My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Some crafts for Holy Thursday

In 2011 we made this adorable craft featured on the Catholic Icing Blog. It was a lot of fun and Rosie (6 years old at the time ) in particular had a good time with it. But I put it away after Easter and when I got it out the next year it just looked kind of worse for wear. So in 2012  I decided to "ramp it up" a little bit so that I could have a craft that could last for a few more years.

I still used Lacy's Last Supper Downloads, which are available for free on her site. Izzy (who was 13) colored them with magic markers and then cut them out. Then we glued them to a heavier Foam-Sheets. We cut the foam then to match the form of each apostle.

When the apostles and Jesus were all colored and cut out, I had Rosie color the table wear.

I also used that heavy craft foam to cover the table that Mr. Pete then graciously cut and put together. This gave the piece some weight and was more stable than the egg cartons suggested in the original instructions. That was important because I want to be able to save and use this piece for years to come.
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This piece is gracing our built in buffet in the dining room this weekend. I also think that this would be a good craft to do for a First Communion centerpiece.

Here are our results -

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Lacy also supplies the names for the apostles so we  wrote them on the back.

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Now you can imagine that since this craft is four years old and has been stored in a closet when not in use, it gets a little beat up.  So this year I also reinforced the figures that had started to bend forward, with craft sticks hot glued to the back.

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Rosie is 10 this year, and she has been making peg saints for a while now.  She had already created a few of the apostles, but this year she set about making the rest of them so that I would have all 12 apostles ready for tonight.  She painted each one by hand and included the symbol for each one on the figure.

For example, here is Judas holding his sack of silver.

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She researched each saint on the internet and tried to be true to the figures she saw there - although St. Simon is based more on the character from Jesus Christ Superstar!

One thing for certain, she will never forget who the original 12 apostles were!