What a powerful message we share when we proclaim Jesus as Christ the King! For me, this remains one of the best parts about teaching in Catholic schools, being part of faith formation programs, and raising Catholic kids. Time and again we can look to Jesus as an example of everything we are asking our young people to be; he is the perfect role model. And while any day of the year is a good day to celebrate Christ as King, the Solemnity of Christ the King is set aside for that distinct purpose. This year it falls on November 24; always it marks the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar. Teaching Catholic Kids is happy to share ideas for bringing Christ the King into your classrooms, parishes, and homes.
November at a Glance (PDF)
The End of the Liturgical Year
The children will delight in decorating these simple "jeweled" crowns. After, take turns wearing the crowns and playing "Kind King, May I" as you talk about Jesus our King.
Kings’ Crowns and Kind King, May I (PDF)
Grade 6 & Up
These gem magnets are perfect for lockers and magnetic message boards! These glass gem magnets are functional reminders that Christ is our King.
Christ the King Glass Gem Magnets (PDF)
Lifelong Catechesis Corner
Christ the King
Next time you pray the Our Father, think especially about the words "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
Activities online at the Lifelong Catechesis page.
Catholic Stewardship for Kids
November 29 is the anniversary of the death of Dorothy Day. When she was a child, Dorothy Day did not learn about religion. Her parents never took her to church. By the time she was 16, she said she didn’t believe there was a God. The changes in Dorothy’s life over the years helped her to come to believe in and love God, and to follow Jesus’ teachings. Dorothy helped poor people, lived with them and lived like them. She worked hard for peace. She prayed. She is one of our best examples of someone who lived as Jesus had lived.
Use information gathered from the internet, books, etc. to start a discussion about how she used her time, talent, and treasure to follow Jesus' teachings.
Saint for November
November 16 is the Feast Day of St. Margaret of Scotland. As a queen, she and her husband King Malcolm worked to make life better for everyone.
St. Margaret of Scotland (PDF)
November Saints You Have Probably Never Heard Of
by Mary Lou Rosien
November is a special month in the Catholic Church. We take time to thank God for His many blessings at Thanksgiving. We begin Advent and prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth and we remember the saints in a special way.
Some saints are household names. St. Mary, St. Francis, and St. Anthony are saints that most people have heard of, but how about Saint Vigor?
St. Vigor wanted to be a priest so badly, that when his father opposed the idea Vigor ran away to pursue his vocation! He preached against paganism and built a Church on a pagan temple site. He died in 537 AD and his feast day is November 1st. St. Vigor is a role model to follow when to follow God's will for us goes against what others think we should do.
St. Dominator was the fourteenth bishop of Brescia, Italy, during the troubled era following the final collapse of the Roman Empire in the West. When he was bishop the Arian Heresy was in full swing and barbarians were running wild! Germanic tribes were in full control of Italy. There are no pictures or paintings of Dominator, and little is known about him, but it must have been a really hard time to be a bishop! His feast day is celebrated on November 5th. We can think of Saint Dominator when the trials seem overwhelming and hard to face.
St. Elaeth's feast day is celebrated on Nov. 10th. He was a 6th century Christian King in Britain. Some religious poetry is attributed to him. After losing his territory he moved to North Wales where he lived in a monastery. St. Elaeth can inspire us to bring something beautiful out of defeat.
St.Gertrude's feast day is on November 16th. Gertrude was a cloistered nun who spent her life contemplating and showing great devotion to the Sacred Humanity of Christ. She was highly educated and she died in 1302 AD. St. Gertrude is a good example of dedication to studies and to increasing our love and knowledge of Christ.
St. Felicitas is a very early saint and martyr in the history of the Catholic Church. She is called the mother of the seven martyrs (Feast day on July 10th), although there is some question as to whether these were actually her biological children. Her feast day is November 23rd, and she died in 165 AD. Her story reminds us of the mother in Macabees; a woman and seven sons who were imprisoned and killed for their faith. St. Felicitas is the patron saint of parents of children who have died. We can learn from her the strength to defend our faith, no matter what we face as a result.
Psalm 34: 1-4 Psalm of Thanksgiving
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and be glad.
O magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
I sought the LORD, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
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