Sunday, January 14, 2007

Our Patron Saints

This year I want to make more of an effort to celebrate our own patron saints and their feast days. I also decided to copy Amy of Among Women and pick patrons for the year. (OK, so I was nearly two weeks late, but better late than never!). I used the tables of contents of various saint story books to make up a list of 160 saints, chopped them up (the paper, not the saints!) and we each picked one out of a hat.

Name saint: St. Catherine Labouré
2007 patron: St. Elizabeth the Peacemaker

Name saint: St. Helen
2007 patron: St. John Bosco

Name saint: St. Anne
2007 patron: St. Louis Marie de Montfort

Little Cherub
Name saint: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
2007 patron: St. Francis of Assisi

We usually add a short litany at the end of morning prayers, so will include our patrons as well as name saints in that. I plan to mark their feast days and read anything we can find on each saint. Beyond that, as yet I have no ideas whatsoever!


Elizabeth said...

We have a 'party' on their feast day (ie name day). That basically means Salty Snacks for Supper. Sometimes fancy napkins and other 'treats'. We also, obviously, read about the saint. The kids really love it.

Mary G said...


This is great! I had seen Amy's idea and thought it was too late, but not at all, huh?

Thanks for the nudge in the right direction!

Karen E. said...

We did this last year, but with a twist. We tried picking a new saint for each of us each month, and then asked that saint to pray for us, read about them, etc.

The trouble, of course, was keeping it up all year. This year, we're going to stick with one new patron for each of us. For the year. Do-able. :-)

Jennifer said...

It's a great idea. I think Helen might have done something similar but made cubes for the family (like Alice's Advent Cubes) with names or pictures of each saint on a side to display one year. I still can't believe that it is 2007 January! Mind boggling.