~ Maine Apostolate of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers

Be A Saint–What Else IS There??

“Why did God make me? God made me to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him in the next.”
–Baltimore Catechism

It is right that we also study those special people who drew closest to God, and learn from their holy example. This year, All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation, fell on the First Friday of the month.

To Know:  We gathered at Notre Dame Church (Waterville) hall to learn about St. Elizabeth of Hungary.  Pious from an early age, Elizabeth felt no attachment to the courtly life she was born and married into, but instead spent her short life bringing food, drink, clothing and medical help to the nearby poor. To read more about St. Elizabeth of Hungary and the Miracle of the Roses, click here.   She is the patron saint of nursing services, bakers, the homeless,  widows, and young brides. Her symbols are alms, flowers, bread, and a pitcher. Her feast day is November 17.

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To Love:  We broke into groups and enjoyed a little Saint’s Day Party.  We played All Saints Bingo, I Am Thinking Of A Saint Hangman, and All Saints Guessing Jars.  The kids’ enthusiasm was contagious! All the goodies and games were tastefully and thoughtfully assembled by Mrs. Bourque. All game ideas were supplied by our friend, Jessica, over at Shower of Roses. 

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To Serve:  Sadly or otherwise, we have plenty of opportunities to serve the poor.  Since this month’s “Saint of Service” is St. Elizabeth, it is only fitting that we somehow provide bread to the poor! Hand-kneading large country loaves would have been satisfying, but quick breads are.. well, quick. So Mrs. Durant worked with the children to bake ‘personal-size’ quick breads and assemble homemade hot cocoa mix.  We will be putting the bread and cocoa into small packages for the residents of the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. We ended the day with a lovely Mass with Father Joseph Daniels in honor of All the Saints in Heaven.

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Thank you to Father Daniels and to Corpus Christi’s Parish Life Coordinator, Kim Suttie, for allowing us the use of the kitchen and hall! You can see by the happy smiles that it was appreciated!

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