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All Saints

November is a full and colourful month with lots of feasts, occasions and celebrations: both religious and secular

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Opening Activity: Role Models

Provide a list of celebrities or pick up a copy of a Celebrity Magazine on the way and flick through it in front of the young people. Who do people admire? Who do they look up to? Who are they inspired by? Who do people want to be like? Who are people’s role models? What responsibilities are there for people who are role models, who live life in the public eye?

The Saints as role models for following Jesus
Today we celebrate All Saints’ Day. The Saints are people who have allowed God to have his own way with them, who have allowed God to influence and transform their lives. They are examples of what it means to follow Jesus. They are role models for anyone who wants to follow Jesus. We are all in the same family. We are all called to be disciples of Jesus, and to do what God wants us to do. The Saints were and are real people.

It’s not about being famous but about living as God wants.
Some of the saints have become famous: not for the sake of being famous, like some people these days who seek fame. They have become famous because they have tried to live as God wants them to live. But there are lots of other saints too whose names have been lost, or people whose lives are unknown to others. When St Terese of Lisieux died her sister nuns said, ’What can we find to say about Terese?’ And then they found her diaries which revealed some of the amazing things she thought and did, her amazing faith and life she led. We may not be or become famous but we are all called to follow Jesus, like all the saints who have gone before us. They are our brothers and sisters in the Faith. And we thank God for them: whether they are famous or not!
 
Reflection
Who are your role models?
Why do you look up to them?
Do you have a favourite Saint?
What do you like about them?
How do the saints help us to follow Jesus?

Prayer
Lord Jesus,
you invite everyone to follow you.
Thank you for all the saints
who have shown us how to live as you want us to live. Amen.

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A Celebrity Magazine
A List of Celebrities

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