Blessed Peter To Rot

Blessed Peter To Rot, 1912–1945
Feast Day: July 17

Blessed Peter To Rot was born on the island of Papua, New Guinea. His parents were among the region’s first Catholics. Peter went to Saint Paul’s Mission School to become a catechist. Soon, he was a recognized leader and was assigned to the mission in his own village. When the Japanese invaded the island, they forbade Christian worship and all religious gatherings. Blessed Peter was faithful to the Church, even though he was often punished. Finally, he was arrested for practicing his faith. He was put in prison, but he continued to be faithful to God even though he knew he would die because of it.

Discuss: How can you show your faithfulness to God today?

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians
Multiple Intelligences: Visual/Spatial

Like Blessed Peter To Rot, Saint Paul remained faithful despite being punished and imprisoned. Paul wrote the Letter to the Philippians while he was in prison. Yet, the letter is full of joy and hope.

  • Read aloud Philippians 4:4-7 to the group.
  • Write Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4 on the board.
  • Invite children to make holy cards or bookmarks to remind them to remain faithful.