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Catholic Church – Teen Family Lesson 2019-2020

Lesson Focus – The Saints – In this lesson we’ll learn more about The Holy Family and Jesus’ relatives (Mary, Joseph, Ann, Joachim, Elizabeth and John).

 

Parents, before you begin:
  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in The Catholic Youth Bible (CYB)
  • After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your teen in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email familyfaith@stmaryswormville.org if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suit your teen’s needs.

Pray!

Begin your lesson with prayer  –
  • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
  • As a family pray –

No two saints are alike, just as no two people are alike. Saints do share certain qualities; they hear and obey the Lord’s call, they follow the footsteps of Christ, and they are witnesses of our faith. Let us open our hearts to the will of God and follow Christ by looking to the example set by the saints.

  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross

Discover!

Saints are holy men and women who have lived exemplary Christian lives and, after their deaths, are now in the presence of God in Heaven. There are many thousands of saints.

1. Why is it important to learn about the saints?

  •  Saints can be great role models to inspire us to become saints ourselves. We, too, can influence others to holiness by our words and deeds, just as Jesus did during his earthly life.

> On a piece of paper have each member of the family write down a name of a loved one (friend or relative). It can be someone that is living or deceased. Have each person express what their favorite memory is of this person, what they like best about this person and how has this person influenced the way they live.

> If the person is living, you can personally let this person know the things you shared about them in a nice note to be mailed, an email or even a text.

> If the person is deceased, stop in or call the rectory (716-688-9380) here at St. Mary’s to have a Mass said for that family member or friend (with a $15 donation). The tradition of having a Mass said for someone has been passed on for centuries. This is because the celebration of the Eucharist is the highest form of worship in the Catholic Church. There are many fruits and graces that result from having a Mass said.

2. Why do we ask the Saints to intercede for us in prayer?

  • Just like when we ask a friend or family member to say a prayer on our behalf we also turn to the Saints the same way.

> Parents with your Middle School teen, to help explain praying to Saints, watch Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints.

> Parents with your High School teen can dig deeper by watching Do Catholics Worship Saints?.

> Here’s a helpful analogy: Say you went to a concert. At that concert there was a musician playing the trumpet. It is beautiful and at the end you along with the rest of the audience give your applause. But who do you applaud? The musician or the instrument? It should be the musician. In this analogy God is the musician and the saint is the trumpet. God/the musician works through the saints/trumpet. Without God/the musician the saint/trumpet is just an ordinary person or piece of brass. Now Jesus, Jesus is a singer. He is a musician working through himself.

> Read together in your CYB 1 Timothy 2:1-4. Remember, prayers offered on behalf of others is something good and pleasing to God.

> When you prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, you will choose a Confirmation name which is the name of a saint. Your saint will serve as your inspiration and will guide you to living a holy life. In this activity, you will be choosing your saint now (even as early as Middle School). Browse My Catholic Life site to help you choose a Saint that you find a special connection with or find interesting.

3. Let’s learn a little more about the saints that were very close to Jesus.

Directions: Parents, with your teen, read about each of the saints below and/or watch the videos listed with each saint.

Saint Anne and Saint Joachim – Grandparents of Jesus

    • Saint Joachim prayed for many days for a child. An angel told them they would finally have one. They had a daughter who became the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus’ mother. Saint Anne and Saint Joachim are role models for marriages and families.

Saint Mary – Mother of Jesus

    • Married to Saint Joseph. Mary was visited by an angel named Gabriel who told her that she would give birth to a son. The angel told Mary that she should call her son Jesus. The angel also said that Jesus would save people from their sins. We pray to Saint Mary for her special role as a mother and protector of all people everywhere in all occupations.

Saint Joseph – Foster Father of Jesus

    • Married to Mary. Saint Joseph was a hardworking carpenter who raised Jesus to learn many of his skills and talents. Even though he didn’t have much money he did his best to support and protect Jesus and Mary. Saint Joseph is a special saint to the dying, the church, families and working people.
      • And/or, watch this video.

Saint Elizabeth – Cousin of Jesus and Mary

    • After Saint Elizabeth and her husband, named Zachariah, prayed for a very long time to have a child, she finally became pregnant at a very old age. At the same time that Mary was pregnant with Jesus she visited Elizabeth. The moment they first saw each other the baby in Saint Elizabeth’s womb jumped and she became filled with joy and excitement knowing that Mary’s baby would become our Lord and Savior – Jesus. Elizabeth’s baby was named John and became known as Saint John the Baptist. She is a special Saint to people who work for charities and pregnant women.

Saint John the Baptist –  Cousin of Jesus

    • The son of Saint Elizabeth and Zachariah. Jesus went to Saint John to be Baptized. Look up and read in your Bibles, CYB Matthew: 3:13-17. John instructed his followers to turn to Christ, and these people were among the first Christians. Saint John the Baptist was a great evangelist, a person who goes from place to place to teach about God’s love.

Live!

  • Parents – tell your children about a family member they might not have met or remember and explain how they are related to that person.
  • Parents with your teen – Say a “Novena prayer” to the saint you chose for Confirmation in #2 above and come together each night to pray this prayer together. Use Pray More Novenas as a template to personalize your prayer.
    • A novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually as a prayer of petition but sometimes as a prayer of thanksgiving. The nine days recall the nine days that the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday.

Pray!

End your lesson with prayer –
  • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross 
  • As a family, pray:

Saint Anne, pray for us

Saint Joachim, pray for us

Saint Mary, pray for us

Saint Joseph, pray for us

Saint Elizabeth, pray for us

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us

All you Angels and Saints, pray for us.   Amen

 

  • End prayer with the Sign of the Cross