Our "Backyard Catholic VBS" is back (& it's FREE!)

So many moms asked us to bring back our Holy Heroes Summer Faith Adventure in which my-kids-teach-your-kids in the totally Catholic VBS! So: we DID! It’s a completely Catholic VBS which you can do in your backyard at your own pace–over a single week or space it out throughout the summer! It is completely FREE online here with everything you need. A great idea from other moms: Get your neighbors over and have the teenagers run it for the little kids while the moms chat and relax. Everyone will love it (and they will learn about their Catholic Faith in an unforgettable way). HERE IT IS: completely online with everything you need –OR– save your printer by purchasing the Deluxe Leader’s Package or Basic Leader’s Package. You can also get every child an inexpensive

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Two wonderfully Catholic CDs of children's songs

We recently were cc:d on the below email one mom had sent to her friends. I’ve really got nothing to add to what she writes, below…except to say that I remember when my own kids were little and would always want to sing-along in the car with these songs. In the house, our little songbird, Clara, would be busily cleaning something and singing on her own (and sometimes other little girls would join in). Now she’s a whitewater rafting guide and finished with her 3rd year of college! We rarely hear her sweet voice around the house nowadays (sniff!). Here’s Jody’s email (and thank you for copying us on it, too): “I have been feeling compelled lately to tell my Catholic parent friends (and grandparents, relatives, etc.) about a wonderful children’s Catholic

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How (and why) we're using "My Path to Heaven" with our kids

A startling confession from a child–has become a blessing to the rest of us. Here’s how it happened: A couple years ago, my wife called all the kids into our study to organize (yet again) the overflowing bookshelves: my books, her books, kids’ school books, college books, read-aloud books–well, with 8 kids at home, it’s books books books everywhere. One of the older girls pulled a book off the shelf and said, “Oh, I remember this book. I loved it when I was little!” She opened it to the picture on the right–the first of 12 incredibly detailed, “Where’s Waldo?” type of pictures in the book. Of course, all the kids gathered around to peer at that and the other pictures as she slowly paged through them. Trey looked over and replied,

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2 lovely prayers: The Feast of the Annunciation

In just a few days, we will reach the Feast of the Annunciation–celebrating the “fullness of time” when Christ took on our human nature to save us! We celebrate the day when a teenager, the Blessed Virgin Mary, announced a new dawn for us by accepting the role of the mother of God! How inspiring this can be to all children! Just think of the role God gave to a young woman. And if that isn’t exciting enough… every child also knows it means this: We will be only nine months away from Christmas! Like the seasons of Advent and Lent, these nine months from the Solemnity of the Annunciation to the Solemnity of the Nativity can also be a season of spiritual growth for us. This year, why don’t you have your family meditate and contemplate side-by-side with Mary

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Here’s $10 for your 2 cents

Can you help us, please? We’ll pay you for your time! Think of it as part Lenten penance, part “consulting income,” part investment in your children’s future prayers. We at Holy Heroes have been asked over the years to develop a new rosary prayer book for families who want to instill a love of this timeless prayer in their children. We’ve been gathering ideas and drafts and input and considerations and, well—it seems it is time to stop planning and begin writing so we can finally get it out this summer. Why now (at last)? We’ve had so much demand for our Stations of the Cross prayer books, which have been used by parishes and Catholic schools, as well as families in their homes. (Last Friday we picked up the most recent reprint of 4,000 more booklets.) We have

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