Its the start of a new Liturgical Year in the Church and a great time to start a Liturgical Year Bulletin Board
! Its also the second birthday of this little bulletin board display!
We have been using this in our family for two years now and it has taught our children so much. They are anxious every month to see what saints are coming up. Last year one of my sons counted a whole month down to St. Cecelia thankfully this year it was only a week. Every morning it was, so and so days left! I'm sure this month you all know what they will be counting down until!
While some of you might see this project as daunting it isn't too bad when taken one month at a time, which is how we came up with it in our home. It uses the historical saints and those taken from the St. Andrew's Missal. There is a space to write what Sunday we are on, a wheel to change and show which season we are on (the monthly part won't work for this year, I'm afraid I haven't had time to update it). There are daily prayers for each week day taken from the Blessed Be God Prayer book (should be in our store soon!), whom the Church dedicates each month to and also space for the Rosary Mysteries of the day.
For those of you who already follow along with us on the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board,
the new December 2013-2015 and year-less pieces
are now available for download. Those of you ready to dive in and give it a try can find directions here on our tutorial
complete with free downloads for the whole thing.
A blessed feast of SS. Marcellus and Valerian to you all. We wanted to put a little note here about a change to the September Saint's pieces on the Liturgical Year Bulletin board
. We were putting up our pieces for the month (yes, a bit late!) and noticed that the piece for the 18th, St. Joseph Cupertino's, head was cut off. While St. Dionysus
was martyred by his head being removed and picked it up and walked before taking his place in Heaven, St. Joseph Cupertino
did not ;) He did fly though! Just with his head on. Any how, that piece has been corrected on the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board page.
For those of you already with your pieces printed and cut and in use, the single saint piece for that day may be download here.
I apologize for the mishap. God bless,
CeAnne @ Sanctus Simplicitus
About 3 or 4 years ago our journey started on discovering the Catholic Church's Liturgical Year. It started with the book Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family
. A little find at our local library, I was so fascinated by it and had never heard of keeping such practices in the home! I wanted to find out more and start using these ideas with our family and in our home. Good St. Anthony was so kind as to find me a hard copy of this very rare book and it became the guide to our life here in our home. The more I read the more I became interested in the Church's Liturgical Year and the history of such devotions and practices. By searching for every book that could be found on the Liturgical Year and ideas for keeping a 'domestic Church' in the home, I stumbled upon a set of books called The Liturgical Year, 15 volumes
! But the price was so high and at the time we had a very limited book budget. I keep thinking about these books and seeing them mentioned here and there. Even visiting family members that had the set on their shelves. Eventually St. Anthony came to the rescue again and also Divine Providence, by sending us a used copy that would work with our budget.Ever since the arrival of these lovely books we have grown in our faith in the same proportion that we read them, the more we read the more we learn about the Holy Catholic Church. First I started reading about the feast days here and there, looking up each one and spending a little time with it. Then I was intrigued by the writings at the beginning of each season: History of Lent, Mystery of Lent, Practice of Lent... and so on. It went like this for each and every season explaining the history of each season, how we should keep the season and in what way the Church expects the Faithful to think of each season. It also explains the mystery which is those supernatural things that happen during this season, the part that we don't necessarily see.Eventually we came to start reading the explanation of each Sunday's mass from these books. Not only do they provide the mass prayers including the introits and Gospel etc. but they also have Vespers and Dom Gueranger, in his excellent way of writing, explains each part of the Mass and why the Church uses that part during that time, sometimes we get the history of it as well. Before he goes into explaining those parts there is usually an intro to the Mass explaining how it fits into the Liturgical season and why the Church picked certain parts to be at this certain time of year, such as why this and this Gospel is on the 4th Sunday after Pentecost.Later on my husband started reading the Saint's stories every evening, they were so captivating and interesting to him that they lead him to start his All The Saints And Peter & Paul website. He has a love of maps and wanted to map all the saints that he had read about. Finding out which Church's they taught at or where their remains were, the area around them and the history of the time during that Saint's life. We also discovered lately that a new friend of ours uses this very way to teach her older children Catholic history and geography. Sort of a unit study as the term would go these days.
Dom Gueranger, in the intro of the Advent season book, says, "The prayer of the Church is, therefore, the most pleasing to the ear and heart of God, and therefore the most efficacious of all prayers. Happy, the, is he who prays with the Church, and unites his own petitions with those of his bride, who is so dear to her Lord that He gives her all she asks. The modern spirit would have it that prayer is not action; as though every good action done by man were not a gift of God: a gift which implies two prayers, one of petition that it may be granted, and another of thanksgiving because it is granted. There are found men who said: 'Let us abolish all the festival days of God from the earth (PS. lxxiii. 8.)'; and then came upon us that calamity which brings all others with it, and which the good Mardochai besought God to avert from his nation, when he said: 'Shut not, O Lord, the mouths of them that sing to Thee! (Esther xiii. 17)After reading this excerpts and several others from his introduction in this Advent book we decided to change our daily prayers to be those of the Church. The Liturgical Year set, in the front of each book, and according to each season, has morning and night prayers. Those have become the ones that we now say and they are always so fitting for the season and contain all that we could ever ask for from our dear Lord.While this set seemed expensive and a bit over whelming at first, we have found that over the years become of our our 'best friends'. The investment in the books was more than worth it. It has been saddening to learn that many book companies are no longer carrying this set but we are pleased to have found a supplier and we are able to offer the Liturgical Year set in our book store, it has been a blessing for us to share these wonderful books and keep them 'alive'!Piece by piece and bit by bit we have found a way to use this wonderful books in our home and we have grown all the stronger in our Faith because of them. Any family we know that reads this set on a regular bases and year after year is always amazed at the details and the history they contain. We would like to part with the words of the author of this wonderful set, as no one says it better than he, "The first part of the 'Liturgical Year' is devoted to Advent. The second contains the explanation of the divine service from Christmas to the purification. The third takes us from the Purification as far as Lent, called 'Septuagesima.' The fifth comprises of the four first weeks of Lent. The fifth consists of Passion-week and Holy week. The sixth includes the time of Easter. The seventh will explain the Office of the Church from the feast of the Most Holy Trinity to the end of time after Pentecost. The year thus planned for us by the Church herself produces a drama, the sublimest that has ever been offered in admiration of man. For what is the liturgy but an untiring affirmation of the works of God? a solemn acknowledgement of those divine facts, which though done but once, are imperishable in man's remembrance, and are every year renewed by the commemoration he makes of them.... But though the liturgy so deeply impresses us by annually bringing before us the dramatic solemnization of those mysteries which have been accomplished for the salvation of man and for his union with his God, it is nevertheless wonderful how the succession of year after year diminishes not one atom of the freshness and vehemence of those impressions, and each new beginning of the cycle of mystic seasons seems to be our first year."
Our project list seems to grow rather than shrink around these parts. Thanks to our children they are always inspiring new ideas and showing us new needs that they have. This project is another of those created for our dear children who love to learn about our Holy Catholic Faith and especially by following the Liturgical Calendar. They have been wanting a Liturgical Calendar of their own and what better way to give that to them than to have them take part in the making of it!
This free download was created with our lovely friends over at Crusader's for Christ
, they were so gracious as to create the coloring pages for this fun little project and we gladly put the calendar part together to go with it. This is a 26 page black and white download that can be printed 2-sided. The top portion will have a coloring page that fits the Liturgical Season for each month. The following page has a blank calendar in which the child will fill out the month, whom the Church dedicates the month to and the year of Our Lord. Children may also choose to write in the saint of the day, holy days of obligation and fast days, a free 2013 Liturgical Calendar
may be found over at Crusader's for Christ. There are blank squares below to fill in the number for the month, so this printable may be used for any year and started at any time of the year! Simply bind the top, or have it bound at a print shop and punch a whole in the bottom middle of each page to hang. We pray that you enjoy this little project as much as we have already on just our first month!
From us here at Sanctus Simplicitus
Ps. We are considering offering this as a printed item to purchase, would you be so kind as to take our survey below and let us know if you are interested? Thank you!
"Religion, then, forms the spirit and essence of all true education.
As leaven must be diffused throughout the entire mass in order to produce its effects, so religion must be throughly diffused throughout the child's entire education, in order to be solid and effective."
A continuation of the book Public School Education is being shared over on our Catholic education blog
, come and join us in a wonderful book!
You may find the February title pieces and prayers over at the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board Page
The February Crusaders for Christ & Maidens for Mary planner pages
are up, March and April should be up sometime this week.February Butler's Lives of the Saints Notebooking pages
are also up and ready to print!
May you all have a blessed Septuegesima Sunday, don't forget to visit our Lenten page
to start your Lent preparations.
Also some of you have asked if we will be having a study guide similar to the short run of Jesse Tree guides that we put out last November and December. At this time we won't be printing any study guides or other items. We will soon be putting up a page featuring two books from the main book used in the Jesse Tree Study Guide. One focuses on the Life of our Savior and the other on The Life of the Soul. We will have free worksheets/ coloring pages etc. available but the books themselves are no longer printed. They may be found through bookfinder.com and prayerfully they will be reprinted so they are more easily available to all. God bless!
I need to make a correction to the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board saints for January as well as the Holy Simplicity planner. The Feast of the Holy Family is a moveable feast and so we will provide an undated piece for the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board (date will be written in with dry erase marker) and a substitute piece for the current Jan. 8th piece.
The date is also incorrect in the Holy Simplicity Planner, it is noted there as on the 12th of this month when it should be on the 13th. My apologies for this error and we will put up another post when the new pieces are available. A blessed Octave of the Epiphany to you all!
"The Feast of the Holy Family is a greater-double and celebrated on the Sunday within the octave of the Epiphany. If this Sunday falls on the Octave Day, the feast is kept on the Saturday before, Jan 12, with the same commemoration of the Sunday and of the Octave."
We decided this year to make the Liturgical Wheel for the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board a reusable piece. The Liturgical Calendar changes based on when Easter falls and so the wheel would change ever year. By simplifying the Liturgical wheel we have made it so with a simple turn of part of the wheel it is reusable every year. Simply download the Re-Usable Liturgical Wheel
file and follow the directions for putting it together.
Also you will find the January Notebooking pages for those of you following the Butler's Lives of the saints with us over at the Butler's Lives of the Saints Notebooking page
Praying you have a blessed, safe, happy and holy New Year!
My apologies for having the downloads up so late, as I know many of you have been asking and I'm sure even more patiently waiting for them. You are all most kind to have such patience with me as I know many of you would like to plan ahead faster than I can manage to!
We have a very busy week this week in our house, not only are we recovering from a busy Christmas day but we also have a birthday and anniversary this week and then the up and coming New Year. We will hopefully have ALL the month's downloads up some time today as time allows.
As of now the Crusader's for Christ and Maiden's for Mary children's lesson planning pages are available to download for both January and February! Visit the Children's planner page for those downloads.
Also the January saint pieces for the Liturgical Year Bulletin board were good to go from last year so if you already printed those simply reuse last years. If you have not yet printed them they are on the Liturgical Bulletin Board page ready to download.
The Title pieces for Jan. 2013 and the prayer cards are also up on the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board page ready for download.
Here after a bit I'll be working on the Liturgical Wheel for the Bulletin Board for the year 2013 as well as the Butler's Lives Notebooking Pages for Jan. Thank you again for your patience and we pray you are having a blessed 4th day of Christmas! Don't forget to enter our give away's these 12 days of Christmas. God bless!
+++ S.A.G. +++
For those of you who use our Liturgical Year Bulletin Board pages we have a few updates and changes:My dear husband was kind enough to catch that in November, St. Sylvester has a picture of St. Sylvester I the Pope and the saint for that day is actually St. Sylvester the abbot. That piece as been updated on the November download. (My husband is more the expert on the saints which is why his site, All the Saints and Peter and Paul, features the saints from the Liturgical Year books ;) )December has some updates and changes as well (my apologies as I know many of you have printed these already as have we). Three saints were left off and in the old file have Feria Days listed. Those have been updated in the December File. Also I didn't realize that we would not have room for all the pieces this month with the 1st on a Saturday causing the 23/30 and 24/31 to share a spot on the grid. In the file below we included split options along with all the other pieces that were changed. All these are in THIS one file here. If you have not yet printed the pieces the files are all updated and are good to go! Thank you for joining us on this yearly journey through the Liturgical Year! We are excited to start our first full year of our bulletin board with all the pieces ready to go.A blessed Advent to you all!
Although Advent has not started yet, there are Christmas decorations, advertisements and music in all of the stores. It seems every year that this situation comes earlier and earlier. This year I heard Christmas music before All Saint's Day.
In the explanation of the Mass last Sunday, the 23rd After Pentecost, in Dom Gueranger's Liturgical Year that Advent use to be more than 4 weeks. Being as such, the world seems to know that it is time to prepare the way for Our Lord's birthday but without Holy Mother church it celebrates without and before preparation for the great feast.
Holy Mother Church, being the teacher of the faithful, is ever wise in giving us a time to prepare for such a holy season as Christmas. Giving us ample time to make ready our souls and also a time for celebration and rejoicing. "By Advent is meant the four weeks before Christmas,' so it says in the book Catholic life, 'appointed by the Church to prepare us for the worthy celebration of our Saviour's birth. We should endeavor by prayer, the practice of virtues, fasting, and a good confession, to have Jesus formed anew in our hearts at this holy season."
Let us follow our guide, Holy Mother Church, and spend Advent as a time of preparation instead of celebration before the grand day of the Birth of Our Lord has come. The next six Monday's will be dedicated to various parts of the Advent season along with the Church's Liturgical Year. Not only is Advent upon us but the start of a new year within the Church. As the beginning of Our Lord's life comes on Christmas Day the beginning of the Church year also comes. After all, the Church Year follows the life of Our Lord.
Several Catholic authors of past suggest that Catholics who follow the Church's Year can not but profit from all the grand lessons it teaches in its midst. As Dom Gueranger says, " Those who have gone bravely forward in the path which, a year since, has opened out to them by holy Church, no, by a happy experience, know that the path most surely leads them to the life of union, where divine charity reigns supreme. Who is there that, with anything like earnestness, has allowed his mind and heart to take an interest in the several liturgical seasons which have been brought before us, and been celebrated by the Church during the past twelve months, has not also felt an immense increase of light imparted to him? Now, light is that indispensable element, which delivers us from the power of darkness, and translates us, by the help of God, into the kingdom of the Son of His love. The work of redemption, which this His beloved Son came down upon earth to accomplish for His Father's glory, could not do otherwise than make progress in those who have, with more or less fervour, entered into the spirit of His Church, during the whole year, that is, from the opening of Advent right up to these the closing days of the sacred cycle. All of us, then, whosoever we may be, should give thanks to this Father of lights, who hath thus made us worthy to be partakers, somewhat at least, of the lot of saints. So, then, all of us, be the share of our participation what it may, must pray that the excellent gift, which has been put into our hearts, may fervently yield itself to the still richer development, which the coming new cycle is intended to produce within us."
Please join us every Monday until Christmas on our little path through Advent and the start of the Liturgical Year. May we all fast well so when Christmas does arrive on December 25th we may all FEAST well! And Feast for the whole season of Christmas as the Church gives it to us.
Keeping Advent Catholic Schedule for 2012
Advent Wreath & Liturgical Year
Jesse Tree, The Empty Manger, Advent Hymns & our December GIVEAWAY!
Feast of St. Nicholas & Immaculate Conception
Feast of St. Lucy & Gaudete Sunday
O Antiphons & Christmas Vigil