Make Ordinary Time extraordinary The Church liturgical calendar celebrates Ordinary Time during the summer months. Actually, Ordinary Time begins the Monday after Pentecost and concludes with the first Sunday of Advent. Far from being “ordinary” Sundays, these days in the liturgical calendar are marked by readings from Jesus’ public ministry and include some of his most important parables, healings and teachings. The liturgical color prescribed for Ordinary Time is green symbolizing life and hope.

Celebrate Ordinary Time as a family with all of the ideas and activities in this month’s TCK. And don’t forget to give thanks for the freedom to celebrate our Catholic faith this month on Independence Day!

Blessings on your summer,
Heidi Busse

July at a Glance: Download here (PDF).

Saint of the Month: St. Bridget of Sweden – July 23. Download here (PDF).

K-5 activity

On your next walk out in nature or trip to the playground have children hunt for rocks for these fun projects. Download here (PDF).

6 and up activity

Almost every garden of any size needs a stepping stone in one place or another. Here’s the way to make some of your very own. Download here (PDF).


Recycling is a great way to help protect the gifts of the earth. Have children color the picture and help them create recycling containers to use at home. Download here (PDF).

Lifelong catechesis

Jesus teaches us that work is good for us. What kind of work do you do during the week? How does it help you?