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As Catholics, we celebrate virtue and integrity. We know that we were created to love and serve God. We also are not boring people. We like to have fun, challenge our minds, engage in relaxation and recreation – but we firmly believe this can be done without corrupting our souls.
The world is not so sold on morality, truth, goodness and beauty. The world is not exactly a place where Jesus’ name is honored and our God is respected.
Keeping our children innocent does not have to involve sheltering them completely! There are resources out there that are made with Catholic families in mind. Here are a few of the best books that will be great for your families this summer and beyond!
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Whether you are a parent wanting more opportunities to pray with your child or a Godparent or Grandparent that wants to give a gift that nourishes the soul and pleases the child, we have some great ideas for you!
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Mary continues to appear to us just as we are. Therefore, a Mary doll should look like the child who owns it. Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared as an Indigenous woman to Juan Diego. Our Lady of Aparecida appeared as a Black woman in Brazil. Our Lady of Fatima appeared as a Portuguese woman. Our Mary doll comes in three different skin tones – dark, medium, and light. Each child should see him or herself reflected in Mary’s face, our loving Mother to all.
Mary is crafted from calico cotton with a polyester filling. She has embroidered features and long, wool yarn hair. Each Mary doll is dressed in the same outfit – a removable beige dress and Marian blue veil.
Natalie the Nativity Angel is a Christian alternative to the mischievous elf popular this time of year. It’s a great way for kids learn to think of others and the true meaning of the season and prepare for the birth of Jesus.
Natalie (meaning “birthday” or “Christmas”) the Nativity Angel comes to visit during advent to help you prepare for the coming birth of Baby Jesus. Each night of advent hide Natalie in your home for your children to find next morning with a note with a Good Deed to do that day.
St Nicholas Handmade Soft Saint Doll is approximately 14″ tall made with soft fleece, making it perfect for your little ones to cuddle up with. Every part of this doll is cut out by hand and is embroidered with a sweet friendly face your child will love. A lot of detail went in to every part of this doll. Great for both Boys and Girls this is the perfect gift for St. Nicholas Day (December 6th) or Christmas. What better way to help little ones learn about the saints.
“God created everything for man,222 but man in turn was created to serve and love God and to offer all creation back to him”. Enjoying God’s creation is a wonderful way to grow in love and appreciation for Our Lord!
Adventure Bags and Logs make it EASY to find adventure, everyday! Just grab you bag and off you go!
We love Saint Michael the archangel, Saint Nicholas, Saint Benedict, Saint Joan of Arc, Saint Therese’, and even a pair of Nativity socks! There are more to choose from and seriously – who doesn’t need a pair of matching socks!!???
I can assure you, as a mother of 3 year old twins – and an 8 year old, that books are great gifts. And this year, especially! Our library is open by appointment only! And anyone with a child under 8 will tell you – we are sick of reading the same books to our little ones.
My children LOVE when I read to them. I hide books that get requested over and over again so that I can have a break haha!
In this lovely read-aloud for ages 3 to 5, children embark upon on a journey steeped in the magical wonder of the moon and its Creator. A young girl travels from the city to the country, describing phases and aspects of the moonlight with a heartfelt understanding of beauty. “God put it there for all to see, but especially because He loves me.” Jean Schoonover- Egolf’s watercolor illustrations delight on this journey of simple faith and family life.
And this brand new book about Temperance is fun and so colorful!
Wendy loves to shop. She shops and shops and shops till her wardrobe is about to POP! The funky fashionista has to face it: she has too much stuff. Using her creative side, Wendy organizes a clothing drive, complete with fashion show, at her school. With the help of her friends, she learns to temper her penchant for the posh with the spirit of charity. Penned in a fun, rollicking rhyme, this tale of temperance will have even the youngest of Wendy fans quoting stanzas from Wacky Wardrobe. Debut author Maria Shappert writes in a captivating language that is a delight to ears of all ages. All editions are packed-to-the-brim with bright, colorful, hand-crafted illustrations by Ohio artist Jean Schoonover-Egolf.
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