It’s very important to learn about the different Saints and Blesseds. As their feast days follow
along the liturgical calendar, you can make use of the wonderful stories of their lives. One thing
you can say about all the Saints and Blesseds is that they loved the Eucharist with all of their being
while on earth. And of course, they still love the Eucharist and long to help the children to love
Jesus in the Eucharist, too.
Children really love to hear stories. We see how intently they watch TV to hear a story. They
love to read and be read to. Children are naturally curious beings. If they can memorize all 151
Pokemon© characters, numerous dinosaurs, all the available Webkinz©, and other such things,
then why can’t they learn about the lives of the Saints?
The Saints aren’t boring. In fact, they are so far from it—from St Joseph of Cupertino who
levitated over 30 feet off the ground, to St Philip Neri, who loved God with such intensity that his
heartbeat shook the ground (he is the patron saint for earthquakes)! They have stories that are
incredible, yet while unlike all the fantasy that children are used to, these stories are true! Their
lives can be used to show every virtue, deep commitment to Jesus, and of course love for our
Eucharistic Lord. As you know, there are Saints for every day of the year. Some days have
several to choose from.
Pope John Paul II has raised a total of 461 Saints to the altar (to date, May 2002) during his nearly
24 years of pontificate. To these, must be added 1,288 Beatifications. Thus, he has proclaimed
more than half the Blessed and Saints recognized in the history of the Catholic Church. He wants
to bring these hidden souls out into the light for all to see how each one practiced heroic virtue in
every walk of life.
About the importance of the Saints, please read #956 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more
effectively than during my life.[St. Dominic, dying, to his brothers.]
I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.[St. Therese of Lisieux, The Final
Conversations, tr. John Clarke (Washington: ICS, 1977), 102.]"
So, teach them about the Saints! Prepare each week by finding out about a Saint or Blessed
whose feast day is coming up. Especially focus on how this Saint manifested his or her love for
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. And, teach the children to invoke the Saints for all their needs.