Review: Advent & Lent & Year of Faith Quest: 3 in 1! Cathletics Craft Kit

I received the Advent & Lent Quest: 3in 1! Cathletics Craft Kit to review from http://armadei.com/2012/11/advent-lent-quest-expanded.html

I love that it can be used at both Advent and Lent. We printed the strips out on various colors of paper. And, per Monica’s suggestion, we laminated them and then cut them apart. We used “velcro” buttons to close the loops. This let use make a reusable paper chain.

My kids really enjoyed learning about various saints. Of course, each morning there was a minor struggle in deciding who got to pull off the new strip :-)

I used the strips as an starting place to learn more about the saints we chose. We studied St. Benedict, St. Lucy, St. Augustine, St. Monica and so many more. There was a nice mix of female and male saints.

Each saint strip has the name and years that they were alive. Also included is a short description of the saint. For example, St. Genevieve’s description was, ” Nun, piritual leader, protected Paris with organized prayer and fasting.”

Additional information includes their feast day, for what they are a patron saint and a short saying attributed to them. And, there were blank strips for you to add your own saints. For St. Ignatius, this was:

Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil, and not to seek for rest;
To labor, and not to ask for reward –
except to know that I am doing your will.

What is additionally included is fantastic. The Year of Faith strips include the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, all of the mysteries of each rosary, and the 5 effects of Confirmation. Blank strips are included to include additional memory work.

Finally, there is an awesome set of action strips – like reciting the Apostles Creed, or memorizing a Bible verse. One strip contained this:

The THREE theological virtues are FAITH, HOPE and LOVE,
“But the greatest of these is Love” (1Cor13:13)
Show love to someone today through a special act of kindness.
Make an extra effort to help someone today.

I wanted to have a countdown for Thanksgiving, so we’re going to use the memory work strips. Then at Advent, we’ll use the saint strips. And, for Lent, I believe we will do a mix of all three sets.

This is a great deal for a multi-use set.  I am actually going to buy a set for each of my godchildren for because it is such a good deal. What a nice way to encourage them in growing in faith (I would suggest either printing out the strips and assembling, or purchasing the physical copy so that it doesn’t sit in a To Do pile). Remember to purchase a set for those outside your family.

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