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Collect from today’s Mass

April 16, 2014

Collect (KAH-lehkt): Also know as the “Opening Prayer,” a formal prayer, usually addressed to the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit, by which the introductory rites are brought to a close and the assembly is prepared for the Liturgy of the Word.

O God, who willed your Son to submit for our sake to the yoke of the Cross, so that you might drive from us the power of the enemy, grant us, your servants, to attain the grace of the resurrection.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.  

Crucifixion - Tina

Collect from today’s Mass

April 15, 2014

Collect (KAH-lehkt): Also know as the “Opening Prayer,” a formal prayer, usually addressed to the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit, by which the introductory rites are brought to a close and the assembly is prepared for the Liturgy of the Word.

Almighty ever-living God, grant us so to celebrate the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion that we may merit to receive your pardon.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Crucifixion - Tina

 

Collect from today’s Mass

April 14, 2014

Collect (KAH-lehkt): Also know as the “Opening Prayer,” a formal prayer, usually addressed to the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit, by which the introductory rites are brought to a close and the assembly is prepared for the Liturgy of the Word.

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, though in our weakness we fail, we may be revived through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.Crucifixion - Tina

Heart of the Lesson: Triduum and Easter

April 11, 2014

triduum

This lesson is designed to be completed in one sitting in your regular lesson time, but I’d like to propose a slight change.  Since it gives a little overview of each of the days of Triduum and Easter, it would work well to break this lesson up into those four short parts and begin each day with it’s proper bit.  That way, even if you have school or work, or whatever your normal weekly schedule demands, you can still introduce what is going on in the Church for each of these very important days, and thereby begin your family’s day with that Holy focus.

Also, be sure to peek ahead through the lesson.  Some of the activities will require a little preparation.

 

Heart of the Lesson: Adoring Jesus in the Eucharist

April 10, 2014

Eucharist

What we believe about the Eucharist is central to our identity as Catholics, so this topic pops up over and over again in Family Formation – both classroom and home lessons.

You’ll also want to check out the little story on pages 2-3 about Blessed Jacinta Marto, one of the visionaries at Fatima.  Even though she was too young to have yet received Holy Communion, an angel told her about it’s true beauty and she absolutely hungered for it!

It’s a good reminder for us all, but may be of special interest to your younger kids who have also not yet Received.

Leading with beauty

April 10, 2014

Prayer tables for May classrooms.

Fire, doves, and so much beautiful art depicting the Holy Spirit!

Family Formation in the News

April 9, 2014

“We can do all the work— tremendous amounts of work, hours and hours of work— but if it doesn’t seem to be important in the family life, the children don’t really absorb it.  It’s not going to have an effect on their life.”  -Father Jay Buhman, pastor of St. Peter’s in Bellwood, NE

It was that belief which led Fr. Buhman to start searching for a better way to pass on the Faith to his parishioners.  When a family friend mentioned hearing about a program in which the parents were the primary educators in the Faith, he knew it was time to start investigating it further.

“We’ve heard a lot of positives,” Father Buhman said. “We have heard from parents that they are learning right along with their children. That’s what we’re looking for.”

You can read more about how Family Formation is transforming his parish in this article published in the Southern Nebraska Register, from the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.

I would also like to highlight the bit at the end for those of you who are interested in learning more about Family Formation:

Father Buhman recommends the program to parishes of all sizes. For any pastor, CCD instructor, parish council member or parent who is interested in learning more about Family Formation, there will be a day-long informational conference Thursday, May 22 at the Pro-Sanctity Retreat Center in Elkhorn, [Nebraska]. Contact Mary Harper at FamilyFaithConference@gmail.com for details. Information is also available at www.FamilyFormation.net.

It’s almost holy week

April 8, 2014

If you haven’t received the Sacrament of Reconciliation yet this Lent, take a peek at this article on 21 reasons why you should, and specifically why you should confess your sins to a priest.

confession

 

There are lots of times to go coming up on the Church of Saint Paul’s schedule including April 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16.  Several of those are times where multiple priests will be available; you can download the most recent bulletin for details.

April’s Memory Verses

April 6, 2014

memory verseBy now you certainly know the drill, but I just wanted to post a quick reminder that you can find April’s memory verses set to music by clicking the “Memory Verses” link on the sidebar (right side, under the “Pages” list).

 

Out and about

April 4, 2014

or: Field Trips and Awesome Holy Thursday Traditions

First of all from an email I got last Saturday:

We took a great field trip today to expand on the Family Formation lesson on the Eastern Rite Catholic churches. There are four Catholic churches within one block of each other in Minneapolis! We visited them and went to Mass at the Ukrainian one. They kids loved to see all the differences and beauty of each church.
St.Boniface (Roman rite)
Church of All Saints (Roman with Latin Masses)
St.Constantine (Ukrainian Catholic)-Very Beautiful & even has a little museum
St. Maron (Maronite-Lebanese Catholic)

Next, I know of a couple families with wonderful Holy Thursday traditions:

Our family has a great tradition on Holy Thursday with these parishes. After attending Mass (at St. Boniface for us, since that was my mom’s home parish) we walk to each of the parishes for a brief time of adoration. We also include St. Cyril & Methodius since that was my dad’s parish; these days this is a Hispanic parish, as well as Holy Cross (Polish.)

This has gotten harder over the years, since adoration doesn’t continue late into the night anymore. Even as a child we would have to run (literally!) to St. Constantine first because they closed the earliest, but well worth it to see all of the gold! More recently we have taken to driving to each parish, and I would definitely check out each individual website for their adoration times to plan your route.

We haven’t done this since our son started college a few years ago, but it is one of my favorite childhood memories and family traditions.

And finally, this idea from a family who keeps the traditional practice of visiting seven church on Holy Thursday:

We’ve kept it simple  and go with the theme of “stay and watch with me” and just spend a few minutes in adoration at each church praying on the Holy Thursday and Good Friday themes. Obviously it’s easiest to do this in a metro area where lots of churches are close together, and there is some planning required to figure out how late churches will be open. Finally, we’ve added ice cream at McDonalds as an extra and fun incentive if we finish in time to enjoy it before the fast of Good Friday (since at that point Lent is over).

Fr. Rocky on Relevant Radio said that was his family’s tradition and it certainly does provide some extra inspiration. My kids love this every year, and though they are tired when we get home they are always eager to do it again. I’ve been amazed at how many others seem to do this tradition as well when we are out. There always seems to be a steady stream in and out of some churches.

All of these were done with Family Formation aged children and just a little planning!

For more information on these Holy Thursday traditions, go here, here, or here (scroll down to the Customs section).

 

 

 

 


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