I was planning out the week ahead for my kids, and I thought I would share with you about Catholic Saints. We have been adding some saint studies into our weekly schedule and we have just been picking and choosing. Well, this week it happens to be one of my favorite saints and his feast day is this week also! Funny how things play out sometimes!
This week we are going to learn about St. Jude. We like to use a notebooking sheet in our studies. Catholic Icing has this simple Mini Saint Information Fill-in Page that we like to use. Simple information needs to be found and filled in along with a hand draw picture of the Saint.
Heather at Upside Down Homeschooling has a year’s worth of Saints Studies in her My Journal of Saints that we love to use also! She has the pictures already and adds in a beautiful prayer to go along with each Saint. We love both of these, and it just depends on the Saint or day as to which one we will use.
Finding information on St. Jude was a little harder than I had hoped for. Although I love to pray to him, I kept finding information for the wonderful St. Jude’s Hospital. Not that I minded…but I really wanted to teach the kids about St. Jude, not the Hospital.
I found a fun site that helped me learn more, Catholic Online provided me with the information to start our study. St Jude has a feast day of October 28th. He is the patron saint of lost causes and desperate cases. Not only was St Jude (also known as Thaddaeus) an apostle of Jesus, he was a relative of Our Lord.
St. Jude is known as the apostle who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why he would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. While sharing a similar name, St. Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Our Lord prior to His crucifixion.
A prayer to St. Jude to help with your lost cause or desperate case would be:
"O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honoureth and invoketh thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, who am so miserable. Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to mine assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolation and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour thee as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee. Amen."
I find that when I feel lost or hopeless in situations, that reciting this prayer and/or the Novena have helped me feel more at ease. I truly believe that the Saints and Angels hear our prayers and work their hardest to answer those.
Do you know about St. Jude? Something that I haven't mentioned? I would love to hear what you know! I would love to see any posts you may have written on him as well. Please share those in the comments below!