Monday, September 22, 2014

The Seven Sacraments Stained Glass Window {Catechism Craft with Free Printable!}


"And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14

This year our seven year old is preparing to make his First Confession and First Holy Communion! Earlier this month we spent some time studying the Seven Sacraments and creating a "Seven Sacrament Stained Glass Window."

A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Penance, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Extreme Unction. This fun and colorful craft provides an excellent opportunity to teach children more about the sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ and how they receive their power to give grace from God, through the merits of Christ’s Redemption on the Cross.


Originally I was just going to use a blank cross for this craft and have my son list the Seven Sacraments on the cross, but then I decided to try and add some illustrations for my son to color, and then lines for him to write the names of the sacraments. All of my other children ended up asking to create one too! Here are the links to all the documents I created in the process. You are welcome to download them for your own family/class if you'd like:




Supplies:
  • Black or Dark Blue Card Stock or Construction Paper
  • Yellow Card Stock or Construction Paper (cut into the shape of a stained glass window)
  • Seven Sacraments Cross Printable (additional options can be found listed above)
  • Colored Card Stock or Construction Paper, cut into small one inch shapes 
  • Colored Pencils, Crayons or Markers
  • Pencil or Black Gel Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks



Directions: 

1. Write a list of the Seven Sacraments onto the white cross or color the illustrations if you are using the printable. Another option is to have the children copy a bible or saint quote onto the cross.

2.  Have the children glue the yellow window shape to a piece of black or dark blue paper.

3. Glue the cross to the center of the yellow window.

4. Next, have the children glue the small pieces of colored paper to the window shape, creating the "Stained Glass Window."











Additional Reading, Coloring Books, and Songs on the Seven Sacraments: 

The Seven Sacraments by Father Lovasik


We adore Thee O Christ and we bless Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful craft; I think this will be perfect for my catechism class! Thank you for sharing it, Jessica.

    2014-09-22 13:20:17

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  2. You are just wonderful!!!! My son will be preparing for his first communion and confession soon and I am just thrilled with sweet craft idea. You are a delightful artist and teacher of the faith. God reward your generosity!

    2014-09-22 19:08:13

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  3. I love this! My third graders are reviewing the sacraments right now and they'd love to do this as an activity.

    2014-09-22 23:24:07

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  4. What a wonderful craft. You are very creative. This will be perfect to use next year for my daughter. Thanks! God bless!

    2014-09-23 01:00:24

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  5. Lovely project for your dear First Communicant. I will be adding this to my to do list for my 7 yo who is also preparing for his First Holy Communion. ad Jesum per Mariam

    2014-09-23 17:43:30

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  6. This is so wonderful! Lovely for my girls to do :)

    2014-09-25 14:47:44

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  7. What a beautiful craft Jessica, thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

    2014-10-13 21:54:58

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  8. Thank you! I will be using this with my first grade class this week.

    2015-02-11 02:06:06

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  9. We are going over the 7 sacraments with my 1st grade Faith Formation class tomorrow. Thank you for creating this wonderful craft. I think they will love it and it looks easy enough for them.

    2015-02-23 01:58:15

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  10. thank you for sharing this craft with us. i am going to be teaching the sacraments tomorrow and this will be a great project ofr my class.

    2015-10-18 19:26:18

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  11. I cannot get the printables through scribd. Would you mind emailing the documents to stcooley@twc.com? God bless you!

    2016-03-17 09:14:22

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    1. Hi Traci! Sorry for the delay in responding. We are traveling at the moment and I have had limited access to email and the internet. You can find the documents over at Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Catechism%20Craft%20...

      2016-03-22 04:45:52

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  12. I cannot get the documents through scribd and I when I click the link for dropbox, it says it doesn't exist. Is there a chance that you have these documents anywhere else? This is such perfect craft/lesson extension for my summer faith formation class (1st grade). Thank you for sharing it in the first place and I understand if you don't have time to offer it again.

    2016-05-22 20:50:48

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    1. Hi Jennifer, I'm sorry you are having trouble with the links. I just adjusted the settings in dropbox. Could you try again and see if it works for you? If not let me know and I will email them to you directly later this evening.

      2016-05-23 01:15:16

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    2. Thank you SO much-they worked! I am so excited to do this craft with my FF kids next week!

      2016-05-27 20:04:32

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  13. My third graders love this craft, than you for sharing. However, I'm not familiar with these images as symbols of the Sacraments. Do you have an explanation of how these symbols relate to their corresponding Sacraments?

    2019-01-10 22:52:25

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  14. Thank you

    2019-02-28 08:36:14

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