Feast Day Fun: St John Paul II

St John Paul II

Feast Day Crafts and Activities

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).

Pope John Paul II was our Holy Father from 1978-2005. He wrote many important Catholic documents, traveled extensively throughout the world, welcomed millions of pilgrims and worked to reconcile denominations and restore democracy and religious freedom in communist countries.

JPII at Termini

He was also MY pope. While I love and admire Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, it’s difficult for me not to immediately think of Pope John Paul II at the mention of our Holy Father. Sometimes I still expect to hear “your servant John Paul our Pope” during the Eucharistic Prayer.

While I was in Rome, I spent some time at the tomb of St John Paul II in St Peter’s Basilica and a guard graciously pressed the special crucifix I carry…to the side of his tomb.

JPII tomb

I remember vividly the 2 times I saw Pope John Paul II up close; once at World Youth Day in Toronto and the following spring at a General Audience in St Peter’s Square. I felt the wave of holiness in his presence. Probably like everyone else in the crowd…I felt him look into my eyes!


St John Paul II is very dear to my heart…you can read about our family’s connection to him in our Pope Posts here: Direct Order from the Pope and My Kids: Penance from the Pope and How We Stood Up the Pope

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1Want to get familiar with 24 of the 266 Popes of the Catholic Church?

We compiled this Guess Who?! 24 Popes FREE printable shortly after the last conclave.  We also have

  • FREE Guess Who?! The Saints template
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St John Paul

2 Add to your collection of Wooden Painted Saints

with St John Paul II!

Here’s our Wooden Painted Saints Tutorial.

3My friend Lucia made this Pope John Paul II doll, transforming a TY doll with Pope clothes!

Check out our TY Doll to Saint Makeovers!


4 Would you like to make a St John Paul II doll with materials you probably have on hand? Check out our Egg Carton Saints tutorial!

You can make about TWO Egg Carton Saints from one 12-egg cardboard carton.


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Do you have your own family activities, traditions, crafts or celebrations to share for this special Feast Day? Don’t forget to add it at the Celebrate the Saints Link-Up…or pick up an idea or two for your family to enjoy! Treasure Chest and Saint Scripts Kits

This is the another edition of Feast Day Fun…offering excerpts from

A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families

and Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).

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