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Art for October Prayer Tables

September 19, 2016

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

September 16, 2016


Catholic Religious Ed Teacher: I Look at My Students, See Future Ex-Catholics

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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

September 15, 2016

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

September 14, 2016

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 …”

September 13, 2016

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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

September 12, 2016

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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!

 

What can I do to help my children stay Catholic?

September 11, 2016

The short answer is Teach, Bless, Witness, and Pray, but you’ll want to read the slightly longer version from Fr. Mike Schmitz in this week’s Catholic Spirit.

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