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“It gives our family a guide”

June 25, 2014

Thanks to Tisha Frost for featuring Family Formation in her article on Investing in Your Child’s Faith Formation for the Diocese of Winona’s Courier!  Not only are we thrilled to have made an impact on her own family’s faith formation, but we’re glad to be included on such an impressive list of other resources.

What I like best about this program is that it gives our family a guide for sitting and talking about our faith. It seems like that should be a natural thing, but it isn’t. It’s not natural for me to call a “family meeting” to pray or talk about a Saint or what we heard at Mass. But this program has really helped me, and my husband, to do just that.

While this is primarily meant to be a parish based program, families can order the program on their own and follow it in the home. The price might scare you a little bit at first, but I think it’s totally worth it. Each month they mail you a packet of materials. The lessons follow the liturgical calendar. What I like best about this program is that it gives our family a guide for sitting and talking about our faith. It seems like that should be a natural thing, but it isn’t. It’s not natural for me to call a “family meeting” to pray or talk about a Saint or what we heard at Mass. But this program has really helped me, and my husband, to do just that. – See more at: http://dowcourier.org/investing-in-your-childs-faith-formation-p348-168.htm#sthash.UuU9atwO.dpuf
While this is primarily meant to be a parish based program, families can order the program on their own and follow it in the home. The price might scare you a little bit at first, but I think it’s totally worth it. Each month they mail you a packet of materials. The lessons follow the liturgical calendar. What I like best about this program is that it gives our family a guide for sitting and talking about our faith. It seems like that should be a natural thing, but it isn’t. It’s not natural for me to call a “family meeting” to pray or talk about a Saint or what we heard at Mass. But this program has really helped me, and my husband, to do just that. – See more at: http://dowcourier.org/investing-in-your-childs-faith-formation-p348-168.htm#sthash.UuU9atwO.dpuf

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If you know a family or parish that is interested in joining the fun, learn more at our site or by contacting us directly.

 

“Be thankful then …”

June 20, 2014

St. Ephrem wrote this in relation to understanding Scripture, but I think it relates to just about any area of the spiritual life:

Be thankful then for what you have received, and do not be saddened at all that such an abundance still remains.  What you have received and attained is your present share, while what is left will be your heritage.  For what you could not take at one time because of your weakness, you will be able to grasp at another if you only persevere.  So do not foolishly try to drain in one draught what cannot be consumed all at once, and do not cease out of faintheartedness from what you will be able to absorb as time goes on.

 

Join us at the parish picnic on June 29

June 17, 2014
We hope you will join us on Sunday, June 29 at the parish picnic!  Family Formation will be sponsoring lots of fun and games to keep you all busy and help you to meet others in the parish.
4-10 year olds (along with a grown-up to help) can build a wood project at St. Joseph’s Workshop, teens and adults can play volleyball, and everyone can participate in gunny sack races, the W.O.G. beanbag toss, hula hoops, bubbles, wiffle ball, frisbees, and sidewalk chalk art.
The fun starts with a procession installing our new St. Peter and St. Paul statues immediately after 10:30 Mass and then on to a barbecue lunch!  The games will begin soon after.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets for the picnic if you can, and we look forward to seeing you there!
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Prayers for the Family

June 12, 2014

There are two Church events coming up regarding the institution of the family which may merit a little place in your prayer life.  First is an event at the Vatican in October – an Extraordinary Assembly of the  Synod* of Bishops which will examine  “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation”.  For this one the Holy Father is specifically asking for YOUR prayers, that the whole process be guided by the Holy Spirit:

Dear families …

This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task.

 

The second event is a little more than a year away and will be more local.   Philadelphia is host to the upcoming World Meeting of Families on September 22-27, 2015.  The theme is LOVE IS OUR MISSION: THE FAMILY FULLY ALIVE and the goal is to strengthen the bond of family life around the world, especially through the support of the Church.

It’s a huge privilege to be hosting this meeting in America and we expect additional blessings to American families as this topic is sure to be a prominent news story next fall.  Please pray with us, that the Holy Spirit would unleash amazing graces to all who participate, both in person and in spirit!

 

* For more on just what a “synod of bishops” does, click here.

VBS Deadline is THIS SUNDAY

June 11, 2014
Just a reminder that the deadline for registration for 2014′s Vacation Bible School (Aug. 4-8, 2014) is this Sunday (June 15th).
If you haven’t registered yet, you can stop by the parish for print copies or print these forms and turn them into the Office by Sunday, June 15th:
Family Registration Form  (1 per family)
Child Registration Form  (1 per student)
We hope you can join us as we learn “All About Moses” this year!  We have lots of great things planned — and we just need YOU!
Please keep VBS in your prayers.  And don’t forget to turn in your registration and volunteer forms by THIS Sunday (June 15th).

 

Shawn and Jena 
God bless you,
 
 
Shawn & Jena Kolles
VBS Coordinators

Church of Saint Paul Family Formation Registration

June 11, 2014

ReminderRegistration for 2014-2015 Family Formation classes is going on right now and we thank God for every one of you who registers early. Actually, we thank God for ALL of you, but the big summer job of getting everything set up for the fall classes is a lot easier when people register early.  Thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing you all in September!

You can pick up registration materials at the parish office and all registrations are due by July 6.

Distance Parish Registration Reminder

June 10, 2014

Family Formation seems to be in a bit of a growth spurt lately with lots of new parishes either committed to joining the fun or expressing serious interest in starting this fall.  While you are welcome to come on board at any time, there are definitely optimal times to do so, and these are tied to our printing and shipping schedules.

This is just a gentle reminder that your registration will trigger a chain of events which all need to happen before your materials arrive in your mailbox, so the earlier you register, the better.

We offer three options (besides moving to Ham Lake and just joining our program J ), and each has it’s own deadlines:

For Individual FamiliesJuly 25 is the deadline to register to receive the entire year’s worth of lessons beginning with the September Home Lesson.  Please register here.

For Parishes planning to register for the Template-Only option for 2014-15, there is no registration deadline, however, it is to your advantage to register early to allow ample time to prepare the lesson materials.  You may register any time here (choose Option 2).  Links to the September lesson materials will be distributed mid-July.  Knowing the number of families participating is not required to register.  That information will be collected from you in December.

For Parishes planning to register for the Ready-to-Use option: July 25 is the deadline to register to receive the entire year’s worth of lessons beginning with the September Home Lesson.  You need to register only once each year.  Please do so here (choose Option 1).

 

As always, start at our website with your basic questions, but then feel free to call or email any time you need help.

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Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Pentecost Sequence)

June 9, 2014

If you were at Mass at the Church of Saint Paul yesterday, you may be wondering about that additional bit after the second reading.  It was the beautiful Pentecost Sequence- a piece of liturgical poetry that is read or sung as part of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass on some feast days. A Sequence expands on and explains the meaning of the celebration. During the Middle Ages myriads of Sequences were added to the liturgy.  Today, they are a required part of the Mass on Easter and Pentecost and an option for Corpus Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows.*

Due to a variety of circumstances (changing pastors and updates in the music ministry) this is the first year we’ve heard it at COSP so we know it took a number of you by surprise.  For that reason, we wanted to take advantage of the teachable moment and post the text so you could take a closer look at it.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!

Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.

You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;

In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;

Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
Alleluia.

 

* See Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, USCCB, 2007 – paragraphs 165-166

Many thanks to Father Norris and to Bev Green for making sure this beautiful bit of Catholic Tradition was part of our 2014 Pentecost!

Church of Saint Paul First Communicants

June 9, 2014

Dear First Communion Parents,

This is just a reminder that your children are invited to dress up in their First Communion clothes again and join this year’s Corpus Christi procession on Sunday, June 29th immediately following the 10:30 Mass.

Listen to the announcements at the close of Mass for the special directions on when you should leave to join the procession in a special place of honor.

This is a wonderful way to show your love for Jesus, truly Present in the Blessed Sacrament, and newly received by your children at their First Holy Communion.

Pentecost

June 6, 2014

In case your past few weeks have been crazy-busy and you haven’t gotten around to doing the Pentecost Home Lesson yet, this would be the perfect time to do it!

pentecost

Pentecost is the end of our 50-day celebration of Easter and the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to send us an Advocate to be with us forever.  On a most basic level, you’ll want to be sure your family is familiar with the story from the book of Acts.  It’s filled with drama and you’ll hear about the Holy Spirit turning a confused and uncertain group of Christians into bold witnesses for the Faith!

Pentecost is also know as the birth of the Church and any birthday images and traditions you want to bring into this lesson are very appropriate.  It’s also a great time to celebrate with another family – they can help you eat all the cupcakes as you do the activity on pages 9 -11 in the lesson.

If you’d like to carry out the fun even a little further, there are lots of “punny” things you can do with your meal plan.  There are a few suggestions below to get you started.

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