Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Speaking of Valentine's

Does anyone have any good craft or kids ideas for celebrating the holiday with a spiritual focus? I've been asked, and my brain is too foggy today to come up with any good ideas. Post a comment or email me at if you're creative!


Pat Gohn said...

How about a spiritual "bouquet"?

Have little ones draw a daisy-like flower and put one intention or thanksgiving (with Mom's help if needed) that they will pray for on each petal. You could even make the petals heart-shaped if you want. Cut out the flower shape. Decorate according to taste/ability. Then you can glue/paste/staple the flower to a plastic straw "stem". Then put the flower or flowers in a vase (as simple or elaborate as you wish). Each night at supper, pray for one different intention as a family after you pray your grace before meals. This little bouquet will remind you to pray for these needs, or to lovingly thank God for his gifts in the next few weeks before we come to Ash Wednesday.

If you want to be really elaborate, you can also design your flowers so you can "pick" off a petal each night (in He-loves-me;He-loves-me-not fashion. However, with Christ, the answer is ALWAYS: HE LOVES ME!)

Stacey said...

In addition to pink candies and heart shaped cookies, and ofcourse valentines (this year it is dora and blue!), We talk about the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and pray special devotions to them on this day. This helps when we say things like I give you my heart, to really start to understand what our hearts are to God. We also sing a song called "Create in me a Clean Heart" so that we can talk about how in giving one another our hearts in earthly love, we need to be as pure as possible and only Christ's heart can help purify ours.
Just a few thoughts for tying in the depth of catholic 'stuff' about hearts since this is the secular feast of the HEART!!!