Flat Father Jim Wrapup

Posted September 20, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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School is begun, our kickoff meetings are over, and the weather is finally cooling down quite a bit, so I guess I can’t put it off any longer … summer is over.  Before we’re done though, we want to revisit some of the places you’ve brought Flat Father Jim this summer.

The assignment was to take our Catholic faith along on all our summer activities and it’s been fun to see the ways everyone met that challenge!  Thanks especially to Kyle, Amy, and Steve whose artwork made it all possible, and to all from our parish who played along.  We’re so glad that wherever we go, Jesus travels with us!


Art for October Prayer Tables

Posted September 19, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Postmodern man might scoff at truth and goodness, but he’s still enthralled by beauty, says prominent theologian and evangelist Father Robert Barron.  Beauty, then, is the arrowhead of evangelization, the point with which the evangelist pierces the minds and hearts of those he evangelizes.  “Lead with beauty,” Barron said to an audience of Catholic journalists and communications professionals gathered in Denver for the 2013 Catholic Media Conference.

I quote Father (now bishop) Barron here because in many cases the prayer table in a classroom is the point with the greatest potential for beauty.  In the midst of classrooms built for function, whose use for Family Formation is temporary, a prayer table is a creative expression of beauty that can begin as a point of interest and introduction for each month’s topic, and lead to deeper prayer and understanding.

This month’s topic is all about Holy Scripture and I can’t think of a better piece illustrating the inspiration aspect of it all than this one by Guido Reni.

God is the author of Sacred Scripture. “The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.”

“For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the Old and the New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author, and have been handed on as such to the Church herself.”

God inspired the human authors of the sacred books. “To compose the sacred books, God chose certain men who, all the while he employed them in this task, made full use of their own faculties and powers so that, though he acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written, and no more.”  (CCC 105-106)

In this piece, we see Matthew writing down his version of the Gospel for the first time while listening attentively to God’s messenger.  Different artists have tackled this same theme, sometimes picturing the messenger guiding Matthew’s hand or whispering in his ear, but I like this one with the child-like messenger holding up his fingers as if to say, “Remember, [this] happened first and then [that] and next it was […]”  And Matthew, very attentive to this inspiration is recording it all in his own words.  This work instructs and inspires, simply and beautifully.  (Exactly what sacred art should do!)

A few practical details:

  • This piece and thousands of others are available free on the ‘net in a very nice resolution here, at the Web Gallery of Art.
  • A word of warning – while many of their pieces are sacred art, some are not.  In fact, you may find some that you deem to be offensive. For this, and other reasons, Family Formation always recommends that children not be allowed to use the internet without parental supervision.
  • When I find a piece I want to print, I simply double click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version.  Then right click on it, copy, and paste it into a MS Publisher (or Word) document to print.  You can adjust the size a bit bigger without losing resolution and you can always go smaller.
  • From there, I just print and if it’s something I want to use on an easel I’ll spray glue it onto a mat or some kind of card stock.

Lesson Notes: 2 Timothy 3:16

Posted September 18, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Older Saints IconThis lesson teaches that ALL Scripture is inspired by God and is useful equipment for all He wants us to do! The skeptics among you might wonder about the logic of Scripture itself stating that it is inspired by God, so the first part of this lesson outlines the authority of that claim. In a nutshell, Jesus spent a lot of effort to establish the Church. He taught doctrine, established the Sacraments, and set up authority and hierarchy which would allow the Church to endure for all time. Part of this was naming a Pope and giving him the promise of infallibility. When the Pope teaches some truth about faith and morals, the Holy Spirit guarantees that what he teaches is trustworthy and true! So when the Church teaches that “the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach [the] truth …” we can trust that it is, indeed, true!

Younger Saints iconThe next part of this lesson focuses on the idea of equipment. Even your youngest kids will be able to relate to this idea and if your student audience is on the 2nd-grade-and-under side, I’d recommend starting here. Everyone has jobs to do and every job requires some kind of tools. God also gives us jobs AND he promises to provide all sorts of help. One of those greatest helps is found in becoming more familiar with the Bible, and you’ll find practical advice in this lesson for getting started.


  • Doing this lesson is an automatic head’s-up on learning this month’s memory verse so take advantage of the opportunity to help your kids get started on memorizing it! Use the Memory Verse sheets in your Home Lesson packet which can be posted in some convenient place in your house. There are many wonderful reasons to memorize Scripture and, while it may seem a little tedious to adults, children typically have an astounding capacity to memorize, and the things they memorize often stay with them for life.
  • When making the Lamp for your candle, I highly recommend you fold the paper before cutting. Once the windows are cut out, the paper loses just enough of its structural integrity that it’s a bit of a challenge to fold on the lines.
  • You’ll need a small glass jar for each of your kids to decorate.  If you want to buy something, you’re sure to find it at a dollar store.  If not, just keep an eye on your recycling in the upcoming days.  Any small glass jar that will hold a votive candle will be perfect.


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How is this lesson about Jesus?

The key lies in the fact that through Baptism we become co-workers with Christ and are called to do our part to help bring about the kingdom of God.  His Word gives us lots of advice to do this work, but the best “equipment” we could possibly have is a relationship with Him and one of the best ways to establish that relationship is by learning about Him through the Scriptures.


2018-19 Memory Verses

Posted September 11, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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audioIt’s often much easier to memorize things when they’re set to music so, naturally, that’s what we recommend each month for the memory verses.  The link below will get you to our Soundcloud page for all the 2018-19 memory verses.

Listen here.

The treasure of families

Posted August 3, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Where in the world …

Posted July 31, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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It looks like Flat Fr. Jim just got back from a trip out West!   #wegettogotomass


In today’s mail

Posted July 30, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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I wanted to take a minute and just thank you and the entire team there for this amazing program.  It has brought our entire family so much closer in our faith and the lessons are great. 

We ordered the family program last year and it was incredible.  I even started going to adoration once a week so I could use that time to prep and read over the lesson before teaching the kids.

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I’m so so grateful for the impact it’s had on our family.  Thank you again and keep up the great work!

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