“Heaven’s doors are wide open and God is doing everything he can to make us all into saints.” —from Chapter Eight. We know a great book when our children show us one! Full of famous and not so famous woman saints, from every station of life, each with their own remarkable story. Sanctity will never fit into a formula, but the women in Real Women, Real Saints have one thing in common: their deep love for God and the determination to live life in harmony with his will. The brief biographies in this book will help you learn to abandon yourself to God, as these women did, and live a rich, full life in return. Chapters are divided by each of the virtues, faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance with fourteen examples of women saints who exemplify these virtues. Listed with each saint are their feast day, patronage and time period in which they lived.
We have been looking for a long time for suitable reading material for children who are ready for their very first chapter book. Here are the perfect books. These wonderful Catholic readers originally published in the 1940’s through the 1960’s by Dujarie Press are now thankfully being republished by a Catholic family business! They are easy to read and are just the right size (6”x 8”) to hold and finish with a real sense of accomplishment. Brother Ernest, who ran the press and wrote a majority of the stories, is a natural story teller and each story is appropriately addressed for these new readers to encourage and inspire them through these lives of “real” heroes. Our “little guys” picked them up right away and read them with interest and took them to Adoration to help them meditate on these holy men and women.
This is our absolute favorite collection of saint stories for retelling at the Kindergarten to second grade level. All seven of our children have chosen most of the stories told in these sweet little books for their own personal saint books. I read them the story aloud and then they retell it to me as I copy down their retelling. Then I make a copy of their retelling in a blank book and they draw their own illustration of the saint as inspired by the lovely drawing portrayed in these books. The lives of the Saints are written in an easily understood and entertaining story form. Each story is one page in length and includes a full color illustration on the facing page. The stories are so simply written and colorfully illustrated that they are bound to make a lasting impression upon a child as their introduction to the Saints of the Church.
We use this book for our 5th to 8th graders especially for their Saint oral presentations. The details of these sixty three Saints of the Western Church from the 1st to the 20th Century are perfect food for thought and inspire discussion at this age level, with each story being several pages in length. Included in this anthology are such famous saints as Francis of Assisi, Dominic, Joan of Arc, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila and also lesser known ones, such as Raymond Lull and Hugh of Lincoln. These beautifully written stories are presented chronologically.
Click here for an instant download: Young People’s Book of Saints
By Amy Welborn
What a breath of fresh air to read a book written for children about real HEROES. Amy Welborn has an incredible gift of relating deep truths to children in an easy to understand manner. Her description of “What a hero is” alone is worth getting this treasure of a book. By using the spiritual and moral virtues as a guide towards introducing REAL Heroes (Saints and Blesseds) she incorporates opportunities for the child to really think about their own relationship with God. Meet well known, lesser known, modern, and ancient saints in stories that describe the saints lives and how they loved God above all, how God was the center of their lives and in ways that our children can find true heroes to imitate!!! This is a real find and one you will go to over and over again. Great to read aloud.
Your favorite characters are back again! The author expands each character by backtracking their lives prior to their journey to America. We visit Mother Cabrini and Maria in Italy, Molly in County Roscommon, Ireland and Ming in her small Chinese village. You will learn how to make one of Mother’s favorite dishes and each girl shares crafts, games and foods from her homeland. You will have to be dragged out of the kitchen once you learn how to make raviolis, Cathedral Window Cookies and Italian Potato Pie from Maria, Dublin Coddle, Irish Stew and potatoes of course from Molly and Sweet & Sour Pork, Fried Rice and Chinese Chews from Ming! Your children will have hours of fun trying to make Chinese letters, play Fox and Rabbit or make Mosaic vases. This amazing book is chock full of history and heritage, you will enjoy every minute of it! (Ages 7-10 [with some adult supervision], 121 pages, PB, $)
There is much written about this beloved saint and many saint anthologies contain a brief synopsis of his life. He is the patron saint of Ireland and is most notably responsible for its conversion to Christianity….making Ireland become the land of “Saints and Scholars.”
There are numerous legends surrounding his life but the best way to come to know the true saint is through his own writings and in particular his testimonial, “Confessio”. How marvelous and glorious it is to learn about this saint through his own words. In his “Confessio” we hear the voice of a truly humble servant of Christ. In addition your family will begin to understand about the beginnings of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, learn the chaplet prayer to St. Patrick, make cards to send to family and friends and so much more in this Hands-on Learning material.
Included in this kit:
- Information on St. Patrick
- How St. Patrick’s Day celebrations began
- The meaning behind the symbols of St. Patrick’s Day
- Directions and prayers for a St. Patrick chaplet
- St. Patrick’s Confession (Autobiography) to have family print to read aloud together
- 3 Coloring pages: Saint Patrick, Page from Book of Kells, Celtic Cross
- Mini book templates (2 different – three flap books horizontal and vertical)
- Notebooking pages-2 versions with lovely images
- Full-color Holy Cards with St. Patrick prayers
- Holy Cards in outline versions to color in
- St. Patrick’s Day cards to send (2 versions, with prayers and ones to practice handwriting)
Thank you for supporting our family business and respecting our copyright of this material for single family use. For classrooms or large groups email us.
The St. Nicholas coins are back but in a BRAND NEW DIY kit to help your family celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas (December 6th), to give you “holy” treats for Stocking Stuffers on Christmas morning and to give you that special gift for friends, family and coworkers that keeps Christ in Christmas too!
- Licensed beautiful, classical Holy Family images that you just can’t copy from the internet
- Includes instructions to make three different size kits EASILY and Cheaply*
- A brief history of St. Nicholas and the tradition
- An original coloring page
- St. Nicholas Holy Cards
- Memory game
These timely treats you make and give are a fun and practical way to reclaim our saints and holy-days! We hear that lots of kids like to peel off the stickers and decorate their books and personal belongings with them. In fact, our four year old daughter is in love with what she affectionately calls her “Mary” stickers. We think this is a great way for all of our little “evangelists” to spread the Good News this Christmas! Celebrate with your family the Feast of St. Nicholas with this Do It Yourself Kit. Share the beauty of our Church with those you love easily and economically!!
*you provide the chocolate coins and bag!
(Email us for group use)