On October 21st, 2012 a blessed becomes a Saint! The beautiful young women who lived from 1656-1680 whom we have known as blessed will now be Saint Kateri. Beatified by Blessed John Paul II in 1980, Kateri will be proclaimed the first Native woman saint by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21.
Tekakwitha’s baptismal name was Catherine, which in the Iroquois languages is Kateri. She lived a life of faith and hope! Kateri died at the young age of 24. Her last words are said to be, “Jesus, I love You!”. She is the patron saint of the environment and ecology.
Kateri’s Feast day: is April 17th (in Canada) and July 14 (in USA)
Here is a link to some beautiful original paintings of St. Kateri: Lily of the Mohawks 1 and 2 by Dorothy Speiser
“I am no longer my own. I have given myself entirely to Jesus Christ.”~ St. Kateri
With so much excitement building around this special canonization I thought I needed to get in on spreading the joy too! Here are links to some beautiful colouring pages and crafts to help celebrate the special day with your children:
Catholic Icing has some lovely craft ideas to help celebrate St. Kateri
Free printable craft sheet for creating Christian native headband from Catholicinspired.com
Blessed Kateri Colouring Page from Florida Centre for Peace
Holy Heros is offering a Free 6 page colouring book on St. Kateri
Holy Heros is also offering a great deal spend over $15 and get a free Glory Stories CD of St. Kateri’s and St. Cecilia’s life and a free holy card too!