Ordinary Time - October/November
Holidays, Holy Days and Special Remembrances
Respect Life Month - October (USCCB) Find a variety of resources, prayer, program, articles and conversation
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - October 4
St. Francis was a lover of God's creation. Families can join with him by taking the St. Francis Pledge to stop wasting energy and destroying the environment. The Catholic Climate Covenant is an organization that helps families, parishes and schools to learn about climate change and how to protect the environment.
A Play: Brother Francis (Loyola Press)
Lighting the Darkness (Vibrant Faith Ministries)
Remind them that the light of God is always with them with this activity.
A Helping Halloween (Vibrant Faith Ministries)
Enlarge this holiday so that the month of October becomes more about giving.
Read a Catholic Christian history of Halloween (All Hallows Eve), learn the legend of the Jack O' Lantern and discover what Catholics believe about witches, ghosts and magic. Also, send an All Hallows Eve e-greeting and post an online prayer request.
Celebrating Your Values on Halloween (Loyola Press) Here are some activities to help you make a connection between the holiday and your faith.
Saints (Loyola Press)
Saint Activities and Lesson Plans, Saints Reflections and Saints Stories for All Ages
All Saints Day Party (Catholic Icing)
Dress up as your favorite saint and have games that have saint themes. This can be done in the home or in the parish. It can be as big or as small as you want.
Costumes Ideas for All Saints' Day (Catholic Icing)
Catholic Saints Research Project (Ave Maria Press)
One of the most popular projects assigned in religious education programs is a research project on the saints. Confirmation candidates almost always have to do some research on their Confirmation saint and many Catholic school teachers find such research to be very valuable in supplementing the lessons of the year. This site is a great place to start researching.
Prayer for All Saints (Sadlier)
Celebrate the feast of All Saints by considering the holy men and women who encircle your life. Download a Prayer for All Saints and share it in your home or parish.
Spoons for All Saints (Cottage Blessings)
Videos of the Saints (Digital Catechesis)
All Souls Day (Catholic Online)
All Souls Day (Loyola Press)
All Saints and All Souls Day activities for children (Loyola Press)
Day of the Dead (Smithsonian Latino Center) Information, Resources and Activities
A Shrine for All Souls Day (Cottage Blessings)
For all souls day create a shrine of remembrance with pictures of people who have died during the past year along with an image of
Jesus, a candle, plant and a Bible. Throughout the month of November the family is reminded to pray for all those who are enshrined.
Intercessions and prayers that you can select from and adapt for use in your Sunday and weekday Masses and in your own personal prayers.
An online link to these intercessions can be found here. You can also download these intercessions as a Word document here
November Saints Feast Days
Saints Stories for All Ages (Loyola Press)
Daily Saint Reflections, including:
- St. Martin of Tours - Nov. 11 (Loyola Press)
- St. Frances Cabrini - Nov. 13 (Loyola Press)
- St. Catherine of Alexandria - Nov. 25 (Loyola Press)
Article by Paul D. Shroeder (RCL Benziger)
Doodling Thanksgiving (Vibrant Faith Ministries)
This website has a great activity for families in anticipation of Thanksgiving. Kids of all ages like to draw and doodle. This activity allows the entire family to draw the things for which they are thankful. All it takes is some poster paper and colorful markers.
Serious or Not---Thanks (Vibrant Faith Ministries) Ideas for families to be more creative in expressing gratitude at Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Stories (Vibrant Faith Ministries)
Thanksgiving Table Talk (Vibrant Faith Ministries) Ideas to inspire sharing around the thanksgiving table for families with Teens
Thanksgiving Prayers (American Catholic)
Celebrate Thanksgiving and share what you are thankful for with a special Catholic prayer: Thanksgiving Table Prayer, Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving and Prayer of Thanksgiving.
Johnny Cash Thanksgiving/ I Thank You video (YouTube)
The Thanksgiving Song (Igniter Media)