School Year Faith Formation
Found in Parent Guide December Lesson pg. 94 - 119
Lesson 5: Our Father: The First Three Petitions
Saint Of The Month
Known as the "Apostle of the Indies" and "Apostle of Japan", he is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries since Paul the Apostle
St. Francis Xavier
7 April 1506 ~ 3 December 1552
For the Family
Excerpt & Recipe from Cooking with the Saints by
Alexandra Greeley & Fernando Flores
"At the time St. Francis Xavier became a priest, Portugal was colonizing India. St. Francis was chosen to go to to the colony of Goa and formally represent the Church there. His duties included tending to the sick and working with the Christian Goans who were unfamiliar with their Faith. St. Francis spent several years in Goa, overseeing the building of at least forty churches."
"India's state of Goa on the subcontinent's west coast features meals based on such staples as coconut, seafood, pork, rice, chilis, and assorted spices. Over the ages, the Hindus, Muslims, and Portuguese Catholic colonists have shaped today's Goan cuisine. One of the staples of the Goan family table is a chicken curry."
Resources For Parents to Better Understand the Our Father
Podcast: Bishop Barron- On Petitionary Prayer
Guided Prayer Audio: Christian Striving Is a Gift
Article: Silence and Christmas