our students participate in a stewardship drive to identify ways they can
commit their time, treasures, and talents to the parish and broader community.
We added a new element of faith to this topic by incorporating the saints.
one lesson on the lives of saints who are often paired together, such as
Joachim and Anne, Perpetua and Felicity, and Peter and Paul. I offer basic
information about each saint and explain the virtues that each one demonstrated
in his or her life of service and faithful living. If time permits, I have
students spend a few weeks researching these saints.
example, pairs of saints students might learn about are:
St. Joachim and St. Anne were husband and wife,
the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They were patient. They were devoted to
family life. Their feast day is July 26.
St. Monica and St. Augustine were mother and son.
Monica prayed for the conversion of her son, Augustine. He converted and became
a great theologian. Monica persevered in prayer and Augustine shared his
St. Timothy and St. Titus were bishops. They worked
with St. Paul to spread the Good News and each has a book in the New Testament.
They were courageous and faithful. Their shared feast day is January 26.
St. Clare and St. Francis each started a
religious order. They both are from Assisi, Italy, and were committed to lives
of prayer and simplicity. They were humble and generous.
St. Cosmas and St. Damian were twin brothers. They
also were physicians who were martyred for their faith. They were compassionate
and caring. Their shared feast day is September 26.
St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres were friends and both
were from Peru. They led lives of deep prayer and together reached out to those
who were sick. They valued friendship and sharing Jesus with others.
St. Frances Cabrini and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton are American saints.
They both helped children in need and created schools. They were strong in
their faith and committed to the good of others.
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity were martyrs. Both were
mothers of infants. They were imprisoned together and both were martyred for
their faith. They loved Jesus above all else. Their shared feast day is March
St. Peter and St. Paul were major leaders of
the early Church. Both were martyred for their faith. They devoted their
leadership skills to spreading the love of Jesus to others. Their shared feast
day is June 29.
researching saints often paired together and discussing their virtues, we have
a fun review. I give each student a 3” x 5” card with a saint’s name on it.
Students then ask questions of one another to find their pairs. For example, the
student who has the card for St. Anne might find the person with the card for
St. Joachim by asking, “Where is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s father?” The student
with the name St. Rose of Lima might ask “Is anyone else from Peru?”
the theme of the “3 Ts”—time, treasures, talents—by sharing our thoughts about
how these saints shared their time, treasures, and talents in the service of
God and others. How were they stewards of God’s gifts? What were their
struggles? What struggles do we face in practicing stewardship? How can we
overcome these difficulties?
conclude the activity, I have students complete a stewardship pledge, promising
to imitate the work of a saint they learned about. For example, “I pledge to
imitate St. Frances Cabrini by tutoring my friend in math.”
Carlisle has worked in ministry for over 16 years at national, diocesan, and
parish levels. She holds an MEd from Loyola University Maryland. Kathy directs
the VBS program at her parish, St. Rose of Lima, in York, PA, where she also
assists with the religious education program.