Saint Peter, First Century
Saint Peter was a fisherman with his brother Saint Andrew. Later, he was the leader of Jesus’ followers. He knew that Jesus was the Son of God. But he also knew Jesus was a man. He ate with Jesus. He prayed with Jesus. He walked and talked with Jesus. He even went to parties with Jesus! Saint Peter knew that Jesus got tired and hungry. He knew when Jesus was happy and sad. But most of all, he knew that Jesus loved everyone. After Jesus died, Saint Peter told many people about Jesus. He is considered to be the first Pope.
Saint Peter was from Bethsaida, near Lake Tiberias. His brother Andrew introduced him to Jesus. Peter was at Jesus’ side during the Transfiguration, the raising of Jairus’s daughter, and the agony of the Garden of Gethsemane. He was the first Apostle to perform miracles in the name of the Lord.
Peter is the patron Saint of fishermen, shipwrights, and the Papacy. He was first called Simon. Jesus changed his name to Peter, which means “rock.” Peter was crucified and buried on Vatican hill, which is where Popes lead the Church from today.
Discuss: What do you think Jesus might have done for fun?
Explain to the child that Saint Peter, the first Pope, was first a fisherman when he met Jesus. Later, Jesus teaches us to be fishers of men. This means that we want to tell all people about Jesus’ love.