September 8 ~ The Birth of Mary

Teatime fare:

  • Gluten-free mini cupcakes with blue frosting
  • Blueberry smoothies

Activities:

  • Sing Sing of Mary (Gretchen Harris CD, track 8)
  • Pray a decade of the rosary
  • Play Marian bingo (I made this game for Tulip’s 3rd birthday- a Marian theme)

October 1 ~ St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Teatime fare:

  • Gluten-free crepes
  • Rosy lemonade (pink lemonade)

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November 22 ~ Christ the King

Teatime fare:

  • Gluten-free cupcake crowns like those pictured here
  • Royal punch (purple juice)

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December 8 ~ The Immaculate Conception

Teatime fare:

  • Gluten-free blueberry muffins, dusted with white powdered sugar (purity)
  • White hot chocolate

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December 12 ~ Our Lady of Guadalupe

Teatime fare:

  • Mexican hot chocolate

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January 1 ~ Mary, Mother of God

Teatime fare:

  • Blueberry smoothies
  • Gluten-free cookies (any kind)

Activities:

  • Using popsicle sticks, make a grotto, similar to this. Let the children choose a favorite image of Mary to place inside.
  • Sing Hail, Holy Queen (Gretchen Harris CD, track 10)

February 2 ~ Candlemas, the Presentation of the Lord

Teatime fare:

  • Gluten-free pretzels (to represent Simeon’s arms folded in prayer), dipped in white chocolate (purity)
  • Juice

Activities:

  • Read Luke 2:22-40
  • Beeswax candle dipping

March 17 ~ St. Patrick

Teatime fare:

  • Shamrock shaped gluten-free sandwiches
  • Gluten-free cookies with green frosting/sprinkles
  • Green juice

Activities:

March ~ Solemnity of the Annunciation

Teatime fare:

  • Gluten-free waffles with jam

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April ~ Easter

Teatime fare:

  • Cross shaped gluten-free cookies with white frosting/sprinkles

Activities:

  • Each child chooses his or her favorite Easter book to be read aloud
  • Make a stained glass cross (for the window)
  • Dig up the Alleluia (buried on Ash Wednesday)

May ~ Ascension of the Lord

Teatime fare:

Activities:

  • Read Acts 1: 1-10 and Luke 24:50-53
  • Climb to the top of a hill and blow bubbles

May ~ Pentecost

Teatime fare:

  • Holy Spirit crackers (make a gluten-free version similar to the one described here)
  • Red tortilla chips served with mild salsa
  • Flames of Pentecost gluten-free cupcakes (like this)

Activities:

May ~ Feast of the Visitation of Mary

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June ~ Midsummer’s Day, the Birth of John the Baptist

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August ~ Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Teatime fare:

  • Blueberry crisp with puffy whip cream clouds

Activities:

  • Make a marian wind sock (using oatmeal containers, an image of Mary, and streamers)
  • Sing Mother Mary (Gretchen Harris CD, track 9)