St. Patrick's Day is an annual holiday celebrated on March 17 in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Whether you attend Mass, a St. Patrick's Day parade or enjoy an arts and crafts project, there are many activities to make St. Patrick's Day educational, spiritual and enjoyable for Catholic children around the globe.
The life and times of St. Patrick are wonderfully adventurous tales that are as enjoyable to children as any Disney story could ever be. Share the adventures and moral life lessons of St. Patrick, the fifth-century shepherd who was captured and kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery, only to break free in order to convince thousands of people to convert to Christianity.
Find an illustrated book like "Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland" by Tommy DePaola to share and celebrate the story of St. Patrick with your little ones online. Illustrated books on the topic of St. Patrick can be purchased through major booksellers like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders, or at your local Catholic bookstore.
Enjoy a Parade
The largest St. Patrick's Day parade is celebrated annually in New York City, but St. Patrick's Day parade celebrations across the United States and throughout the world. In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green annually to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Many cities also celebrate the Irish Catholic saint by offering traditional Irish step dancing classes and Irish Celtic music. To plan parade festivities, visit saintpatricksdayparade.com where you will surely find a St. Patrick's Day parade near you.
St. Patrick's Day Crafts
Kids love art projects, and there are many opportunities for making crafts for celebrating St. Patrick's Day at home. Whether you choose to make an Irish Celtic cross, a leprechaun or pot of gold, there are dozens of craft ideas for children to enjoy (and easy-to-make instructions found online at freekidscrafts.com).
Prayer Vigil and Mass
Prayer vigil and Mass are held by the Catholic Church worldwide. Visit catholic.org/maps for a location of a St. Patrick's Day Mass or Prayer Vigil for your family.
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