Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening

Posted January 14, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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What does God want you to do?  Sometimes God directs you step by step and sometimes He’s asking you to wait and listen.  Father Mike Schmitz expands on the truth that God will never ask you to answer a question that He hasn’t asked you.  Based on what you already know, what direction has God already revealed to you?

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Lesson Notes: The Call of Samuel

Posted January 13, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Call of Samuel

In our January classrooms, we learned about God’s vocational calls and we’re going to expand on that in the Home Lessons this month with some more specific ways these calls can happen.

First is a great Bible story you’ll want your kids to know.  The story of Samuel is that of a kid who audibly heard God’s voice.  What could be more dramatic than that!  In our opinion, the story inspires a dramatic presentation, so we’ve provided you with a set of scripts to act it out.  The way it’s written, we have parts for a narrator, Samuel, Eli, and God.  If you don’t have reading kids in your family yet, gather together some simple costumes and props and read it through while your kids act it out.  Do you have a teen?  Maybe this is a great time to invite him/her to play God.*

The Who Heard God’s Call section on pages 2 and 3 are a great chance for your kids to practice their Bible skills as they look up some of the story references, and be sure to spend some time with the last three questions as you talk about your pastor’s answer to God’s call, as well as your own and the call He makes to each of us.

And finally, God spoke audibly to Samuel, but what are some other ways He makes Himself heard?  There is a really helpful list in the Older Saints activity, which will provide a great jumping off point for family conversation.

 

*Cue little laugh from those of you who currently have a teen.

Have You Logged Your W.O.G. Today?

Posted January 11, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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WOG BB

A cold winter day is a great time to read a Bible story!

 

First Reconciliation Retreat

Posted January 10, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Thanks to all the kids and parents who were able to attend our First Reconciliation retreat last weekend!  Kids got a chance to try out the confessional, review the lessons, practice the steps of confession, pray with their parents, and more.

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This is our second year offering this retreat and we’re hearing great things; mostly that nervous kids are now ready to go, and everyone feels just a little better prepared and more relaxed to experience the joy of the big event!

(It’s also a great time for parents to review all the steps and be ready to celebrate the sacrament for themselves!)

Discernment 101

Posted January 9, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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You’ve probably heard the word, but what is actually involved in discerning your vocation?  Father Mike has some VERY practical advice for discerning a vocation one step at a time. When we discern with this kind of care and commitment, the path God desires for us should become clear.

Have You Seen This?

Posted January 9, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Priest Asks “Alexa” Who Founded the Catholic Church & Gets Amazing Response In Viral Video

How to Promote Vocations in Your Family

Posted January 8, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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This month’s Classroom Lessons (and some of the Home Lessons) are looking at what it means to hear and answer God’s call to a specific vocation, so we’re going to add to all that fun here with some added information for parents.  First up, you’ll find a page in your January packet on how to promote vocations, but it’s so great that we wanted to share it here too. (see below)

familyI do want to make a minor edit, though.  Instead of How to Promote Vocations in Your Family, I think it should be entitled How to Help Your Kids Become Committed Catholic Adults Who Have a Great Relationship With Jesus.  Every idea on the double-sided 10-point-font page is simply a wonderful way to share your faith, strengthen your family life, and encourage your kids to embrace the joy of being Catholic.  (And yes, that will probably lead them to ask and listen to the Lord’s specific call to them.)

  • Let the name of Jesus be part of your family vocabulary
  • Pray with your children
  • Teach Bible stories
  • Bless your children
  • Teach your children how to love the Mass
  • Look for opportunities for service
  • Work on the formation of their character
  •  Fill your family life with beauty and joy
  • And many more ideas!

We hope you’ll spend a few minutes with it and find a few fresh ideas!

How to Promote Vocations in Your Family – Parent Pages.


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