Saint Kateri’s feast day is coming up on July 14th! Today I am sharing with you ways to celebrate this special feast day. First here is a quick story about how we decided to name our third daughter Kateri.
We decided to not find out the gender of Kateri during my pregnancy to be surprised at birth. During the pregnancy we had a boy name picked out but never really settled on a girl’s name. During hurricane Sandy, I went into labor and ended up having a sweet beautiful little girl on October 30th, 2012. She was born nine days after the canonization of Saint Kateri, therefore we named her Kateri. I thought it was so neat that she was born nine days like a novena after the canonization of such an inspiring saint.
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A couple of quick facts about Saint Kateri:
- Also known: Lily of the Mohawks
- First native American to have become a Saint
- She was the daughter of a Mohawk chief
- She had smallpox as a child that scarred her face and the disease killed her family
- She converted to Catholicism at 19 and took the name Kateri after Saint Catherine of Sienna
- Because of her faith, she was ostracized by the Mohawk community and ended up living in a Christain community served by Jesuits
- Canonized October 21, 2012
A great way to celebrate feast days is FOOD!
Here are a few food ideas that would be perfect for Saint Kateri. Decorate your table with a bouquet of lilies since Saint Kateri is was also known as Lily of the Mohawks.
- Three sisters stew – this is a traditional Native American dish. We will be trying this recipe
Craft ideas for Saint Kateri’s feast day:
- Make longhouses. The Mohawk people lived in villages of longhouses, which were large wood-frame buildings covered with sheets of elm bark. We will be making longhouses using natural materials we find outside in our yard.
- Cornhusk dolls. These were the type of dolls that Native American children would play with which will make for a fun craft for Saint Kateri’s feast day. Here a couple of websites with cornhusk dolls tutorials; Martha Stewart or Almanac.
- Coloring page. What’s easier than a simple coloring page? Here is a free Saint Kateri coloring page from Super Coloring
- Paper dolls. Magnetic Catholic has a printable Saint Kateri paper doll set.
- Make a Saint Kateri peg doll. My kids absolutely love these. Below is one of ours
Enjoy this printable quote from Saint Kateri.
Saint Kateri had a great devotion to the Eucharist. Visit our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration on July 14th! It’s also a great time because the month of July is devoted to the Precious Blood of Christ.
Here are some books about Saint Kateri
Saint Kateri prayer card
RELATED POST: You can also find Saint Kateri included in the Alphabet Saints Card set!
We are so excited to be celebrating Saint Kateri! I’m especially looking forward to building the longhouses which be sure to check out my Instagram to see how our they turn out. Do you have any special activities, crafts, prayers, etc. for celebrating Saint Kateri?