Many don't realize that St Paul, the "Apostle to the Gentiles" and the most prolific writer of all of Scripture, was actually the most upcoming scholar of Judaism and was the leader of the first persecution against the Catholic Church. It is by his authority that the first Christian is killed, St. Stephen, and he had plans to completely destroy Jesus' new Church, until a blinding light from Heaven put his life on an entirely different course. Today we discuss one of the most important and miraculous turning points for the Church - the conversion of Saul of Tarsus.

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Friday's Reflection


Acts 4:1-12Psalm 118:1-2,4, 22-24,25-27aJohn 21:1-14

Today a common theme in the Gospel of John continues; the failure to recognize Jesus. The disciples have gone out fishing at night and have caught nothing. Once back on shore a man, whom they fail to recognize, questions them “Children, have you caught anything to eat?" Of course, this man is Jesus. Following his direction to cast their nets again, they find that their catch is so large they are unable to pull it ashore. One may ponder, how many times are these disciples going to fail to identify Jesus in their midst?

This is the third time Jesus has appeared to the disciples. Today they begin to recognize him but are fearful to ask, “Who are you?” because they know in their hearts that it is the Christ among them, feeding them.

We should also consider that Jesus refers to them as “Children.” This is not a reference to their physical age but to their relationship to God the Son. We must recall we are all God’s children, even when we fail to see God in our midst.

Perhaps today we ask ourselves, where is the risen Christ present in our life at this moment. Look for him…I guarantee He is there.


Fr. John

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Elementary (Grades 1-4)

See Day 1 for a longer explanation of what to do in Pray & Learn


Find all the prayers here.
    • Mealtime Prayers & Night Time Prayers

    • 5 mins - Praying for Others


The Main Points to Teach Your Child:

    • Who was Saul of Tarsus?

    • Saul persecuted Jesus' first followers & had St. Stephen stoned to death.

    • Saul had a conversion and took the name of Paul. We know him as St. Paul.

    • What Paul do after his conversion?

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A Note from Julie:

Dear Parents,

Like Saul, some times we have obstacles placed in our lives. Saul was suddenly blinded but only to have his eyes wide open to the Lord, to hear Him speak. Saul (aka St. Paul) was one of the most unlikely followers of Jesus. Saul has an extraordinary change of heart, a profound conversion, becoming one of the Lord's most faithful followers. He preaches God's Word throughout many cities at his own personal risk.

This causes me to stop and reflect on my life's obstacles, may they be God's way of calling me? Trying to get my attention?

For God works in strange and wondrous ways!

God bless,

Julie Sheridan

Additional Resources & Activities to do at Home



Middle School (Grades 5-8)

See Day 1 for a longer explanation of what to do in Pray & Learn


Find all the prayers here.
    • Basic Prayers

    • Ten Minutes of Silence

      • Intercessions

      • Thanksgiving

      • Reading the Bible


The Main Points that need to be learned or taught from this lesson

  1. Be able to explain the basic points about

    • Who was Saul of Tarsus

    • His persecution of Jesus' first followers & the killing of St. Stephen

    • His conversion & becoming St. Paul

    • What he did after his conversion

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High School (Grades 9-12)

See Day 1 for a longer explanation of what to do in Pray & Learn


Find a list of all these prayers here.


Have you been following along?


See Day 1 for a longer explanation of what to do in Pray & Learn


  • Basic Prayers

    • A list of all these prayers are here.

For those new to prayer

  • First 10 mins - Talk to God

For those more experienced in prayer


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Watch the faith formation resource video below to learn more about your faith.

"Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'”

- Acts 9:3-4