May Crowning Ideas

Mary wearing a crown

Here in Chicago, we endured a lot of April showers in order to enjoy the May flowers—which, of course, means that it’s that time of the year for May Crownings! I posted a couple of years ago about May Crownings and encourage you to go back and take a look at that, but I also have a few new details to share with catechists.

In particular, I’ve recently been wondering where and how you go about making or acquiring a crown of flowers for a May Crowning, particularly a miniature flower crown for a small statue such as you might find in a classroom or home. Personally, my wife and I have a 16-inch plastic statue of Mary (that belonged to my late mother-in-law) in our back yard, and I’ve been wanting to place a flower crown on it during the month of May.

I did find a miniature artificial flower crown from a company in the UK that specializes in miniature objects for doll houses (My Tiny World) and was able to order it for under $10.

I also found that Lacy, over at Catholic Icing, has a number of links to creative ideas for May Crowning, including the following:

Here is a pictorial tutorial for making a flower crown shared in a Catholic Forum.

Here is a video tutorial.

Here is a link for how to make a flower crown with real flowers and here is another.

Finally, here is a link to a number of resources from the University of Dayton.

Please share any May Crowning ideas or experiences you have! And don’t forget to download this free poster of Marian Devotions, which comes with classroom handouts and can be a great addition to pre- or post-May Crowning discussions.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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