Last Minute Christmas Activity

The infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke reveal much about the identity and mission of Jesus. Have the students look up and print the Scripture quotations to match the following descriptions. Then have them answer the question at the bottom. Have…

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St. Maximilian Kolbe and Consecration to Mary

St. Maximillian Kolbe, the saint of Auschwitz, had a great devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He encouraged all people to consecrate themselves to Mary or to renew their consecration to Mary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December…

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Two Great Teachers of the Faith: St. Nicholas of Myra (December 6) and St. Ambrose (December 7)

As Christmas approaches, remember to tell your students not only that Santa Claus is “real,” but that the saintly figure behind the legend is even more of an inspiration than the jolly perennial visitor of mythical renown! On…

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Sharing Christmas Memories

You may wish to adapt this short activity to fill-in some extra minutes of class during the final weeks before the Christmas break.

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December Days to Honor Mary

Working individually or in small groups, have the students create presentations on either the Feast of the Immaculate Conception or the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe related to what they unearth for understanding Mary.

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“The Bethlehem Explosion”

The following lesson centers around the poem "The Bethlhem Explosion" by acclaimed author Madeline L'Engle. The accompanying background material and lesson is taken from The Catholic Spirit: An Anthology for Discovering Faith…

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Prayer to the Virgin of Guadalupe

December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas. On his first journey as pope in 1979, St. John Paul II went to Mexico "to invoke on my pontificate the motherly…

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Advent/Christmas Icebreaker Idea

This Christmas-themed icebreaker encourages students to share remembrances of fun holiday celebrations.

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Guided Meditation: The Announcement of the Birth of Jesus

"Hail Mary, full of grace." These words were spoken by the angel Gabriel to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus. This meditation will place your students in the role of Mary: listening to the angel, responding and trying to understand.

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Matching Quiz: Early Advent Saints

This fun quiz encourages students to contemplate the lives of these saints who have feast days in early December.

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