The feast day of Saint Pedro Calungsod is coming up in just a couple days on April 2. Did you know he is the second Filipino person to have been canonized?!
Since one of my goals is to celebrate our heavenly friends more often and I myself am half Filipino, I have a few ideas on how I would like to celebrate Saint Pedro Calungsod’s feast day! Here are my plans on celebrating this special day with my children, books I plan on reading, and how I plan on making it educational at the same time.
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Let’s start with a quick biography of Saint Pedro Calungsod:
Pedro Calungsod was an intelligent teenager who helped the Jesuit missionaries. He was a passionate and faithful catechist of our faith. He was martyred in Guam alongside his companion, Ft. Diego Luis de San Vitores, after baptizing an infant and mother at the age of 17 years old.
You can read more about his life and missionary work at the links below:
- Pedro Calungsod: A 17-year-old Filipino catechist who was killed for his faith
- FEAST OF ST. PEDRO CALUNGSOD
Here is a prayer to Saint Pedro Calungsod:
San Pedro Calungsod student, catechist, young migrant, missionary, faithful friend, martyr, you inspire us by your fidelity in time of adversity; by your courage in teaching the Faith in the midst of hostility; and by your love in shedding your blood for the sake of the Gospel.
Make our prayers your own (pause to mention your intentions) and intercede for us before the throne of Mercy and Grace so that, as we experience the help of Heaven, we may be encouraged to live and proclaim the Gospel here on earth.
Here are our more educational plans for celebrating the feast day:
Learn a little bit about the Philippines
- Find where the Philippines is on a map (specifically the Visayas)
- look up what the nation’s flag looks like
- look up what the language(s) are
Find where Guam is on the map
Cook some traditional Filipino food
- chicken adobo (this recipe also works well in the crockpot; just cook on low for 5 hours on low)
Books to read aloud
- Cora Cooks Pancit
- Filipino Celebrations
- My First Book of Tagalog
- Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories
I also have a prayer card I created of Saint Pedro Calungsod to displayed on our Liturgical command center. I will have it up throughout the month of April. On the prayer card is a picture of Saint Pedro Calungsod, the prayer to him, along with a couple facts about him. You are free to download the prayer card, just click the link below.