The themes for this meeting were: St. Cecilia, the virtue of Piety, and the Forget-Me-Not. Here is an overview from our meeting:
As the girls arrived, they colored a beautiful picture of St. Cecilia (pdf) from Catholic Heritage Curricula.
Once all the girls arrived we began our meeting with the prayer to St. Therese and the Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love. We then continued with a review of the virtue and saint we learned about at our last meeting. Our bead jar is taking awhile to fill up, since I've had to cancel so many meetings lately... So, to make up for that, the girls all got to choose a couple Coloring and/or Father Lovasik books as rewards for working so hard! =)
Then I introduced the next virtue we will be working on, Piety, and we read a short biography of the saint for this month, St. Cecilia.
After telling the girls the definition of Piety, I used Father Lasance's "Colors of Piety" (from the Wreath One Leader's Guide) to further explain this virtue to girls:
Rosy Red: Zeal in hearing Mass
Scarlet Orange: Works of CharityWhite: Pious actions (the Rosary, the Scapular, and Eucharistic Adoration)
Bright Gold: Practice of Frequently Raising the Heart to God
Verdant Green: Sanctification of Sunday
Celestial Blue: Fervor in Prayer (daily prayers)
Violet: Self-Denial (make sacrifices and learn to be obedient)
To make it a little easier, I printed out a rainbow image (including the seven "Colors of Piety" made with Photoshop) for each girl to color as they listened to the explanations. Then they could then add the Rainbow and list to their notebooks!
Following the lesson the girls began making their notebook pages. Last month one of the moms lent me her Cricut and I had so much fun playing with it! While I had it I cut out the word Piety in pink for each girl and adorable little blue and yellow flowers! I always think pink when I think of St. Cecilia, which I am sure is because of the beautiful picture of her in the Picture Book of Saints, which I remember so well from my childhood!!! Since I couldn't find that picture of her online I settled for this one, which is also beautiful!
Here is my sample page for the girls. I included the memory verse and for Piety, a quote from the book of Job, and the prayer to St. Cecilia. It was pretty simple, but turned out cute!
(Here is the link to my document.)
As usual, the girls did a lovely job. Here are their pages:
Snack time was next. The poor mom that had snacks this month had a little accident on her way out the door and all the Forget-me-Not cupcakes which sounded so adorable (and were made in Ice-Cream Cones) did not make it to the meeting... Nevertheless, she still found away to quickly decorate some from Safeway! (Which is much more than I would have done at that point!!) The girls all loved them!
There are so many directions you could go with the snacks for this meeting. You could tie in music notes for St. Cecilia, Forget-me-Not flowers, and then there are all the different things you can make with "rainbows." Wouldn't Fruit Kabobs in the "Colors of Piety" be fun?! (The ice-cream cone cupcakes that were intended for this meeting reminded me of the Flower Pot Cupcakes we made awhile back... They would be fun for the girls to make sometime!!)
Anyhow, after we finish our meetings, the girls *always* love playing Memory with the Little Flower Memory Cards. This month, since we tied in the Rainbow with the Colors of Piety, I also brought along Noah's Rainbow Race, which is a fun game for younger children too.
I had wanted to play the St. Cecilia Glory Story CD for the girls, but we just didn't have time. In fact, I even forgot to take a group picture!!! Can you believe it?? As it was, we didn't all leave until almost 9:30pm, but the girls were having such a great time we hated to end the night! So many of them were shy at first, but they are starting to warm up to one another. I can't wait till our next meeting... Actually, we won't have to wait long since I scheduled for next week. Gotta catch up! ;)
Saint Cecilia, please help us to be like you and be pious.
Saint Therese, the Little Flower, pray for us!