Liturgical Living at a Glance: March

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I’m always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope having them all in one place is helpful to you, too!

I made a simple printable March 2014 liturgical calendar you can download for FREE.  If you’d like to sign up for my newsletter (on the right sidebar) in exchange for my hours of labor, I’d be eternally grateful. (Just kidding about the hours of labor, it wasn’t hard to make the calendar….but my newsletter is rad *wink wink*.)

And I pinned all of the following resources on a March Liturgical Year board on pinterest for your convenience!

As always, remember not to get overwhelmed. You don’t have to observe every saints day! (We certainly don’t at our house.) The liturgical year is a gift. It shouldn’t feel like a burden!

March 3rd: St. Katharine Drexel

Food/Activities for Celebrating:

Coloring Page: Catholic Printables Online

March 4th: St. Casimir

Food/Activities for Celebrating:

  • Make some Polish dishes for this Polish saint such as this Polish Honey Cake: Food Network

Coloring Page: Catholic Playground

March 4th: Mardi Gras

Food/Activities for Celebrating:

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March 5th: Ash Wednesday

Food/Activities for Observing:

Lent

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March 7th: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

About the Saints:

Coloring Page: Catholic Playground

March 8th: St. John of God 

St. John of God is my husband Daniel‘s confirmation saint!

Food/Activities for Celebrating:

March 17th: St. Patrick

Books:

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola (dePaola is our favorite childrens book author/illustrator!)

Saint Patrick and the Peddler by Margaret Hodges

Food/Activities for Celebrating:

March 18th: St. Cyril of Jerusalem

About the saint:

March 19th: St. Joseph

Book:

Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi (The swallows always return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day. Beautiful story.)

Food/Activities to Celebrate:

March 23rd: St. Turibius of Mongrovejo

Food/Activities for Celebrating:

  • Make a Peruvian dish for this saint who served as a missionary in Peru. (We share our simple Lomo Saltado recipe in Feast!)

March 25th: The Annunciation of the Lord

Food/Activities for Celebrating:

Please feel free to share any resources or ideas for observing the liturgical year during March in the comments!

We share a Mardi Gras cocktail recipe, a simple lenten fish entree, and reflections on observing Lent in our real food liturgical year cookbook: Feast! Real Food, Reflections and Simple Living for the Christian Year. You can buy the ebook for $7.99 or the print version for $21.99.

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  1. says

    I just blogged about St Chad, whose feast day is 2nd March. He’s English, so possibly not so much remembered by the American Catholic church, but you may be interested anyway!

  2. says

    Thanks so much for sharing! It’s become more important for us to celebrate liturgical feast days, especially now that my oldest is beginning to understand more about our faith. Plus, it’s always fun to celebrate St. Joseph’s day, since it falls in the middle of Lent AND my husband’s name is Joseph. :)

    • Haley says

      Aw, I love that! I think we’re going to do a St. Joseph’s altar with some little friends for the first time this year. I’m excited!

  3. Ginger says

    Thank you so much for this post! I have dropped the ball when it comes to celebrating the Liturgical year since welcoming baby #5 and adding on new homeschool activities. We often don’t realize it is a certain feast day we would have celebrated until we read their story at bedtime…to late to break out the craft items or make a recipe. This will really help. BTW, love your blog.

    • Haley says

      Thanks, Ginger! Congrats of Baby #5 and cut yourself some slack! You must have your hands full (of good things) m’dear! ;)

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