Here are links to the easiest printables, crafts, coloring pages, simple games and menu items that you can quickly and simply add to your day! Happy Ascension Thursday! May the Easter Joy continue!
- 3-D Ascension scene using printables, glue, and cotton. Thanks to Catholic Inspired
- Glowing cloud with Jesus rising. Super cool for the more craftily equipped. Needs a glue gun, fiber fill, LED tea light in addition to more typical household items. Another one from Catholic Inspired
- Easy pull tab “Rising Jesus” craft. Crayons or colored pencils, scissors and glue are all that’s needed. Thanks to Catholic Playground
- Cute hanging craft. Printables, cotton balls, yarn, a disposable cup, markers and hole punch. Thanks to Tired, Need Sleep
Jesus Ascended into Heaven 40 days after his Resurrection. Play some fun easy games to reinforce this number:
- With a balloon: Who can keep a balloon in the air for 40 seconds?
- Bubbles for each player: Who can be the first to blow 40 bubbles?
- In France, children beg for flour throughout the neighborhood so they can make beignets. You could make these light pillows of pastry or simply pick up some doughnuts or doughnut holes to celebrate.
- Toast some marshmallows to represent the clouds! Nothing is tastier than homemade marshmallows, if you aren’t pressed for time.
- Similarly, meringue cookies, either homemade or from the store, are a special and meaningful treat!
- Angel food cake can be a homemade treat or picked up at the grocery store. It’s light and airy like the clouds and named for the angels who explained to the Apostles what had happened.
- Beans and grapes are traditionally eaten on the Feast of the Ascension in many countries. These were considered the first foods to be eaten by those who returned from the dead.
- Many people have fish or fowl for dinner. Birds represent rising into the air. Fish represent the Apostles being called to continue Christs work for the world as “fishers of men.”
Readings for the Day
Many parishes or dioceses may celebrate the feast of the Ascension on the following Sunday, so you may find the readings are different at Mass today. The links below are for the Solemnity of the Ascension.
- USCCB readings for the Ascension
- Children’s Bible Readings for the Ascension with reflections from Word Sunday
- Catholic Mom activities and lessons
*Note: many dioceses celebrate the Ascension on the 7th Sunday of Easter (in 2016, May 8).
Copyright 2016 Kate Daneluk