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The Holy People
of the Church
A “saint” is someone who is
recognized by the Church as one
who had an extremely close
relationship with God and who
tried to live according to God’s
Will for her/his life.
Saints are people through whom we
come to a better understanding
1. what God is like, and
2. the kind of lives we
should/could be living
Pope John Paul II
canonized 482 Saints
between 1982-2004.
He canonized more saints
in 22 years than all of
the Popes in the previous
500 years combined.
By doing this, Pope John
Paul II showed that he
believed strongly in the
presence of holiness in
our world TODAY – not
just in the past.
How Does a Saint
Become a Saint?
The Canonization Process
The process through which a
holy person becomes an
official Saint in the Church
is called “canonization.”
It generally begins at least
5 years after a person’s
Step 1:
A group is appointed by a
bishop to investigate the
person’s life and holiness.
During this stage, the person
is referred to as a “Servant
of God.” If the investigation
is approved, the person is
called “Venerable.”
Step 2: Miracles
Miracles must be seen as
being achieved through the
intercession of that person.
Once this is proven the
person is called “Blessed.”
This step is called
Final Step: Canonization
After another miracle is
attributed to this person,
the Pope will make a formal
declaration of
“canonization” and the
person is called a Saint!
It is important to realize that
we do not pray TO saints, as if
they were equal to God.
Rather, we honor the Saints for
their holy lives and, because
of their close connection with
God, we ask the Saints to pray
WITH and FOR us.
Patron Saints
Homework #1 – 2nd Quarter
Due Wednesday, November 17
Your patron saint is either the
saint who shares your name or a
saint with whom you feel a
special connection – for whatever
Who is/would you like to claim as
your “patron saint?” Look up
this saint.
Look up this saint. Consult either. . .
the list of saints at: or
the list of patron saints at:
Additional Saint info is available at:
In your notebook, explain why you chose
this saint. Then, write down 6
interesting facts about your Patron
Saint. It can be handwritten. Be
ready to talk about your saint in
class on Wednesday.
A person’s “patron saint”
could be the saint with
whom she or he shares a
Patron saints are also
chosen as special
protectors or guardians
over areas of life
(occupations, illnesses,
countries, etc.) This
practice seems to go back
to the 4th century.
For example . . .
St. Benedict
St. Maria Goretti &
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
St. Nicholas
St. Thomas Aquinas
The patron saint of the USA is the
Blessed Mother, with the title
“Immaculate Conception.”
(This is why we are off on Dec. 8!)
Your class’
Patron Saints
Some of The Church’s Most
Influential Saints
St. Therese (1873)
St. Frances
Cabrini (1850)
St. John Neumann
St. Padre Pio
St. Augustine(354)
St. Elizabeth Ann
Seton (1774)
St. Monica (331)
St. Rose of Lima
St. Francis of
Assisi (1181)
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Katharine Drexel
Blessed Kateri
Tekakwitha (1656)
Blessed Theresa of
Calcutta (1910)
Important Things
You are going to learn 3 important bits
of information about each of the
“Influential Saints” you recorded on
your Timeline.
In your notes, create a format for this
information. Write the person’s name
and birth year. Under that, number 1,
2, 3 – skipping 3 lines between each
Arrange the saints in chronological
order in your notes.
Gathering Notes
In your groups, look at the
papers of notes that you were
given. Each saint goes with 3
of the points on the papers.
See if, as a group, you can
figure out which saints go with
which points. Write in pencil,
until we go over them as a
After you are sure that you know
what points go with each Saint,
fill them in the appropriate
spaces in your notes.
Completing your notes will count
for a HW grade – due in class
The Prayer of St. Francis
(Peace Prayer)
Lord, make me an instrument
of your peace.
Where there is hatred,
let me sow love;
where there is injury,
where there is doubt,
where there is despair,
where there is darkness,
and where there is sadness,
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so
much seek to be consoled
as to console;
to be understood
as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we
it is in pardoning
that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life.
Test – Monday 12/6
What is a saint?
Why are saints important?
How does a person become a saint?
Do Catholics worship saints?
Patron Saints
You class’ Patron Saints ... matching
Influential Saints ... know 3 things
Prayer of St. Francis ... Fill-ins
Reflective Essay
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