April 4 is the feast day of St. Isidore of Seville: a bishop and a scholar who wrote a huge encyclopedia. He is the patron saint of the internet, computer users, programmers, and students.
March 17 is the Feast of St. Patrick. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, engineers, and paralegals. He is especially known for using the image of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.
Saints are our Catholic heroes. They aren’t perfect, but they are beautiful examples of the path to holiness. So try reading about some of the saints. Our Catholic children need good role models.
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord commemorates when Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to be consecrated. There they met Simeon and Anna who blessed the child and prophesied about him. Use this crossword puzzle to reinforce the main characters and ideas in the gospel for this day. The printable crossword can be used with youth ministry or children’s Liturgy of the Word or a Sunday School lesson.
Truth be Told: Basics in Catholic Apologetics is a good book for learning to defend parts of the Catholic faith to those who challenge it. It will also help you learn more about your faith! The book is aimed at teenagers, but anyone with youth in their lives can benefit from reading it.
St. Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He was pursuing a career in the military when a cannonball shattered his leg. While recovering, he discovered that reflecting on the things of this world, such as fame and romance, only brought him temporary pleasure. Reading about the lives of the saints and thinking about serving Jesus Christ brought him lasting happiness.
Dear fathers, happy Feast of St. Joseph! Follow his example when caring for your children as they grow up in wisdom and grace.
St. Basil the Great was a fourth century Greek bishop. His feast day is January 2. He was a skilled orator who was known for supporting the Nicene creed over Arianism.
December 29 is the feast day of St. Thomas Becket, Martyr. He was the chancellor of King Henry II and was later appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury.
St. John the Evangelist was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. He is the author of the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, and the Book of Revelation. His feast day is December 27.