Austin, Texas, October 3, 2013 – October brings many faith-filled activities to the campus of St. Theresa Catholic School commemorating religious persons whose lives are great examples of virtue, and prayer and love. The school also joins Catholic children throughout the world in a special children’s hour of prayer during this month.
St. Theresa of Lisieux Feast Day
In honor of their patron saint, St. Theresa of Lisieux, the community.of elementary and middle school students, teachers and parents prayed a Novena, nine days of prayer with special intentions for each day, leading up to the saint’s feast day on October 1st.
St. Theresa, a contemplative Carmelite nun who lived in the late 1800’s, was known for her “Little Way”, in which she did small things with great love during her short life of 24 years.
St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day
Celebrating the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th, is a school favorite. Children and parents bring their beloved pets for the “Blessings of the Animals” in which Father Wade Russell, associate pastor of St. Theresa, sprinkles them with holy water.
St. Francis founded the Franciscan religious order in the early 1200’s. Though he was born wealthy, he devoted himself to a life of poverty. St. Francis is also commonly known for his love of animals; he loved God and all His creatures, great and small.
Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour
On October 4th, St. Theresa’s school children joined other children in over 140 countries in praising Jesus in the Eucharist, the body of Christ. This 11th annual celebration is one for spiritual unity of these children in the Body of Christ.
To learn more about St. Theresa Catholic School, visit: http://www.st-theresa.org.