Wednesday, October 21, 2015

7 Ways To Celebrate the Feast Day of Saint John Paul II

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October 22 is the feast day of our beloved Saint John Paul II !

Last year on October 22, 2014 we celebrated his first feast day and we had fun making Canonization Lapbooks back in the Spring of 2014 when both Pope John Paul II and Pope John Paul XXIII were canonized on April 27, 2014.

Here are just a few ways to celebrate this special feast day of Saint John Paul II:

1.  We love reading Lolek: The Boy Who Became Pope John Paul II.  For a list of some other great children's books about Saint John Paul II follow this link: Saint John Paul II Children's Books .
In the picture of our feast day tray that sits on our dining room table, I also have Heroes: Pope John Paul II, Champion of Life by Ralph Ranieri which is a short pamphlet published by Liguori.  Unfortunately, I don't have a link to it since I can't find a link to the pamphlet when I searched for it. 

2. Another way to celebrate Saint JPII's feast day is to admire this pencil drawing (Yes! A PENCIL drawing) of Saint JPII that Cameron Smith drew {did I mention drew with a PENCIL!?!}  (no relation to me, but he and his wife are our 5th child's Godparents)  This "Portrait of a Saint", pencil on paper, was completed in 2001 by Cameron Smith.   Be sure to visit Smith Catholic Art!  What talent!
 3. Our family also loves watching this humorous YouTube video of Saint John Paul II "singing":

4. And here is another video of Karol Wojtyla (now Saint JPII) singing "Ave Maria" in 1976.  It's so beautiful it gave me chills! Enjoy!


5.  How about this yummy Polish dinner from Catholic Cuisine?
And for dessert?  a Pope Cake from Melody at Melodies Harmonies

6. And while you are eating the yummy cake you can listen to Glory Stories CD Vol 11: Pope Saint John Paul II.  

7.  If your children enjoy coloring pages here is a list of coloring pages I found: 
Pope Saint John Paul II Coloring and Activity Book by Catholic Playground 
Pope Saint John Paul II 15-Page Coloring Download by Holy Heroes
Pope John Paul II Crafts, Lesson Plans, Printables and More ( Lacy at Catholic Icing did this post in 2011 prior to Pope JPII getting canonized, but still a great list of crafts and activites!)   

 photo credit:  Word on Fire


Chris said...

Wonderful post, Tracy!!!

I have never seen that video of JPII singing the Ave amazing. I knew he acted and wrote, but I've never actually heard him sing! Thanks so much for all the ideas!!

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