For today’s Feast of the Assumption, Ant has made a wonderful cake: a dragon sweeping a third of the stars from the sky. She enlisted her (non-Catholic) boyfriend to help her, and he seemed to enjoy the process… He was also, naturally, curious about the dragon, not being familiar with the last book of the Bible. And so Ant had created a moment of evangelisation as well. And of course the other kids were reminded of both the Feast and St John’s mighty vision.

We have long had a family tradition of baking celebratory (and appropriately designed or decorated) cakes for the feasts of the Church year. We have had grottoes for St Bernadette, pigs for St Anthony, and so on. They put the feast into Feasts, and provide tasty teaching moments…

When the children were smaller, Anna used to make them and unveil them at tea time to delighted oohs and aahs. As the kids grew, they got more involved in the decorating, and now they are big, they often undertake the whole project. And so a family tradition evolves, and I have no doubt that they will do the same for their kids.

And it seems to me that these little things are important. They shape the family identity as a Catholic family; they make the Faith fun; they incarnate the spiritual realities in a very immediate way – and they also make sense of fasting!

So there is this week’s challenge: what family traditions can you develop to keep the Faith alive in your kids’ minds in the course of life at home, and how can you celebrate the great feasts of the Church and your children’s patron saints?

Happy Feast of the Assumption!

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3 Responses to Keeping Your Kids Catholic: Happy Feast Day!

  1. Joseph K. says:

    I like the idea of making a big deal about Feast days. I think that the cultural aspect of our faith needs to be magnified. As I now have children, and as I meet more blog Catholics and homeschool Catholics, I think that there is more of that in that type of lifestyle, so it is a nice thing.

  2. Ben Trovato says:

    Joseph, I'm sure that's right: really important to develop a domestic Catholic Culture – and to make it fun! Our eldest is almost 21 and wouldn't dream of letting a feastday pass by without a cake, given the chance!

  3. @goodsaints says:

    Same here fellas. We try to celebrate as many feasts as we can. The kids love it and they love helping out in preparing for it. We read a little story about the feast as well, it's great fun.