St. Helen is the Empress mother of Costantine the Great. She converted to Christianity and performed many acts of charity, including building churches in Rome and in the Holy Land. On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Helena discovered the True Cross. She is believed to have died in Nicomedia. Her porphyry sarcophagus is in the Vatican Museum. (Here)
(We found a Mary costume on Amazon. I bought some red material at a fabric store. David made the cross. The crown was from an old costume.)
St. Paul was Jewish, born from the tribe of Benjamen, and a great persecutor of Christians, taking part in St. Stephen's death. God stuck him blind at the time of his conversion on the road to Damascus. St. Paul became known as the Apostle of the Gentiles through his missionary work, defender of the church, and life as an apostle. (Here)
(We used an old angel costume and a robe I found at Goodwill for $2. Stan carried his Holy Bible and carried his foam sword.)
St. Cecilia story is here :
Because of her preaching, St. Cecilia converted 400 persons whom Pope Urbin baptized. She was imprisoned because of this, but not before her young husband and his brother converted as well. Those men helped bury the martyrs daily. When they refused to sacrifice to false gods, they were executed by the sword.
St. Cecelia invoked saints and angels and virgins to guard her virginity. She told her husband (who was a pagan when she was forced to marry him), that angels watch over her and protect her. When she was arrested for her preaching, she was condemned to death. The first attempt to put her to death was burning. The angels protected her and she was unharmed. The second attempt was by a beheading. The executioner struck her neck three times without being able to behead her. Again, the angels watched over her. She remained alive for three days, continuing her preaching, converting persons as she slowly bled to death.
(I used her ballerina costume - which I found at Cracker Barrel in late summer - from Halloween, and then gave her a harp to carry, which I found on Amazon.)
What a treat that the Feast of All Saints day landed on a Saturday this year! Because of that convenience, our homeschool group was able to have a BIG party.
The moms who planned this did a fantastic job!! We cannot thank them enough :)
The kids started with the Rosary in church. (The older ones took turns leading each decade.) Afterward, the holy saints marched over to the hall for pictures, games, and food. Oh my gosh! They all looked SO CUTE!
Where the saints were basically tots through sixth grade, the older kids helped with the games.
The games were a riot, all having a saintly theme to them. We found our ideas from Shower of Roses.
I signed up for the St. Isidore Pumpkin Bowling game. Kids were able to roll the pumpkins into the bushel basket.
Next was David and Goliath, where kids had the opportunity to hit Goliath in the head by throwing a ball at him. Someone provided the Crowning Mary (halo toss) game. And then there was the Knocking Down the Deadly Sins game.
And the fun continued. Another family provided The Tower of Babel block game. This was where someone timed a competition of who could build the highest tower to win. We also had a St. Hubert's Shooting Gallery. This was a hoot. The family that brought this game supplied a couple of Nerf guns and kids would try to shoot and hit the devil.
There was a St. Andrew Fish and Bread bean bag toss.
The All Saints Musical Chairs game always had kids lined up to play. The St. Anthony Lost and Found game was fun as well. Kids had to search for the gold coin. Once they found it, (which wasn't as easy to find as you think!), they were able to pick out a holy card.
It ended with a bang when Miss Clementine bumped into a very heavy, wooden, pedestal table, and it fell right on top of her head. She's okay, but it really could have been more serious.
So it was off to the ER with her. (Another parent drove our other kids home when the party was over.)
Good grief! Head wounds bleed something TERRIBLE. Yucko!
They gave her a CAT scan due to the size of the table that fell on her and then stapled her gash shut. It was right on the top of her head. We also found a HUGE knot near the base of her head and a rug burn near her hairline on her forehead from being forced into the carpet when it hit her head.
We are very grateful for the tremendous care she received from the staff. They were amazing with her.
She is doing much better today! She was woke up crying about four times during the night, but we are past the worst of it. I've been up off and on all night checking on her...doctor's orders. So I am looking forward to a good nap today.
Feast of All Souls' Day
Today we commemorate the faithfully departed. We will offer up our Rosary this evening for all souls in purgatory who need our prayers.
Wishing you all a very blessed and quiet Sunday!
~ Patty ~