As Catholics we are used to celebrating May as the month of Mary, with May crownings and the like. It’s the height of spring and new life, and Mary gave new life to the world when she gave birth to our savior Jesus Christ.

Nearly 60 years ago, Pope Paul the VI wrote about honoring Mary in the month of May.  “For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne.”
There are many Marian feast days that you can celebrate with your family this month. St. Joseph the Worker is on May 1st and Our Lady of Fatima is on May 13th. But May is also a BUSY month. So here are just a few simple ways to honor Our Lady and remember these feasts through this beautiful month.
  • In early May, find a way to attend a May crowning, or bring some flowers and/or pray a rosary together at your own Marian statue or one of our newly renovated Marian areas on campus. (On May 1st after Mass we will pray the Litany of Loreto and have a blessing after school Mass–families are welcome to attend!)
  • Our Lady of Fatima is a feast day for children! Like so many other apparitions, she appeared to little children. Her most fervent request was that we return to prayer, especially through the Rosary often. Pray these Fatima prayers at home this month
  • Make a Rosary with your children. Use any kind of beads. You can buy kits online (see Be a Heart) or use whatever you have to make a decade or the whole thing. Then pray it together!
  • The Sun danced on Our Lady’s final appearance on October 13 of 1917. Brew sun tea as a family to remember this event, and have a dance party imagining what it looked like for the sun to dance!
  • Check out our friends at Catholic Icing for some fun sun crafts and snacks! Our family made an easy snack out of food we had in our fridge. Ta-da, a dancing sun on a plate! Or just pick up some Sunchips at the store!
  • Keep an eye out for other joyful Marian feasts this month, including Mother’s Day (of course), the Monday after Pentecost which is Mary, Mother of the Church, and May 31st, the Visitation!