Saturday, April 4, 2020

Creative Ways to Celebrate Holy Week in Quarantine


The Church isn’t a building, it’s a community of faith that exists without walls. With the social distance and unprecedented time #StayHome🏡 the churches will stay closed through Holy Week and Easter 2020. You may be thinking, how can I still celebrate Holy Week during quarantine and worship God this Easter Season from home?

1.   I've found this practice an interesting routine for this quarantine and historical moment. Let's get back in tune with reflecting upon God's grace and presence to find the His light to look toward a better tomorrow. 
      St. Ignatius of Loyola Daily Exam Exercise:
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.

2.   Celebrate with family at home using the technology. You can attend Virtual daily Mass.

3.   Use the creativity to create a “Domestic Church” to have a special place of solitude with God. Follow the Link to make some crafts with your kids or for yourself.

Palm Sunday, April 5th
Gospel: Matthew 26: 14-27 or Matthew 27:11-54
Palm CrossPlace a branch on the window or door of your house. 

Monday, April 6th
Gospel: John 12:1-11
Holy Week Coloring BookletCreate your own Holy Week Booklet and pray with it.
Tuesday, April 7th
Gospel: John 13:21-33
Making Sorrowful Mysteries Cards: Prepare your own sorrowful mysteries card to pray.
Wednesday, April 8th
Gospel: Matthew 26:14-25
Holy Week BannerUnderstand Holy Week meaning and symbols with the banner.
Thursday, April 9th
Gospel: John 13:1-15
Triduum Triptychs: Understanding the symbols of the Paschal Triduum.
Friday, April 10th
Gospel: John 18:1-19:42
Stations of the Cross play: Reflect with the Stations of the Cross play. Don’t forget to fast!

Saturday, April 11th
Gospel:  Matthew 28:1-10
Resurrection Eggs: Understanding Easter Sunday with Resurrection Eggs activity.

Easter Sunday,  April 12th
Gospel: John: 20:1-9
Easter BasketPrepare a basket with any candy available and hide it inside home to enjoy the day with your family.
Happy Easter!!!
Blessings, Health and Peace! 😇🙏🕊️#LuzDelMes 

SEMANA SANTA EN CUARENTENA
La Iglesia no es un edificio, es una comunidad sin paredes. Es la Iglesia Domestica. 
¿Cómo podemos celebrar Semana Santa? 
Sigue las indicaciones. 

Bendiciones, Salud y Paz 🕊️
 #SemanaSanta #Cuarentena 🙏#MeQuedoenCasa🏡 #LuzDelMes

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. For more information visit:
https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/about-celebration

Author Maritza M. Mejia 
Poems, Thought and More 
Blog Tour
Book available:



Poems, Thoughts and More is a small beam of light gushing through dark clouds. ~Jorge L. Mejía~

Poemas, Pensamientos y Algo más es un pequeño haz de luz fluyendo entre nubes oscuras. ~Jorge L. Mejía~


Luz del Mes
Celebra el mes de la poesía con Poemas, reflexiones, rimas y cuentos bilingües por la paz de las naciones y conservación del planeta.
REVIEWS:
Write, read, listen to others and support others to succeed!
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
This author's kind and caring personality comes thru clearly in her written thoughts.
A lift for anyone's day.
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
Format: Paperback
¡Me encanta y lo recomiendo!
Si amas la naturaleza es tiempo de tener este libro contigo.🤝♥️🥰
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2018
Format: Paperback
Once again, Mejia delights us with her poems, reflections, and everything we ponder in life. This new book is a fresh collection of inspiring poems in Haiku and Sonnet format in English and Spanish which is ideal for ESOL students. I must say my favorite is the story of The Girl and the Trees which goes on to explain how Mejia started Luz Del Mes, a project to rescue moral values. I found the poems, reflections, and short stories uplifting and believe this book will make a wonderful gift for the poetry lover in your family. Kudos for Luz Del Mes!
Luz Del Mes Tri-Anthology A Multicultural Chain for Nature linked by a Haiku with 33 authors and collaborators around the world.
Luz Del Mes Tri-Anthology A Multicultural Chain for Nature linked by a Haiku with 33 authors and collaborators around the world.

¡Feliz mes de la poesia!
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk



Welcome April ~ Bienvenido Abril

Reflections by Maritza Martínez Mejía

April is here and the world is facing the worse moment, but it’s time to leave behind the spiritual winter and celebrate the season of internal joy. As Christians we were welcoming Florid Easter, a time of renewal. Other traditions welcome Spring as symbol of new life. Trees, plants, fields are beginning to turn green and blossom; new life is emerging from the ground. Just as winter symbolizes death, spring symbolizes new life. There is HOPE!

Welcome April
March is gone,
New season comes,
I wish, blessings to all!
(Haiku, @2016 Mejia)
Cherry Blossoms from Japan - Mejia@2019
Happy Spring!

Abril está aquí y el mundo está atravesando por el peor momento, pero es hora de dejar atrás el invierno espiritual y celebrar un tiempo de gozo interno. Como cristianos/as le damos la bienvenida a la Pascua Florida o tiempo de renovación. Otras tradiciones dan la bienvenida a la primavera como símbolo de una nueva vida. Los árboles, las plantas, los campos están comenzando a volverse verdes y florecer; nueva vida está emergiendo de la tierra. Así como el invierno simboliza la muerte, la primavera simboliza una nueva vida. 
¡Felices Pascuas!
Foto  Monte Cristo Redentor, Chile @luzdelmes
¡Feliz Abril!
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Monday, March 30, 2020

40 Days Activities for Lent in Quarantine

Welcome Lent!  Time for change

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 26th
A Lenten Walk
Draw a leave with good deeds.
Thursday, February 27th
A praying time
You can pray anywhere.

Friday, February 28
Fasting 
You can fast by cutting out some food or things that distract you from God.

Saturday, February 29
Support your local church charity projects.

How to celebrate LENT and HOLY WEEK at home with your kids? Click the link below the date. 
First Week of Lent
Sunday, March 1st.
Celebrate Jesus
Check your closer church and come to Mass on time. 

Monday, March 2nd.
A pretzel can give you the answer.
Tuesday, March 3 er.
Meditate the Sorrowful Mysteries
Watch and pray with the video the sorrowful mysteries.
Wednesday, March 4th
Alms Giving
You can collect food for the needy, support your local church charity project, or join Operation Rice Bowl.
Thursday, March 5th
Handmade Cross
Create your own cross for Lent.
Find a moment to walk with Jesus Stations of the Cross. Don’t forget to fast!
It’s time to reconcile with Jesus.

Second Week of Lent
Sunday, March 8th
Check your closer church and come to Mass on time. 


Monday, March 9th

Increase your reading time with your favorite author or devotional book.


Tuesday, March 10th
Meditate, pray and color the Sorrowful Mysteries.

Wednesday, March 11th
Give up things you do impulsively without thinking.

Thursday, March 12th
Turn around
Change direction in your life and turn around to God. 

Friday, March 13th
Biblical Sorrowful Mysteries
Pray the sorrowful mysteries in the Rosary with the Bible scriptures.
Saturday, March 14th
Alms Giving
Support your local church charity project or join Operation Rice Bowl.
Third Week of Lent
Sunday, March 15th
Celebrate Jesus
Check your VIRTUAL MASS access. 

 

Monday, March 16th
Practicing Lent at home with scriptures symbols.
Tuesday, March 17th

Today on St. Patrick’s Day, prepare and pray the Breastplate.

Wednesday, March 18th
Alms Giving
Support your local church charity project or join Operation Rice Bowl.
Thursday, March 19th
Today on St. Joseph Day, prepare a Saint Joseph altar.

Friday, March 20th
Stations of the Cross Carousel
Create a Cross Carousel by cutting and pasting the Stations of the Cross. Don’t forget to fast!
Saturday, March 21st
A Desert Day
Spend a day with Jesus in a Desert Day with the scriptures.
Fourth Week of Lent
Sunday, March 22nd
Check your VIRTUAL MASS access. 

Monday, March 23 er
Divine Mercy Chapel
Do the Divine Mercy Chapel 

Tuesday, March 24th
Meditate the Sorrowful Mysteries
Watch and pray with the video the sorrowful mysteries.
Wednesday, March 25th
PRAY the "OUR FATHER" WORLDWIDE 
Day of prayer for World Protection of the Pandemic Virus 
Thursday, March 26th
Tissue Art Cross Craft
Celebrate the life of Christ with a colorful Cross.

Pray and Alms giving to help the Missions. 
Saturday, March 28th
Divine Mercy Chapel
Do the Divine Mercy Chapel or Meditate the Sorrowful Mysteries.

Fifth Week of Lent
Sunday, March 29th
Celebrate Jesus
Check your VIRTUAL MASS access. 
Monday, March 30th
Making Last Supper Craft
Prepare your own Last Supper Scene with recycles materials.
Tuesday, March 31st
Making a Paschal Candle
Prepare your own Paschal Candle.
Wednesday, April 1st.
Watch and pray Pope Francis Five Fingers Prayer.

Thursday, April 2nd.
Change direction in your life and turn around to God. 

Friday, April 3 er.
Stations of the Cross Cards
Play and pray with The Stations of the Cross. Don’t forget to fast!

Saturday, April 4th
Divine Mercy Chapel
Do the Divine Mercy Chapel or Meditate the Sorrowful Mysteries.
Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 5th
Palm Cross

Make your own Palm Cross. BE CREATIVE -Check your VIRTUAL MASS 
Monday, April 6th
Create your own Holy Week Booklet and pray with it.
Tuesday, April 7th
Making Sorrowful Mysteries Cards
Prepare your own sorrowful mysteries card and more.
Wednesday, April 8th
Holy Week for Families
Understand Holy Week meaning and symbols with the banner.
Thursday, April 9th
Triduum Triptychs
Understanding the symbols of the Paschal Triduum.
Friday, April 10th
Stations of the Cross play
Reflect and pray with the Stations of the Cross play. Don’t forget to fast!

Saturday, April 11th
Resurrection Eggs
Understanding Easter Sunday with Resurrection Eggs activity.


Pray and prepare and Easter basket. Hide the eggs inside home and enjoy the day with your family.
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 12th
Celebrate Jesus
Check your VIRTUAL MASS access. 
Happy Easter!!!
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk