It’s that time of year again. Lent is a time where we become more intentional, less concerned about ourselves, and more willing to reach out to others. It may involve stepping out of our comfort zones, but that’s not usually a bad thing. Forty days is the perfect amount of time to form good habits that may stick with you for the rest of your life.

Hope you all had a great All Saints Day! Thanks to all those who entered the All Saints Day Coloring Contest this year. We received so many awesome entries. Keep an eye out for our Advent Coloring Contest happening in December. 

 

All Saints Day Coloring Contest Winners

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October 2nd marks the memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels. Here are a few fun ways to celebrate this feast with your family or the kids in your classroom. 

Fun Facts:

  • This feast day has been part of the Church's calendar since 1615.
  • The word "angel" means messenger. 
  • Our guardian angel is always with us and is said to accompany our souls to heaven when we die. 

A few years after we started Cat.Chat, a friend of ours said to me: “Ger, I think you should consider doing Cat.Chat concerts for kids and families.” I can’t describe to you what happened inside me when she spoke those words. I quickly and abruptly said, “I rebuke that comment as concerts are not an option for me!” 

Those who were a part of the conversation were quite surprised at my reaction since I typically take a considerable amount of time to process and respond with a gentler approach. My stern reply was a sign that something in me required deeper reflection. In my heart, I knew it meant the possibility of jumping into the unknown. YIKES! That scared me.  It really scared me. 

Over the past two decades, we asked our five kids fun questions that prompted interesting replies and sparked meaningful conversations. We recorded their comments in a notebook and would like to share them with you. 

Hopefully, they can bring a smile to your face and warm your heart in this season of your life.

We asked: What’re the most beautiful words in the English language?

I Love You  (Jerome, age 7)

What do you most look forward to about growing old?

Peace & quiet in my house. (Dominic, age 10)

 

We created some advertising graphics to help remind parents to sign up for your parish Lenten Journey.

Simply right-click on the image you want to use and save it onto your computer. 

 

When I wrote this song, I was alone at a friend's cabin doing some songwriting. As I was telling God about all the unknowns and uncertainties of my life, I  found myself reflecting on the lives the Saints and how courageous they were amidst their own personal struggles.

The lives of the Saints have always challenged me to pursue holiness, but I often find myself saying the words of St.Therese of Lisieux, "Lord, make me a Saint, but please be gentle with me."

God is calling all of us, young and old, to become saints. Yes, this is a radical thought.

Most of us think it's unattainable, and yet, the whisper in our hearts is still there. “Come follow me” says Jesus the Saint Maker, who is calling us, as well as our kids, to embrace the challenge.  This challenge of becoming saints happens in the midst of our joys, struggles, sins, fears, uncertainties and most importantly, within the details of our own personal day to day life.

 

What age range is Cat.Chat At Home VBS designed for?

It’s designed for kids in Kindergarten to 5th grade, but can be enjoyed with the whole family.

 

Does the parish pay for a subscription and then send it out to potential VBS families?  What is the cost?

As a special introductory offer to parishes this summer, it is available for a flat fee of only $59. This new At Home VBS experience will be at no cost to your parish families. After your purchase, your parish will send out the initial sign up email to all of your VBS families. After they sign up they will receive the 5 consecutive days of the At Home VBS, which will be sent by Cat.Chat Productions, starting on the start date your parish chose.

Do you provide a list of all those who have signed up for our Parish At Home VBS?

We understand how a list would be helpful. We are presently working on an automated system to generate lists to DREs, of their parish families who have signed up.

With so many families signing up for the At Home VBS, we cannot customize these lists for individual parishes, which is why we are currently building an automated system for this.

In the meantime, email your parish families and ask them to let you know if they've signed up.

 

What age range is Lenten Journey designed for?

It’s designed for kids ages 5-9, but can be enjoyed with the whole family.

 

After the parish or school purchases the program, who can they share it with? 

If you are a parish, you have permission to share the program links each week with your parish families. Schools and homeschool groups also have the rights to share the Lenten Journey lessons with the teachers or homeschool families within their school. 

 

The Easter Triduum was always something we looked forward to as kids. Mom and Dad did a great job of instilling traditions that helped us enter into the spirit of Holy Week and grow in our faith and love for Christ. 

Without the opportunity to attend Masses, you might be looking for ways to make this Easter weekend meaningful for your family. We want to share a few of our Triduum traditions and provide a few free resources that you can do with your kids. 

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