Ideas for Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Souls and the Month of the Holy Souls
Activities, Videos, Books, Coloring Sheets, Handwriting Sheets
- List Holy Souls on this image and post in your home in a conspicuous place to remember to
Idea #1 -List Holy Souls Names
and post on your refrigerator
(or fill in one sheet for each beloved soul)
- Easy to remember - add the Eternal Rest Prayer to your Meal-time prayer (or any time). Can be a partial indulgence, more info here.
- Visit a cemetery & pray for Holy Souls. Is a partial indulgence for souls, more info here.
Do this between Nov.1 and Nov.8, may be a plenary indulgence for souls, more info here.
- Prayer Bag. Encourage your child to remember to Pray for Holy Souls with candy. Need a paper or gift bag, 30 pieces of candy and this printout (or any November calendar). Place a name of a Holy Soul on each day of the month and the child earns their candy when they have remembered to pray for him/her. Idea came from Shower of Roses-full directions here.
- Create a Prayer Box, containing pieces of paper the names of your faithfully departed friends and family. Idea from Catholic Pilgrimage Sites.
- Add the St. Gertrude Prayer to your Family Prayer Time (according to tradition, 1000 souls are released each time this prayer is said devoutly.:
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
- When driving by a cemetery, pray, "Jesus, Mary, I love you, save souls." until the cemetery is out of view.
- Read "Read Me or Rue It" by Father Paul O'Sullivan. A little hard to find. Free PDF (12 pages to print)
- Handwriting / Copywork: "Eternal Rest" Prayer
Manuscript - Handwriting
Cursive - Handwriting
Cursive - Copy
- Three coloring pages (kind of light/faded, but beautiful) from DevotionToOurLady
ONE TWO THREE
- Eternal Rest Prayer Cards to Print and color (4 per page), from Look At Him and Be Radiant
Teach about Purgatory
- Teach Your Children about Purgatory Post, from Living the Liturgical Year for Catholics
- Michael J Rays quick, 2 min video explaining purgatory to pre-teens