A suggestion for May – the month of Mary.
Do you remember the May altars of our childhood?.. I got into trouble on more than one occasion as I thought it made perfect sense to cut the neighbour’s prized flowers for the May altar at home or in school.
Perhaps we could encourage the little people in our lives (whether they live with us or not) to create their own May altar at home? Explain the tradition to them, maybe teach them a hymn to our Lady, decorate it with flowers, an image/statue of our Lady or maybe some rosary beads.
Explain the rosary, the beads etc to the children (look up the history of the rosary, if you aren’t familiar with it), make some time to pray to our Lady in front of the altar each day…
For children who are disappointed at not being able to receive Jesus in Holy Communion just yet, you might look up and share with them the story of St. Bernadette or our own Irish little Nellie of God.
As adults we might bear simple witness to our Catholic faith by placing a statue/image of our Lady in a window, facing the street, asking her each day to bless all our neighbours and friends.