My {2014} Journey to Living Liturgically


I remember in sixth grade asking one of my classmates, “How do you guys remember the names of all of these Catholic days and stuff?” I was referring to my confusion over Advent and Lent – in SIXTH grade, you guys. I was twelve and I had no idea what these thing were and what they even meant.

I knew Christmas. I knew Easter. We went to church on Sundays. But I had no clue that the Catholic Church had such a rich and festive calendar. Bummer, right?

Years went on. I kept going to church. I got married and had kids. And then I took the next most logical step: I started a blog.

The coolest part about starting a blog is the community that comes with it. I have “met” so many Catholic mothers who have shared glimpses into their lives that I otherwise would never have known about. And, the biggest revelation of all was this idea of living liturgically.

Get this: There are Catholic families all over the world who are celebrating feast days and holy days and other Catholic celebrations all year long! Oh. You knew that? Well, it was news to me.

So, I decided to get in on the fun. I want my kids to grow up knowing the depth of the faith. So, I decided to start this year. January 1, 2014 we celebrated the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God by going to Mass (duh), praying a Rosary to honor Mary, and doing a little coloring page. Super simple. I talked about the rest of our immediate plans in a vlog.

I know I won’t be able to do it all. I’m not St. Martha or St. Stewart (Not even a thing. Don’t waste your time Googling.), but I’m going to try to sit down once a week and plan out a few activities for my family based on that week’s observances.

What is your fave way to live liturgically? Do you have a craft you like? A recipe? A tradition? A good book or website you want to get me hooked on? Leave ’em.

Copyright 2014 Jenna Hines


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  1. “Living liturgically” is such a great phrase! I don’t do this nearly as well as I’d like, alas, so I’m sure I’ll benefit from the comments too.

    One thing that I have done is celebrate my boys’ baptism anniversaries (which happen to fall in the same week, two years apart). Last year I found coloring pages of St. Matthew and St. Luke (the boys’ names) and they colored those and we put them up at the start of that week. It was a little thing, but it got them thinking.

  2. I love it. I’m not St. Martha or St. Stewart, either. Part of me wonders if (IF) we make the decision to homeschool our kids, we could live liturgically by planning our school year around the calendar. It’s a thought, at least. Right now I have perfect freedom to do so and I don’t, so, yeah. No comment.

    • Yes, we are in the same boat as you. We want to homeschool, but we are praying if it is right for our family. The Catholic Icing preschool curriculum might be something you’d be interested in 😉 How old are your littles?

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