I recently started a new program for my parish called Coloring and Contemplation. this is a means for the youngest Catholics to be engaged in Eucharistic Adoration while their parents pray or attend Mass. Below you will find the most recent newsletter followed by the July (2010) newsletter. These are the 'reading' sides. The other side are copied with a coloring page from open use websites or publishers who will allow copies to be made for educational purposes. If you would like to use these, please let me know. I'm not concerned about copyright issues. But I'd like to know if this information is useful.
Also look for the entire packet of Eucharistic Adoration Newsletters for Adults under a separate heading.
Coloring and Contemplation:
“Adoration means entering the depths of our hearts in communion with the Lord, who makes himself bodily present in the Eucharist. In the monstrance, he always entrusts himself to us and asks us to be united with his Presence, with his risen Body.” - Pope Benedict XVI
Meditation for the month of August:
“Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy? Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare.” Isaiah 55: 2
Are the things you spend your money on things that feed your body and your soul? When you read books, do they help you to grow in the love of Jesus and his people? What feeds your body? What feeds your mind? What feeds your soul? Jesus wants to be the food for you in every way. Will you let him feed you?
Thought for the month from Saint Peter Julian Eymard (August 2):
He loves, He hopes, He waits. If He came down on our altars on certain days only, some sinner, on being moved to repentance, might have to look for Him, and not finding Him, might have to wait. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep him waiting one instant.
Prayer for the Month, From Saint Augustine:
O, God, Grant us in all our duties your help;
in all our perplexities, your guidance;
in all our dangers, your protection;
and in all our sorrows, your peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
our body, and our blood,
our life and our nourishment. Amen.
The following Saints have feast days in August and can be found in our Cathedral. See if you can find their depictions in the windows, paintings and statues of the Cathedral! St. Clare, August 11; St. Bernard August 20; St. Bartholomew, August 24; St. Augustine, August 28
Eucharistic Adoration for Children
At Saint Cecilia Cathedral
“Through Baptism each child is inserted into a gathering of friends who never abandon him in life or death, because these companions are God’s family, which in itself bears the promise of eternity.” - Pope Benedict XVI
How much time do you spend with your best friend? Jesus wants to be your best friend. You can talk to him any time, but in a special way, through spending time in adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Sometimes it’s hard to feel like Jesus is really in the Eucharist, but we know He is, because He told us so.
Coloring and Contemplation is a way to spend time with Jesus, asking Him to open your heart to His friendship. While you are coloring in the pictures, imagine God having a great big refrigerator, just like the one you have at home. When you do something well at school, does someone display it on your fridge? God sees us all the time. He is with us in everything we do. He wants us to think of him in every minute of every day. He will see the love and care you put into doing something just for Him.
Thought for the month from Saint Martha (July 29):
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
- (Luke 10:38-42, New International Version)
Prayer for the Month, O sacrum convivium, :
O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us. (Do you know where this is in the Cathedral?)