The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 31/November 1, 2020

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God

Today is the Solemnity of All Saints; a special day in our church year! Did you know that All Saints Day is also called All Hallows Day and the celebration "HALLOWEEN" is a contraction that means the eve of All Hallows Day? The church has been commemorating saints since the 4th century but it officially became a holy day around the 8th century. We hope that you will learn something more about All Saints Day as a family this week. As always, please use this newsletter as a playlist of options that you can pick and choose from to spend some time growing in faith as a family!



Family Stories:

  • Loyola Kids Book of Saints by Amy Welborn
  • The Story of Saint John Paul II: A Boy Who Became Pope by Fabiola Garza
  • Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints by Colleen Swaim

Parent Article:

For Teens: Spend some time exploring the website of a modern day teen destined for sainthood:


One of the joys of learning about the Saints is that each has their own story.

  • Saints in your Life

Interview and then write a story about someone you love and how they show you what it means to be holy. In other words - tell the story of a saint in your life.

  • Saints in our Church

  • Make a List of all the qualities you think a Saint must and should have!


  • Would you like to understand how Halloween and All Saints Day and All Souls Day intersect? Listen to this interview from Vatican radio:




Choose one of these videos to watch and have a conversation about what you see and hear!
All Saints Day HD
All Saints Day Pep Talk
Pray For Me
Pop-Up Catechesis: All Saints Day



  • Could you be a saint? Did saints ever do anything wrong or were they always perfect?
  • How does someone officially become a saint?
  • How many saints are there?
  • Is someone born to be a saint or do they become that because of the choices they make?
  • Why do we ask saints to pray for us?
  • Is my great-grandma (grandpa) in heaven a saint?
  • How do I pick a saint that is special to me?


Communion of Saints: A fellowship between Christians living and dead. We consider those relatives and friends who have gone to heaven before us to be part of the Communion of Saints

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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