Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Choosing a new patron saint for 2012


In the newsletter last week, we read about the Epiphany custom of choosing a new patron Saint for the coming year. This can be an excellent way to learn more about Saints whose lives can help us learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. You might choose one of the saints we hear in the Eucharistic Prayer 1, or the saint on an important day, or the name of a saint for the oldest, youngest member of the family or perhaps someone who has died during the year.  


For information about the lives of the saints, look up in a dictionary of the saints or online http://www.catholic.org/saints.  For details of the picture below see national gallery


Fra Angelico's The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs

In the coming months members of the parish will be preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and choosing a Saint. They will be asked to find out about the lives of their Saint and consider why that saint is important to them.  

If you would like to share more about the saints you and your family have chosen: drawings, photographs of statues from other churches, prayers written by the saint then please pass details to one of the priests or Sisters at St Thomas More.