Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 98/10.30.22

The Saints are a Model of How to Live Our Catholic LIves

On November 1, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, also known as ALL SAINTS DAY. The Solemnity of All Saints is a Holy Day of Obligation. It is a time for us to look toward the saints who can accompany us on our own holy path and goal of sainthood! Mother Teresa said to be holy, is to allow God to live his life in us! On All Saints Day, discover ways your family can grow in holiness by following the example of one of your beloved saints!


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THE DEFENDERS OF THE EUCHARIST, 1625, Peter Paul Rubens, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

This was painted in a period of time when the Church was defending its teaching on the Real Presence. In the painting, you will see a number of saints who did not live in the same time period but were great defenders of our Catholic teaching on the Eucharist. Beginning on the right side, you see St. Jerome, dressed as a cardinal receiving Communion. Next to him stands St. Norbert, clothed carrying the Eucharist beneath his robes with great care. St. Thomas Aquinas stands holding a book and extending his hand toward heaven, symbolic of his defense of the Eucharist. Beside him is St. Clare of Assisi, holding a monstrance displaying the Blessed Sacrament. To her left is St. Gregory the Great, the pope who wrote many works contained in the Mass. Then comes St. Ambrose, who wrote about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Finally, St. Augustine is pictured, who included his reflections on the Eucharist in his writings on the Holy Trinity.

Take some time to view this magnificent piece of sacred art. If you were pictured in it, how would you be remembered as a Defender of the Eucharist? In these three years of Eucharistic Revival in our Church, how might your family develop a devotion to the Eucharist?



Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the grey button below.

Sunday Readings:

Family Stories: Here are some stories about the saints:

Saints Around the World by Meg Hunter-Kilmer

Cloud of Witnesses: A Child's First Book of Saints by Katie Warner

Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times by Meghan Bausch


Here are some great activities to incorporate the observance of ALL SOULS DAY

  • Write a "Thinking of You" card to a parish family who has lost a loved one this year
  • Create a family tree and pray for all the deceased members of your family
  • Write a memory of a loved one who has died and pray for them after sharing your family memories
  • Download other All Saints and All Souls Days activities by clicking the two links below!


Follow this podcast for SAINTS STORIES FOR KIDS!

Shining Light Dolls

Shining Light Dolls


Here are some wonderful movies about the SAINTS you can enjoy for family movie nights! (THESE CAN BE FOUND ON FORMED.ORG with your subscription). Formed is a Catholic streaming station. Many parishes have a Formed account for parishioners; check with yours!

  • Francis, the Knight of Assisi
  • Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa
  • Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes
  • Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle
  • Francis Xavier and the Samurai's Lost Treasure
  • Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe
  • Mother Teresa: Seeing the Face of Jesus


Try making this authentic Italian cookie that often shows up in our Italian bakeries around All Souls Day! You can make it at home to commemorate the day or for a somewhat spooky Halloween treat!


Would you like to know HOW to pray with the saints? When we pray with the saints, we are asking for them to intercede on our behalf. Follow this link from HALLOW, to learn how to pray with the saints.


Enjoy an All Saints Day celebration with this Bingo game from MY CATHOLIC KIDS!


Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit according to the Scriptures. Here are ways you can keep the bodies, minds, and spirits of your family well!

It is comforting, sometimes to know, that even those we look upon for spiritual guidance were not always strong and steadfast in their personal or faith lives. If you or someone you love find themselves struggling, it may help to seek out a "patron saint" who you can turn to in troubling times. Here are some saints who struggled with their mental and physical wellbeing and were said to lean heavenly on God during their trials:

St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Alphonsa Muttathupadatha

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

St. Oscar Romero

Ven. Matt Talbot

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pray for Us!


Do you want to bring the saints into the life of your child but you don't where to start? Here's a fun place to begin. Click on the website below to have a saint's name generated for you. Then look up that saint to find more information. You may discover a new and perfect patron saint for you!


CLOUD OF WITNESSES: In Hebrews, St. Paul shares: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us* and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader, and perfecter of faith."

We understand that the Cloud of Witnesses is the holy men and women, or saints, who have gone before us. Many imagine the Cloud of Witnesses as a stadium full of cheering spectator saints as we run our own journey of faith!! That would be a great image to illustrate! Can your family create a drawing of who you imagine in the cloud of witnesses surrounding you?


Here are some questions to get kids talking and thinking about SAINTS:

  • What would I have to do to become a saint?
  • Are there saints alive in 2022?
  • Are there saints from where I live?
  • Can kids be saints?
  • Do saints talk to God all the time in heaven?
  • Did famous saints pray to other famous saints?
  • What does it mean to have a patron saint? Is that like an angel?
  • How do I ask a saint to pray for me?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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