Making A Family Litany of Saints With Catholic Kids- Printable!

I made a printable page so you and your kids can easily fill in a litany of Saints for your own family! This page is a part of Lydia’s First Holy Communion Notebook. Here’s how ours turned out:

family litany of saints printable

*NOTE* In the printable version supplied here, the banner is a black and white outline- it is not in color. This makes it more printer friendly. Here’s what it looks like:

printable family litany of saints

This can be a fun thing to add to family prayer time, bedtime prayers, the end of a family rosary, etc.

You put your family name in at the top, then fill in with everyone’s patron Saints.

When filling in your patron Saints, tell your kids to think about:

  • What Saints your family members share names with (first and middle)
  • For confirmed members of the family, their confirmation Saint names
  • Who’s feast day falls on your birthday?
  • If your family has an annual patron Saint like ours does, include them also! :-)

We included Mark’s confirmation Saint (Joseph), my confirmation Saint (Cecilia), then each of the children’s name Saints, followed by our patron Saint of the year. Last year’s Saint for our family was St. Michael (since my husband was becoming a police officer) and this year is Elizabeth Ann Seton. (We just chose this year’s Saint yesterday, so you can still choose one if you want. It’s not too late.) ;-)

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Do All Saints’ Day and Trick-or-Treating Go Together?

Interestingly enough, one of the most common questions people ask me when they meet me in real life is “do your kids go trick-or-treating?” People want to know- is it ok to go trick-or-treating if you’re Catholic? Is it ok to celebrate “Halloween” if you’re in the “All Saints’ Day” crowd?

This time of the year, we do try to keep our focus on the rosary, and the Saints, but my kid do go trick-or-treating. The lovely mix we have found for our family is, when we go trick-or-treating, we dress up as Saints! :-)

catholic trick or treating all saints day

I actually know a lot of Catholics who do this, and the kids love it! They never complain about not dressing up as something else because we talk about the Saints, watch Saint movies, read Saint books, and listen to Glory Stories year round. So when Julian chooses to dress up as Juan Diego for All Saints’ Day, it’s like any other kid picking a cartoon character from his favorite movie to dress up as.

saint costumes for halloween

You can check out my extensive lists of Saint costume ideas for girls, and Saint costume ideas for boys here. There are a lot of fun ideas on there! You don’t just have to drape your kids in sheets to dress up as a Saint. ;-) Above, we have St. John Bosco, St. Elizabeth, and St. Kateri, and they’re having a blast!

Going trick-or-treating as Saints is a great witness to the world! It’s interesting what people say sometimes. For instance, this year Lydia chose to be Saint Imelda (because we are studying her with our First Communion curriculum) and everyone kept saying “What a beautiful bride!” It’s pretty funny to see their face when Lydia tells them, “Actually, I’m St. Imelda”.

One year, Julian dressed up as Juan Diego. We were walking up a bunch of stairs to this one house, and a dad I didn’t know says, “Excuse me, Mam, he’s tripping on his, um, his, um, his, um… thingy.” Lol! That’s his tilma- duh! ;-)

Then there are more “normal” things to be. For the last 2 years in a row, Violet has chosen to be an angel. Everyone totally “gets” that. But when your kid goes as St. Cecelia, she sure is going to get a lot of compliments on her “princess costume”. Because of these misunderstandings, I generally prep my kids ahead of time, and tell them that it’s ok to tell people who they are really dressed up as. They smile and think it’s funny. Sometimes, they don’t correct people. They just smile, get their candy, and move on. That’s ok, too. :-)

saint costumes

I do know plenty of families that do Saint costumes for some parties, and other costumes for trick-or-treating. I don’t necessarily have a problem with this, but the reality is I’m not going to put together 2 different costumes for 4 kids each year. That feels crazy. The Saint thing is more important to me, and they truly are happy dressing up as Saints. Kids are easily convinced of what is fun, so it’s all in the presentation and the attitude.

In conclusion, Halloween has it’s roots in the Catholic church, and I think we need to work on re-claiming it! Even if you don’t have a big All Saints’ Day party to go to attend this year, you can still have some Saint fun. I hope you find a good mix that works for your family. :-)

Check out all of my resources for All Saints’ Day here.

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Mini Saint Information Fill-in Page for Children

This is a printable page I made that even small children can use to fill out basic information about any saint. You could also call this a Saint notebooking page, or a Saint writing prompt. We called ours a mini-Saint report.

printable saint report information page for kids

Basically, you can print the blank page, and the student fills in the information on whatever saint they need to.

Child Fills In:

  • The Saint’s name
  • What he or she is the patron or patroness of
  • What his or her feast day is
  • Color the map where the Saint was born, where they lived, etc.
  • Fill in interesting facts
  • Draw or cut a paste a picture of the Saint in the frame

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These should be useful for use in religious ed classes, Catholic schools, All Saints’ Day… really for anyone teaching Catholic children. We have used it as a part of our First Communion Journal.

There are 2 pages. One says “All About Saint” at the top, and the other version says “My Patron Saint” at the top. For $1, you can download both, and use them with your own kids, or even print enough for your religious education class.

Purchase the Saint report printables here.

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Angel Handprint Craft on Canvas Bag

I am such a sucker for cute handprint crafts! We made these angel bags for our All Saints’ Day treat bags this year. (Last year we made these cute All Saints’ Day treat buckets, but when we moved from Virginia to South Carolina, we only kept about 20% of our belongings, and they didn’t make the cut. lol.)

In Catholic ABC’s, “A is for Angel” and there’s a handprint angel craft. This year, I made this same basic craft on a bag rather than paper. I made them with my whole preschool class so they could use the bags to bring their stuff to and from co-op. One of the moms there said she was having her kids make these for everyone in her family as Christmas presents!

Supplies Needed to make Angel Bag Craft:

  • Canvas Bags (we ordered these. They’re a good size for little kids and a great deal.)
  • Acrylic Paint (I always use regular acrylic paint rather than fabric paint because it’s cheaper. It will not wash out of clothes.)
  • Sponge (cut it into a circle to make the angel’s head)
  • Permanent Marker (I just use sharpies because they’re cheaper than fabric markers. Again, they won’t wash out, which for this craft is a good thing.)

When I do handprint crafts with kids, I usually paint their hand with a paint brush, then help to stamp the handprint for them. For this craft, turn the bag around with the handles facing you, and stamp one hand in the middle of the bag with fingers all smooshed together. We used red for this- it will be the angel’s dress. Wash the hand, and paint it white. Stamp with the fingers spread to be a wing. Add more white paint and stamp a second wing (no need to switch hands- that just make for twice the hand cleaning.)

Squeeze out some skin-toned paint onto a paper plate, and let the kids dip the circle sponge into it, and stamp on a head. Dip your finger into more paint, and add hair with finger dots. (I skipped the hair with my preschool class because it was just too much).

Allow the paint to dry, then draw on a simple face with a sharpie marker. You can also add the child’s name and year to the bag.

My kids love these bags! They’re so much fun to make, and it’s great to make a craft they can actually use.

These are going to be perfect for Julian and Violet to carry for All Saints’ Day because they are both going to be angels this year! (Julian is going to be St. Michael, and Violet is going to kind of a classic angel.)

For anyone who missed it, I have a new page with links to all of my All Saints’ Day resources for kids here. Happy celebrating! :-)

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