Mary Resources

Here you can find all sorts of Resources, Crafts, information, and ideas for Mary and the Rosary, etc. If you have a great site you would like to share, please email Liz Nelis with a link and short description. If for some reason the links on this page do not work, please contact Liz Nelis. 

Our Lady and the Ladybug 

Did you know it is believed that the lady bug is named for the virgin Mary? It is said that farmers were having their crops devoured by insects and prayed to Mary for help. Then red and black beetles came and ate all the insects, saving the crops! They named them "Beetles of Our Lady" which over time turned into "Ladybugs". CLICK HERE  for more information. 

The Rosary

Since the early days of the Church, Christians have used knotted cords or prayer beads to help keep track of their prayers.  The rosary as we know it today evolved in the Middle Ages, when the “Hail Mary” prayer became widely known.  The term “rosary” comes from “rosarium,” or a bouquet of roses; the prayers of the rosary were seen as a spiritual bouquet offered to Mary. While praying each decade, Catholics meditate on key moments in Christ’s life.  Many of these involve Mary (the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Assumption, etc.)  For this reason, the rosary is often seen as a way to draw closer to Christ through Mary.  As Pope Paul VI wrote in his apostolic exhortation Marialis Cultus, the rosary helps us “meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord.” Click HERE  for a "Color and Pray the Rosary" worksheet. See also the video at the bottom of this page. 

The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception is the day we celebrate the conception of Mary herself, and not her conception of Jesus. There is a very common misconception amongst Catholics. This coloring sheet is a great depiction for children. CLICK HERE