Monday, August 3, 2015

August Saints and Feast Days


Month of August
10 August Activities for Catholic Families @ Real Life at Home
August Catholic Family Calendar @ The Kennedy Adventures
August Saints and Feast Days @ Real Life at Home

August 4th – St. John Vianney
Incorrupt saint and patron of parish priests.  Fervently faithful and known for his dedication in hearing confessions (sometimes up to 18 hours a day!).  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. John Vianney @ Catholic Playground
St. John Vianney @ Waltzing Matilda

Activities:
Priest Peg Dolls @ Catholic Icing

Food:
Priestly Brownies @ Catholic Culture

August 5th – Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
One of the 4 great basilica’s of Rome and the first Marian shrine.  This is the memorial of the dedication of the site to Our Lady of the Snow when she appeared in a dream and asked her church to be built where the miraculous summer snow would fall.  It is also said that the true manger of Bethlehem is kept here as a relic and is brought out every Christmas.  Read more at Catholic Culture.

Activities:
Our Lady of the Snow Snowflake Craft @ Flare of Light
Our Lady of Snows Science Fun @ Catholic Inspired
Our Lady of Snows Crystal Snowflakes @ Catholic Inspired
Our Lady of Snows Simple Craft @ Catholic Inspired

August 6th – Transfiguration of the Lord
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light.  And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him.  Then Peter spoke to Jesus. 'Lord,' he said, 'it is wonderful for us to be here; if you want me to, I will make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.'  He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.' – Matthew 17:1-5

Coloring Pages:
Transfiguration of the Lord @ Catholic Playground
Transfiguration @ Holy Transfiguration

Activities:
Transfiguration of the Lord Bible Verse Cut and Order @ Three Sided Wheel
Transfiguration of the Lord Copywork @ Three Sided Wheel
Transfiguration Suncatcher @ Catholic Inspired

August 7th: St. Cajetan
Patron saint of job seekers and known as the “Huntsman of Souls” for his fervor in bringing others to Christ.  He was especially concerned with caring for the sick, and he founded the Order of Clerks Regular who receive no salary, only donations that are freely given so that they rely solely upon God to provide for them.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Cajetan @ Catholic Playground

August 8th: St. Dominic
This holy man from Spain founded the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), who are dedicated to preaching and teaching. He also received the Rosary from Our Lady and began the practice of reciting it.  He is the patron saint of astronomers and falsely accused peoples.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Dominic Guzman @ Catholic Playground

Activities:
Stargazing and Pray a Rosary as suggested @ Two O’s + More

Food:
Mimosas or OJ and the Legend of the Orange Tree @ Catholic Cuisine

August 8th: St. Mary Mackillop
First Australian saint.  Founded the Josephites (Brown Joeys) and dedicated her life to the education of the poor.  Learn more about her at Saint Mary Mackillop.

Coloring Pages:
St. Mary Mackillop @ Catholic Playground
St. Mary Mackillop @ Waltzing Matilda

Activities:
Mary Mackillop’s Story @ Saint Mary Mackillop

Food:
St. Mary’s Sweet Treats @ Cath Family

August 10th: St. Lawrence, Martyr
Deacon in Rome in the 3rd Century.  He is the patron saint of cooks, because he was martyred on an open flame.  The church sure has a sense of humor!  Also of fire prevention and comedy (he proclaimed as he was dying “Turn me over, I’m done on this side!”).  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Page:
St. Lawrence @ Homeschool Is Where the Heart Is

Activities:

Food:
Eat a Cold Meal as suggested @ Catholic Cuisine
St. Lawrence Grill Cakes @ Catholic Cuisine
Jiffy On-Fire Dessert @ Catholic Culture
Lasagna @ Catholic Culture
Have a Cookout as suggested @ Real Life at Home

August 11th: St. Clare of Assisi
Patron of television.  Ran away from her wealthy family to live in poverty as a follower of St. Francis.  Founded the Poor Clares and rebuffed the Saracens who were attacking her convent by praying at the walls with the Blessed Sacrament.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
C is for St. Clare @ Saints to Color

Activities:
Monstrance Craft @ Catholic Inspired
Pool Noodle Monstrance @ Catholic Icing

Food:
Poor Clare Solemn Vow Cookies @ Catholic Cuisine
Almond Slices @ Catholic Culture

August 12th: St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Happily married to a wealthy baron and mother of seven children, she dedicated her life to serving the poor and sick.  When her husband was fatally shot in a hunting accident, she forgave the man who killed him and founded the Visitation nuns under the guidance of St. Francis de Sales.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Jane Frances de Chantal @ Waltzing Matilda

Activities:
Printable Book @ Catholic Inspired

August 14th: St. Maximilian Kolbe
Franciscan priest from Poland who founded the Militia of the Immaculate Mary and served as a missionary in Europe and Asia.  He was imprisoned in Auschwitz in World War II and offered himself as a martyr in place of another man.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Maximilian Kolbe @ Catholic Playground
St. Maximilian Kolbe @ Waltzing Matilda
M is for St. Maximilian Kolbe @ Saints to Color

Activities:

Food:
Polish Meal Ideas @ Catholic Cuisine
Kielbasa Stew @ Catholic Culture
Kielbasa and Potatoes @ Homeschool is Where the Heart Is

August 15th: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today we celebrate Mary being taken body and soul into heaven and the end of her earthly life.  Read more about this feast at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
Feast of the Assumption @ Catholic Playground

Activities:
Floating Paper Lantern @ Catholic Playground
Assumption of Mary Triptych @ Catholic Icing
Assumption of Mary Pull Tab Craft @ Catholic Mom   
Assumption of Mary Centerpiece @ Catholic Inspired

Food:
Assumption Parfaits @ Catholic Cuisine
Lemon and Mint Iced Tea @ My Catholic Kitchen
Assumpta Salad @ Catholic Culture
Shrimp in Bechamel @ Catholic Culture (b├ęchamel) and Catholic Culture
Strawberry Punch @ Catholic Culture
Cloud Recipes @ Catholic Icing
Assumption Day Stuffed Apples @ Feast!

August 15th: St. Tarcisius
Early Christian deacon or acolyte who was beaten to death while carrying the Blessed Sacrament to prisoners.  He is the patron saint of first communicants and altar servers.

Coloring Pages:

August 18th: St. Helen
Mother of Emperor Constantine.  She traveled to Mount Calvary in Jerusalem and discovered the true cross.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Helen @ Catholic Playground
St. Helena @ Waltzing Matilda
H is for St. Helena @ Saints to Color

Activities:
Simple Cross Craft @ Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Food:
Basil Recipes @ Feast!
Hot Cross Buns @ My Catholic Kitchen
Monkey Bread Cross @ Catholic Cuisine
Tomato Basil Mozarella Salad @ Catholic Cuisine

August 19th: St. John Eudes
French priest who founded the Eudist order.  He was a big proponent of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
Sacred and Immaculate Heart @ Catholic Inspired
Two Hearts @ Two Hearts Design

Activities:
Sacred and Immaculate Heart Activity Chart @ Catholic Inspired
Sacred and Immaculate Heart Crafts @ Catholic Icing
Sacred and Immaculate Heart Rosaries @ Catholic Icing

Food:
Sacred and Immaculate Heart Fruit and Veggie Platters @ Catholic Cuisine

August 20th: St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Cistercian abbot known for his influence in bringing peace among leaders of his time.  He was of a noble family and convinced 31 other nobles to enter religious life with him.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Food:
Dijon Chicken @ Catholic Cuisine
Honey Arnold Palmer @ Catholic Cuisine

August 21st: Pope St. Pius X
Elected pope in 1903.  Well-loved and fervent in defending the liturgy and encouraging spiritual practices such as frequent communion and daily reading of the bible.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
Pope St. Pius X @ Waltzing Matilda
Pope St. Pius X @ Catholic Playground

August 21st: Our Lady of Knock
Mary appeared with St. Joseph and St. John at a church in Ireland.  The apparition lasted two hours and was witnessed by 13 people.  A number of miraculous healings happened to the sick who later visited the site.  Read more at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
Our Lady of Knock @ Catholic Playground

August 22nd: Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Coloring Pages:
Queenship of Mary @ Waltzing Matilda

Activities:
Queenship of Mary Craft @ Catholic Icing
Do a Mary Crowning - many options @ Homeschool is Where the Heart Is

Food:
Queenship of Mary Cookies @ Catholic Playground
Simple Crown Cupcakes @ Catholic Cuisine

August 23rd: St. Rose of Lima
Contemplative Third Order Dominican who dedicated her life to charity while suffering voluntarily from extreme penance.  She is the first saint of the America’s.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Rose of Lima @ Catholic Playground
R is for St. Rose of Lima @ Saints to Color
St. Rose of Lima @ Catholic Heritage Curricula

Activities:
St. Rose of Lima Paper Doll @ Paper Dali

Food:
St. Rose of Lima Cookies @ Under Her Starry Mantle
Rose Bread @ Catholic Cuisine
Pancit Bihon and Lomo Saltado @ Feast!
Rose Roll-Ups @ Catholic Cuisine
Arroz con Leche @ Catholic Culture

August 24th: St. Bartholomew, Apostle
Bartholomew, also known as Nathaniel, was an apostle of Jesus.  He evangelized in Asia Minor, India, and Armenia, which is where he was ultimately martyred by having his skin ripped off his body.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
Jesus Calls Philip & Nathaniel @ Super Coloring

Food:
White Gingerbread @ Catholic Culture

August 26th: Our Lady of Czestochowa
Also known as the Black Madonna.  It is said that St. Luke himself painted it on a wood tabletop built by Jesus.  St. Helen, the finder of the true cross, brought it from Jerusalem to Constantinople where it remained for 500 years before eventually making it’s way to Poland.  It sustained damage from a robbery attempt which can still be seen in the form of the slashes on its face.  Read more at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
 Our Lady of Czestochowa @ Homeschool is Where the Heart Is 

Activities:

Food:
Paczki (Polish Donuts) @ Catholic Culture

August 27th: St. Monica
St. Monica is known for her incessant prayers for her pagan husband and her wayward son St. Augustine.  Because of her prayers, her husband converted a year before his death and her son became a great Saint and Doctor of the Church.  Among other things, she is the Patron Saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, and disappointing children.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St Monica @ Catholic Playground
St. Monica @ Waltzing Matilda

Activities:
Write a letter/card to Mother/Grandmothers as suggested @ Two O’s + More
Pray for Family Members who have left the church as suggested @ Real Life at Home

Food:
St. Monica’s Tears @ Catholic Cuisine

August 28th: St. Augustine
Doctor of the church and great bishop in Africa.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture

Coloring Pages:
St. Augustine @ Catholic Playground
St. Augustine @ Waltzing Matilda

Activities:
Go to confession as suggested @ Two O’s + More

Food:
Key Lime Pie for St. Monica and St. Augustine @ Sole Searching Mama

August 29th: Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
Today we celebrate the death of St. John the Baptist (we celebrated his nativity in June).  He not only served as a predecessor of Christ, but also as a martyr for Him.  Read more about this feast at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
John the Baptist Stained Glass Window @ St. John the Baptist Religious Education

Food:
Honey Granola @ Catholic Cuisine
Locust and Honey Snack @ Catholic Cuisine
Grasshopper Parfait @ Catholic Cuisine

August 31st: St. Raymond Nonnatus
Was a Mercedarian, which means he was part of an order devoted to ransoming Christian captives from the Moors in the 13th century.  He risked his own life to free as many Christians as possible and even to convert Moors in the process.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Raymond Nonnatus @ Catholic Playground

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