Each spring in Mrs. Papp's 3rd grade, the saints come alive. Students, as part of the St John School third grade religion curriculum, learn what the Catholic faith teaches about the saints. The old saying goes, “Imitation is the sincerest form of praise.” The Catholic Church urges all of us to imitate the saints, and to follow their example of holiness. The practice of adopting patron saints goes back to the building of the first public churches in the Roman Empire, most of which were built over the graves of martyrs.
For "Saints Alive" third graders select and research a saint. They prepare a "script" which details the life of that saint, including what makes that saint special to them personally. They create an altar, which includes pictures and items that help others learn about the saint they have chosen. Lastly, each student dresses up as their chosen saint, and for the day, they speak to all visitors to their altar as if they were in fact that saint.
Saints Alive is truly an SJS tradition. Ask any of our alumni, and they will be able to recall their Saints Alive saint. Not only do students learn about a fundamental teaching of the Catholic Church, but they develop essential research, writing, and public speaking skills.
Saints Alive 2018