Saint Feast Days In October (And Other Days To Celebrate With Kids!)

I love coming up with fun and creative ways to celebrate the church year with kids, and October is full of fun Saint feast days to celebrate! Some of these feast days include St. Francis, St. Therese, and the feast day of the guardian angels! The month of October is also dedicated to the rosary. You can find all of my month to month post on living liturgically here. Now let’s look at these highlights of fun October 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.

October Saint Feast Days To Celebrate

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

October 1- St. Therese of Lisieux 

  • Also known as the “Little Flower of Jesus” because of her devotion to the child Jesus 
  • Loved Jesus from a young age
  • Invented sacrifice beads while preparing for her First Communion
  • Joined the Carmelite convent at 15
  • Associated with roses because she said “When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens. I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.” Many who ask for her interventions today still report having roses show up in their lives or smelling roses. 
  • Saint Therese’s story is found on page 90 of Picture Book Of Saints

You can find all of my resources for celebrating Saint Therese of Lisieux with kids here which include picture books, videos, crafts, printables, and more! You definitely to not want to miss out on this post or on celebrating this feast day! 

I also absolutely love paper dolls from Stella Marigold Art, and she has a St. Gregory pack for just $2!

October 2- Feast Of The Guardian Angels

  • Your angel has 3 important jobs; to enlighten you, guide you, and protect you.
  • Although your angel may help protect you from earthly harms sometimes, it’s a more important job for your angel to protect you from spiritual harms.

You can find all of my resources for celebrating the feast day of guardien angels here.

celebrate feast day of guardian angels october 2

October 4- St. Francis Of Assisi’s Feast Day

  • Founded the Franciscans
  • Very well known and popular Saint
  • Patron Saint of animals
  • Sometimes on this day churches will have a “blessing of the pets”
  • Made the first nativity set
  • Saint Francis Of Assisi’s story is found on page 91 of Picture Book Of Saints

You can find all of my resources for celebrating the feast of St. Francis for kids here.

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October 5 – St. Faustina Kowalska’s Feast Day

  • Nun
  • Had a vision of the Divine Mercy Jesus where red and blue flow out of his heart with the message “Jesus, I trust in You.”
  • Saint Faustina Kowalska’s story is found on page 133 of Picture Book Of Saints

You can find all of my St. Faustina and Divine Mercy resources here.

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October 6 – Blessed Marie Rose Durocher’s Feast Day

  • Nun
  • Canadian 
  • Founded Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary 
  • Blessed Marie Rose Durocher’s story is found on page 129 of Picture Book Of Saints

October 7 – Our Lady Of The Rosary’s Feast Day

  • a Marian feast day
  • centers around the power of praying the rosary

You can find all of my rosary resources for kids here. This is an excellent feast day that you don’t want to miss!

October 9 – St. Denis’s Feast Day

  • Patron Saint of France
  • When he was beheaded, he picked up his head and walked with it for 2 miles, being led by a choir of angels. In the place where he stopped a chapel was built. 

St. Denis is included in my ABC Saint craft pack here

October 15 – St. Teresa of Avila’s Feast Day

  • One of the first 2 women to be named as a Doctor of the Church 
  • Patron Saint of Spain
  • Saint Teresa of Avila’s story is found on page 94 of Picture Book Of Saints

I have a free how to draw video and coloring page for St. Teresa of Avila for kids.

October 16 – St. Gerard’s Feast Day

  • Patron of expectant mothers and unborn babies 
  • Saint Gerard Majella’s story is found on page 95 of Picture Book Of Saints

St. Gerard Activities:

October 16 – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Feast Day

  • Nun 
  • The Sacred Heart devotion comes from 
  • Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s story is found on page 96 of Picture Book Of Saints

October 18 – St. Luke The Evangelist’s Feast Day

You can find my handprint craft for the 4 Gospels here. St. Luke’s symbol is a winged ox. 

October 20- St. Paul Of The Cross

October 22 – St. Pope John Paul II’s Feast Day

I have a full post on ways to celebrate the feast day of St. Pope John Paul II with families! There are tons of great resources here including fun recipes, free printables, crafts, prayers, and more! You don’t want to miss this post. 

October 28 – St. Jude Thaddeus’s Feast Day

  • Pope
  • Patron Saint of lost causes
  • Patron Saint of cancer patients 
  • Saint Jude Thaddeus’s story is found on page 100 of Picture Book Of Saints

October 31- All Hallows Eve

Also, you should totally check out my All Saints’ Day food labels! This is the perfect All Saints’ Day party printable as it turns everyday kid snacks into symbols of the Saints, making celebrating a breeze for mom!

And I have a post where you can find all of the All Saints’ Day resources you could possibly need to celebrate! 

the ultimate all saints day list

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! 🙂 

October Monthly Catholic Dedication- The Rosary

Each month has a special Catholic dedication, and the month of October is dedicated to the rosary! There are so many good crafts, activities, and snack ideas for kids the go along with this monthly devotion. You can find my full round up of rosary resources for kids here. 

 

Top October Posts

I can’t help what’s popular… you guys decide! Here are some things you ya’ll just looooooove reading about in October. 🙂 

PLAN AHEAD! Don’t Miss Early November Feast Days:

Technically All Saints’ and All Souls’ days are right at the beginning of November, but I have them on both pages. 

More October Activities For Catholic Kids

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

October Activities for Catholic Families Free Printable

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

Pages from the October Saints Coloring Book Free Printable Set | Real Life at Home

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

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