If you’re Catholic, you’ve heard the term Communion of Saints.
The Communion of Saints is the body of believers who have lived before us and are in Heaven, as well as all believers living now. The Communion of Saints is the Church and the unity of believers.
In other words, it’s our faith family, full of amazing people to inspire and pray for us. We should really take some time to get to know our family!
A few years ago, I had a great plan to introduce my kids to a new saint each month.(bonus? I’d learn more, too!)
We’d read about their life, learn why they were canonized, and celebrate their feast day. I was pretty crafty then, and we even made little peg saint dolls for many of the new friends we made. It was a great time!
After that year, my inspiration and time to devote to all the research and planning left me. Then, I found out about Saint Mail.
Another clever mama came up with the most brilliant box idea for Catholic kids. Sign up for Saint Mail, and your family will meet a new saint friend each month.
Saint Mail packages arrive before the new month begins. This allows me time to check out the package and plan ahead for a celebration for the month to come.
In each month’s package is a letter from the saint (whose feast day is also that month), an activity or craft, and a special holy medal or trinket to commemorate the saint.
My kids look forward to the new saint every month. I’ve started letting them open the package near the first of the month so we have all month long to invoke our new friend’s intercession.
I love Saint Mail because my kids are introduced to new saints and their stories, encouraged to keep living their faith, and because it helps me learn more about our Catholic heritage.
For us, Saint Mail has been a fun way to learn more about our friends in the Communion of Saints and be encouraged and inspired to participate more in our faith as a family.
What’s your favorite way to teach your kids about our Catholic saints? Be sure and share your ideas in the comments.
Gina is a happily married mama of five kids. Her hands are full, but she is never, ever bored. Stop in and say hello to her at Someday (hopefully) They’ll be Saints, where she shares her thoughts on faith, homeschooling and her crazy awesome life through her writing and photography.
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