DIY Mini Sacramentary

Once dry, paint on the cover.

The Altar area in the atrium requires models of all the articles used at Mass – mini altar, mini chalice and paten, mini tabernacle etc. We got a wonderful set of most of the bits and pieces from Our Father’s House and the altar, tabernacle, sacristy cabinet, and lectern were made by a wonderful man. For a lectionary we have a blue covered Gideon Bible. It’s not ideal but does the job. But one thing we could not acquire in the right size was a mini sacramentary.

After much thought, we decided such a thing could be made. There may be better ways of doing it, but here’s our way, and the results are perfectly acceptable.

Firstly, we consulted google and found this wonderful instructional on how to make a hardcovered book. Of course ours had to contain printed pages, so it had to be adapted a little bit.

The first thing was copying and pasting the words of the Mass and laboriously getting them into a format that would print out in a way that could be turned into a book. If I knew how, I would upload the pdf, but I don’t, so feel free to contact us if you would like it. It will make a Gideon Bible sized sacramentary.

Once this was printed out, we folded it and glued the pages together back-to-back to make double-thickness pages.

There were four pages per sheet. This is the last two pages.

Lightly score along the grid lines to make folding more accurate.

Leave a small margin on the left of the first page. Glue pages 1-2 together. The margin from page 5 will slot in between pages 3-4 when you glue those together, creating continuous pages. Continue until all pages are glued, leaving a spare blank page at the end.

Leave a small margin on the left of each set of 4 pages. Glue pages 1-2 together. The margin from page 5 will slot in between pages 3-4 when you glue those together, creating continuous pages. Continue until all pages are glued, leaving a spare blank page at the end.

It was hard to make them super even, but close enough.

How it looks when opened up. The margin on the inside is mirrored by a margin on the back, between the two previous pages.

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What will be in the spine.

Front page. Note little extra bit on the left.

The opposite side to the spine. Not even, but works.

The next task was to get it ready to be attached to the cover.

Some thin fabric with craft glue.

Glue the spine end of the booklet to the fabric, holding it nice and tightly together.

We also glued part of the spare back page to the fabric, to be trimmed once dry, just for extra hold

And then to let it dry…

Finally, the cover.

We acquired this lovely piece of soft leather (suede) from David's Emporium.

We acquired this lovely piece of soft leather (suede) from David’s Emporium.

Cut card to size according to the instructions in the link at the top, spread on some craft glue....

Cut card to size according to the instructions in the link at the top, spread on some craft glue….

... and glue on.

… and glue on.

Fold up edges and glue.

Fold up edges and glue.

And trim to make it fit nicely.

And trim to make it fit nicely.

The bookless cover.

The bookless cover.

Glue the spare back page and the fabric onto the covers - NOT THE SPINE - this must stay glue free.

Glue the spare back page and the fabric onto the covers – NOT THE SPINE, which must stay glue free.

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Leave to dry.

Leave to dry.

The dried book.

The dried book.

Side view.

Side view.

Paste a piece of white paper on the raw inside cover.

Paste a piece of white paper on the raw inside cover.

Once dry, paint on the cover.

Once dry, paint on the cover.

We used this fabric paint.

We used this fabric paint.

Note - somehow this page got nicked while drying, so we taped all the edges of the pages just for durability. Didn't look amazing but wasn't too bad.

Note – somehow this page got nicked while drying, so we taped all the edges of the pages just for durability. Didn’t look amazing but wasn’t too bad.

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Liturgical colours

The different seasons in the liturgical year help us relate to God in different ways and prepare for and celebrate the various great events in the history of the Church.

In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, we have a special puzzle of the liturgical calendar, but long before we get to that, we introduce the different liturgical colours and what they represent.

(Normally this presentation would be done later on in the year, but we’re about to change seasons again and would like to highlight that. There is a special ceremony for changing from purple to white at Easter and decided that it would be useful for the children to have been introduced to the concept already. We’ve also started with quite a large group all at once and it’s tricky keeping them away from everything but the preliminary works. And plus we need to learn to observe our children and make decisions accordingly and how better to learn than to try the occasional experiment? This paragraph serves as a disclaimer that we might not know what we’re doing so don’t necessarily copy us!)

The children will probably already have noticed the colour of the prayer table cloth. The ones in our group will probably also have had the different colours of the vestments etc pointed out to them during the year by their parents, but many children wouldn’t have.

The presentation is quite short.

 

Chasubles and stoles in the four main liturgical colours are kept in a basket in the altar area.

Chasubles and stoles in the four main liturgical colours are kept in a basket in the altar area.

During the presentation, the chasubles are placed on stands and the meaning of each colour is given. The catechist can also employ the three period lesson to help the children remember which colour is for what.

During the presentation, the chasubles are placed on stands and the meaning of each colour is given. The catechist can also employ the three period lesson to help the children remember which colour is for what.

Then the chasubles are placed back in the basket, the basket is placed back on the shelf, and the stands are put away. The children are told they may use them at any time and to put everything back ready for the next person when they are done.

We’re also introducing pasting this week. The basic presentation for pasting involves cutting strips of paper into small pieces and pasting them onto paper in whatever manner pleases the child.

Once the presentations have been done (it’s so hard getting a balance of not doing too much in a session and making sure they have enough to work with!), we may introduce individual children to an extension of both pasting and the liturgical colours presentation: the liturgical colours pasting work.

Control chart, template, basket of cutouts, cutouts needed for this work. The children will be shown how to choose what they need to replicate the control chart.

Control chart, template, basket of cutouts, cutouts needed for this work. The children will be shown how to choose what they need to replicate the control chart.

Some children have also been introduced to tracing already, and a tracing and colouring work (using the same basic template) will also be available for the children to work with.

As with all the works in the atrium, once a child has been presented with one they are free to use it whenever they want to (as long as no one else is), so they can assimilate and ponder the reality it represents and the meaning it contains.