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Lesson Notes: Prayer

December 10, 2016


Every cycle we have a full lesson that focuses on prayer and this time ’round we’re doing an overview of lots of different ways to pray.

We start with the model for prayer: the one Jesus gave us.  But, as we read in the Catechism, “ Jesus does not give us a formula to repeat mechanically.” Through it, the Holy Spirit is actually teaching us how to pray.  Consider the various parts: we’re adoring God, we’re asking for His help, we’re repenting, and we’re showing our reliance on Him for everything.  That’s a lot packed into a few sentences!

So when we apply this to our own prayer time, it helps us to find some balance.  Broken down, prayer can typically be  in one of these categories, and ALL of them should be part of your daily prayer time:

  • Adoration: telling God “I love You!”
  • Thanksgiving: telling God, “Thank you.”
  • Repentance: telling God, “I’m sorry.”
  • Petition: asking God, “Please.”

We’re typically really good at asking, but not so great at the other parts, so it’s important for parents to model this balance during family prayer times.  With just a little practice, moving through this sequence will become second nature.

Not only does this lesson cover “how”, but the prayer tree activity covers “when” and “where”.   And don’t miss the Pauline family’s practical advice on dealing with distraction when we’re trying to pray.  We know that will be the most important part of the lesson for some of you!


Celebrating the Liturgical Year

December 9, 2016

our-lady-of-guadulupeOur super-easy-suggestion for today’s Feast of St. Juan Diego (Also applicable on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12):

Listen to Family Formation’s story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Bonus points if you do it over a dinner of your family’s favorite Mexican food.  (Yes, that could be takeout from Taco Bell.)


Yes, it really is that easy to bring the Church year into your family life.

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8, 2016


The Immaculte Conception Explained

December 7, 2016

Pageant Pics

December 6, 2016

We thought those of you from our parish might like to see of few of our Christmas Pageant Pics.

And many thanks to the organizers, to all the older kids who put in the extra practice time, and to everyone at Saturday and Monday’s Family Formation for participating!

All generations await Him eagerly

December 5, 2016


“Blessing one’s child is a prayer”

December 3, 2016

Pope Francis had a special message for parents today, as he encouraged them to pray for their children by blessing them at the beginning and end of the day.


Read the rest here.

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