Lesson Notes: Our Catholic Heritage

Posted September 29, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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God is absolute truth, unending goodness, and perfect beauty.  Whenever we see some glimmer of any of these three we are getting a glimpse of God’s glory at work in the world.  Catholics have always known this, and history is filled with examples of people who have devoted their lives to glorifying God by pursuing paths of truth, goodness and beauty.

In a nutshell, this lesson tells us the stories of scientists, artists, builders, teachers, musicians and lots of other people who used their gifts to glorify God, and it teaches us how we can each do the same in our own unique way.  Besides the stories, there are some easy activity suggestions and you may want to dig deeper by linking over to our blog for some “Web Extras.”

Art for October Prayer Tables

Posted September 19, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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liturgical-calendar-cycle-a-ready-to-color-2016-frontThis month’s lesson is on the Liturgical Year, a difficult concept to convey in anything other than a calendar, but there are many, many individual pieces that make up our list of annual celebrations.  One of them is St. Therese’s feast day on October 1.

She’s the patron of lots of things, but it’s her devotion to a child-like faith that may make her a great patron for the children you know.  She liked to think of each of her little good deeds and sacrifices as a flower she was offering to Jesus and it was her goal to make a beautiful garden full of them.  Roses were her favorite flower and are still a signature of her intercession.   “It is her way of whispering to those who need a sign that she has heard, and God is responding.”

I love this depiction of Saint Therese because she looks so natural.  I’m fascinated with Saints who are contemporary enough to have been photographed and this artist captures her face perfectly!  Compare the two to see what I mean.

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Family Formation has the answer for this

Posted September 16, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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Catholic Religious Ed Teacher: I Look at My Students, See Future Ex-Catholics

Religious instruction needs to start in the family, but parents have been too long left unfedweb_teenage_choice_why_girl_shutterstock_lenetstan_c2a9

I heard the same refrain time and again from adult Catholics disconnected from the faith: “Why didn’t I learn any of this when I was growing up?” Many of them were raised, as I was, in what I call the “Era of the Collage,” with lots of cutting and pasting of happy Jesus, but little basic information about the things that sustain you for a lifetime, the beauty of a living, breathing faith. […]

Catechesis must begin by drawing families in, by making them feel welcome, by giving them something more than registration deadlines and weekly envelopes. Only when they feel as though they belong in this Church—to this Church—will they be open to retracing the spiritual steps of their childhood and embracing the path of faith as an adult. When they do that, they will bring their children with them, and faith formation will no longer be seen as a ticket that must be stamped in order to receive a sacrament and then “graduate” from religion, but rather as a first step on a lifelong journey.

Read the full article here and learn about a solution that is proven to work here.

Extravaganza Sneak Peek

Posted September 15, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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Are you coming to our Extravaganza on Saturday or Monday?  Be sure to stop by for a family photo!

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Sneak Peek

Posted September 14, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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Step right up to the Midway for fun games this weekend at our Kick-off Extravaganza!  These trading cards are one of the prizes and are only available this weekend.  Collect them all!

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“My parents were equipped …”

Posted September 13, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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“I was just overwhelmed by how much I have to be grateful for. I just want to say thank you – I guess I’ll start from the beginning. My parents were equipped to teach the children because of Family Formation, and that is huge. I want to thank the parish for that. A lot of creative skill went into all of that.”

Family Formation congratulates Brother Damien Joseph on taking his final vows with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal!  We are so proud of him and grateful for the impact he’s had on our parish!  It’s an honor to have some small part in his vocational story.

The Great Minnesota Get-Together

Posted September 12, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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CHURCH OF SAINT PAUL FAMILY FORMATION:

It’s hard to imagine we can improve on the best State Fair in the country, but we’re going to extend the fun by making it our Extravaganza theme this year.  Join us for a few of your Fair favorites with a Family Formation twist.  Bring your family on your registered day; Saturday, September 17 (9:30 a.m.) or Monday, September 19 (7 p.m.) for our annual Kick-Off Extravaganza!

 


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