May 4th, in case you didn’t know, is “Star Wars Day,” because “May the fourth” sounds so much like “May the force. . . ,” as in, “May the force be with you,” the iconic catch-phrase from the Star Wars movies. Our resident Catholic pastoral worker and science fiction geek, Jen Schlameuss-Perry, has your guide for how to celebrate—including, of course, a few ways to connect the day to Catholic faith.
By Jen Schlameuss-Perry
May the Fourth be with you! You may be tempted to reply, “And with your spirit” (unless you haven’t been to church in a while…then you’d say, “And also with you.”), but instead reply with some of these fun activities!
- Bake some cupcakes! You can never go wrong with cake. Decorate it with your favorite characters, or make a Death Star or Millennium Falcon. Pinterest has some great Star Wars cupcake ideas. And what goes better with cupcakes than milk? Have some blue milk from Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s moisture farm!
- Have a light saber battle! Are you a Jedi or a Sith? Maybe a little of both (did you see the new trailer?!). If you have paper towel rolls or wrapping paper rolls laying around, they make a great base for a light saber. If you don’t, roll some construction paper. Design your light saber and then battle away! But, be careful—it’s all fun and games till someone disappears leaving only their robes behind.
- Watch this scene from The Empire Strikes Back and discuss the following questions: How does “Do or do not, there is no try” relate to Matthew 5:37? How does faith and believing help us to do difficult, and sometimes seemingly impossible things? What else about this clip reminds you of God and your faith?
- Be a Wookie! Who can do the best Wookie impersonation? What about C3PO?
- Watch this scene from Return of the Jedi. Believe it or not, this clip is a bit like Mass! Mass is a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, and we believe that when we sing the “Holy, Holy”, we’re singing right along with everyone in heaven. The Rebels are celebrating their victory over evil, and who shows up? The people who had sacrificed themselves to save them, and friends who have passed away. The Communion of Saints is our relationship with those who are in heaven and who will ever be in heaven. Jesus said that heaven is like a wedding banquet—this clip is like a little glimpse into heaven.
- Watch the scene from Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader dies. What did he mean when he told Luke that he had saved him? Darth Vader had done some pretty terrible things, including cutting Luke’s hand off. How do you think Luke was able to forgive him? Do you think it was hard for Luke to forgive his father for all the evil he had done? They barely knew each other, but still loved each other very much—why do you think that was?
- Build your favorite location! Do you have Legos? Everybody pick a location or vehicle and build together. Maybe listen to the movie soundtrack while you’re building for inspiration.
And finally, if you really want to geek out in a “committed Catholic/sci-fi fan” kind of way, be sure to wear your “May the Lord be with you” t-shirt! [Get it on Amazon.]