So today (June 29) is the feast of St. Peter (and St. Paul). As usual, I chose a picture book for the saint picture book club that is easy to get via Amazon. I didn’t get this up in time for you to order it last minute, but you may want it anyway.
Books about Saint Peter
Peter, Apostle of Jesus, is another joint offering between Ignatius & Magnificat. They are beautiful books and buying this one has caused me to add the rest of the series to my Amazon cart MULTIPLE times.
From the series, The Life of a Saint, this story of Saint Peter is divided into 3 parts. The first is the story of how Jesus called him, the second is the story of Jesus & Peter before and after the crucifixion, and the last is about Pentacost and the early church.
The pictures are beautifully illustrated and the story is masterfully told. It doesn’t feel like the story as told in the bible, but as a beloved children’s story, even telling s bit of Peter’s childhood. It’s lovely and approachable. It really helps me to know Peter’s story as being separate from the rest of the Apostles.
If you are interested in knowing more about St. Peter, the book Our Holy Father, the Pope, has a lot of information about Saint Peter, the Popes & the Papacy. It is also a joint Ignatius/Magnificat offering. Honestly, you just can’t go wrong with them.
If you are looking for an easy summer activity to help cement the story of Saint Peter & the Papacy, try one of these:
If you have older children, go to a beach or stream and find a smooth rock to keep in your pocket. Use it as a reminder to pray whenever you touch it. Feeling crafty? Paint it! What does this have to do with St. Peter? “You shall be called Peter (Latin for rock) and on this rock I will build my church.”
Simon Peter was a fisherman by trade before Christ called him to be a fisher of men. Go fishing and experience the frustration of being up empty nets or the excitement of having them filled.
Pope Guess Who
Monica @ Arma Dei has catholic-ified a ton of games. If you are into games, try her version of Guess Who using images of the popes. It’s free if you join her email list. $5, if you’d rather fork up some cash :).
Personally, my favorite way to celebrate saints days is food-inspired because I have to feed them at least 16 times a day anyway:). These three ideas are at the top of my list from easy to divine!
Divine – Polish Papal Cream Cake
This was apparently Pope St. JPII’s favorite food and it looks crazy easy. Puff pastry, a homemade custard & powdered sugar. I wish I would have bought the pastry I saw Saturday. Never ignore the urge to buy puff pastry in the store; it could be a nudge from the Holy Spirit! :).
Are you going to celebrate the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul? Do you have any favorite traditions?