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In this month we celebrate the Feast of St Peter and St Paul on 29 June and our activities are based around these two special disciples of Jesus.

Jesus washes St Peter’s feet

St Peter – Peter, the first pope, was a fisherman from Galilee.  Jesus invited Peter to follow him, saying, “I will make you a fisher of men.”  Peter was a simple, hard-working, honest and generous man and he loved Jesus very much.    This great apostle’s name was Simon initially, but Jesus changed it to Peter, which means “rock.”  “You are Peter,” Jesus said, “and on this rock I will build my Church.”

  It was Peter who denied Jesus three times just before he died.  Peter was also with Jesus when he ascended into heaven and he asked Peter to, “Feed my lambs and feed my sheep”.  This meant that Jesus wanted Peter to be the head of his church on earth.  Peter soon realised that he must suffer and die for his love of Jesus and so he went out and told others of the love that Jesus has for us all.

  St Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, was built where it was thought that Peter was buried.

Paul on the road to Damascus

St Paul – Paul also loved Jesus very much even though he never met him.  He started, after Jesus had returned to heaven, by making things very difficult for Jesus’ followers but Jesus appeared to Paul and his heart was changed.

  After this Paul lived most of his life as a missionary telling people of the good news of Jesus.  Paul faced much hardship in his life, but he never stopped

believing in God.  You can read more about Paul in Luke’s Acts of the Apostles beginning at chapter 9.  St Paul preached to the gentiles – those who were not Jews – and his teaching took him all over the world.  Because of Paul’s teaching then we can hear the story of Jesus today.

Colour in our pictures of St Peter and St Paul

I wonder …

  I wonder what was important about Saint Peter and Saint Paul?

 

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I wonder how we remember them?

 

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  I wonder if they can help us today?

 

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