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.
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.
All Saints Activities (Sadlier)
Spoons for All Saints (Cottage Blessings)
All Souls Day (Catholic Online)
All Souls Day (Loyola Press)
All Saints and All Souls Day activities for children (Loyola Press)
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.
November Saints Feast Days
Saints Stories for All Ages (Loyola Press)
Daily Saint Reflections
Thanksgiving Joys for young families (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.
Thanksgiving Table Talk (Vibrant Faith Ministries) Ideas to inspire sharing around the thanksgiving table for families with Teens
Thanksgiving Stories (Vibrant Faith Ministries) Ideas to inspire sharing stories 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)
November: Black Catholic History Month
Resources Black Catholic History Month (USCCB)
November is Black Catholic History Month and soon a combination stage and video production of the life of Father Augustus Tolton will be available to parishes and communities across the Untied States. Check out the information below for show times and opportunities to bring the production to your home parish.
Black Catholic "Saints" (USCCB)
Have you ever heard of Pierre Toussaint, or Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange or Henrietta DeLille, or Father Augustus Tolton? They are actually not saints, at least not yet. They are all black American Catholics who served the Church and God so well that they are in line to become saints. Inform your famiily about these great people during Black Catholic History Month.
Tolton: From Slave to Priest
Tolton: From Slave to Priest is a professional Catholic theater production based on the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest. This live, one-man multimedia drama will open in the Fall of 2017 and embark on a national tour, performing in venues such as churches, schools, and theaters. Tolton will feature all elements of professional theater, including set, lighting effects, video elements, and an original musical score.
Writer and director Leonardo Defilippis was originally inspired to produce Tolton while on tour in the Diocese of Springfield. “I gave a performance at St. Boniface Church in Quincy, IL, and there I encountered Augustus Tolton.” he explains. “I immediately began considering his life as a dramatic subject.” The late Francis Cardinal George not only encouraged Defilippis’ idea, but also sent financial support for the project shortly before his death in 2015.
Fr. Tolton’s compelling story has the potential to renew the faith of Catholics of every ethnicity, encourage vocations, bring hope to communities desperately in need of healing, and inspire all to work for reconciliation and peace by following his heroic example. “I pray that all can know Fr. Tolton’s holiness and friendship.” says Defilippis. “I also pray that through this project, African Americans will no longer wonder if their story – which is really our story – is worth hearing.”