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What is the Immaculate Conception?

December 6, 2017

Works of Mercy Coloring Book

November 17, 2017


One of nicest things about our job here is working with so many creative people!  One of them, Theresa, a Family Formation DRE from Vermont, wrote a children’s coloring book a few years ago on the Works of Mercy, and her granddaughter illustrated it.  When she saw our upcoming Home Lessons on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, she offered to share it with all of you!

It would be a nice way to extend the lessons and we thank them both for making it available to everyone.

Mercy Coloring Book

I Believe!

November 8, 2017

athanasius_iThe speaker at our November parent meetings focused mainly on the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed, but also mentioned a third, albeit little-used, creed in our Catholic tradition.  So for those of you who are interested in “nerdy theology,” here’s your reminder to look up the Athanasian Creed.

  1. Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith;
  2. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
  3. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
  4. Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance.
  5. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit.
  6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
  7. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.
  8. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated.
  9. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
  10. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.
  11. And yet they are not three eternals but one eternal.
  12. As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensible, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.
  13. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty.
  14. And yet they are not three almighties, but one almighty.
  15. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;
  16. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
  17. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord;
  18. And yet they are not three Lords but one Lord.
  19. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;
  20. So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say; There are three Gods or three Lords.
  21. The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.
  22. The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.
  23. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
  24. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
  25. And in this Trinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less than another.
  26. But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.
  27. So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
  28. He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
  29. Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  30. For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man.
  31. God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man of substance of His mother, born in the world.
  32. Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
  33. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood.
  34. Who, although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ.
  35. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of that manhood into God.
  36. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
  37. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ;
  38. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;
  39. He ascended into heaven, He sits on the right hand of the Father, God, Almighty;
  40. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
  41. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;
  42. and shall give account of their own works.
  43. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
  44. This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully he cannot be saved.

If it helps, apparently in Latin it’s composed of 44 rhythmic lines. 🙂

Partners in the Gospel: Give Him 5

November 6, 2017

Partners in the Gospel

Next in our series of creative ways people find to spread the Gospel, we’re excited to share the work of a ministry that is near and dear to our hearts; Give Him 5.  Michelle gives all credit to the Holy Spirit, but we’re so glad we can benefit from all the ways she cooperates with His inspiration!


Advent candles-2Do you want Advent to be more meaningful this year? Get your kids excited to wait upon the Lord with the Give Him 5 prayer bag. Each bag includes all the tools you need to help your child pray and encourage a friendship with Jesus.

  • The five-minute sand timer is a fun reminder to get started and when it runs out you won’t want to stop praying.
  • The “Begin with FAITH” prayer cards will guide your child through their conversation with Jesus using the FAITH message.
    • F– find a quiet place
    • A– ask Jesus to be with you
    • I – tell Him what is important to you
    • T– thank Him
    • H– ask for His help in your life
  • You’ll also get a Give Him 5 Pocket Cross, a scroll explaining why to pray, and a handy bag to keep it all together.
  • In addition, be sure to use the great audio prompts you can find on their homepage.

Bags are great for ages 4-99 years and you can use the code “Prayer” to receive 15% off your entire order. Contact Michelle for bigger discounts offered for churches, schools, and groups.

Give Him 5 (1)


Well done, parents!

October 10, 2017


Do you subscribe to FlockNote’s email service to read the Catechism in a year?  If so, today you read this:

460. What are the duties of parents toward their children?

Parents, in virtue of their participation in the fatherhood of God, have the first responsibility for the education of their children and they are the first heralds of the faith for them. They have the duty to love and respect their children as persons and as children of God and to provide, as far as is possible, for their physical and spiritual needs. They should select for them a suitable school and help them with prudent counsel in the choice of their profession and their state of life. In particular, they have the mission of educating their children in the Christian faith.

Further reading: CCC 2221-2231

461. How are parents to educate their children in the Christian faith?

Parents do this mainly by example, prayer, family catechesis and participation in the life of the Church.

Further reading: CCC 2252-2253



Well done, Family Formation parents!


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In today’s in-box

October 2, 2017


We were talking about guardian angels this morning and had a question.  Once you die, is your angel assigned to someone else or do they stay with you in heaven?


I think this article is helpful:

The Fathers of the Church speak of this mission when they say that guardian angels are present with the soul at the moment of death, and protect it from the last attacks of demons.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568–1591) taught that at the moment when the soul leaves the body, it is accompanied and consoled by its guardian angel so that the soul can present itself confidently before the Judgment Seat of God. The angel, according to this saint, presents the merits of Christ so that the soul can find support in them at the moment of its particular judgment. Once the Divine Judge has pronounced his sentence, if the soul is sent to purgatory, it will be visited frequently by its guardian, who will comfort and console it, bringing the prayers that have been offered for it, and assuring the soul of its future liberation.

In this way it is understandable that the help and mission of the guardian angel does not end with the death of those the angels protect. This mission continues until the soul reaches union with God.

[…] If the soul decides to enter communion with God, it joins its angel in praising the One and Triune God for all eternity.

UPDATE: You’ll also find lots of great information here including:

  • Does every human being have a guardian angel?
  • Why is every man given a guardian angel?
  • What does the guardian angel do after his charge has died?
  • What about the guardian angels of the damned?
  • Can a guardian angel be assigned to be another human’s guardian?
(Thanks, Deb!)


Football fun

October 1, 2017

rectors bowl

What says “autumn in Minnesota” better than an evening football game?  If you agree, you’ll want to bring your family to the annual Rector’s Bowl game between the St. John Vianney Seminary and the St. Paul Seminary.  It was like going to a St. Paul Saints game only with Vatican flags and lots of priests on the sidelines. And they opened with the Lord’s Prayer. Good Catholic fun!

  • Saturday, October 7 at the University of St. Thomas
  • Free admission and very family friendly.
  • Facebook event page here

Read a little about the history of the event here.

Rector's Bowl 2007

SPSSOD seminarian Allan Paul Eilen dressed as Moses during the 2007 Rectors’ Bowl. (Photo by Mike Ekern ’02)

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