Valentine’s Day at CatholicMom.com

Although not a “Catholic” holiday, Valentine’s Day has become an essential part of our popular culture.  We are pleased to share the following Valentine’s Day resources and articles for you to share with your family.  Click on each link below for additional information.

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
he second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:36-40

Let the Children Come to Me/Loving Others – Valentine’s Day Lesson Plan

Related Links:

bullet Saint Valentine at Catholic Encyclopedia
bullet Valentine of Rome
bullet St. Valentine, Patron of Love at Catholic Online
bullet The Origins of Valentine’s Day – from AmericanCatholic.org
bullet Celebrating the Song of Songs on Valentine’s Day

Activities:

bullet 10 Kid Friendly Valentine Gift Ideas from the Heart
bullet Valentine Project: Pocket Love Notes
bullet A Spiritual Bouquet for Valentine’s Day
bullet Project: Blooming Valentines
bullet Recipe:  Chocolate Modeling Clay
bullet Unique Valentine Gift Idea –   “Message In A Bottle”
bullet Fun Things to Do with Your Kids for Valentine’s Day
bullet Help Make Valentines Day Special for Your Child
bullet Valentine Gifts from the Heart
bullet True Romance for Couples with Kids:  10 Ideas

Special Family Food:

bullet Valentine Recipe: Chocolate Pudding
bullet Valentine Recipe: Strawberry Kisses
bullet Valentine Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
bullet Valentine’s Day Menu for Kids of All Ages
bullet Romantic Cooking for Valentine’s Day
bullet Brownie Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Articles:

bullet 7 Powerful Ways to Show Love to Children

Readers Suggestions:

In addition to pink candies and heart shaped cookies, and of course valentines (this year it is dora and blue!), We talk about the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and pray special devotions to them on this day. This helps when we say things like I give you my heart, to really start to understand what our hearts are to God. We also sing a song called “Create in me a Clean Heart” so that we can talk about how in giving one another our hearts in earthly love, we need to be as pure as possible and only Christ’s heart can help purify ours. Just a few thoughts for tying in the depth of catholic ‘stuff’ about hearts since this is the secular feast of the HEART!!!

At our house, we celebrate early on Valentine’s Day with a chocolate feast breakfast, featuring chocolate chip pancakes, hot chocolate and cocoa puffs!  A great way to start the day!

Help your children to create handmade Valentine’s Day cards to be delivered to a sick or homebound relative or neighbor, or to a local Nursing Care facility.

Remember your parish priests and religious sisters on Valentine’s Day!

To share your suggestions, email Lisa@catholicmom.com with your idea or recipe.


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  1. Katie
    January 29, 2011 | Reply

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