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“THE PERSON WHO IS PUT RIGHT WITH GOD
THROUGH FAITH SHALL LIVE.”  ROMANS 1:17

A SPECIAL THANKS
A special thanks to Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Archdiocese
of Boston for allowing my site to be linked to his blog.
God bless you and keep  you in his arms.

Rev Bosco Peters B Theol (Hons) Melbourne College of Divinity,
B Sc Canterbury, and his website Liturgical, Spiritual Worship
LETTER TO THE PARISH
Things have really started to develop on the website this month. Many new items have been added along with additional information about Our Faith.
More saints have been added to the website, and more games, and tools for teaching.
Recently a catechist in MA wrote me an email about her experience in teaching a vibrant class of 10th graders who were learning about their faith while preparing for Confirmation. I will share part of her email with you.
I have updates on what was added in November including information for All Soul’s Day, and All Saint’s Day including interesting practices in Mexico, called the “Los Dias de los Muertos”, What is Purgatory?, Our Lady’s prayers for the Souls of Purgatory, and many new prayers as well.
In addition an update for teaching about ADVENT and CHRISTMAS for December, including a poem called Teach the Children – which I’ve included in this newsletter.
Again for more information email me at catholic.designco@yahoo.com or simply visit the website www.catholicdesignco.com and click on the tab contact me, and fill out the requested form.
A SPECIAL ADDITION TO THE WEBSITE
CHILDREN’S PRAYERS
The first prayers we teach our children in pictures and words.

Including the Our Father , Hail Mary,
The Apostle’s Creed, and Prayer to the Guardian Angel, as well as a picture outline to teach How to make the sign of the cross.
The prayers are  beautifully illustrated in pictures, and the words are written within the pictures to help the children remember them.
Also available as a CHILDREN’s  Prayer Book  just email me to find out how you can have your own copy.
A CATECHIST WRITES:
Recently a church in MA purchases some of the games that are on the website. The money received was returned to their local food pantry to help others in their name.
One of the catechists who is teaching a 10th grade pre-Confirmation class sent me an email about how she was using the games in her classroom. I asked her if I could include some of her findings and she agreed.
Dear Diane,
I teach sixteen 10th graders that are ages 15-16 yrs of age on a Tuesday night in MA. After a long day of school these teenagers are sent to CCD classes.
They are usually very disruptive and vocal during class, and it takes me awhile to get them focused on the lessons.
But when I told them we’d be playing a game in which they’d be challenged about their knowledge of Faith they listened. I divided the classroom into two groups. Boys on one side, girls on the other, and used the FAITH SQUARES game on an overhead screen with my computer.

Without even adding the questions into the game they would simply choose a square and I would pick a
question from the classroom book.
They were so interested in betting the other group that before we knew it the class was Thank you so much for this insight into teaching. I would recommend this game to any teacher who is having problems getting their classes focused . over and I didn’t once have to tell anyone to behave.
Ann
For more information about this game and many others go to the website and click on the TAB GAMES and take a look at all the games and tools available.
HIGHLIGHTS
FOR NOVEMBER
FOR DECEMBER
As I mentioned I’ve added information to the website on the link from the main page OUR CATHOLIC FAITH – then LITURGICAL YEAR information about each month events.
For November I added information about ALL SAINTS DAY including information about saints, and their feast days. About ALL SOULS DAY and prayers for the souls in Purgatory, including prayers for the dead, souls in purgatory and references to what OUR LADY is asking us to pray for.
I’ve also added a link to THANKSGIVING and when it all began so we thought. The history of THANKSGIVING, is THANKSGIVING a religious holiday, and Thanksgiving prayers.
In anticipation of the seasons of Advent and Christmas I’ve added more information about the season. Including a new POEM called TEACH THE CHILDREN for all the glitter and lights go to the website click on OUR CATHOLIC FAITH and the section ADVENT to CHRISTMAS, then on CHRISTMAS, but I’ve enclosed a copy of the poem for you to read.
I’ve also added more tools for the classroom including a true and false questionnaire on the facts about CHRISTMAS that are actually listed in the BIBLE.
Did you know that being a shepherd, at the time of JESUS was considered a job equivalent to garbage collectors because they were considered unclean? Read more on the website under the TAB GAMES – then click on T/F about CHRISTMAS, it’s free and it’s interesting. You can print the page for your classroom fun.
MORE ADDITIONS
**12 Promises made by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary for those who honor His Sacred Heart in pictures and in words

** Lion and the Lamb – a celebration of ADVENT
** ROSA MYSTICA – Prayer of Epiphany
** the CRIB and the Glastonbury ROSE –
** THE CRECHE (Manger)
** THE CRECHE OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
** THE Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary (said on
      Christmas Eve
As each month passes, I hope to be able to share with you more games and tools for your teaching pleasure.
Again, thank you for reading this newsletter.
If you would know someone or a parish that would like to receive this newsletter and more information about Catholic Design, simply send me their name and email address on an email to catholic.designco@yahoo.com and I’ll forward it along to them. Or you can visit the website and CLICK on CONTACT ME and let me know their as well.
GOD BLESS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Teach the Children
Last Monday night I had a strange visitor.This is how it happened.
I have just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing
to go to bed when I heard a noise in the front of the house.
I opened the door and to my surprise, a special visitor stepped out
from behind the tree of lights.
He placed a finger over my lips so I couldn’t cry out.
“What are you doing?” I started to ask, but the words choked up inside me, when I saw he had a tear in his eye. He answered my thoughts and said:
Teach the Children
I was puzzled, What did it mean? He anticipated my question and brought a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood there the visitor said again:
Teach the children
My expression still showed in the near darkness, “teach them the meaning of Christmas—the meaning that Christmas of today has forgotten.
I started to say “How” when he reached into the bag and pulled out a star
“Teach the Children
the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world and a sign of the fulfillment of his promises. The countless shining stars at night -  one for each man – now show the burning hope of all mankind.
The visitor gently laid the star upon the mantle and drew forth from the bag a bright red ornament.
“Teach the children
red is the first color of Christmas. It was first used by the faithful people to remind them of the blood which was shed for all people by the Savior. Red is deep – intense, vivid – it is the greatest color of all. It is the symbol of the gift from God.
As it approached midnight, the visitor started to twist and pull another object out of the bag, a Christmas tree.
“Teach the children”
he said, as he placed it in front of the mantle and placed the red ornament on it. Then he continued “Here is the 2nd color of Christmas, the green on the stately fir tree that stays green all year around. Green is the youthful, hopeful, abundant color of nature. All it’s needles point towards heaven –symbolizing man’s returning thoughts toward heaven. The tree has sheltered man, warmed him, made beauty appear, became his furniture.
The visitor’s eyes were no longer filled with tears but started to twinkle. Suddenly I heard a soft tinkling sound. As it grew louder, it seemed like the sound of long ago.



“Teach the children,
that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of a bell, so should it ring for man to return to the fold – it also means that all are precious in the eyes of the Lord.”
Then the visitor lit a candle, He placed it on the mantle and the light filled the room, and the shapes of things in the room appeared to be dancing on its walls.
“Teach the children
That the candle shows man’s thanks for the star of long ago; its small light is the mirror of the star light. As the 1st candles were placed in the Christmas trees they appeared to be the many glowing stars shining against the
dark green. Although safety now has removed the candles and colored lights have taken their place in that rememberance”
As the visitor bent and picked up a present under the tree He pointed to the large bow atop it and said: “A bow is placed on a present to remind us that the bow is tied as man should be tied – all of us together, with the bonds of good will toward each other. Good will forever is the message of the bow.”

As the visitor reached and slung his bag over his shoulder he reached into the tree
And took out a CANDY CANE. He removed the cover, and handed it to me.
“Teach the Children
That the candy cane represents the shepherd’s crook. The crook on the staff helps bring back the strayed sheep of the flock. The candy cane is the symbol of that we are our brother’s keepers. The wide red stripe is the blood that Our Lord shed for each of us, and the smaller stripes represent what he suffered.

As he started to walk away, he must of seen the wonderment in my eyes, but I knew he wasn’t through yet. He reached inside his bag and brought forth a large holly wreath. He placed it on the door and said:
“Please teach the children
The wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love: it never ceases, stops, or ends. It is one continuous round of affection. But it has a 2nd meaning, it is made of many things and in many colors. It should remind us of many things of Christmas.
Please teach the children”
I pondered and wondered and thrilled with delight as I sat and viewed all the symbols in sight. My thoughts were of the visitor and all he made right. To give, to help, to love, and to serve are the best things of life all men can deserve.

Jesus the Christ Child as small as an elf, is the very best symbol of Christmas itself.
He’s the sign of the gift of love and of life, the ending of evil the ceasing of strife.
The message to me on the pre-Christmas night has opened a treasure of deepest insight. The one thing on earth we all ought to do, is the teaching of children the right and the true.