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Who are they? • Saints come from all walks of life and from all over the world. They weren’t born Saints, they weren’t perfect, they had failures and weaknesses just like us but lots of good qualities too. • While the Saints were alive, they were commonly known for giving a direct, caring service to others. Just like Jesus Himself, they devoted their lives to helping the poor, needy and abused people.
Saints often lived with pain, sadness and sickness in their lives, they often suffered for a variety of reasons but they never showed how they were feeling to others. They never complained, they hid their sufferings and kept smiling no matter what. They simply placed all their trust in God. Did you know? St Padre Pio asked for the Stigmata as a suffering for the Holy Souls and other intentions. He received it and bore the wounds of Christ: nail marks in the hands and feet, and the wound in the side from the spear. He bled every day and was in a lot of pain. Doctors tried to treat Padre Pio’s wounds, but neither the condition nor the pain ever improved.
v. There are over 10, 000 saints. v. Now that these Saints have died, they are in a privileged place with God in Heaven and because of their closeness to God we often ask them to pray for us when we have a particular problem. Activity Time! HOW MANY SAINTS CAN YOU NAME?
Patron Saints have been chosen as special protectors or guardians over particular areas of life, just like Anthony. He is a Patron Saint. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes -- anything that is important to us. Patron saints are often chosen today because of an interest, talent, or particular event they had in their lives.
Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron Saint of animals. Francis de Sales was a writer and so he is patron of journalists and writers.
Patron Saints Now we are going to hear about the lives of some of the Saints you have named and a few more Saints. Listen carefully as we’ll be putting you to the test at the end and there are prizes to be won!
http: //www. catholic. org/cl ife/teresa/ Saint Mother Teresa
Saint John Paul http: //www. catholic. org/saints/saint. php? s aint_id=6996
Saint Peregrine St. Peregrine was initially an anti. Catholic. -He was converted when St. Philip, whom he struck across the face, prayed for him. -He suffered from cancer in his leg and the night before a scheduled amputation, he prayed and was healed. -As a result, he is the Patron Saint of cancer patients.
St. Sebastian is the Patron Saint of all those who play sports. • His Feast Day is January 20. • A well-known Roman Martyr, he was an officer in the imperial army. • He became a Christian and was martyred for his Faith. Archers executed him.
St. John Baptist de la Salle • St. John Baptist de la Salle is the Patron Saint of teachers. • He lived from 1651 -1719, and opened a school for poor boys in 1679 in Rheims, France. • Founder of the Christian Brothers, an order of teachers.
St. Joseph • St. Joseph is the Patron of all workers. • St. Joseph really needs no introduction. He is the husband of Mary, the Mother of God, and the foster father of Jesus. • His feast day falls on March 19 th.
St. Faustina https: //www. catholic. or g/saints/saint. php? saint _id=510
St. Cecilia • St. Cecilia is the Patron Saint of musicians. • Cecila’s parents forced her into an arranged marriage and during her wedding, Cecilia was singing in her heart a hymn of love for Jesus, her true spouse. • She was martyred c. 117. She's also Patron Saint of composers, martyrs, poets and singers.
St. Vincent De Paul • St. Vincent de Paul is the Patron on charitable workers. • He was born in France in 1580, the son of a peasant farmer and he became a priest at age 21. • He dedicated his whole life to the service of the poor and organized many lay people in groups of service to the homeless poor.
St. Blaise • St. Blaise is the Patron Saint of Throats. • He was a doctor and the Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia. • He lived at a time when the King killed all Christians. • One day Blaise was found praying in a cave by soldiers. He was arrested and thrown into prison. While in prison he healed fellow prisoners including a child who was choking on a fish bone. This led to the blessing of throats on his feast day.
St. Francis of Assisi St. Francis was a 13 th century founder of the Franciscan Order who "talked to the birds. " He was a most gentle character who loved the outdoors and treated humans and animals with compassion knowing that all are a part of God's creation. We celebrate his feast day on October 4 th.
St. Elizabeth Sufferers of jealousy may pray to St. Elizabeth of Portugal. Elizabeth was a queen (b. 1271) and was known as a peacemaker.
St. Christopher • St. Christopher is the Patron Saint of travellers. • It is rumoured that one night he carried a little child on his shoulders across a river, but the child got so heavy that he could barely get across. • That child was Jesus and he had been carrying "the weight of the world. " The name "Christophoros" in Greek means 'one who carries Christ. ' He is the Patron Saint of wayfarers and motorists.
St Teresa of Avilia http: //www. catholic. org/saints/saint. php? sain t_id=208
Saint Therese of Lisieux
Miracles • Don’t underestimate the power of our prayers to the Saints. Take Mother Teresa for example. Within days of Mother Teresa’s death, miracles from people who had prayed to her were reported around the globe. As with all such claims, the Church launched comprehensive and meticulous investigations. In the end, two miracles were approved.
Mother Theresa Miracle One
Mother Theresa Miracle Two
WHO’S IN YOUR PERSONAL ARMY OF SAINTS?
• CONFIRMATION NAME? • PRIMARY SCHOOL? • SECONDARY SCHOOL? • BIRTHDAY/BIRTH MONTH?
Saint Bingo Time!