Saint Gerard Majella, known as “the Mother’s saint”, is the patron saint of expectant mothers. Since October is Respect Life Month who else would be better to learn about than Saint Gerard for October! His feast day is in a couple days, October 16th. You can read all about this amazing saint that every mother should know here. Today I’m sharing some ways to celebrate the feast day of Saint Gerard Majella along with a few printables!
O Great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted Child of the Mother of God: enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love. O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of a crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the Patron and Protector of expectant mothers. Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the lustral waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Color or paint a picture of Saint Gerard. We will be using this coloring page from the Catholic Kid.
Serve God like Saint Gerard:
Saint Gerard served the community, was a gardener, sacristan, porter, cook, carpenter, and tailor. Think of ways your family can serve God like Saint Gerard: altar server, sacristy (D.O.V.E.S.), help clean the chapel, sign up to clean the sacred linens, etc..
St. Gerard was born Muro Lucano (Basilicata region), Italy. Have the kids look up where he’s from on a map. Here is a map of Italy you can print and color.
Make Italian food and have the kids help! You can use any Italian food recipe you like. If you don’t have time to look into an authentic Italian dish, your family’s favorite spaghetti dish is perfectly fine. We will be making homemade meatball and spaghetti.
Pray for the expecting moms you know:
Make a list of the expecting mothers you know and put it up somewhere you and your family will be reminded to pray for them! I have a free printable you can use.
Saint Gerard ornament :
Catholic Inspired has a fun Saint Gerard pro-life ornament.
Here are a couple of saint books that features Saint Gerard:
- Lives of the Saints an Illustrated History for Children
- Book of Saints – Book 2
- Book of Saint for Catholic Children: 96 Illustrated Stories
- Make a spiritual adoption for a baby who is in danger of abortion. Download my free spiritual adoption prayer card.
- Donate to local pregnancy crisis organization (Birthright & Care Net)
- Carve prolife pumpkins!
Enjoy these two free printable Saint Gerard Quotes!
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