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St. Rita of Casia (with an extra!)

::We are excited to feature Celeste from Doodle La again!

This time she will be showing us how to put together a wonderful St. Rita of Casia diorama::

I have a special love for St. Rita. She lived an extraordinary life, and I admire her very much.  I’ve found her novena to be very powerful, and my prayers have never gone unanswered.
Here is how to make this lovely project. 
Here is the link to download the printable parts of the diorama.
It’s important to print it on a durable, heavy paper or cardstock so that the pieces will be stiff enough to hold their shape once they are glued in place.
To begin, you want to measure out a piece of your decorative paper to match the size of the back of your box and glue it to the back with a thin layer of glue. (An alternative to this would be to paint or color the back!)
  Next, color and cut out each piece. (Be careful to cut around the image supports that are at the bottom of St.Rita, and on the out side edges of the decorative frames. )
 Once the pieces are colored, you will want to fold the image supports over so that they can be glued to the inside of the box.
 With a thin layer of glue on the support, attach Rita to the inside of the box.
Next attach the decorative frames towards the inside of the edges of the box.
And when you are finished your diorama will look like this.

And pray….

O holy patroness of those in need, St. Rita, 
whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord 
are almost irresistible, 
who for thy lavishness in granting favours 
hast been called the Advocate of the hopeless 
and even of the impossible; 
St. Rita, so humble, so pure, 
so mortified, so patient 
and of such compassionate love 
for thy Crucified Jesus 
that thou couldst obtain from Him 
whatsoever thou askest, 
on account of which all confidently 
have recourse to thee expecting, 
if not always relief, 
at least comfort; 
be propitious to our petition, 
showing thy power with God 
on behalf of thy suppliant; 
be lavish to us, 
as thou hast been in so many wonderful cases, 
for the greater glory of God, 
for the spreading of thine own devotion, 
and for the consolation of those 
who trust in thee.

We promise, if our petition is granted, 
to glorify thee by making known thy favour, 
to bless and sing thy praises forever. 
Relying then upon thy merits and power 
before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 
we pray thee grant that... 

(Make your request here...) 

as soon as God deems fit. 

 To go along with St. Rita I also made a little printable votive candle novena day counter to be used alongside the St. Rita diorama, or with any other novena prayer that you may say. I find it helpful to have visuals to keep track of things, so that is how this printable came about! I’ll be sharing that with you tomorrow, so stick around!

Crafts Domestic Church Guest Posts Mary Prayer

Mary Diorama

My kids attend public school right now, and so they get less faith formation than I’d hope for. But I still try to integrate our faith into their life with activities outside of school that will help them learn and grow in their faith.

For us Catholic Christians the month of May is full of tradition and activity that is done in remembrance of Our Lord’s mother, Mary. She’s a shining example of how to serve God. During this month we honor her and use her examples of faith and service to help us grow in those areas of our own life as well.

Often times I can’t find crafts activities that I imagine being great teaching tools, so I make my own. This is one I made for my kids this month.


This diorama is really simple to put together and you don’t need much to get it started! There are many things you could add to it to make it as embellished as you like (glitter, ribbon, etc), but I’m going to show you the basics. So here we go!



You have a few options to print out Mary and her flower garden. You can right-click and save this next image. Or you canclick this link and it will take you to a printable PDF. I will suggest printing it on a cardstock type paper if you can. If not, it will work still, but the pieces may be a little more floppy.


Next have your kids color the images and cut them out. You can be as detailed or simple as you’d like both with coloring, and with cutting.

When you are done coloring and cutting, the next thing you are going to want to do is help the kids cut some little strips to fold and tape to the back of their flower garden pieces and to the back of the image of Mary. I simply used some of the scraps of paper that were left after all the pieces were cut out. Cut small strips and fold them in half to form an L shape. Tape one side to the back of the colored images, and fold a small circle of tape so that it can be attached to the underside of the L and stick securely to the shoe box.

For my shoe box, I attached Mary first to some decorative card stock. Cut it to fit the bottom of your box by tracing around the edges of your box onto your paper and cut it out. You could also have your children color or paint the inside of the box, or cover it completely with pretty paper or glitter, or even moss might be pretty!

I attached Mary to the cardstock, and then taped the cardstock with double-sided tape to the inside of the box.


Once Mary is secure, you can start placing your garden pieces. There’s no particular way that you have to place them– whatever appeals to you. You could even print out more copies and add more flowers if you’d like to!



Your finished project will look something like this!


The Magnificat

Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.



If you try out this project be sure to come back and let me know how it went for you! I’d love to see your own dioramas!

::Originally from California’s wine country, Celeste Bowen is a military wife, mother of three, artist, blogger and small business owner at Doodle La. Inspired by the world around her, she uses her artistic background to share one of a kind artwork, handmade diapers, clothing and do-it-yourself projects on her blog and via her online store. Trained in the culinary arts and experienced in the restaurant industry, Celeste enjoys coming up with new, resourceful recipes and baked goods to share with her family and readers. You can follow her creative journey by visiting Doodle La’s website, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook page. This post was originally published on the blog Doodle La::