Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Celebrating the Month of the Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary, and other than actually praying the Rosary (always been in little chunks at our place... "a decade a day"), we have been trying to incorporate a few fun activities and treats into our learning and faith formation this month....
**We attended a beginning of the year Mass with our homeschool group a couple weeks ago, and my sister-in-law and I divided up the task of making enough cupcakes to form a cupcake Rosary.  We only needed a cross (not perfect at all, but I did my best, eh?) and 59 cupcakes to represent the beads.  Here are some pictures - one of my helpers and one of the finished product....

**I thought if we could use cupcakes to represent the beads, then why not construction paper circles.  We don't have an actual bulletin board in our house to decorate each month, but we have lots of empty doors and wall space.  Not fancy and elegant, but simple and very meaningful!  So, we followed the similar pattern as the cupcakes, plus the kids will continue working on drawing/coloring each of the mysteries throughout the month.  Here is what we have so far....

Glorious Mysteries 
The Resurrection and Pentecost 
(made by:  Melody and Ariel)

  • Joyful Mysteries
    The Nativity
    (made by: Ariel)

    Sorrowful Mysteries
    The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, and the Crucifixion
    (made by:  Pookey, Mario, and Max)

    Luminous Mysteries
     Wedding at Cana
    (made by:  Max)
A lot to keep these little ones busy, huh?  I'll try to post a finished picture at the end of the month!

**We had a special visitor over last week and knew it might be a little overwhelming to re-create the cupcake rosary, not to mention the belly aches if the 9 of us and 1 of him had to finish it.  So, we made a 9x13 rosary cake and used M&M's and Kit Kat's.  Much more suitable for a smaller scale!!

Some links for this month:

We love our crocheted Rosary roses and use them for when we pray at home and also at our Little Flowers gathering each month.  You can buy your own set here.  
How to pray the Rosary

A sweet post by Jessica on the Catholic child and the Blessed Virgin

Many posts here from Catholic Icing on the Rosary

What are your plans to celebrate this month of the Rosary with your family??

++Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
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