My second grade religious ed class made Marian May Baskets this last weekend. They were so excited about it and so pleased with them. Later, we decided that grandma, my mother, needed a special one made by us to help cheer her up this month; the second anniversary of my father's death arrives the 24th, and his birthday the 27th. My parents would have been celebrating 50 years of marriage last Friday, on the twelfth, and at the mass my mother attended this last weekend, a couple's marriage was blessed for their fifty years together. Grandma was feeling a bit down. We made her basket as beautiful as possible using different swatches of tissue paper, fresh sprigs of Ivy, a beautiful yellow rose bud with baby's breath, some delicate fern, a rosary, several Marian holy cards, (and a Divine Mercy one, her special devotion), a Smilie paper clip :), a copy of a Mary, Star of the Sea poem/prayer; last, we attached a heart shaped tag on it signed from all to her. We could tell it truly helped!
This made me think that this would be an excellent project for homeschool groups, women's clubs and other apostolates that would like to cheer up their Catholic shut-ins at home and those staying in nursing facilities. We're only half-way through May, it's not too late to do this! While we have done other Marian craft items to give honor and bring awareness to Mary in the month of May, I think this one is very sweet! We are going to add this to our tradition, both at home and religious education in the classroom.
Thank you so much Alice for sharing your creativity and photos. I don't have digital photo equipment for my computer yet - but when I do, I'll be sure to upload pictures of these precious moments when we are involved in them.
Mary, Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Pray for Us!