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``Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be;
even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church'' Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D


Downloads

Throughout this site I have downloadable documents meant to help you and your family practice traditional Catholicism or just spice up the holidays and family life. I thought I'd link to all those downloads on one page so you'll know what's available.

All text downloads are in Microsoft Word .doc format. Except for the Rosary pages, I've left a good 1.6" left margin so the pages can be easily hole-punched and put into a notebook and you can make a sort of "family holiday book." Consider putting all your holiday recipes, traditions, and memories in the notebook so you'll have something really nice to pass on to your children!


Basics:

The Prayers all Catholics Must Know, in English and Latin (5 pages)
How to Pray the Rosary, with Prayers in English (1 page)
How to Pray the Rosary, with Prayers in Latin (1 page)
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart Ceremony (8 pages)
Act of Consecration to Jesus through Mary (Montfort) (1 page)
The story of Blessed Imelda Lambertini for First Communicants (4 pages)

The 6 Approved Litanies:
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1 page):  English  Latin
Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus (2 pages):  English  Latin
Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus (1 page):  English  Latin
Litany of the Saints (3 pages):  English  Latin
Litany of Loreto (2 pages):  English  Latin
Litany of St. Joseph (1 page):  English  Latin


Advent/Christmastide:

Advent Wreath Scripture and Blessings (5 pages)
O Antiphons and Magnificat in English and Latin (2 pages)
The Nativity story according to St. Luke, Douay-Rheims version (1 page)
Hymns on the Nativity Excerpts of St. Ephraem's Nativity Hymns (d. A.D. 373) (4 pages)
Blessing of the Home on the Feast of the Epiphany (1 page)
St. Ephraem's Hymn XV on the Epiphany (5 pages) can be read as a 5-character play (5 pages)
Excerpts from Pope Leo the Great's Sermons on the Epiphany (8 pages)
Lyrics to 45 Hymns, Carols, and Secular Songs for Advent and Christmastide (25 pges)

Christmas Stories to tell your Children: See Customs of Christmas
When the Animals Talk, by Rusty Calhoun (1 page)
Why the Evergreen Trees Never Lose their Leaves, by Florence Holbrook (2 pages)
The Christmas Truce (2 pages)
A Christmas Carol (1 page) by G. K. Chesterton
The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen (2 pages)
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry (5 pages)


Lent:

Ash Wedneday: Meditation on Death from "The Imitation of Christ," by Thomas Kempis (2 pages)
The Stations of the Cross with meditations by St. Alphonsus Liguori and Stabat Mater stanzas (16 pages)
The 7 Penitential Psalms in English (Douay-Rheims) and Latin (Vulgate) with Antiphons (10 pages)
Litany of the Passion, by John Henry Cardinal Newman (for private use) (2 pages)


Easter:

Easter Sermon by St. John Chrysostom (2 pages)
Easter Poem by St. Venantius Fortunatus (2 pages)


All Hallow's Eve:

Stories to tell your Children on Hallowe'en: See Customs of All Hallows' Eve
Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley (2 pages)
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (3 pages)
The Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats (2 pages)
The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow (3 pages)
The Monkey's Paw, by W. W. Jacobs (11 pages)
The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson (5 pages)
The Tell Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe (4 pages)
The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe (7 pages)
The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe (5 pages)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving (22 pages)

All Hallows Day:

On All Saints, by St. Gregory Thamaturgus (2 pages)

Family stuff:

Questions for Family Dinner Table Conversation and For Couples (17 pages)
Pages of questions, in the manner of the books "If" and "The Book of Questions," designed to provoke conversation and help people to learn about one another, perhaps while sitting around the family dinner table. Before the list of questions are other questionnaires, including Proust's Questionnaire, the famous, short list of questions James Lipton poses on "Inside The Actors Studio," the "Questions to Build Intimacy" for couples, and more. Some of these are for adults; others are for children and families.

Making Family Dinners Fun, a.k.a. Things To Do To Kill Time on Long Car Trips (25 pages)
Lots of things you can do at dinnertime, and games you can play with your family. The games require no pencils, no paper, no dice, no cards, no nothing, so they can be played around the dinner table during dinner itself, as well as in the car, while waiting in line, etc. Some are good for younger kids, some are good for older, some are good for all ages. There is a special section on things to do and play while in the car, and the four Travel Bingo cards referred to in this document are here:  One  Two  Three Four

The Guess Me Game (1 page answer sheet for 1 person)
One person is "It" per round. "It" writes down his answers to the questions below; the other players write down the answers as they think "It" would answer them. Whoever guesses "It's" answers correctly most often (just add up the correct answers) is the winner of that game. In a clockwise direction, the next person then becomes "It" and the other players have to guess how he'd respond to the questions below. If "It" has more than 1 answer to a particular question, and all are equally true, write them all down up to 5 answers. If any of the questions aren't relevant for your family, just skip them. You need nothing but pens or pencils, and copies of these answer sheets (# answer sheets needed = No. of players X No. of players). If you download both this and the "Questions for Famly Dinner Table Conversation" below, start with this because some of the game questions would be answered in the lists of questions.


Stories to tell your Children:
The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen (4 pages)

 
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