November Bridge: Saints

November's Question

STAFF PICKS

Click on a saint's picture to see why each saint is a staff member's favorite.

BUILDING MORE BRIDGES

Click a category for this month's activities.

Learn about two Saints who worked for peace and justice!

Fr. Bob reads a book about St. Joan of Arc and Deacon Don reads a book about St. Martin de Porres. Don't forget to make the recipes dedicated to St. Joan and St. Martin in your Bridge Cookbook! Yumm!

St. Martin de Porres

St. Martin de Porres lived many years ago in Lima, Peru in 1597. His father was a Spaniard and his mother was an Indian from Panama. His family was very poor.

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St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan was a sight to see. This small girl dressed in soldier’s armor rode off on her horse to free Orleans from England. Carrying her staff was a sign that God would protect her and France.

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After your learn and color about ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI, try these activities!

Look in your Bridge Bag for your color and learn book about St.Francis

Blessing of the animals

Gather up all the stuffed animals. Then, recite the Prayer of St. Francis for Animals and Pets:

Good St. Francis, you loved all of God’s creatures.
To you they were your brothers and sisters.
Help us to follow your example
of treating every living thing with kindness.
St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals,
watch over my pet
and keep my companion safe and healthy.
Amen.

Build a Church

It is said that when St. Francis first heard his call to religious life, he was told, “Rebuild my church.” He took this command literally, thinking he was to rebuild the church of San Damiano in Assisi. Thus, he began to do so, stone by stone. In honor of his obedience and hard work, gather as many rocks as you can find and then construct your own mini-churches. Get creative. Use twigs as a cross to decorate it. If you can’t go outside, use blocks or legos.

St. Francis and the Wolf

St. Francis and the Wolf Tag: After watching the video, play a game of tag. One child is the Wolf. One is St. Francis. The rest are the villagers of Gubbio. On “go”, the Wolf tries to tag the villagers. If he does, they must freeze or lay down. Meanwhile Francis tries to catch the Wolf. If he does, he says, “In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, let there be peace between you and the people.” That round of tag ends.

Saints Books for Kids

When you're first starting out building your Catholic children's library, it can feel very overwhelming, and quite frankly... expensive!!! My official recommendation is not to freak out- just start your home liturgical library with a good children's bible and a Saint story treasury.

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From catholicicing.com

Learn about two Saints who worked for peace and justice!

Fr. Bob reads a book about St. Joan of Arc and Deacon Don reads a book about St. Martin de Porres. Don't forget to make the recipes dedicated to St. Joan and St. Martin in your Bridge Cookbook! Yumm!

St. Martin de Porres

St. Martin de Porres lived many years ago in Lima, Peru in 1597. His father was a Spaniard and his mother was an Indian from Panama. His family was very poor.

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St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan was a sight to see. This small girl dressed in soldier’s armor rode off on her horse to free Orleans from England. Carrying her staff was a sign that God would protect her and France.

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God wants us to be the best person that we can be. God wants us to be saints, and we can all be saints. Being a saint does not mean that we have to be perfect, that we are not without flaws. Instead, what makes us saintly is our desire to be with God and to become the person that God wants us to be.

  • What surprised you about the results of this quiz?
  • In what ways are you similar to this saint? In what ways are you different?
  • The saints used their interests and talents to serve God. How can you use your interests and talents to serve God and others?

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Do You Love to Color?

Here are some cool "color-and-cut" saints! Download them and have fun.

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Scavenger Hunt

Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt for symbols of St. Francis of Assisi. Send a picture of your completed scavenger hunt to holyfamilyduxburymedia@gmail.com

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Be a Jesus Ninja

Saints are like Ninjas for Jesus! Wanna be a Jesus Ninja? This activity is on Google Classroom. Click the button below and you can use the class code hqpq27g

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Do Catholics Worship Saints?

Zoom Youth Night on Saints

Time: Nov 1, 2020 06:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82270379606

Meeting ID: 822 7037 9606

What are Patron Saints

Few practices of the Catholic Church are so misunderstood today as devotion to patron saints. From the earliest days of the Church, groups of the faithful (families, parishes, regions, countries) have chosen a particularly holy person who has passed on to intercede for them with God.

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From Learn Religions

Look up Patron Saints

Search for who is the patron saint of things that are important to you i.e. school, sports, music, travel, peace, etc - and then read about those saints!

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Faith in Action

  • Do at least 1 thing a week, in the model of St. Therese - doing something little in extraordinary ways
  • In your prayer space you created pray the Prayer of Saint Francis each week - Ask the Lord to help make you an instrument of Peace
  • Ask your Saints to intercede for you

Fun Activity

Play the St. Rita Card Game!

GAME INSTRUCTIONS

Book Suggestions

  • The Story of a Soul - Saint Therese of Lisieux
  • Maximilian Kolbe: A Saint in Auschwitz by: Jean-Francois Vivier
  • Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints by: Colleen Swaim

"Who Says You Can't Be A Saint " The Bosco Boys (Official Music Video)

There's a Saint for That

How To Make Sacrifice Beads Like St. Therese

Little Saint Adventures App

A faith-filled app that both Catholic kids and parents will love! Download the App for Free.

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Linked by Love

Let’s Make Links for Kids For Global Peace. Write your Family Last Name on the link, too. When you turn in your link your family will be entered into the November Faith Formation Raffle. (We will mail all the links to Kids for Global Peace.)

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You can learn more at kidsforpeaceglobal.org/linkedbylove

Origami Doves

Make an origami dove using these directions. Then put your dove in a special place where it will remind you to follow the examples of Jesus and the Saints.

Send a pic of your doves to holyfamilyduxburymedia@gmail.com

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Do Catholics Worship Saints?

What is Stopping You from Becoming a Saint?

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My Life with the Saints

Fr. James Martin, wrote a book called My life with the Saints. He has several youtube videos in a series called Who Cares about the Saints? Each video is a brief way to learn about a saint and Fr. Martin is an excellent speaker.

Highly recommend Fr Martin’s book as well but the videos are a great way to preview or just get a little of the book!

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