Bringing a legend to life - Catholic Courier

Bringing a legend to life

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I recently had a chance to learn a bit more about St. Patrick as I was writing a "Saint for Today" feature that is part of our bimonthly "Kids’ Chronicle" children’s page.

I had always assumed that St. Patrick was Irish, but, as I learned in researching his life, he was actually born in Scotland. As a teenager, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and lived in Ireland for several years as a slave before escaping back to his homeland. After he returned home, he became a priest and eventually a bishop. He heard God speaking to him, telling him to return to Ireland and bring the Gospel to the people there, which he did for 40 years. That’s probably why we associate St. Patrick with all things Irish.

There are many legends surrounding St. Patrick. One is that he used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans.

We don’t know for sure if he did this, but it’s a great idea to use today as a way to teach a very important lesson to young children.

Last year, I did a simple shamrock/Holy Trinity craft with my boys to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. All you need are a few simple craft items: construction paper, markers, craft sticks, scissors and glue. Instructions for the craft can be found here.

Why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by doing this craft with your kids or grandkids?

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