October Home Altar Ideas For Catholics

Having a home altar is one of our favorite traditions as a Catholic family! We like to keep our altar fresh every month, changing the theme with the monthly dedication for Catholics. The month of October is dedicated to the holy rosary, and this is a very important month for Catholics to remember the importance of praying the rosary. You can find all of my resources for living the liturgical year in October here. Today let’s check out these Catholic home altar ideas for October. 

Catholic Icing now offers a monthly membership program where each month you receive a big printable pack of goodies to help your family live the liturgical year at home. The best part is that it comes with home altar printables for every single month! A lot of my October home altar items come straight from this printable pack, which help me keep my home altar updated and fresh all the time.

The membership also comes with my complete Home Altar Guide, which tells you exactly why having a home altar is so important and also takes you through exactly how to organize and set up your own. 

Note: Membership resources change each month and each year, so the items you see featured here may or may not still be available in the current monthly membership. You can read more about our past membership resources here

October Dedication: The Holy Rosary

I always start with the month’s dedication and try to work my home altar around that, and October has a super amazing and important dedication, which is the rosary! October starts with St. Therese’s feast day and ends with Saints Simon and Jude, with lots of fun feast days in the middle!  

There is a large printable artwork that comes in the monthly membership pack that usually features the dedication for that month. For October, it is a featured beautiful artwork of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Each month the printable home altar pack includes a printable candle wrap that goes around one of those glass religious candles, and October also features Our Lady of the Rosary.

A bonus printable wall rosary also came with this to give your October home altar a festive look and prominently feature the rosary!

Prayer For October Home Altar

 

This stand up printable prayer triptych also has the prayer for guardian angels (since their feast day is on October 2) with some beautiful artwork of Guardian Angels as well.

Liturgical Seasons Of October

I always like to have the current liturgical season and color indicated on our home altar. This is super useful for the kids to see it matching what they see each Sunday at Mass on the altar and the priest’s vestments. Ordinary time runs all the way through the month of October, which is green.  You can see in my photos that I have a green cloth to reflect the season of Ordinary Time.



In the current (2021) Catholic Icing monthly membership, this liturgical display cube is included. This makes switching the liturgical colors super easy because all you have to do is rotate the block!

Including October Saint Resources

The printable home altar packs come with a “Saint Spinner” each month, which makes displaying some Saint days super easy! After assembling this page, you just rotate the triangle to display the current Saint feast day, which is listed on the Saint Spinner. For October, this included St. Therese, St. Pope John Paul II, and Our Lady of Aparecida. 

Saint of the day for October: We like to be able to write in a Saint for each day. The home altar printables come with a background each month for a 5×7 frame. It just inserts in the frame, and you can use a dry erase marker to write in the Saint each day! 

The “October Litany of Saints” page lists a Saint for each day of the month, so it’s super easy to know a name you can write in.

Important Days To Remember For October’s Altar

  • Oct 1, St. Therese of Lisieux
  • Oct 3, Guardian Angels
  • Oct 4, St. Francis of Assisi
  • Oct 7, Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Oct 12, Our Lady of Aparecida
  • Oct 18, St. Luke
  • Oct 22, St. Pope John Paul II
  • Oct 28, Sts. Simon and Jude

The pack also includes blank pages to fill in whatever Saints you want to celebrate, so if you have a special feast day in October, you can display this page for any of them! The Saint Spinner and Triptych cut apart at the end of the month to make holy cards that you can collect, and all of these holy cards are the right size to insert into these Saint information pages. Each month gets its own fun and seasonal background art.

Read More About The Catholic Icing Membership

The membership comes with so much more than just home altar printables! You can find more information about what’s included and how to join here.

You can find resources for these feast days and a lot more on my post about living the liturgical year in October here

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