Mary's Month

Last Updated Apr 2013

May 2013

During May we have so much to celebrate! The entire month is dedicated in a special way to Mary, the Mother of God and the mother of all of us. Spark interest by incorporating a new Marian devotion or prayer in your homes and classrooms. One of my personal favorites is the Memorare. The second Sunday this month is set aside to honor all mothers and the Easter season concludes the following week on May 19 with the Feast of Pentecost. Though the energy of spring is likely enough to keep spirits high, Teaching Catholic Kids is excited to share these ideas for bringing fun and meaning to the days of May!

— Margaret DeMatteo and the OSV staff
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Fun feature!

May at a Glance (PDF)

Grades K-5

Activity

Ladybug Birdbath (PDF)

Grade 6 & Up

Activity

Mary, the Mother of God (PDF)

Lifelong Catechesis Corner

What can I do to rely more on the Holy Spirit's guidance in my life? How can I grow in the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

Activities online at the Lifelong Catechesis page.

Catholic Stewardship for Kids

Fruit of the Spirit Board

As you take time to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost this month, teach children how praying for the Fruits of the Spirit to grow in us can help us carry out our call to stewardship.

Fruit of the Spirit Board (PDF)

Saint for May

St. Philip of Neri (PDF)

Catechist Know-How

Mary: A Catechist's Example by Mary Lou Rosien

When I ponder who the first catechist might have been, I realize that it was Our Blessed Mother, Mary. As soon as she was pregnant with our Lord, she rushed to bring Him to Elizabeth and Elizabeth's unborn son, John. She began pointing others to Christ from the moment of His conception.

Then, again at the wedding feast of Cana. The hosts run out of wine and Mary points to her son saying, "Do whatever He tells you." Out of obedience to her, Christ begins His public ministry as she points to Him as the answer to everything.

The primary job of a catechist is to lead others to Jesus; Mary gives us a blueprint for doing that well. Her example of love, humility and faith is above all other humans and if we follow her, we too shall bring others to Christ.

As a special patron to catechists, we can also look to Our Blessed Mother when our ministry seems difficult or even heart-breaking. She stood with her Son as He taught His disciples about God the Father. We can imagine that she played a large role in their instruction, by word and example. When I work with someone and they ultimately choose to leave RCIA, or they become Confirmed and then stop going to Mass, I share my disappointment with Mary. I reflect on how her heart must have broken when Judas betrayed her Son, Our Lord. How did she feel when she heard Peter deny Christ? What did it feel like to watch her Son die on the cross and know that some would never understand the sacrifice that He just made? Mary fully understands any disappointment I feel as I carry out my ministry.

So too, Mary shares my joy! When my Catechumens are baptized, when my confirmation students are confirmed and practice their faith in such a powerful way... I know Our Lady is smiling in heaven right along with me. She too can then say, "Well done, good and faithful servant of my son." I look forward to the day when I can share that joy in heaven with Our Lady and all the faithful and see the ripples that each of our ministries began. God bless.

On this Mother’s Day, we thank you, dear Lord, for the mothers in our lives.
We are grateful for and treasure all of the women in our lives that love us and care for us.
Not only do we remember our mothers, but our grandmothers, godmothers, aunts and sisters and friends.
In the name of your Holy Mother Mary, we pray. Amen.

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