew up knowing and loving Jesus.  She had a great love for poor people and would often share food and clothes with them.  Once she gave a whole pail of milk to people who were hungry.  As she walked home, she began to worry that her mother would be upset with her.  She asked to God to fill her pail and by the time she got home, her pail was full of milk. Brigid became a nun and started her own convent.  She was so lovely and gentle that many people referred to her as Mary of the Irish.”

It’s in our Saint of the Day App!

 

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Theres a Saint for That, of course.

A Saint for Every Need

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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!

 

There's a Saint for That

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A Review from CatholicApps.com and featured

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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.

 

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

 

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St Therese

Special Welcome for World Youth Day Pilgrims!

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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 the convent, Therese was heart broken, because it felt like she was loosing her mother all over again.  Therese became very sick and people were very worried about her.  During this time she would pray a lot, and one day while she was looking at a statue of Mary that was near her bed, she saw Mary smile at her and right away Therese was cured from her illness.  Soon after two more of Therese’s sisters soon joined the convent and Therese was left at home with her sister Celine and her father.  Therese was only 11 years old, but she wanted to join the Carmelite convent too, but she had become a very sensitive little girl and her feelings were hurt very easily.  She knew that to join the convent she had to get stronger and she would have to learn to do things for herself.  When she was 14 years old on Christmas Eve God gave her the gift of being stronger and not so sensitive and Therese knew that she was ready to join the convent.  This new gift of strength from God gave Therese the courage to ask to join the convent even though everyone thought she was too young.  When the leader of the convent said no, Therese went to the Bishop, when the Bishop said no Therese went all the way to Rome to ask the Pope!  The Pope was so amazed by this young girl’s courage and strength that he allowed her to join the convent that her sisters were living in, a Carmelite cloistered convent.  Cloistered meant that Therese lived the rest of her life in the convent without leaving and without seeing her father again.  In the convent Therese discovered living the “Little Way”, doing every little thing that she could with great love for Jesus.  Although she never did anything big and wonderful in the eyes of the world, she did every little thing for love of God and this made her Saint.

St. Therese of Lisieux, you learned to give your life to Jesus in all the little things you did every day.  Pray for us, that we would offer up all our little moments ever day to Jesus, so that we can grow closer to Him every day.

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Family prayer with small children.

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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 they have also tried guessing at ‘new’ saint names, like:

Is there a Saint ‘Ty’, what about Saint … umm … Saint ‘Daddy’?

Saint Moses, pray for us.

This app has given our kids exposure to a lot of Saints. A lot of saintly lives that maybe they would have missed if we were just ‘doing it on our own’. It is funny how natural it has become for our kids to think of details of some of the Saints.

 

 

 

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