The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Community

presents the

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Festival
November 4, 2012

Lily of the Mohawks

Presented by the CCD Students
under the direction of Mrs. Vivian Fay, CCD Director and the Teachers

Scene One: Birth


Choral reading:
Kateri Tekakwitha was born near what is now Albany, New York.
Her mother was an Algonquin and she was Catholic.
Her father was the Mohawk chief of the Turtle Clan. He was not Catholic.
     "A Child of Three"

Sunshine, the name...her smile the same.
     When she was a child of three.
Deerskin tunic she wore and leggings more,
     When she was a child of three,
Moccasins of hide with beads outside,
     When she was a child of three,
Through the forest she ran...of the Turtle Clan,
     When she was a child of three,
Black braids hung long...she sang a song.
     "I AM A CHILD OF THREE!"

Scene Two: Small pox


Choral reading:
When Kateri was about four years old, a terrible disease called smallpox killed her family.
She lived but the smallpox left her almost blind and with many scars on her body.
She was adopted by her uncle, also a Mohawk, and she was cared for by his family.
She lived in a longhouse, which was a frame built from young trees covered with skins from animals, like deer, bear, or beaver.
     "A Child of Four"

Sunshine, the name,
     Her smile NOT the same,
When she was a child of four,

     She was sad inside,
And wanted to hide,
     When she was a child of four,

Her family gone,
     She did not belong,
When she was a child of four,

     She lost some of her sight,
Her face pitted by blight,
     When she was a child of four,

An orphan was she,
     She lost all her glee,
Shen she was a child of four,

     A cross at her door,
And more in store, "I AM A CHILD OF FOUR!"

Scene Three: Baptism


Choral reading:
Kateri liked listening to the blackrobes, who were Jesuit priests.
They were called black robes because they wore long black robes.
Kateri longed for baptism, but she afraid of her uncle who would be very angry.
At age 18, she asked for religious instructions from the blackrobes.
She wanted to be prepared for Baptism. A year later, she received the sacrement of Baptism.
     Kateri Baptized

The "Great White Feast" had begun,
     The Mohawk choir, the "Credo" sung,
Her head was blessed with sacred oils,
     Satan renounced and all his foils.

Questions were asked on her belief,
     By Father de Lamberville...holy priest,
"Saints, sin and Trinity",
     Answered...correctly by Kateri!

Recited she..."Apostles Creed,"
     Vituous life, promised to heed,
On this day of Resurrection
     Immersion in water for purification.

The choir in glory sang with pride,
     For Christ the Saviour Who had died,
That Kateri's soul from death would rise,
     Words pronounced, "I do baptize!"

Before the birch log font, she knelt,
     Her sould in ecstasy, she felt,
From Paradise her mother smiled,
     Kateri Tekakwitha my baptized child!"

Alleluia echoed high,
     From the Chapel to the sky,
Woodland's birdsong all unfurled
     As angel chorus filled the world!

The lily fragrance swept the aid,
     This Mohawk flower beyond compare,
Kateri born to never fall,
     This Easter lily for children all!

Scene Four: Escape


Choral reading:
After that, Kateri was always in danger. Because of her baptism, her uncle was very angry and treated her harshly.
She fled her village and walked 200 miles to reach a safe Catholic Indian village near Montreal in Canada.
There she vowed never to marry but to devote her life to praying, fasting and helping others.
She lived to the age of 24.
     Flight

No peace of mind had Kateri,
     Harassed and tormented by enemy,
Suffering would soon take its toll,
     A plan must be made to help this soul.

Father de Lamberville gave this much thought,
     A light of wisdom through prayer sought,
"To the Christian village, she must flee,
     The Canada mission to be happy."

Scene Five: First Holy Communion


Choral reading:
A spotless place wither her heart,
     The Holy Eucharist blend,
Kateri and Jesus n'er will part,
     A fire He did send.
His flame will n'er cease to burn,
     In Kateri's soul so bright,
At last, the Host which she did yearn,
     Became her Sacred Light.

Scene Six: Sainthood


Choral reading:
Kateri was declared a Saint on Oct. 21.
She is the first Native American to be canonized by the Catholic Church.
Because of her life of purity, she is called the Lily of the Mohawks.
     Kateri's Death

"Jesus, Mary," last words said,
     Her life-blood ebbed away,
Kater's soul rose...body dead,
     Last breath at three, Wednesday.

When this fragile flower fell,
     Midway in Passiontide,
A GLOW TRANSFIGURING HER FACE DID TELL
     That Christ was a her side.

Kateri died at the age of 24, on Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, 1680, at three in the afternoon.

Shortly after Kateri's death, a granite tombstone was erected over her gravesite which contains the following inscription:

Kateri Tekakwitha
April 17, 1680
Kateri Tekakwitha, the most beautiful flower that bloomed among the Indians.


References
Pflaum Publishing: "Gospel Weeklies"
McCauley, Marlene, Song of Kateri: Princess of the Eucharist. Grace House Publishing
Photos taken by Kelli Fay-Wolfe

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us

Kateri Tekakwitha's last words: "Jesus, I love You"

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