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1Celebration Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day – July 14 Catholic Community ChurchJuly , 2011
2Kateri Tekakwitha died at the age of twenty-four 1680Kateri Tekakwitha died at the age of twenty-fouron Wednesday in Holy Week, April 17, 1680around three in the afternoon.Two men passing by her longhouse came in to see this young lady about whom the entire village was proclaiming to be a Saint.What they saw amazed them!Her confessor the Jesuit priestand Kateri’s companions werealso amazed and edified atwhat happened!
3A miraculous event took place just fifteen minutes after her death. 17 April 1680A miraculous event took place just fifteen minutes after her death.Her face marked by smallpox became so beautiful and so fairthat Father Cholonec, her confessor, let out a yell and called othersto see what had happened.It could have been at that momentthat Kateri entered heavenand that she had a preview ofthe glory of her body risenwith Christ.
4in the Mission Church of First burial site atSte-Catherine deLa PrairieCanadaHer body is entombedin the Mission Church ofSt. Francis-Xavierin the Mohawk villageof Kahnawakéon the south bank ofthe St. Lawrence riverIn Québec, Canada.
5After her death, there were so many miracles attributed to her! People in the village of Kanawaké and the surrounding areas used her relics:dirt from around her tomba piece of her robe or mocassinone of the beads from her rosarya lock of her hairand placed it on someone who was ill and asked Kateri for a cure.There were so many curesall documented in the“Jesuit Relations”an historical account of the times written by the Jesuit priestsin the native villages.
6Why has not the Vatican declared Kateri Tekakwitha as Saint Kateri? It has been 331 yearssince her death.So many miracles have been attributed to our Kateri!Why is she not the first Native American to be canonized?Can Rome not hear the tom-tom drums of her followers?
7Canonizaton Prayer Please join us in this prayer O God, who, among the many marvels of Your Gracein the New World,did cause to blossom on the banksof the Mohawk and of the St. Lawrence,the pure and tender Lily, Kateri Tekakwitha,grant we beseech You,the favor we beg through her intercession,that this Young Lover of Jesus and of His Crossmay soon be counted among the Saints of Holy Mother Church,and that our hearts may be enkindled with a stronger desireto imitate her innocence and faith.Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.
8Tekakwitha's deeply religious life Tekakwitha's deeply religious lifebegan in the Mission of La Prairie de la Magdelaineon the south bank of the Saint Lawrence River, Québec.Her devotion to Jesus and Mary became the model in her new community.She receivedHoly Communionon Christmas 1677for the first time.For the next three years,Catherine continuedto pray intensivelyand to carry out extraordinaryacts of penance –acts which weakenedher already frail bodydue to smallpox.
9Tekakwitha’s intense religious life began The BeginningTekakwitha’s intense religious life beganin her village of Ossernenon from birth.She was undoubtedly greatlyinfluenced by her Catholic Algonquin mother during those first four yearsof her life.Her Christian mother could not practiceher religious beliefs openly.Wahwahsekona had most likely, quietlytaught her daughter some of the prayersto Jesus and Mary - Jesos and Wari.What happened after her parentsand baby brother died of smallpox?
10After smallpox devastated the village of After smallpox devastated the village ofOssernenon, her tribe moved acrossthe Mohawk River to a new villageCaughnawaga.There, she could not practice her religious beliefs.Her uncle and aunt, who adopted her, wanted her to be just like all the other young Mohawk girls: learn the arts and crafts of being a wife to a young Mohawk.Tekakwitha wanted none of this.So, she practiced her religion in secret.
11Kateri - Gahdehlee - Iroquois for Catherine. Father Jacques de Lamberville, in 1674, accidentally cameinto her uncle's longhouse seeking information.Tekakwitha had enough strength to ask himif she could learn about his Christian God.On Easter Sunday, April 5, 1676, Tekakwitha was baptized in the Catholic Church, at St. Peter's Mission in Caughnawaga.She was given the name ofKateri - Gahdehlee - Iroquois for Catherine.
12who despised Christians. After her baptism, Kateri Tekakwitha’s life was one of continuous persecution and ridicule by those in her villagewho despised Christians.Kateri practiced her religion without hesitation in the face of almost unbearableopposition and scorn.Her family continued their opposition to her new religion.In the forest,she fashioneda crossin front of whichshe prayed.
13Word was sent to Tekakwitha that she was invited to come there. 1677 – 1680Her mentor Anastasie had left, several years earlier, to go to the Christian village in New France: KahnawakéWord was sent to Tekakwitha that she was invited to come there.With the help of two Christian Indians, she managedto escape her uncle's village to walk and paddle a canoetwo hundred miles on the Mohawk, Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers to the Catholic Mission at LaPrairie in Québec.
14that Kateri entered heaven 1680And this is where Kateri Tekakwitha diedat the age of twenty-four onWednesday in Holy Week 17 April 1680around three in the afternoon..It was at that momentthat Kateri entered heavenand became aSaint
15The painting by Dorothy Spicer depicts all that we know about TekakwithaRosary beadsin handsHoly Spirit - doveabove her headWing of the Holy Spirit connected toJesus on the CrossKateri surroundedby the forest“Sauvage”in French meansPeople of the forestHer escape canoe was made ofbirch barkLilies, symbol of her Mohawk heritageand as aFlower of her maternal ancestrySweetgrass in the foreground andCedar Trees in the background used as smudging - incenseSubdued watercolors are like her personality & her surroundings:the forest & its people
16Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Flower of the Algonquins 2011Blessed Kateri TekakwithaFlower of the AlgonquinsLily of the MohawksPlease pray for usMay Kateri be soon counted among the Saints of our Catholic Church
17Celebration Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day – July 14 Catholic Community ChurchJuly , 2011