A few years ago, the National Catholic Office for the Deaf (ncod.org/), produced a video series for those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, Strengthened in Faith: Confirmation, which included the stories of the saints told by Deaf performers, voiced and captioned so all can learn from these stories. These stories are wonderful ways for adults and young people to learn and be inspired by the lives of the saints. We are making them available now on line during this time of “at home” learning and working.

The first video is Jesus teaching the Beatitudes, which are the model for living as the saints lived. Then there are 17 stories of saints who are: men and woman, young and old, from different countries, modern day saints and saints from of old. Each has a “charism” or special way of following the Beatitudes, Jesus’ teaching, that is a gift to us today in our times. The last two videos are the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. These are a vital reminder of how we can live the Beatitudes in our time and especially during this time of uncertainty.

After watching each video there are suggestions to help teens and adults to ponder and pray. There are also a listing of discussions and activities for children. *****Scroll down to see all 20 video selections.*****

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St. Katharine Drexel

St. Katharine Drexel is the second American-born saint to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Katherine was born in Philadelphia on November 26, 1858. This amazing woman was an heiress to a large bequest. She became a religious sister and a brilliant educator.

Ponder and Pray:
• What impressed you about the life of St. Katharine Drexel?
• Read and reflect on quotes and prayers of Saint Katharine: vaticansite.com/st-katharine-drexler-quotes/

Discussion/Activities with Children
• Tell some of the good things St. Katharine did during her life.
• Learn more about Saint Katharine Drexel: youtube.com/watch?v=5XV8rL4C_TI