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).
Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB).
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Begin your lesson with prayer –
- Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross (CCB pg. 1992)
- 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. Amen
- End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross
A saint is a person who is believed to be especially close to God. Some saints are prophets, or messengers of God. Others are healers, doers of good deeds. There are many thousands of saints.
1. Why is it important to learn about the saints?
- Saints can be great 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 index cards or a small palm-size rock, have each member of the family write down a name of a loved one (friend or relative). It can be someone who important to you in your life (living or deceased). Invite each person to show their index card or rock and tell about the person named on it. What is your favorite memory of this person? What did you like best about this person? How has this person influenced the way you live?
> Keep these index cards or rocks in sight to look at as a reminder of these people and the good things we admire and love about them.
2. Why do we ask the Saints to intercede for us in prayer?
- Just like when we ask a friend or family member to pray on our behalf, we also turn to the Saints the same way.
> As a family, watch the video Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints.
> Read together 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (CCB pg. 1879). Remember, prayers offered on behalf of others is something good and pleasing to God.
> Browse the Saints Fun Facts site to research a Saint that you find a special connection with or find interesting. Add their name to an index card or rock. Ask this Saint to intercede for you to our Lord for any special intention.
3. Let’s learn a little more about the saints that were very close to Jesus.
> Print out this sheet, spend some time reading about Jesus’s relatives then fill in your own family’s information.
- Parents – tell your children about a family member they might not have met or remember and explain how they are related to that person.
- Print the Litany of Saints Prayer Card. In the blank spaces, fill in any family member names or favorite Saints’ names. Pray this prayer when completed.
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