Our Patron Saint – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Praying to Our Lady.
At the Abbey, we ask Our Lady of Perpetual Help to intercede for us as we invoke her during our Collective Worship.
We ask Our Blessed Mother to take our prayers to her Son Jesus. We are proud to have a pictorial representation of her in our main corridor, made up of photos of the pupils.
Each classroom has a class Saint which the children pray to each day. The children ask their class Saint to intercede for them each day at the end of prayers as they say "Saint xxx, pray for us."
You may want to introduce this to family prayer at home. Feel free to send in pictures, etc., of your child's class Saint to their class teacher, to be displayed on or around the RE focus. Can you research when your child's class saint celebrates a feast day?
More information on our class Saints can be read below:
Saint Nicholas - Reception
St Nicholas was a priest. He was a rich man, and travelled the country helping people, giving gifts of money and other presents. St Nicholas did not like to be seen when he gave away presents, so the children of the day were told to go to sleep quickly or he would not come! Nothing has changed and Santa Claus will not arrive this Christmas unless the children go to sleep early!
A famous story about St Nicholas, is about a poor man who had no money to give to his three daughters on their wedding day. St Nick dropped bags of gold into the stockings which the girls had left to dry by the fire.
Saint Gerard Majella – Y1MM
St Gerard Majella is the patron saint of pregnant women and motherhood. We celebrate his feast day on October 16th.
He is the patron saint of pregnant women because one day he visited a family and he dropped his handkerchief. A little girl tried to give it to him and he said "You keep it, you may need it someday". When the girl grew up and married, she became pregnant. She had lots of pain before the birth of the baby. She asked for the handkerchief to be brought to her and almost immediately the pain disappeared and she gave birth to a healthy child.
Saint Joan of Arc – Y1ED
St Joan of Arc is the patron saint of France and soldiers. We celebrate her feast day on May 30th.
As a young girl, she heard voices she identified as St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret telling her to help the eldest son of King Charles, Charles VII, recover his kingdom from the British. Her mission was accomplished but Joan was captured by the King's enemies, tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake.
Joan is considered a brave and bold hero in France and nicknamed 'Maiden of Orleans' for her renowned courage during the Hundred Years War.
Saint George - Y2KR
St George is our class Saint. He was born in an area which is now called Turkey. He was a Christian and at the tender age of seventeen, he joined the Roman army.
He served under an Emperor but never forgot his Christian faith. The Emperor Diocletian gave him many important missions, and it is thought that on one of these he came to England.It was while he was in England that he heard the Emperor was being cruel to Christians and he returned to Rome to help them.
The Emperor Diocletian did all he could to persuade St. George to give up his faith, but he refused. He was renowned for his bravery because he stood up for what he believed.
We celebrate St George on a special day – his feast day is 23rd April. St George is the patron Saint of England. Saint George died in 303 AD.
Saint John Bosco - Y2CC
St John Bosco is the patron saint of school children and magicians. We celebrate his feast day on 31st January.
After watching a circus troupe perform, St John Bosco was inspired by the way the performers attracted the attention of the crowds and used this when going out to preach in the streets of Italy. Using magic to draw in the crowds, he is now the patron saint of magicians.
As a young priest, John Bosco worked tirelessly to help the young; especially those who were poor and not attending school or work. He spent many years working with the poor youth in Turin, helping them in gaining skills and jobs as well as supporting them in their faith formation. This is why St John Bosco is also the patron saint of school children. St John Bosco, Pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi – Y3JH
Saint Francis was born in 1182 and died in 1226 in Italy during a time of cultural renewal across Europe. His real name was Giovanni, but his father called him Francesco, or 'the Frenchman.'
He was born into a wealthy family and enjoyed the lifestyle this gave him. During one of his rides he came across a lepper and instead of staying away, he got off his horse and helped him. Francis was overjoyed, because the words the Lord had spoken to him had come true. Several days later, he made his way to the hospital for lepers outside Assisi, and calling them all together, he gave each one a gold coin, a kiss on the hand, and a kiss on the lips. Francis stayed there for several months, caring for the lepers by washing their bodies and treating them with kindness and respect.
Francis then went on to be the founder of the religious order known as the Franciscans. He became renowned for his love, simplicity, and practice of poverty and wildlife.
Saint Winifrid – Y3LH
Saint Winifred was a 7th century Welsh Christian woman. She was of Royal descent and wanted to become a nun, as her Uncle, Saint Beuno, had taught her about religion. This enraged her suitor, Prince Caradoc, who had hoped to marry her. In his fury, he chopped off her head, which rolled down a hill. The earth opened where her head landed, and a stream of water burst out. This is the site of Saint Winifred’s well today. Following this, her Uncle Beuno was devastated by her death and prayed. God heard Beuno’s prayers and Winifred was bought back to life. She continued on her path as a nun, healing many people that she met.
The well where her head fell is a now a healing site to many Christians, located in Gwytherin, Wales.
Saint Vincent De Paul – Y4OF
Saint Vincent de Paul was born on April 25th in 1581. He became a priest in 1600 and he was only 19 years old. Saint Vincent De Paul loved to help the poor. He found poor children and gave them food, clothes and toys. He also got some women and nurses to help make the sick people better. These women were called the Daughters of Charity. Saint Vincent De Paul sent priests to Scotland, Ireland and Rome to help the poor and sick in those countries too.
Saint Vincent De Paul died on the 27th September and this is when we celebrate his feast day.
Saint Therese of Lisieux – Y4JB
She is also known as 'the Little Flower'. She was born in France in 1873, the youngest of nine children and entered the Carmelite Community of Lisieux aged 15 in 1888. She said, "What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love" and she attended to everyone and everything with great love. She died aged 24 in 1897 with these words on her lips, "My God I love you!"
She was canonized in 1925 and the rose is her signature. Her feast day is 1st October.
Saint Paul - Y5JH
Our class saint is St Paul, who was born Saul of Tarsus. Saul did not start out to be an apostle, instead starting his life persecuting people who had faith and believed in Jesus.
It was during one of these missions that Paul was struck by a bright light and temporarily blinded. After hearing the word of God, Paul was healed by Ananais (who had been sent God), and immediately changed his own path in life. Furthermore, he became one of the greatest missionaries of all time.
St Paul is one of the authors of the New Testament and his word continues to have an impact on future generations of Catholics. We will celebrate his feast day on the 29th June.
Saint Peter - Y5JM
Peter, the first pope, was a fisherman from Galilee. Jesus invited Peter to follow him, saying: "I will make you a fisher of men." Peter was a simple, hard-working man. He was generous, honest and loved Jesus very much.
This great apostle's name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to Peter, which means 'rock'. "You are Peter," Jesus said, "and on this rock I will build my Church." Peter was the leader of the apostles.
When the Roman soldiers arrested Jesus, Peter was afraid. In his fright he committed the sin of denying that he knew Jesus, three times. Peter was terrified that they would kill him too, but before Jesus died, Peter repented totally. He wept over his denials for the rest of his life and Jesus lovingly forgave Peter.
Saint Saint Oscar Romero – Y6AB
Oscar Romero (August 15, 1917 - March 24, 1980) was a prominent Roman Catholic priest and Archbishop in El Salvador during the 1960s and 1970s.
After witnessing numerous violations of human rights, he became a spokesperson for the poor and for victims of terrorism by the government of El Salvador. This led to numerous conflicts of opinion, both with the reigning government in El Salvador and with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. After speaking out against American military support for the government of El Salvador, Archbishop Romero was shot to death during a celebration of Mass in his cathedral. It is believed that his assassins were members of Salvadoran death squads. His feast day is on the 24th March.
"And if they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadoran people." - Oscar Romero.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe – Y6SH
St Maximillian Kolbe sacrificed his life for a man who was captured by the Nazis.
When Maximillian Kolbe was a child he had a dream that Mary appeared and said 'Would you rather have a white or a red crown?' The white one meant that he should persevere in purity and the red one meant that he should become a martyr. Maximillian Kolbe chose the red crown so he became a martyr.
Years after he died St. John Paul declared him a saint of charity. Kolbe had a nice life because he was nice and caring. His feast day is August 14th.
Certain images courtesy of Catholic Online website