DO NOW: IF JESUS IS THE “BRIDGE” BETWEEN GOD AND OURSELVES, THEN WHY ASK THE SAINTS TO PRAY FOR US? EXAMPLE: YOU LOSE YOUR FAVORITE WATCH AND YOU PRAY TO SAINT ANTHONY TO HELP YOU FIND IT, INSTEAD OF PRAYING TO JESUS TO HELP YOU FIND IT. “Saint Francis, Pray for us.” By now you are used to hearing this phrase throughout the day at prep. Besides Francis being the namesake of our school, why pray to the saints? Asking Saints to intercede for us is not unlike asking people on earth to pray for us. Saints were exemplary people when they were living here on earth, we pray through the saints. It encourages us to be better while we’re here. Saints vs. saints Capital "S" Lowercase “s” “Saints”- when the “saints”- when the word is capitalized it means the person is a canonized Saint recognized by the church word is not capitalized it refers to all deceased people who we believe to be in heaven. Communion of Saints "We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers" (CCC 962) YOUR Patron Saint Project First Middle & Confirmation Name ( if Catholic & Confirmed) Marisa Elizabeth Genevieve Birthdate & Baptism date ( your parents may know this- if not stick with birthdate) July 1 & September 22 St. Felix of Como & St. Maurice Hobbies ( 5) – Reading, Running, Cooking, Crafts, Dance St. Catherine of Alexandria ( Libraries i.e. Reading) St. Sebastien – ( Athletes i.e. Running) St. Martha ( Cooks) St. Luke ( Craft workers) St. Vitus ( Dance) Saint Martha Date and Place of Birth: N/A – Lived during the time of Jesus in a place called Bethany. Lifelong Catholic or convert: Let’s say convert – she was a disciple of Christ. Date and Circumstance of death: N/A. Martha has several legends about her whereabouts after Christ’s death but none are historically founded. Best Known for: Serving Christ, Open Hospitality & Giving Spirit Virtues exhibited: Kindness, Hospitality, Service to Others. Temptations or Struggles: Martha and her brother Lazarus and sister Mary were said to have faced much criticism and strife because of their association with Jesus.