Feast Day Fun: St Catherine of Siena (April 29) is part of our ongoing series: Feast Day Fun with quick saint facts, crafts, activities and traditions!
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Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).
St Catherine became a nun at age 15. At the age of 6, she received visions of Jesus. She served the poor and worked to convert sinners. She received great wisdom and insight and even counseled the Pope.
On my Pilgrimage to Rome with St. Gemma Catholic Pilgrimages, I was able to visit the Tomb of St. Catherine of Siena in the Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva in Rome. The body of St. Catherine was actually found to be incorrupt in 1430, 50 years after her death. To please the nice people of Siena, her head was returned there and can actually be seen in the Church of San Domenico: read the full story here: Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico
St Catherine is the patron saint of fire prevention. Borrow some ideas from the Feasts of St Lawrence and St Agatha for fire safety, semi-annual fire drill or this Burn Safety Activity inspired by my buddy Fulton.
Prayer was always a very important element in her life. Despite being the youngest of 23 children in an overcrowded house, she insisted that she have her own room for prayer. St. Catherine would go into trances and have conversations with Jesus, after receiving Communion. When she was tempted to believe that Jesus had abandoned her, she heard Jesus say
“I am always with you in your heart, strengthening you.” ~Jesus
- Send a card with this quote to someone who might be going through a difficult time.
- Write the quote on a post-it note and leave it inside a kitchen cupboard door, on a bathroom mirror or on the inside of the front door. We can all use reminders that Jesus is in our hearts, strengthening us!
Check out these Sunflower Cupcakes that Patty made with her family in honor of St. Catherine of Siena! The idea and beautiful quote comparing our Faith to the sunflower …can also be found at Catholic Cuisine.
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