Dessert is the best! Check out these resources together as a family to learn more about our Saints this summer.
Pope Saint John XXIII
Many people remember Pope Saint John XXIII for the tremendous impact he had on the 20th century. While he can be given credit for many things he will be remembered most for summoning the worlds bishops and beginning the Second Vatican Council which gave us the church we know today. Learn more about John XXIII and all that he did for the church. Did you know he grew up on a farm in Italy?
Saint Stephen is considered the first martyr. If you looked up the definition of martyr, you would find something along the lines of, “a person who is a witness and chooses to suffer, even to die, rather than reject or renounce his or her faith.” Stephen was one of the seven chosen by the twelve apostles to help serve by supervising the public tables. The apostles and the Church recognize him as one full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.
The more you read about Saint Stephen, the more you may be able to see parallels of his death and Jesus’. Why does this matter and why should we care about this? Because this is not the first time something like this happens (we experience an event that is similar or mirrors an experience Jesus went through). This calls us to a deeper understanding and reminder of Jesus constantly showing us to himself through everyday moments.
Saint Stephen was a deacon, cared for the poor and is patron saint of bricklayers and stonemasons. He’s a great saint to introduce this month, because his feast day is the same day as Shelly, our faith formation assistant’s birthday and his patronage follows well with the 12 students we have going to CHWC (Catholic Heart Workcamp) this month, too!
Here are a couple videos about him. One is from YouTube, a cartoon that presents his life and the other is from FORMED and is an interview/conversation about him! Both are great. The other link is to the Ascension App! You can read the Bible or Catechism, listen to podcasts, and really just learn more about our faith. It’s worth the download and checking out!
Saint Stephen, pray for us!
Special Devotion: Sacred Heart of Jesus
What is the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Well, let's break it down... a heart- a symbol of love sacred- connection with God Jesus- Our great Savior of the World So this gives us the idea that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a great connection of love for Jesus Christ.
Why does this matter? Because the month of June is a special month when the church gives special recognition to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, due to the Solemnity falling on June 16. Pope Saint John Paul II, had a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart and notes, “This feast reminds us of the mystery of the love of God for the people of all times.” This video below explains more of what the Sacred Heart is all about and why this month is so special.
Saint Highlight: Saint Francis de Sales
Saint Francis was born in 1567, two months premature on August 21 in the Chateau de Sales, which is now Savoie France. His parents were very noble and well known. He was one of six sons and all were given top-notch education from a young age. He specifically, had a private tutor and was very accomplished in horseback riding, dancing and fencing. ((His feast day is January 24! (Maria's birthday!))
At the age of nineteen, Francis experienced extreme despair, but later had a deep encounter in front of a statue of Our Lady of Good Deliverance. From that moment on, he consecrated himself to God through Our Blessed Mother and vowed lifelong chastity.
Saint Francis de Sales' spiritually and writing have changed the Church through one of his most famous books, "Introduction to the Devout Life."
We should be encouraged by his deep devotion to Our Lord and ask for his intercession, especially when we are struggling to come up with what to say, do, or write.
Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us!
Listen to this podcast from Saint Stories for Kids about St. Francis de Sales