St Catherine, Class Saints and other Feast Days

Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Saint Catherine of Alexandria is believed to have been born of a noble family. She became a Christian around the age of 14 and converted hundreds of people to Christianity. She was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the Emperor Maxentius for refusing to deny her faith. She was condemned to die on a spiked wheel, and when the wheel broke upon her touch, she was beheaded. She became known as St Catherine of the Wheel. The Catherine wheel firework, from which sparks fly off in all directions, took its name from her wheel of martyrdom.

More than 1,100 years following her martyrdom, St Joan of Arc identified St Catherine as one of the saints who appeared to her and counselled her.

We celebrate St Catherine's feast day on 25th November.

Did you know?

St. Catharine's College Cambridge was founded on St Catherine’s Day 1473 and its heraldic shield is the Catherine wheel. An image of St Catherine is captured in stained glass in the chapel and a Catherine wheel forms part of the wrought iron college railings.

Read about the history of Catholic education by clicking here.

Our School Logo

SCS for St Catherine’s School, plus three symbols associated with St Catherine: the Catherine Wheel, a book to symbolise learning, and a martyr’s palm. Our school colour of bright blue is incorporated into the design, being the colour traditionally associated with Our Lady, together with golden yellow, to signify the light of Christ.
Our Class Saints & Feast Days Celebrated
Each class has their own saint:
  • Oak                St. Nicholas
  • Sycamore        St. Valentine
  • Ash                 St. Francis of Assisi
  • Hazel               St. Vincent de Paul
  • Maple              St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero
The feast days of other saints are celebrated and details of these are attached.
St. Vincent De Paul 
Feast Day - 27th September 2021
Class Saint of Ash Class
To celebrate the feast day of St Vincent De Paul, children will learn more about how this wonderful Saint inspires people today to help those in need and put others’ needs before their own.
This resource is produced in partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society, which works to tackle poverty in all its forms by turning concern into action.