If you haven’t been doing a lot of activities with your family at home that encourage faith formation, it’s a great goal to make for the new year. To help with that, I have the Activities for Catholic Families in January free printable. It’s updated to a new layout for 2018, but it is written in a way that makes it usable every year.
As always, most of these activities are also great for non-Catholic. They just might need a tweak here and there, if any of the wording is not part of your faith tradition.
Note: If you happen to prefer the old layout of the monthly activities for Catholic families printables, I still have that one available for download below as well.
Activities on the 10 Activities for Catholic Families in January Printable
1. Celebrate New Year’s Day (or Eve) with your family. Make it a memorable day with fun activities, treats (maybe even sparkling juice), and family togetherness. (Here is a New Years Games and Puzzles free printable packet.)
2. Attend Mass on the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1st). It’s a Holy Day of Obligation. Here’s a coloring page for the day of Mary with Baby Jesus.
Note: While this is not a Holy Day of Obligation every year, such as when it falls on a Monday in 2018, because I like to make these printables in a way that can be used each year, I have included it anyway. Even when it’s not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is still a day to be mindful of.
3. As the new year begins, reminisce with your family about the past year and talk about plans and goals for this year.
4. Make a beautiful, decorative sign or piece of artwork with Jesus’ name on it to honor the Most Holy Name of Jesus (January 3rd). If you prefer, here is a Holy Name of Jesus coloring page.
5. Do an Epiphany Home Blessings by writing 20+C+M+B+18 above your front door in chalk (using the current year). You can search for more details about this tradition or use those shared in this wonderful post from Lacy at Catholic Icing. (Here are lots of great Epiphany ideas from Wunder-Mom.)
6. Go stargazing to celebrate Epiphany. Have the children to find the brightest stars in the sky. Discuss how the wise men might have felt while they were traveling to meet the new King, Jesus.
Very reasonably priced travel telescope that can all fit in a backpack!
7. Make or buy a King Cake to mark Epiphany. If your kids are old enough for it to be safe, hide a coin, bean, or baby Jesus figure inside. The one who finds it can wear a crown that you buy or make. Here’s a 20 minute version of a King Cake.
8. To celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord (Sunday after Epiphany), share pictures and keepsakes of your children’s baptisms with them. Tell them about the events and emotions of that day.
9. Many January saints taught others, such as St. John Bosco, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Angela Merici, and St. Thomas Aquinas. In their honor, learn a Bible verse, prayer, or activity to teach others about your faith. (Here are excellent, faith-filled songs to learn.)
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10. Try to learn to juggle like Saint John Bosco (January 31st) did to entertain people.
Not on the list, but you can also print out a word search containing the names of some saints with feast days in January.
You might also enjoy this whole printables and worksheets packet about Saint Agnes, who appears at the top of the printable. Her printables packet is also a free download!
The Activities for Catholic Families in January download is free for personal or classroom use. You may also share it in a church bulletin or newsletter, but the copyright credit line must be included (which just means to make sure that you don’t accidentally cut off the line with the copyright information at the bottom of the printable when you are reproducing it to hand out).
This printable (and its contents) cannot be sold, published, or hosted on other websites.
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Download the 10 Activities for Catholic Families in January Free Printable
There are two versions of the 10 Activities for Catholic Families in January printable. They have the same basic content, other than perhaps a few changes to wording. However, the biggest difference is just how they look. One is the older version and one (with checkboxes) is a newer version.
DOWNLOAD THE NEWEST VERSION OF THE JANUARY ACTIVITIES FOR CATHOLIC FAMILIES PRINTABLE
Download the Older Version of the Ten January Activities for Catholic Families Printable
If you’re looking for past month’s printables, you can find an index page with links to each of the printables here.
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This post and printable were originally published in 2013. Post and printable last updated in December 2017.
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these are great ideas…thank you so much for sharing…printing now!!
Thank you for sharing.
I love this! I linked up your post to my recent post http://somedaysaints.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/liturgical-living-with-kids/. Thanks for your great ideas!
Angie Kauffman says
Thank you so much for the kind words about my printables and both sites! 🙂 That was so sweet of you. It really made my day. I tried to comment on your blog, but for whatever reason, WordPress wouldn’t let me. Crazy computers. 😉
I fixed, (I hope!) the commenting problem! Thanks for letting me know it wasn’t allowing comments.
Hello! I am printing this to give to my Religious Education families, thank you! One note, for the Epiphany Home Blessing, the letters between the date show C+B+M on both versions of the printable. Could you update this to C+M+B as this is how it’s done in the links you include? Thanks!
Angie Kauffman says
Sorry that I didn’t get around to fixing it last year, but the newer version has the correct way now.