Category Archives: Lost and Found Catholic

Jesus’s Weekly Words of Wisdom

Before the school year started I debated on whether or not to purchase a cardboard cutout of either Jesus or Pope Francis. Naturally I didn’t debate very long. Who could choose Pope Francis over Jesus!?!

I searched the World Wide Web and found a life-size cardboard, cartoon cutout of Jesus on Oriental Trading. I ordered it right away in hopes it would arrive before classes would begin, but alas, my previous shipping address was pre-programmed and Jesus was delivered to the wrong address. {AAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!}

I took it as a sign that maybe it was too much for the classroom. But to my surprise, Jesus was miraculously delivered to my new address {a few months late . . . but He still arrived.}

So now, Jesus sits with us every week and gives His words of wisdom by which to live.

I printed a word bubble from the computer {you can find one online, but I created one in Adobe Illustrator} then laminated it and used foam glue dots to affix the word bubble to a popsicle stick so I can change the message every week.

But how do I change the message every week without tearing Him up? I put foam glue dots the width of the popsicle stick to the back of His head to hold the word bubble in place. 

The children love seeing Him every week and look forward to reading His words of wisdom.

My Big News

Earlier this month I told you that I’m So Excited. Well, I can finally tell you why. For the last three years I have been an assistant catechist of the 2nd grade CCD class at my church. I have learned so much and am grateful to have been placed with two very dedicated catechists. But starting the 2014-2015 year, I will be lead catechist of the 2nd grade. The first Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist class! YAY!

During this month I’ve worked very hard coming up with new ideas for the classroom and the students. I’ve researched how to create great lesson plans, crafts and projects, and even homework to do with their parents. Yes, homework for CCD! I’ve created graphics for posters and worksheets and find and seek games hoping it will help them pay attention during Mass. {I owe a big, “Thank you,” to Jared Dees of The Religion Teacher. This website is full of resources for religion teachers.  And if you get a chance to listen to him speak, you should.}

Unfortunately I received some bitter news along with my sweet news. The lead catechist whom I have been with for the last two years didn’t like the changes that were coming, so she has decided to quit.{And then she removed me from her social media accounts.} She just needs our prayers.

Now to get through vacation bible school this summer!

Have a Blessed Holy Thursday

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AND it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, he said to his disciples: You know that after two days shall be the pasch, and the son of man shall be delivered up to be crucified:

Then were gathered together the chief priests and ancients of the people into the court of the high priest, who was called Caiphas: And they consulted together, that by subtilty they might apprehend Jesus, and put him to death. But they said: Not on the festival day, lest perhaps there should be a tumult among the people.
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Maybe One Day . . .

Maybe one day I’ll finish writing and finally post all of these articles I have started. Maybe.

Found What I Was Missing

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Advent season started with being unsure if I was up for it this year. I wasn’t “in the spirit.” I didn’t feel like it was here.

Whether or not I was ready, the season came anyway. So we started our Advent traditions. Lighting the first candle of our wreath on the first Sunday and have continued at every evening meal since {forgetting to blow it out a few times so now it’s only an inch tall with two and a half weeks left to burn it}. My daughter opens the door on the Advent calendar to reveal the image of the day {no chocolates or treats}. We decorated our symbol of everlasting life and the light of Christ {also known as the Christmas tree and lights}. We placed the angel on top of the tree {not a Santa hat or bow or any other tacky holiday decoration that has nothing to do with Christ}.

But still I sat on the couch the first Sunday of Advent not ready for it. I just couldn’t shake the slump. It didn’t help that I was still having trouble with my conversion of heart and hadn’t been to confession yet. But there was just something else that I needed. God only knows what that could be, right? Right.

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