Living The Liturgical Year In April

I love coming up with fun and creative ways to celebrate the church year with kids, and April is full of fun Saint feast days to celebrate! Some of these feast days include St. George, St. Gianna, and Our Lady of Africa! The month of April is also dedicated to both the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit. You can find all of my month to month post on living liturgically here. Now let’s look at these highlights of fun April Saint feast days to celebrate with links to crafts, food, and activities to help you celebrate!

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When you’re starting to teach your kids about the lives of the Saints, I suggest starting with a Saint picture book treasury that includes a lot of short stories you can read together. This will give you a good starting place and then you can add to your library of Saint books over the years. I think this Picture Book Of Saints is a good beginning Saint book for Catholic families. I will mark the Saints below that have stories from this book. You can find all of my favorite Saint books for kids here.

I also recommend having a good children’s Bible available to read from, as it will also include many stories of the Saints. You can see my post with my favorite Catholic children’s bibles here, but my family absolutely loves The Jesus Storybook Bible.

April Saint Feast Days To Celebrate

This list does not include Saints for every single day of April, but some highlights that are good for kids. 

April 4- St. Isadore Of Seville’s Feast Day

April 5- St. Vincent Ferrer’s Feast Day

  • Doctor of Sacred Theology
  • Born in Spain
  • Preached all over Europe
  • Story found on page 30 of Picture Book Of Saints

April 11- St. Gemma Galgani’s Feast Day

  • Born in Italy
  • Was miraculously healed from illness by praying novenas to St. Gabriel and Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Story found on page 32 of Picture Book Of Saints

April 16- St. Bernadette’s Feast Day

  • Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to her
  • Born in France
  • Became a nun 
  • Story found on page 18 of Picture Book Of Saints

You can find all of my St. Bernadette resources here, which includes also my resources for celebrating Our Lady of Lourdes.

 

April 23- St. George’s Feast Day

  • Roman soldier
  • Patron Saint of England, and Boy Scouts
  • famously known for battling a dragon!
  • Story found on page 34 of Picture Book Of Saints

St. George Kid Activities:

April 25- St. Mark The Evangelist’s Feast Day

  • apostle
  • Gospel writer
  • Patron Saint of notaries 
  • Symbol is the lion
  • Story found on page 25 of Picture Book Of Saints

You can find all of my resources for celebrating St. Mark here.

April 27- St. Zita’s Feast Day

  • also known as Sitha, Citha, or other variations
  • Born in Italy
  • Searved as a maid
  • Very generous and helpful to the poor
  • Several miracles associated with her including angels doing her housework so she could help the poor and also her doing her housework and helping the poor at the same time (being in 2 places at once)

You can find this printable stand up St. Zita craft in my printable ABC Saints pack! Super fun and perfect for this feast day.

saint zita craft for catholic kids- printable

April 28- St. Gianna Molla’s Feast Day

  • modern Saint
  • patron of the unborn
  • doctor
  • known for denying treatment that would have sacrificed her unborn child, which did lead to her own death

I do have some fun labels you can print for free that turn Dr. Pepper in “Dr. Gianna’s Saintly Soda” that would be perfect for celebrating this feast day. You can find and print your labels here.

April 29- St. St. Catherine of Siena’s Feast Day

  • Doctor of the Church
  • Patron Saint of Italy
  • Co-patron of all of Europe (along with St. Brigid of Sweden)
  • joined third order of Dominicans
  • mystically espoused to Christ
  • Assisted the poor during famine and plague

You can find this printable stand up St. Catherine of Siena craft in my printable ABC Saints pack! Super fun and perfect for this feast day. Look close- you can see her lilies and her stigmata! 

saint catherine stigmata craft

April 30- Our Lady of Africa’s Feast Day

If you’re trying to plan a Saint feast day celebration with kids and you didn’t see it here, you will want to check out my post about how to celebrate any Saint feast day. It takes you through my process of looking at their lives to choose an activity for kids, and it links to generic resources that will help you to celebrate any Saint. So no more being sad if you can’t find specific resources for your child’s namesake Saint! 🙂 



Printable Liturgical Planning Book

I have an all new liturgical living ebook that will help you plan out this entire process and customize the liturgical year for your own family. This is the perfect resource for families that are living the liturgical year at home. You can use this book year after year to organize your liturgical resources, building your library as you go! This is an absolute wealth of printables for Catholic families to organize everything from feast day celebrations, to Sacrament anniversaries, to your home altar. Read more about my Weaving The Faith ebook here

April Monthly Catholic Dedication- There are 2!

Each month has a special Catholic dedication, and the month of April is has 2 dedications:

  1. The Holy Spirit
  2. The Most Holy Eucharist

There are so many  fun crafts, activities, and snack ideas for kids the go along with these monthly devotions. You can find my full round up of ideas for the Holy Spirit here.

You can find my resources for teaching kids about the Most Holy Eucharist here.

Things That Might Fall In April

Given that the liturgical year fluctuates with Easter each year, these are some feast day links that sometimes fall during April:

This printable happy crosses craft is also perfect for Springtime and the Easter season!

More April Activities For Catholic Kids

You can check out the April Activities for Catholic Families printable on Real Life at Home from Angie (who is also the project manager on Catholic Icing)

A free printable page that features 10 April Activities for Catholic Families to help your family have fun together while working on faith formation.

Free Printable Saints Coloring Book for April – Real Life at Home

April Saints Coloring Book (inside) - Saint Bernadette and Saint George | Real Life at Home

 

I hope you found these Spring resources for kids useful for your feast day celebrations in April. God bless!

You can find all of my resources for living the liturgical year organized month by month here!

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