A Lesson on the Saints

READ A BOOK
Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times is a collection of mini-poems, one for each of the saints profiled. Each saint is presented in such a way as to make their challenges and their strengths relevant to modern life. These saints, who showed such heroic virtue, can help us and our kids deal with everyday struggles. Use this book to share some of the most popular saints with your children and celebrate All Saints Day.

Bausch, Meghan. Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times. Our Sunday Visitor, 2018.

 

You can find this book at your local library, independent book seller, OR purchase it from….

 

MAKE A FAITH CONNECTION

  1. Everyone who is in heaven is a saint. There are some people who were very holy on earth. They showed that they loved God and God’s people very much. The Church has named some of those people “Saint”. That means that the Church believes they are in heaven.
    • The poems in the book tell about many different saints. Which one did you think was the most interesting?
  2. The Saints all lived on earth in different times and in different places. Whenever the people of God need help, certain people become holy enough to make a difference on earth. Because they care about us, they are helpful to us even when they are in heaven. They are very close to God there in heaven, so we can ask them to pray for us.
    • Which saint from the book would you like to ask to pray for you?
  3. To be holy means to love God and to try to do what God wants. Jesus said that being holy is the way to be happy. God knows what is best for us because God made us!
  4. Each of the saints had ways to be holy that were unique and special for them. They can inspire us to be holy too. The poems in the book tell us about at least one way each saint was holy.
    • Pick a saint from the book. Can you tell me how he or she was holy?
    • What is one way you or I can try to be holy?
  5. All the souls in heaven, all the souls who need to be made pure before they can go to heaven, and all the people on earth who are learning to be saints are part of The Communion of Saints. You are I are part of the Communion of Saints, along with St. Josephine and Saint Maximillian and all the saints in this book. They are our friends. The saints can pray for us. We can pray for the souls of everyone who has died.
    • Who would like to pray for?
  6. November 1 is a special day in the Church. It is the day we remember all the saints in heaven. It is called All Saints’ Day. We celebrate Halloween the night before. The word Halloween comes from the words, All Hallows Eve. Hallows means holy. Eve means the night before. Halloween is the night before All Saints Day.
    • What can we do on Halloween to remind us that it is the eve of a special Church day?
    • What can we do on All Saints Day? (FYI – All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation so attending Mass is a must.)

HAVE SOME FUN
Make a Saint Paper People Chain

Materials needed: scissors, computer paper, a gingerbread cookie cutter, crayons or markers, the book Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times or another source of pictures of saints.

Lacy at Catholic Icing.com has these simple directions to make a paper doll chain of saints. This is an activity for both boys and girls as the children are able to choose boy or girl saints with which to decorate their chain.

Head on over to this website to get the easy directions:

https://www.catholicicing.com/saint-craft-for-catholic-kids-paper-doll-chain-of-saints/

 

 

SHARE A PRAYER
Dear Lord,
You are the holiest of all.
You are good
and everything you made is good
I am good.
I try to do what you want every day.
I try to be holy
by loving you
and by loving others.
Loving others is sometimes hard.
Very hard.
The saints in heaven
loved you
and loved other people
even when it was very hard.
That’s what made them holy.
They get to see your face now.
They get to worship you and love you in heaven.
I ask them to pray for me too!
Saint _____­_________, pray for us.
Saint _______________, pray for us.
Amen.

EXPLORE SOME MORE
Thoughts
Who is your child’s patron saint? Who is yours? Have you chosen a patron saint for your family? Our patron saints, both those we are named after and those with whom we share a trait, occupation, or challenge, can be a great source of strength for us – if we turn to them. Praying for the intercession of a saint is not worshipping that saint. It is like talking to a friend, asking that friend to pray for us. Truthfully, the saints don’t accomplish anything for us out of their own strength. It is God who answers prayers. It is God who knows what is best for us. But our friends in heaven are close to God, seeing the face of God. Their care and intercession for us increases the good around us, the good in our lives, and the good in the lives of those we pray for.

November 1, is the Solemnity of All Saints. It is commonly known as All Saints Day and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. Catholics attend Mass.

November 2, is the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed. It is commonly known as All Souls Day. On this day we pray for all those who have died, that their souls will soon be in heaven, in the presence of God.

November is the month we traditionally remember all those who have died. It is a good time to have pictures up around the house of our loved ones who have passed on, reminding us and our children to pray for their souls. It is a special time to remember and celebrate the lives of those we have lost. Our hope is to be with them again someday in paradise.  

If you’re interested, here are a few more articles to help you pursue the topic…

  • The pumpkin prayer – the cute prayer that goes along with carving your jack-o-lantern:

https://svdpks.org/faith-formation/growing-faith-filled-kids/blessings-a-prayers

  • A 5 minute video on purgatory:

https://www.catholic.com/video/what-do-catholics-believe-about-purgatory

  • An article about purgatory:

https://www.catholic.com/tract/purgatory

  • A 12 minute video on why Catholics pray to the saints in heaven:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj0k1j2MX6E

  • A short article about the origins of Halloween, etc.:

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/halloween-and-its-christian-roots/

  • A longer article on Halloween:

https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/its-time-for-catholics-to-embrace-halloween/

Word Every Catholic Should Know
Communion of Saints: There are three groups that make up the members of the Church. They make up the Communion of Saints. They are (1) people on earth that are trying to be holy, (2) souls in purgatory who are becoming pure so they can go to heaven, and (3) souls in heaven who are in the presence of God.

Relevant Scripture 
Romans 8:35-39
1 Corinthians 12:12-27

 Talk-it-up (Use this question to spark family conversation this week, perhaps in the car or over dinner.)

What did I do to be saint-like today? (To be saint-like means to be more like Jesus.)

 

 

 

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