A Spirit of Thankfulness

A spirit of thankfulness brings you more of what you are thankful for:
I am thankful for God, who is beside me right now.
I am thankful for family.
I am thankful for friends.
I am thankful for strangers who stop to help those in need.
I am thankful for knowledge that helps me make good choices.
I am thankful for children who help us to laugh.
I am thankful for food on our tables.
I am thankful for transportation to get me here and there.
I am thankful for the sunshine and positive words that keep me from despair.
I am thankful for God’s word that gives me guidance in how to live.
I am thankful people are willing to share.
I am thankful for homes that warm our hearts and our bodies.
I am thankful for people of all faiths who minister to the needs of our souls.
I am thankful that you have read my blog.
I ask God to bless you and give you whatever you need to help grow the seed of love he placed in you at birth.
I ask God to bless you with the spirit of mirth.

Believe in Yourself as God believes in you.
He knows you are good. He made you that way.
Joan Y. Edwards


Catholic Faith Education Newsletter Link for November/December 2011

Dear Readers,

The Catholic Faith Education Newsletter for November and December is now online at http://www.silk.net/RelEd/ezine1.htm. This has many resources for Children’s Liturgy and Sunday School. I hope you enjoy it. There are resources for Advent and Christmas and a large number of commentaries, homilies, clipart images, coloring pages, puzzles on the gospels.

Gilles Cote does an excellent job of pulling all these resources together for you. I am thankful for all the people who read this blog and who visit my website.

Gobble Gobble
Happy Thanksgiving.
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards

Links for My Children’s Liturgy Resources for November 27, 2011

Dear Children’s Liturgy Leaders, Leaders of Children’s Church, or Sunday School Teachers,

I thought I would let you know the resources available on my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com. For example: For the first Sunday in Advent, November 27th, 2011 I have the following items: a devotional explaining the Gospel in language children understand. A wordsearch puzzle that can be worked online (interactive one) or printed out (pdf). A crossword puzzle that can be worked online or can be printed out. I also have a skit for this particular Sunday. I’d like to have a skit for each Sunday. If I had people who told me they would act them out with their classes, it would inspire me to go ahead and write them. The skit for November 27th is a brand new one. It’s not using the Gospel for that Sunday but it’s appropriate for the beginning of Advent.

I have links to all of the works like this in a file called: Related Links for Cycle A,  Related Links for Cycle B, and Related Links for Cycle C.

To print more than one copy, you must have permission from me.

November 27, 2011 B1, 1st Sunday in Advent, Be Alert, Mark 13:33-37

Devotional http://www.joanyedwards.com/ChildrensLiturgy/GoodNewsB1.htm

Wordsearch Interactive http://www.joanyedwards.com/wordsearch/B1BeAlert.html
Wordsearch Print PDF http://www.joanyedwards.com/wordsearch/B1BeAlert.pdf

Crossword Interactive http://www.joanyedwards.com/crossword/B1BeAlert.html
Crossword Print PDF http://www.joanyedwards.com/crossword/B1BeAlert.pdf
Skit  John 8:12 and Psalm 119  http://www.joanyedwards.com/Skits/SkitB1LightoftheWorld.pdf

Thank you very much for reading my blog.

Please check out my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com

and my Never Give Up Blog (with tips for writers and illustrators) http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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Thanks for reading my blog. It is an honor to see you here.

Joan Y. Edwards


Catholic Faith Education Newsletter

Catholic Faith Education Newsletter is now published online at http://www.silk.net/RelEd/ezine1.htm. I believe you will find resources to help you there. 

  • Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog
  • Resources for Feast Days, and Special Days
  • Resources on the Sunday and Daily Readings
  • Blog World Resources
  • Technology and Religious Education
  • Articles Online
  • Previous issues

Gilles Cote does a great job of gathering resources for Children’s Liturgy and Religious Education.

Thanks for reading my blog.

If you have ideas of what you would like to see written here, let me know by commenting below.

Joan Y. Edwards

Blind Horse

I found this in my files. Someone forwarded it to me in an email in April, 2006.

Blind Horse

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a  distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are  walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.  Looking into the  eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for  the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.  As you stand and watch these two  friends, you’ll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.

Good friends are like this…You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.


I hope you enjoyed that story.

Do something good for you today.

Joan Y. Edwards


Old Testament and New Testament Stories and Coloring Sheets on Children’s Chapel.org








Dear Children’s Liturgy Leaders,

Here is a good resource:


It has free stories from the Old Testament and the New Testament.

They are listed by the names of the Bible Characters and also by the listing of the Scripture.

It has pictures for children to color.

It has bookmarks you can print out and color with a Bible verse on it.

It has puzzles to print out.

It also has links to coloring books you can purchase.

It think you might enjoy using them with your Children’s Liturgy or Sunday School Class.

Do something good for you.


Joan Y. Edwards



Six Online Resources for Children’s Liturgy

1. Resources for Catholic Educators  http://silk.net/RelEd/index.htm

2 Mary Kate Warner

a. Ezine Articles http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Mary_Kate_Warner

b. Online Bible Games http://www.myonlinebiblegames.com/funfreegames/index.html

3. Catholic Mom http://catholicmom.com/2011/03/27/sunday-gospel-activities-%E2%80%93-april-2011/

4. Catholic Children’s Liturgy http://sites.google.com/site/catholicchildrensliturgy/

5. Growing with the Gospel, K-1 or 2-3, Liturgical Publications http://www.lpiresourcecenter.com/lpirc/ViewBrowseCategory.do?categoryId=41

I wrote the devotional, prayer, mission statement, and text for something to draw for the K-1 sample below. I edited the Growing with the Gospel, 2-3. I was educational consultant for both versions and for all Cycle A, Cycle B, and Cycle C.

 K-1 Sample of Growing with the Gospel Order from: Liturgical Publications. Phone: 1-800-950-9952 Ext 2469

6. Children’s Liturgy devotionals, puzzles, and skits at Joan Y. Edwards’ Website http://www.joanyedwards.com

I hope you enjoy these resources and find them useful and inspiring. Do something good for you today.

Pray Dream Relax

God Has You in the Palm of His Hands

Joan Y. Edwards

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Annie’s Resurrection Cookies and Other Activities for Easter

Dear Leaders of Children’s Liturgy,

Here are three sites with good activities for Easter Sunday.

1. Annie’s Resurrection Cookies http://www.annieshomepage.com/resurrectioncookiestext.html
2. Easter Crafts http://www.dltk-bible.com/guides/easter-index.htm 
3. Easter Fun Pack2 Bible Kids Fun Zone http://biblekidsfunzone.com/themes/adeasterfunpack2.html

May the Risen Lord fill your soul with joy and acceptance!

Joan Y. Edwards


Materials for Children’s Liturgy

Dear Children’s Liturgy Leader,

The following Gather the Children books explain all of the readings for each Sunday of the liturgical year. I found that I didn’t have time to do all the readings and explain them in detail. So I just concentrated on the Gospel. Others do the responsorial psalm and the Gospel. After I greeted them, I explained what the Gospel was about. Then I read the Gospel and let them act it out. I related the Gospel to their own experiences, and sang a song. Wow! My time was up before I knew it.

The first few years I did the Children’s Liturgyat St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC,  I used the following books. I would suggest you order one of the current church Cycle copies to see if you like it.

Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle A  If it says it’s not available, click on Mary Berglund’s name or search title again.


Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle B


Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle C


We gave the children “Explaining God’s Word” as handouts. You can order as many copies as you think you’ll need each week. Children look forward to taking these home. Liguori Publications Phone Toll Free (800) 325-9521.  Liguori also has a handout for older children. You could call and ask for samples of both.

Our religious education classes sent home a publication called “Catholic Corner,” J.S. Paluch Co., Inc. 1-800-566-6150 http://www.wlp.jspaluch.com/3292.htm

Now they use “The Liturgy of the Word with Children” to teach Children’s Liturgy:


At St. Ann’s church when I did Children’s Liturgy, they used Pflaum materials: http://www.pflaum.com/catalog/liturgy/index2.htm called “Children Celebrate.” It has a teacher’s guide and activity sheets to give out to children each week. Toll free 866-532-2608.

I hope that this will help you. May God bless you.

The Holy Spirit will guide you, as He did me. I promise.


Joan Y. Edwards


Children’s Liturgy Is a Wonderful Thing

Instead of writing a newsletter or having a yahoo group to send messages about Children’s Liturgy, I decided to change and write a blog about Children’s Liturgy. I hope people will ask questions and give their opinions. I’ll give references to my website with devotionals, wordsearch and crossword puzzle, and skits for children’s liturgy. I’ll also post about other resources for Children’s Liturgy on my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com.

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Thanks for reading. What would you like to read here? What resources do you need for your children’s liturgy service or children’s church?

Joan Y. Edwards