Saturday, April 18, 2020

Divine Mercy Art Work

“Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory." (Diary of St. Faustina, 47 and 48)

Picture of Divine Mercy of Christ with the words I trust in you

This was the instruction Jesus gave to Sr Faustina. Did you know that you can draw and paint this divine image? Follow the instructions given below.

Step by step instructions to draw the Divine Mercy image

Now that you know how to draw the Divine Mercy image, here is something you can try to make!

Make a Bookmark
Cut out paper or card stock to make a bookmark. 
  • On the front : Follow the step by step instructions from the image above to draw your very own Divine Mercy image. At the bottom of the image write, Jesus I trust in You. Color the image.
  • On the back : Write 
  • For the sake of Jesus’ most sorrowful passion, Abba Father, have mercy on us and the whole world.

    Look at the example below!
Template to make a Divine Mercy Bookmark

Young disciples celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy

Check out this week’s episode on Young Disciples about how children are celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy! Tune in to meet a special guest all the way from Texas!

Click here to download the template shown in the video to print out and color.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Little Evangelist Youtube Channel

Young Disciple Ministry of Anointing Fire Catholic Youth Ministry has a new YouTube channel.

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The Divine Mercy Novena

A novena is typically nine days of prayer in preparation of a celebration of a feast day. The Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday and ends on the first Sunday after Easter (also called Sunday of Divine Mercy). 

My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. Diary of St.Faustina, 367

Divine Mercy picture. Jesus, I trust in you!

The beautiful image of Divine Mercy that was revealed to St Faustina, has these words written under it. Jesus I trust in you.

There is only thing that Jesus wants from us, Trust. What is trust? It is simply believing. No matter how little you are, no matter how old, no matter how weak you are, no matter how strong, no matter how rich you are, no matter how poor, no matter how big a sinner you are, no matter how pious and religious you are, no matter anything. Believe that Jesus is God and He can do anything, change anything.

When we were made, He made us in His image. Sin changes us, yet trust and His love which is His Divine Mercy, will change us back to Himself. God is the best of Fathers. He only asks to Trust!

Nine Day Novena
  • For each of the nine days, our Lord gave Saint Faustina a different intention:  Nine intentions for the nine days of the divine mecry novena given to Saint Faustina
How to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet:

How to pray the divine mercy chaplet

How to do the Way of the Cross at home?

A person praying in front of a cross
  • Start by dowloading our printable Stations of the Cross from our post about Via Dolorosa-The Way of the Cross. 
  • Cut the image of the stations out and place the the stations at different parts of your room, your home or even your garden.
  • Walk along the Way of the Cross while stopping and praying at each station with your family. 
  • One person carries a candle and leads the procession. You may chose to appoint a person to read the reflections of each Station or multiple children can take turns to do this.
  • You may use this Way of the Cross prayer 
  • A short way of the cross for younger kids can be downloaded here: Short Way of The Cross Prayer
  • For younger kids, you can choose to only announce each station and say
  • Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
    All: Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
  • Your family can now walk the road Jesus walked as he carried His cross to Golgotha.

Via Dolorosa - The Way of the Cross.

Crown of thorns picture with John 3:30

This Holy Week is very different isn’t it? No public services in churches, no Way of the Cross and no Easter Mass! If you think of about it, this is probably how it was during the actual day of Jesus’ Passion. All His disciples had run away as they were scared after Jesus’s arrest. Only St John and Mother Mary followed Jesus through His Passion. They too couldn’t help Him, but they walked with Him. None of Jesus’ followers were with Him. Would you walk with Jesus as He carries the cross for you? Would you keep Him company today?

Download and print the Stations of the Cross provided in the link below.

Printable Stations of the Cross

Cut the image of the Stations out and place the the stations at different parts of your room/home/garden. You may chose to stick the stations on card stock paper or cardboard and hang it using yarn or use other types of picture holders.

Walk along the Way of the Cross with your family. One person carries a candle and lead the procession.You may chose to appoint a person to read the reflections of each Station. You can download the reflections shared here: How to do the Way of the Cross at home?

A short way of the cross for younger kids can be downloaded here: Short Way of The Cross

The Way of the Cross is the heart of the story of our Faith. This is the path we are called to follow wherever we are.

Passover Quiz

Click here to download the quiz.

The Paschal Lamb

Today is the celebration of Holy Thursday in the Catholic Church. Why is this celebration so important to us?

Lamb sitting on a meadowIn the Jewish tradition, the Passover is a celebration of the remembrance of the Israelites being freed from slavery in Egypt. Before the Roman destruction of the temple, the celebration of the Passover used to have sacrificial sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb. This was in memory of when the Lord commanded Moses to sacrifice a lamb that is without any blemish, and the Israelites are to eat this lamb in one night, and using a hyssop, mark each of their doorposts with the blood of the lamb. This marking of blood in their doorposts protected them from plague destruction as the Lord has commanded and promised.

After the Jerusalem temple was built in Israel, the paschal lamb that was to be sacrificed was chosen 4 days prior to the celebration of the Passover, and once it was chosen, this lamb was raised up in the pedestal and went around the streets of Jerusalem for everyone to see.

In the New Testament, Jesus came into Jerusalem 4 days before the Passover, but that day, people forgot to bring lambs; why? Because that day, Jesus was riding on a donkey, raised up in a pedestal, and He was riding through the streets of Jerusalem. This indicates that Jesus is the ultimate Paschal Lamb.

St. John the Baptist prophesied that Jesus is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the whole world” (John 1:29).

When Jesus is celebrating the Passover with His disciples, He took bread and wine and raising them up to Heaven, he said that the bread and wine was His Body and Blood. The bread and wine are not just symbols, they are not like His Body and Blood, but they are His Body and Blood. This is the institution of the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Mass which we celebrate daily today. During this first celebration of the Holy Mass, Jesus told us that He is the Sacrificial lamb,and through His body and blood, we receive salvation.

Priest with hands over the chalice
This was also the time Jesus instituted the sacrament of Holy Orders; He instituted the vocation of Holy Priesthood to be “in persona Christi,” which means “in the person of Christ.”Lord Jesus, thank you for the Precious gift of Your Body and Blood. May Your Precious Body and Blood lead me to Heaven in each moment! May Your Precious Blood wash me, sanctify me, purify me, and cleanse me each and every moment!

Celebrating Holy Thursday at home

When Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, it was the last meal with His disciples before His death and resurrection. Thus, Holy Thursday has been commonly known as “The Last Supper.”

Bread and wine on Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday
You also have probably heard many people calling Holy Thursday, “Maundy Thursday.” The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandatum,” which means “commandment". During the Passover, Jesus gave a new commandment.

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I loved you, you also should love another”
(John 13:34).

How can we celebrate at home?
    Feet Washing on Maundy Thursday
  • We can write a list of prayers and keep it in our Bible or near a Cross or a picture of Christ or in a place in our home where we pray. The list can include specific requests for ourselves, our family, our friends, our priests or the whole world. Whatever you want to say or to ask God. We can offer all the masses during the Easter Triduum for the intentions in our prayer list.
  • Before the Last Supper, Jesus showed us how to love, by washing the feet of His disciples. He showed us that true love is selfless love.  As we celebrate Maundy Thursday at our home this year, we can wash the feet of our family members. By washing each other's feet, may we show selfless love to one another just like Jesus!
  • This hymn is commonly sung in churches on Holy Thursday while the priest is washing the feet of the people. It's called “Ubi Caritas et Amor” (“Where Charity and Love Are”). We encourage you to learn this hymn together as a family and sing together!

Here are the lyrics with English translation:

Here is the link of how of the melodic tune of this chant:

Have a blessed Maundy Thursday with your family!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

We are entering the week of the Passion of our Lord. Let us welcome the King of Kings into our hearts with this beautiful song of praise!


Matthew 21:9

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, when we remember and celebrate the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.

The Gospels, tell us about Jesus entering Jerusalem riding a donkey. The people welcomed him by laying clothes and small branches in front of him as a sign of respect and shouted "Hosanna!" hailing Christ as King.

Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkeyIn Biblical times, it was common for kings or important people to arrive by a procession riding on a donkey. The donkey symbolized peace, so those who chose to ride them showed that they came with peaceful intentions. Jesus reminds us here that He is the Prince of Peace.

The Palm branch is a symbol of peace and victory. During Palm Sunday Mass, palms are distributed to parishioners who carry them in a procession into church. The palms are blessed and many people fold them into little crosses. These palms are kept for the year.

This year we will be celebrating Palm Sunday differently. There will be no blessing and distribution of palms at church. But we can make our own palms at home and participate in the mass and prayers through livestream on the internet or on T.V. Sing Hosanna in the highest to Christ the King and welcome the Lord into our hearts.

Click here to download and make your own palm branch. You can also download this coloring page and create the scene of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.

Make a palm branch activity for kidsPalm Sunday Coloring Page for kids

Happy Palm Sunday!