Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Saints and Feast Days

10 July Activities for Catholic Families @ Real Life at Home

July 1st – Bl. Junipero Serra
Franciscan missionary from Spain who became a major figure in California history.  He founded 21 missions in California and converted thousands of Native Americans.  If all goes as planned, he will be canonized during Pope Francis’ trip to the U.S. in September.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture or Holy Spirit Interactive.

Coloring Pages:
Blessed Junipero Serra @ Catholic Playground
Blessed Junipero Serra @ Little Jesus and Me (scroll)
Mission San Juan Capistrano and Swallow @ Little Jesus and Me (scroll)

Draw a California Mission @ Youtube

Chicken Paella @ Catholic Mom
California Mission Foods @ Catholic Cuisine
Fig Raisin Cake @ Catholic Culture (or to make it easier on yourself, buy some fig newtons!)
Mexican Chocolate Bread Pudding @ Catholic Cuisine

July 3rd - St. Thomas, Apostle
One of Jesus’ twelve apostles famous for doubting that He was raised from the dead until he physically touched Jesus’ crucifixion wounds.  Took the gospel to India.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
Jesus and Thomas @ Raising Our Kids
St. Thomas the Apostle @ Catholic Playground

Copywork @ Shower of Roses
Milk Carton City of God @ Equipping Catholic Families

St. Thomas Fingers @ Catholic Cuisine
Grilled Chicken and Rice Salad @ Catholic Cuisine
Chaldean Coconut Cookies @ Catholic Cuisine
Rice Pudding @ Catholic Culture

July 5th: St. Elizabeth of Portugal
Named after her Great-Aunt (St. Elizabeth of Hungary).  Married to King Denis of Portugal, who was often unfaithful, she lived a life of extreme piety and virtue.
Coloring Pages:
St. Elizabeth of Portugal @ Life’s Little Adventures

Go to Mass @ Today with the Saints

July 6th – St. Maria Goretti
At the age of 12, she fought against a rape attempt, which ended in her being stabbed.  She forgave her attacker on her deathbed, who many years later repented.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.  This is such a hard story to tell young children.  Equipping Catholic Families has a wonderful, simple explanation for the younger members of your family.

Coloring Pages:
Maria Goretti Illustration @ The Catholic Illustrators Guild

Handprint Lillies and Forgiveness Tag @ Shower of Roses

Flames of Forgiveness Cupcakes @ Catholic Cuisine
Lily Sandwiches @

July 11th: St. Benedict
Abbot who established a monastic community centered on the divine office.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Benedict @ Catholic Playground
St. Benedict & Scholastica @ Real Life at Home

St. Benedict Medal Craft @ Equipping Catholic Families
Memorize Psalms @ Equipping Catholic Families

Little Pizza Italy @ Catholic Cuisine

July 12th: St. Veronica
St. Veronica is the woman who took pity on Jesus during his walk to Calvary and wiped his face with a cloth.  Read more about her at Catholic Online.

Coloring Pages:
V is for St. Veronica @ Saints to Color

Handkerchiefs @ Many Mercies
Veronica’s Veil @ Catholic Playground
St. Veronica Craft @ Catholic Icing

Poulet Veronique @ Catholic Cuisine

July 12th: Bl. Louis and Zelie Martin
Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux.  Lived an incredibly pious life and raised 9 children.  They will be canonized October 18th.  Read more about them at Louis and Zelie Martin.

St. Therese and Family Paper Dolls @ Sacred Heart Books and Gifts

Florentines @ Catholic Cuisine
Lace Effect Sugar Cookies @ Catholic Cuisine

July 14th: St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Mohawk Native American who converted to Catholicism as an adult against her family’s wishes.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Kateri @ Happy Saints
Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha @ St. John the Baptist Religious Ed.
Pack of St. Kateri Coloring Pages @ Holy Heroes (Free)
St. Kateri Tekakwitha @ Catholic Playground
K is for St. Kateri Tekakwitha @ Saints to Color

Copywork @ Writing Wizard
St. Kateri Paper Roll Doll @ Family at the Foot of the Cross
St. Kateri Comic Book Pages @ Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact
St. Kateri American Girl Doll Costume @ Equipping Catholic Families
St. Kateri Homemade Costume @ Catholic Icing
St. Kateri Rosary Craft @ Familia Catolica
St. Kateri Crossstitch @ Do Small Things with Love
Stick Cross @ Catholic Inspired
Cross and Beads Necklace @ Catholic Inspired

Edible Indian Corn @ Shower of Roses
Mohawk Corn Bread @ Catholic Culture
Mohawk Milk Cake @ Hi Cookery
St. Kateri Cedar Plank Salmon @ My Catholic Kitchen

St. Kateri Audio Glory Story @ Holy Heroes

July 16th: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock on Mount Carmel in 1251 and gave him the brown scapular.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture and about the brown scapular at Shower of Roses.

Coloring Pages:
Multiple Coloring Pages @ Catholic Icing

Wall Scapular Craft @ Catholic Inspired

Mount Carmel Steamers @ Catholic Cuisine
Caramel Iced Coffee & Milk @ Catholic Cuisine
Caramel Applesauce Crown Cake @ Catholic Cuisine
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Meatball Sandwich @ Catholic Cuisine
Carmelite Sunday @ Catholic Cuisine
LOTS of scapular shaped treats (cookies, cakes, brownies, etc.) @ Catholic Cuisine

July 22nd: St. Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene is the “loose” woman whom Jesus tells to sin no more.  In the Latin tradition, she is also Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus.  She is also, along with the Virgin Mary and St. John, one of the few that remained at Jesus’ side at the crucifixion, and was the first to see the Risen Jesus.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture and at Fish Eaters.

Coloring Pages:
Jesus Forgives Mary Magdalene @ Catholic Etc.
Mary Magdalene at the Tomb @ Hello Kids
Mary at the Tomb @ Ministry to Children

Mary and Martha Hidden Objects @ Lessons 4 Sunday School
Mary and Martha Puppets @ Sunday School Zone
Mary and Martha Cartoon @ Youtube

St. Magdalene Fingers @ Catholic Cuisine

July 23rd: St. Bridget of Sweeden
Mystic who was zealous in serving the poor and sick as a princess.  She is the mother of Catherine of Sweeden.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Page:
St. Bridget of Sweeden @ Women for Faith and Family

Sweedish Meatballs @ Catholic Cuisine

July 25th: St. James, Apostle
St. James, the brother of John, was present at the Transfiguration and the Agony in the Garden.  He was beheaded in Jerusalem, the first apostle to be martyred.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. James the Greater @ Little Jesus and Me (scroll)

St. James Cross and Shell Candle @ Shower of Roses

Tarta de Santiago @ Catholic Cuisine
Coupe St. Jacques @ Catholic Cuisine
Nacho Stuffed Shells @ Catholic Cuisine

July 26th: St. Anne and Joachim
Mary’s parents.  We don’t know much about them, other than that they had Mary when they were advanced in age, and that they dedicated her in the temple as a child.  Read more about them at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Anne @ Waltzing Matilda

Cards for Grandparents @ Two Os + More

Crème Sainte Anne @ Catholic Cuisine
Watermelon Lemonade @ Catholic Cuisine
Mariners Mussels @ Carrots for Michaelmas

July 29th: St. Martha
Martha was a friend of Jesus, most remembered for working busily to show Jesus hospitality in her home while her sister Mary sat and listened to Jesus.  Martha is the patron saint of homemakers, and reminds us to take time out of our busy day to keep Jesus at the center of our lives.  Read more about her at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
St. Martha @ Catholic Playground
Jesus Visits Mary and Martha @ Sermon 4 Kids

Hospitality with Martha and Mary @ Meaningful Mama
Mary and Martha Cartoon @ Youtube
Mary and Martha Hidden Objects @ Lessons 4 Sunday School
Mary and Martha Puppets @ Sunday School Zone

Prepare a simple meal as suggested @ Catholic Culture

July 31st: St. Ignatius of Loyola
Spanish saint who helped found the Jesuits.  Read more about him at Catholic Culture.

Coloring Pages:
I is for St. Ignatius of Loyola @ Saints to Color
St. Ignatius of Loyola @ Herald Entertainment
Coloring Page and Paper Doll @ Paper Dali

Spiritual Exercise @ Sadlier

San Ignacio’s Nachos @ Catholic Cuisine

You can find most of these activities on my Liturgical Year - July Pinterest board:
Follow Andrea's board Liturgical Year: July on Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

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