Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Little Flowers Girls' Club ~ The Gift of Counsel

Last Friday we had our 4th Little Flowers Girls' Club meeting for Wreath IV.   Even though I had to reschedule our meeting from the week before, due to our colds, everyone was able to make it and I didn't go into labor prior to the meeting!  Yay!!

I wasn't nearly as organized for this meeting as I would have liked, and actually didn't start even printing the coloring pages until the night before, and then created the sample craft, notebook page the morning of our meeting, and I was actually trying to finish up the cupcakes as the meeting began... Thankfully my husband had the day off and was able to help, in addition to picking up pizza for the meeting, before taking off with all the boys to a Hockey game, and Amy's daughter "Rose" agreed to read the story of St. Catherine of Siena (from Around the Year with the Saints) to all the girls during the meeting.

This meeting focused on the gift of Counsel and St. Catherine of Siena.  We will now be taking a couple month break, as both Amy and I prepare to welcome our new little ones!  Our next meeting will take place in March.

~ Coloring Pages ~

St. Catherine of Siena from Waltzing Matilda
St. Catherine of Siena from Catholic Artworks Faith Keepers CD

Here are some of the completed coloring pages: 

~ Wreath IV Lap Book ~

We had a short lesson on the gift of Counsel and St. Catherine of Siena, and then continued our lesson by reviewing our Lap Book mini-books from last month, and then working on the new additions for the gift of Counsel.

Here is an overview of what was completed (*some are taken home to complete):

Additional Resources:

Movie Suggestion from Member's Guide:
A Man for All Seasons
(Additional Option for younger girls is My Catholic Family DVD: St. Catherine of Siena)

~ Notebook Pages ~

For the notebook pages, I used the motto for counsel, a couple quotes (or "words of counsel") from St. Catherine of Siena, an image of St. Catherine of Siena, a definition on the gift of Counsel from My Catholic Faith, along with a short invocation to St. Catherine.  You can download my document here.

Here is a picture of the sample page I created:

Here are a the girls' completed notebook pages:

~ Craft ~

We adapted this recipe from over at Catholic Cuisine for our "craft" for the gift of "Counsel" (following recipes). I purchased a light blue cloud fabric for the jars, tying in the color/jewel of "aquamarine" and the symbol of "clouds."

Directions can be found here: Starlight Cookies for Christmas Eve

~ Snack Time ~

Saintly Symbols Cupcakes :: St. Catherine of Siena's Crown of Thorns

Our Lord offered St. Catherine of Siena two crowns in a vision, a golden one or the crown of thorns.   St. Catherine choose a crown of thorns and is is often seen on the head of Saint Catherine of Siena, and is also occasionally represented with other saints, signifying suffering for Christ's sake. 

White Cupcakes (baked in Aquamarine Cupcake Liners), topped with some homemade Whip Cream, chocolate jimmies (for the crown of thorns), and a gold crown on the side (made with the Crown Candy Mold)

We served the Cupcakes along with the pizza, Hot Apple Cider, and a Starlight Cookie for the girls to sample. We also had a sweet girl who would be celebrating her birthday the following day, so we lit a candle and sang Happy Birthday to her too! 

~ Group Photo ~ 

Be sure to check the Shower of Roses Little Flowers Girls' Club link-up, as all of the girls that are "joining" our group online/at home share pictures from their meetings for this year!

Grant me the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us! 


  1. It was wonderful as always! The girls are really going to miss the meetings over the next few months, BUT they will have two new babies to enjoy at the next one! Can you believe it???

  2. Hi Jessica! I, too, have been reading over the Little Women of Hospitality program for this coming school year. I would love to follow along with you since you always have such wonderful ideas (and I have not one bit of creativity!). When do you plan on starting this?

  3. I'm hoping to incorporate it into our curriculum for this coming school year! I haven't made any concrete plans, but would really like to begin in September. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them as well!!


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