Living the Seasons

Simple Ways to Celebrate the Beauty of Your Faith throughout the Year
Photographs by: Hannah Hoggatt

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Format: Hardcover

Publication date: October 6, 2023


Erica Tighe Campbell, owner and designer of Be A Heart, created this stunning, full-color guide to creatively celebrating the faith throughout the year. Living the Seasons is brimming with clever, doable, and beautiful crafts and activities; vivid photographs; brief introductions to the seasons and the lives of the saints; heartfelt notes of encouragement from Campbell; and original Be A Heart illustrations. This gorgeous companion will become your favorite resource for living your faith at home for years to come.

In Living the Seasons, Campbell offers imaginative ideas, effortless directions, and gorgeous photos of crafts, activities, meals, and snacks for a diverse variety of Catholic feast days, holy days, and seasons in the Church. She uses supplies that can easily be found at your local craft stores, party shops, or online retailers.

You’ll find ways to celebrate all of the Church seasons—Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, Ordinary Time—and Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, and feast days for saints from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. And you’ll discover fun ideas and new traditions such as:

  • throwing a baby shower for Mary;
  • blessing your home in the New Year;
  • celebrating Fat Tuesday with King Cake and a piñata;
  • living like St. Joseph by spending time in silence and making a wooden baby rattle;
  • constructing your own gratitude journal and rosary;
  • making art for God, including a salt-dough Trinity wall hanging, an Assumption cloud pillow, and an orange garland for St. Nicholas Day;
  • creating edible flower lollipops to remind us of the “Garden of Mary’s womb”; and
  • baking “Cookies of Joy” in honor of St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Campbell will help you discover that the liturgical calendar, which follows the seasons of a year in the life of the Church, is a tool that can draw you—individually, as a family, or as a community—closer to God in the midst of a fast-paced and ever-changing world. Along the way, the saints we celebrate teach us that the path to holiness is worthy of pursuing in our own unique way. Their lives can inspire you to listen to how God calls you to follow him as well.

This book is designed to inspire you to celebrate the feast days that speak to you personally. You don’t have to start living liturgically on the first Sunday of Advent—you can begin your journey anytime during the year. You also don’t have to celebrate every feast on a grand scale.

There are projects for all ages and levels of skill—from simple ways to honor a saint’s feast day with your kids to more elaborate celebrations with family and friends.

Find all of the project templates referenced in the book on the Be a Heart website.

Product Details

Pages: 256

Trim size: 8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9781646802319

Imprint: Ave Maria Press



Liturgical Living Ideas

Create a Needle Punch Saint Portrait for All Saint's Day
Craft homemade Beeswax Candles to celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord
Enjoy Japanese cuisine on June 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Akita


  • “My go-to resource.”

    “This book is bound to become my go-to resource for creating meaningful and beautiful celebrations in our home.”

    Jeannie Gaffigan
    Actress, producer, and comedy writer

  • “A gift for any Catholic home.”

    “I can’t recommend this book enough. It is a gift for any Catholic home.”

    Michelle Benzinger 
    Cohost of the Abiding Together podcast

  • “A warm invitation into a celebration of faith.”

    “A warm, generous invitation into a celebration of faith that is sure to birth your family’s most beloved traditions.”

    Shannon K. Evans
    Author of Rewilding Motherhood

  • “Inspired.”

    “My wife and I will reach for this book again and again to be inspired by the different ways that we are each called to follow God.”

    Ike Ndolo
    Catholic singer, songwriter, and recording artist

  • “The essence of what it means to engage the sacred.”

    “Erica masterfully captures the essence of what it means to engage with the sacred in our lives. Through prayer, personal stories, reflections, crafts, and music, Erica invites us to embrace the seasons of the Church in such a beautiful and creative way.”

    Valerie Delgado
    Owner and creator of Pax.Beloved

  • “Simple and achievable.”

    “This book provides a busy mom with simple and achievable ways to live liturgically at home, all with the beauty and inspired aesthetic quality all Be A Heart fans know and love.”

    Lisa Canning
    Interior designer and life coach
    Ontario, Canada

  • “Jam-packed with amazing ideas.”

    “This beautiful book is jam-packed with amazing ideas and actionable tips that will leave you feeling empowered and inspired to incorporate liturgical feasts, saint stories, and holy days into your daily life in fun and creative ways.”

    Anna Liesemeyer
    Founder and owner of In Honor of Design

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