Thursday, December 15, 2011

Let Love Light the Way

Our December meeting focused on St. Jane de Chantal and the virtue of Love of Neighbor.  What a perfect time of year to be thinking about who our neighbor is and how we can show God's love to them. 

As all of our girls arrived, they began creating a pile of toys to be donated to the local Toys for Tots campaign.  By the time everyone had arrived, we had filled our gathering table with all sorts of wonderful Christmas gifts for our neighbors in need.  Thanks girls, for practicing this beautiful virtue.

As always, the girls began with a coloring page for their binders.

We used the same image on the coloring page to create our holy card:

This is also the image that we use in our Year One binder page.
For our holy card, we added a simple prayer:

O, Sovereign Goodness,
I abandon myself
forever in
Thy arms.

Our craft centered on love and the spreading the light of Christ to others by giving that love away.  So...we made candles.

The girls had the choice of two types.

The first was a simple candle of stacked-hearts.

The other was a little glass votive decorated with jewels.

Both projects were completed nicely, but they didn't hold a candle (pun intended, of course) to the treat Mrs. A brought this week!

The Buds couldn't wait to dig in...

But not if it's hot!

MMMMM...Just a lick?

Or maybe a whole bite!

Keep planting seeds...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Take the Love of God with You as You Go!

Our November meeting focused on St. Agnes and the virtue of "Love of God".  The girls gathered with a coloring page of our saint and made a prayer card to add to their binders.  We used our Year One images of St. Agnes on the prayer card, along with this simple prayer in the saint's own words:

Oh, Lord,
I belong to
Whom the angels serve.

Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a picture of a finished prayer card, but I did get the girls coloring their St. Agnes pages.

With our virtue focus of this meeting as "Love of God", we decided that we needed to be able to take the love of God with us everywhere that we go.  We also decided that it would be nice for everyone to see that love of God.  Of course, they should be able to see it reflected in our actions, but what if everyone could actually see it? 

Because we were carrying it like a walking evangelization!

So we made:
Tote Bags.

The girls really enjoyed decorating the bags with glitz and glam and writing their own "sweet nothings" about their favorite guy...Jesus, of course!

And wasn't it cute when we pulled out the mini-totes to go with the big totes?

What could be hiding inside?
Mrs. A never tells...

But it's always bound to be something YUMMY!

No one was disappointed!
Are they ever?

Keep planting seeds...