catholic Summer project ideas
Happy summer! This summer may not feel very normal with your typical plans being disrupted. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy all that summertime as to offer! There are plenty of ways you and your family and friends can have fun this summer and enjoy time outside. Here you can find a few ways you can incorporate your faith into summer projects and arts and crafts. Check out the galleries below for some inspiration and click on the links for explanations and more information on each project.
Honor our Blessed Mother by giving her space in your yard where you can visit and pray for her intercession. There are many types of flowers that are typically associated with Mary or named after her: Marigolds (Mary's gold), roses (Mary is sometimes called the Mystical Rose), lavender and rosemary ("Our Lady's drying plants"), and lily (symbol of purity) to name a few. For the Mary part of your garden, look into finding a Mary statue or you can print and color images of Mary as seen in one of the images below.
- Here are some additional links of why you should have a Mary garden and tips on what to put in it:
St. Francis Bird Feeder
St. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in the 1100's. He grew up in a wealthy family, but when he was a young adult he had a powerful encounter with Jesus and he gave up all his material possession and began the Franciscan religious order. He is known for his poverty, service, and care for creation. To honor him, learn more about his life, create a bird feeder, and pray the Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon found here!
- Here are some ideas of DIY bird feeders you can make with your family:
- Here are some resources to tell St. Francis's story and learn more about him:
This may be a classic for some of you reading this, it's one of my favorite activities! All you need are rocks and paint! You may want to rub off any dirt on the rocks you find so they are smoother and the paint stays on better. There are many cool ideas of what you can do with these after you're done painting! You can put them in your garden (maybe your Mary garden), you can go on a walk and place them along the sidewalk so other people can enjoy your art or inspiring message, or you can simply leave them in a place in your yard where you'll see them and get to enjoy what you made!
- Here are some ideas of what you can paint on them:
- An image that makes you smile, your favorite Bible verse, a Saint quote, an inspiring message, you could just paint it your favorite colors so it stands out among the yard, a funny picture, your favorite thing about summer - you can really take this wherever you go and have good conversation about why you painted what you did! Check these images for some more inspiration:
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