Partners in the Gospel: Holy Heroes

Posted May 24, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Partners in the Gospel

Every now and then something comes to our attention that fits really well with our mission of family catechesis, and we’re glad to share it with you.

Holy Heroes definitely falls into that category with their goal to help you bring the joy of the Faith to your family.  Not only do they produce many original products, they also have a carefully curated selection of other things available for sale.  (We’ve never found one we wouldn’t highly recommend!)

This time, we encourage you to take a look at one of their new ventures: St. Mary’s Messenger magazine.  It’s a quarterly publication for kids aged 7-12.  Kids love to get mail, and a subscription to St. Mary’s Messenger will provide stories, puzzles, and games, and more – all designed to help your child grow in their love of the Catholic Faith.

They sent me a sample copy from last year’s fall/Advent season that includes recipes and other suggestions for celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena bingo game, and details about their penpal program.  (Penpals!)

They’ll be opening up subscriptions again sometime this summer, so I suggest you get on their mailing list to keep up with the latest, and consider subscriptions for godchildren and grandchildren as well.  (Click here and scroll to the bottom to join.)

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Summer adventures in the Faith!

Posted June 13, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Have you been following Flat Father Jim’s summer adventures?  At our May Family Formation meeting, we had supplies for all the kids to color and laminate their own Flat Father along with this challenge:

Bring your faith along on all your summer activities!

Vacation, swimming lessons, road trips, weekends at the cabin, day trips, summer weddings, family visits, camping, soccer games, rainy days at home, Mass at other parishes, summer school, picnics  … the list is endless!

Whatever you do this summer, take Flat Father Jim along as a reminder to bring your faith with you!

Take photos and post them to Instagram, twitter, or Facebook with the #WeGetToGoToMass or email to and we’ll post for you.

Well, the photos have been coming in and we’d like to share a few with you!

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If you’d like to follow the fun, look for the hashtag #WeGetToGoToMass on Instagram and Facebook, and if you’d like to join in you can download your own Flat Father Jim to print.


5 Ways to Have a Super Catholic Summer

Posted May 30, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Do a little planning and have a faith-filled summer for your whole family!  This article from EpicPew fits in well with the summer fun we have going on over here.

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Posted May 28, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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It’s so good to be Catholic!  We always have reason to celebrate the love of Christ, and a great way to express that love is through the feasts that are part of the Church calendar.

We are almost always in favor of dessert and can personally attest to the value of food-related celebrations.  (Your kids will remember these lessons forever!)  Check out this post from Catholic Cuisine and make plans for some future tasty lessons!

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Trinity Sundaes, anyone?

And the winner is …

Posted May 23, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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COSP parents, if you read to the end of my May announcements email you may have seen this:


A number of you did reply and we have a winner!  Julie Dietz, you can expect your box of Fun Stuff to arrive soon.

Thanks to everyone who has read any of the announcements at any point in the past year.  Putting them in print allows us to use our time together in a better way and it also gives me a forum for connecting you with other great resources in the parish and the diocese (and beyond) that may be of interest to your family.  Email gives you access to them throughout the month rather than requiring you to take notes while I would be giving details, and it’s just easier to follow links anyway.

So, win/win/win and thanks again!


Spotted on Saturday …

Posted May 22, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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This is newly ordained Deacon Joseph Gifford giving a blessing to Sister Maddie Shogren.  Both are former Family Formation kids from our parish and we’re so proud of both of their generous “yesses” to Jesus, we just had to share the moment!

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If you’d like to learn more about diocesan vocations or Pro Ecclesia Sancta, follow the links.

Lesson Notes: Marian Apparitions

Posted April 28, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Marian Apparitions

Just in time for May – Mary’s month!

Right up front, I want to make a suggestion:  If the topic of the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing around the world at different places and different times in history (including today) is new to you, skip right over to page 2 and start with some background information.

Everything we know about God has come about because He revealed it to us.  These revelations are either categorized as public or private.  Public revelation includes Holy Scriptures and the teachings of the Church (the Deposit of Faith).  Public revelation ended with the death of the last Apostle and there is no possibility for new revelation until Jesus returns for us someday.  Public revelation is there for all Christians to believe and trust.

But, there’s another category, private revelation, which will often involve a vision or a message from an angel, a saint, or the Blessed Virgin Mary.  These happen all the time, but since the message is usually just for one person or a small group, they are typically not officially approved by the church.  Over the centuries, there have been a number of apparitions that have the Vatican’s Seal of Authenticity approval and we’re learning about some of them in this lesson.

You can still be a super-solid Catholic even if you never have a special devotion to any of them, but the messages of approved apparitions are still worthy of our study.  So with that … The Travel Guidebook will lead you through a brief study in three steps so your family can become more familiar with five approved apparitions.

  • TYounger Saints iconhe core of each section is the guidebook entry and the audio link to Mary’s message.  (You have a link address in your Home Lesson packet.)  Start with these pieces no matter how old or young your kids are.
  • If you’d like to go deeper, find the apparition site on your map and color it.  This activity is a great way to get older kids involved since they have probably already developed some map skills and are comfortable with an abstract activity like that.  If you have a globe, you can also find where you are and then point out where the apparition took place.  For younger kids, just saying it happened on “the other side of the world” may be enough.
  • And for review or for those who like playing games, prepare the Mary Memory Game cards to learn the images, locations and the names of the visionaries (those who heard the message).

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