Flat Francis Project
Flat Francis came to St. Philip the Apostle Parish! The Chicago-based Catholic Extension built excitement and support for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States by creating Flat Francis. The project took inspiration from the “Flat Stanley Project,” which centers on a paper cutout of Flat Stanley, a cartoon drawing based on books of the same name, being photographed with people in numerous location. The second grade students from St. Philip the Apostle School and the Religious Education Program participated in this project as part of their First Eucharist preparation. They took Flat Francis with them to Mass on Sundays, to any Sacramental experiences (Baptisms, Confirmations, Weddings) they attended, to sporting events, on vacation, and to family gatherings as well. They jotted down their experiences with Flat Francis in a journal, and at the end of the year created a poster with pictures and descriptions of some of their favorite memories with Flat Francis. These posters were displayed at their First Communion liturgies on May 7. Below are some pictures of Flat Francis adventures and examples of some posters.