In honor of Kateri Tekakwitha! Have fun making a Christian Indian headband.
Ask the kids if they can see the Christian symbolism in the headband!
St. Kateri Tekawitha
Kateri was born in 1656 near the town of Auriesville, New York. She lived with a Mowhak tribe; her father was a Mohawk warrior and her mother was a Christian.
Kateri lived happily with her family, but when Kateri was 4, her parents caught small pox and died. Kateri also caught the illness. She recovered but it left her eyes weak, and her face scarred.
After her parents death, Kateri lived with her two aunts and an uncle, who was the Mohawk chief. In that time period a group of Jesuit priests (The Mohawk\’s called them black robes) came to her village. Although her relatives disapproved, Kateri wanted to become a Christian Kateri was baptized on Easter Sunday, and received her first Holy Communion on Christmas Day. After her conversion, Kateri spent the rest of her life helping the elderly, sick, and the young. Every morning, Kateri would get up early and go to the church and wait for its doors to open at 4:00. Their she stayed until the very last Mass was said.
Kateri died on April 17, 1680 after battling a long illness.At the time of her death, her facial scars from the small pox disappeared.
In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared her the first beatified native American. Her feast day is July 14.
Try making a simple skit with your family and friends. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
(If you watched ours you know ours was NOT fancy!)
It’s only purpose is to allow the kids to have fun, and learn about the faith. (As a bonus kids learn to not fear being in-front of people.)
Have fun and God bless!