November – a month of Saints and Remembrance
Throughout the month of November we remember those who have died, the “Holy Souls” and who will one day go and live with God the Father. We prayer for them.
We also take time to learn from the lives of the saints- those we know are now with God because of the way they lived while on earth.
In this reading we listen to St Paul as he writes to the Christians who lived in a town called Colossae. He called these friends of his “saints”, because like us they had been asked to follow Christ, and to be God’s friends. This is what he said.
I pray that you will grow in wisdom and understanding, so that you will learn to know what God wants you to do.
If you do this, you will be able to live just as he wants, in every way.
You will do Good things.
You will come to know God better.
You will have the strength from him never to give up.
You will be happy even when things are difficult.
You will learn to thank God our Father for making it possible for you to be his saints, and for you to enjoy the light of his friendship.
This prayer of St Terese de Avila reminds us that we need to be doing Christ’s work on earth- and so be living saints…
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion
is to look out to the earth,
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.
St Teresa of Avila
Litany of the Saints
There are lots of saints that we use as lighthouses, guiding us how to live our lives.
It is part of our tradition to turn to the saints for help, to ask them to pray for us as we believe they are now close to God.
After we say each saint’s name pleases respond by saying “pray for us” and join in at the prayer at the end. You will recognise many of these names as we often hear, read or see pictures of these saints.
Holy Mary, Mother of God Pray for us
Saint Mary Magdelene
Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Saint Edmund Campion
Let us pray together
May all the saints be our lighthouses, looking after us and leading us safely home.
May they guide our footsteps in goodness, befriend us in loneliness, refresh us when we’re weary, and strengthen us in danger.
Make us and all those we love worthy to be called your saints.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
My Favourite Saint
“A saint very important to me is St Anthony of Padua. This is because as a little girl I always was being told to tidy my room by my mum and whenever I couldn’t find something I would pray to St Anthony and he would help me to find it . Over the years I have turned to St Anthony many times when I am facing a challenge or have lost something which after 10 house moves with the Royal Air Force happens quite a lot! He has always been there for me through good and bad times. St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God.”
Mrs Dunn (Teacher)
“St Gianna Beretta Molla inspires me as a modern day saint and mother. Born in 1922 she only lived for 39 years as she refused treatment for her health whilst expecting her third child. She is a saint that is close to my heart and reminds me of my own role as a mother. Even saints have had to clear up sick and juggle work and home life! Gianna’s life story is a reminder that the path to holiness often lies in performing life’s ordinary tasks and facing its challenges in an extraordinary way. It reminds us that often, through our own sacrifices, we provide the greatest opportunities for our children.”
Mrs Miccoli (Deputy Headteacher)
“Mine is St. Jude the patron saint of the hopeless and despaired .Feast day is October 28th. Often children’s hospitals are named after him especially for the terminally ill to give them hope.”
“St. Jude helper and keeper of the hopeless , pray for us”
Mr Rickard (Teaching Assistant)
“My favourite saint is Margaret Clitherow. She was a true servant of
god who harboured catholic priests in her own home. She remained strong throughout her life and never denied her faith even when faced with death. (Every time I go to York, I visit her house)”
Mrs Corallo (Teacher)
“My favourite saint is St John Baptist De La Salle, the patron saint of school teachers, because he dedicated his life to teaching and gave away his inheritance to help educate children who otherwise couldn’t afford it.”
Miss Thomas (Teacher)
“My favourite saint is St. Gerard Majella because he is the patron saint of
mothers and expectant mothers. He devoted his short life to helping others and he always wanted to do what God wanted. He said, “Everything we do is a prayer, if only it is done for God. Nothing is painful if it is done for God.”
Mrs Thomas (Teaching Assistant)
“Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. Pain is never permanent. St. Teresa of Avila”
Mrs Smith (Class teacher)
“St Francis of Assisi is my favourite saint because he was from a wealthy family but turned his back on his wealth to help the poor”.
Mrs Walls (Class teacher)
“St Teresa de Avila is my favourite saint as she dedicated her life to God and to prayer.”
Mrs Loader (Class teacher)
“My favourite saint is St Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She was a strong, beautiful woman who died for her faith and refused to yield to any man.”
Mrs Dayantis (Class teacher)
“St Joseph has always been a favourite for me. He was a quiet man, who was strong and loving towards his wife and son. He trusted God fully. He must have found things difficult yet he always did his best, putting his family first; he remains a true role model for those with and without children. Also I seem to have had a long association with St Joseph- my family parish church in Southampton, my brother’s middle-name and the school where I was first headteacher.”
Miss Buxton (Headteacher)