Family Materials

Child hands prayingWe are beginning to produce materials with background information, Scripture readings, prayers, reflections and suggested activities to help families mark and celebrate the liturgical year in their homes. These resources will be made available as the year unfolds. Please feel welcome to share your ideas with us.
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Colour and Shape Children’s Liturgy Online (Also available on YouTube)
Family liturgy plan (Colour and Shape)
How to make your home a domestic church (Article by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith)
Blessing one another
Blessing of parents before childbirthSee the source image
In Communion with Christ (Reflections on the Mass for families)
Praying the Mass – with children (Diocese of Westminster)
See the Easter candle through the eyes of an infant

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Blessing of an Advent WreathSee the source image
Advent Calendar for Children (CAFOD)
Family Advent Calendar (US Bishops’ Conference)
Advent Season prayers and activities (US Bishops’ Conference)
6th December: St Nicholas
8th December: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessing of a Crib or Nativity scene
Family Christmas Calendar (US Bishops’ Conference)
2nd February: Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)
Participating in Lent as a familySee the source image
Stations of the Cross for Children (Made by children during isolation)
Holy Week at home (Northampton Diocese)
The Road to Emmaus (Bible Society video)

More resources to follow…

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Children’s guide to the Rite of Election

Colour and Shape (Creative ways of celebrating and praying with the seasons of the liturgical year to help you build prayer and sacred space into everyday life – bringing the colours and shape of the liturgical calendar into your home, school or work.)
(This site may have shut down, but please visit their new Children’s Liturgy Online on Facebook and YouTube.)

At Home with the Word (Liturgy Training Publications) – A wonderful resource for all Ministers of the Word (including Children’s Liturgy leaders), but with an online supplement (see below) resource for families, with questions to help with reflections on the readings at Mass, and ideas for activities.
2020 – Year A