Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer with the Saints: St. Peter the Apostle

Tomorrow (June 29th) marks the Feast of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. Last week our Summer with the Saints gathering focused on St. Peter the Apostle.

O Glorious Saint Peter, because of your vibrant and generous faith, sincere humility and flaming love our Lord honored you with singular privileges and especially leadership of the whole Church. Obtain for us the grace of a living faith, a sincere loyalty to the Church, acceptance of all her teaching, and obedience to all her precepts. Let us thus enjoy an undisturbed peace on earth and everlasting happiness in heaven. Amen.

St. Peter the Apostle was one of Jesus' first apostles. Before he knew Jesus, St. Peter was called Simon and was a simple fisherman. One day, after catching no fish, Jesus came to him and his brother on their boat, telling them to cast the nets again. They obeyed and brought up a net full of fish. From that day forward, the brothers left to follow Jesus. Despite St. Peter's flaws, he follows with great love and faith and incredible zeal. He is quickly singled out among the other apostles when Jesus told him that He would build His church on him (the "rock"). After Jesus' death, St. Peter continued sharing Jesus' missionary work with those around him. He was eventually arrested and crucified. He chose to be crucified upside down as he felt unworthy to be crucified in the same way as his Savior.

Amazingly, I could find very little done on St. Peter on the Internet. I used a picture and made it into a coloring page. As usual, the kids made a holy card using the above prayer, various pictures I found online, and some stickers. I think this is the favorite activity (other than playing on the playground!). The kids were hungry so they had some cheesy fish crackers. I was planning on attempting to make these fish for Skipper and Critter but ran out of time so they had "fish" squares and circles instead. Our last activity was making paper doll priests.

St. Peter, pray for us!

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