Sunday, September 22, 2013

Prayer Starters & Patron Saints

Our religious education program has changed at my church this year.  Instead of having a classroom of first graders each week, we've switched to a homeschool program.  Which means the main teachers of our students are the parents.  The families will come in once a month and divide up into parent and children groups.  Even though I miss having my students each week, I'm happy that I get to review once a month, what they've learned from their parents.

Today we talked about prayer and the various types of prayer.  I found the best prayer starter prompts over at Catholic Icing and if you are a subscriber, you can download her printable for free!  Lacy has fabulous hands on resources for young children to learn about God and their faith.

There are 24 prayer starters in each set.

Since it was our first class, I introduced them to two patron saints of students
This idea came from Jessica over at Shower of Roses:

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Catherine of Alexandria

I'm offering up prayers for all of our parents, as the primary teachers of their children, may they find inspiration and guidance through the grace of God.

Peace & Blessings,


  1. What a great idea at your parish!! That is such a great way to get the parents involved. I hadn't seen the prayer starter idea yet but that might work very well as a craft for our Little Flowers group. Thanks, Noreen! Hope all is well with you! : )

  2. Wow, great ideas, Noreen!!
    Love this! The patron saint ideas are esp lovely!! Will try that!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Noreen, I'm really interested in how this program's such an interesting path to go down. I think having parent involvement is often a challenge (as in, how do you bring the celebration into the home and not just leave it in the church parking lot). If you have time, please keep us posted on how this progresses.