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The Secret of the Shamrock - Chime Travelers #01

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Catalog Code: 9781616368470

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When Patrick has to work on his church s cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking careof sheep in the rain and mud forever? Find out in "The Secret of the Shamrock."

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St. Patrick is more than just an Irish saint celebrated in March, thanks to Lisa Hendey s delightful telling in "The Secret of the Shamrock." You ll travel through time and across miles: get ready for the fun! Sarah Reinhard, author and blogger,

"The Secret of the Shamrock"willjump-start young imaginations with a kid-friendly, entertaining twist on time travel thatwill inspire readers to leave boredom at the door as they experience the mysteries of the Catholic Church through this amusing new series. Jennifer Willits, co-author of "The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living"

I read aloud the first book of Lisa Hendey's delightful new series to my 3rd grade students. They loved the story. They said the book was Saint-tastic, and they gave it five snaps and Jazz Hands! Barb Gilman, third grade teacher, St. Mary Margaret School, Omaha, Nebraska

Lisa Hendey has always had the ability to inspire and lead other Catholic moms. Now, with the warmth and care of an experienced mother, she demonstrates her ability to offer inspiration to their children, too. Jared Dees, author of"31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator"

The "Chime Travelers" series is sure to delight even as it introduces you to your favorite saints as approachable people. The adventures these books share will make you think, teach you both history and faith, and inspire smiles and chuckles. You won't want to put them down, and you'll definitely want to share them with everyone you know! Sarah Reinhard, author and blogger,

From baptism to confession, catechesis to church history, the smells of incense to the chime of the church bells, Lisa Hendey uses the beautiful, everyday elements of the Catholic faith to bring the "Chime Travelers" stories to life. With engaging dialog and scenes set to transport you back in time with Patrick and Katie, the fullness of Catholicism is taught in a way children can comprehend and are sure never to forget. Allison Gingras, blogger and radio host

Here is a whimsical series that will capture young readers imaginations while feeding their souls.Hendey has created a fantastical adventure series with a conscience that reminds readers of all ages that with God all things are possible. Kate Wicker, author of "Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body"

Imagine if you could travel back in time and meet the saints in person. Through the eyes of the Chime Travelers, Lisa Hendey helps us do just that! She brings them to life in a way that is fun and informative, while encouraging us to live their examples. Fr. Cory Sticha, Pastor, St. Mary s Parish, Malta, Montana

Beautifully written, capturing the readers attention and imagination, this is a wonderful weaving of the lives of saints with those of the characters. The "Chime Travelers" books capture many questions children this age ask about their faith and how can they truly serve God. Carmie Gennock, Catholic school teacher

Hendey s wonderfully imaginative and faith-filled stories will delight young readers, while at the same time deepening their understanding of central Catholic beliefs: the saints, the sacraments, active love for family, friends, and strangers, and active life in a Church community. In the spirit of the parables, Jesus preferred mode of teaching, Hendey s books delightfully achieve two goals at the same time: enchanting our imaginations and deepening our faith. Present-day kids meet centuries-old saints in stories that are at once surprising and compelling. Rev. Lou DelFra, CSC, co-author of "Five Minutes with Christ: Spiritual Nourishment for Busy Teachers" and "Five Minutes with the Saints: More Spiritual Nourishment for Busy Teachers"

Lisa Hendey's "Chime Travelers" series delivers Catholic values in an entertaining fashion that will delight the young and young at heart. This father of five can't wait for the next volume. Pete Socks, The Catholic Book Blogger

Lisa Hendey loves her faith, and that love shines through in this book. Young readers will be entertained without realizing they re also learning a little more what it means to be a Catholic. Rachel Balducci, author, "How Do You Tuck In a Superhero," and co-host of "The Gist"

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St. Patrick

St. Patrick Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/17

Patron Of: Australia, New Zealand, Engineers, Ireland, Snake Bite, Toothache, Archdiocese of Boston, Against Snakes, Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa, Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, Ophidiophobics, Diocese of Portland, Maine, Diocese of Sacramento, California, Archdiocese of New York, Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts, Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, Fear of Snakes, Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Vermont

Also known as

    * Apostle of Ireland
    * Maewyn Succat
    * Patricius
    * Patrizio


    * 17 March


    Kidnapped from the British mainland around age 16, and shipped to Ireland as a slave. Sent to the mountains as a shepherd, he spent his time in the field in prayer. After six years of this life, he had a dream in which he was commanded to return to Britain; seeing it as a sign, he escaped. He studied in several monasteries in Europe. Ordained a priest and then a bishop. Sent by Pope Celestine to evangelize England, then Ireland, during which his chariot driver was Saint Odran, and Saint Jarlath was one of his spiritual students. In 33 years he effectively converted the Ireland. In the Middle Ages Ireland became known as the Land of Saints, and during the Dark Ages its monasteries were the great repositories of learning in Europe, all a consequence of Patrick’s ministry.


    * between 387 and 390 at Scotland as Maewyn Succat


    * between 461 and 464 at Saul, County Down, Ireland of natural causes


    * Pre-Congregation

Name Meaning

    * warlike (Succat – pagan birth name);
    * noble (Patricius – baptismal name)


    * against fear of snakes
    * against ophidiophobia
    * against snake bites
    * against snakes
    * engineers
    * excluded people
    * ophidiophobics
    * Ireland
    * Nigeria
    * Adelaide, Australia, archdiocese of
    * Armagh, Ireland, archdiocese of
    * Auckland, New Zealand, diocese of
    * Ballarat, Australia, diocese of
    * Boston, Massachusetts, archdiocese of
    * Burlington, Vermont, diocese of
    * Cape Town, South Africa, archdiocese of
    * Dromore, Ireland, diocese of
    * Erie, Pennsylvania, diocese of
    * Fort Worth, Texas, diocese of
    * Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, diocese of
    * Kilmore, Ireland, diocese of
    * Melbourne, Australia, archdiocese of
    * Mymensingh, Bangladesh, diocese of
    * New York, New York, archdiocese of
    * Norwich, Connecticut, diocese of
    * Ottawa, Ontario, archdiocese of
    * Peterborough, Ontario, diocese of
    * Poona, India, diocese of
    * Port Elizabeth, South Africa, diocese of
    * Portland, Maine, diocese of
    * Sacramento, California, diocese of
    * Saint John, New Brunswick, diocese of
    * Thunder Bay, Ontario, diocese of
    * Loiza, Puerto Rico


    * baptismal font
    * demons
    * harp
    * bishop driving snakes before him
    * bishop trampling on snakes
    * snakes
    * cross
    * Purgatory
    * serpent
    * shamrock


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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