7 Simple Ways to Share Your Catholic Faith on Ash Wednesday

Posted February 13, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Just in case someone mentions that there’s a little dirt on your forehead.


Thanks to Marcel at Aggie Catholic!

Wednesday’s “conflict”

Posted February 12, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Posted February 12, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Lesson Notes: Ash Wednesday and Lenten Activities

Ash Wednesday

135px-Purple_flag_waving.svgSometimes the seasonal activities packets are assigned to a specific week, and sometimes they’re just a bonus in with the rest of your month’s lesson packet.  This is your purple flag warning that, despite its place at the end of the Month Outline, you should not wait until the end of this month to pull out this lesson.

In advance, peek through it today or tomorrow and decide which activities are going to be just right for your family this Lent.  Some of them require a little preparation, so plan some time for it.  Some can easily be prepared by your kids – coloring and cutting and building a paper chain.

My Plan For Lenten Growth should be a pre-Wednesday family discussion topic.  There are definitely things you can do (or give up) as a family, and there are other things that you might want to do (or give up) as individuals.

No matter what you decide, planning ahead will give you a strong start!

Consecration Novena, day 8

Posted February 12, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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For Family Formation’s business partners; all print, audio, video, and web production

Dear Lord, You have given us both a missionary mandate and the gifts to carry it out. (CCC 849) Today we ask that You bless all of Family Formation’s business partners, that they may effectively use their particular gifts in the work of evangelization. We ask that a cooperative spirit and our common goals will multiply the work that Family Formation is able to accomplish for Your kingdom. Virgin Most Faithful, please lift up our business partners to your Son that they would be blessed in their work and grow ever closer to Him.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary …Novena, day 8

Consecration Novena, day 7

Posted February 11, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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For distance parishes and families; new families, experienced families, and those considering use of Family Formation

Dear Lord, You have given us the gift of our parishes as places to gather for worship, for passing on the Faith, and for multiplying our charitable efforts. (CCC 2179) At their best, a parish is an extension of the family where we inspire one another on our journey to heaven. Today we pray for all our distance parishes that each would be a model of the earliest Catholic communities (CCC 2178) as they meet to “rouse one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24) Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for them.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary …Novena, day 7

Consecration Novena, day 6

Posted February 10, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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For related groups*; VBS, Soldiers, Handmaidens, Saints’ Yes!, the All Saints’ Party, All In God’s Plan

Dear Lord, from the very beginning, members of the Church devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the sacraments and to prayer. (CCC 1342) Today we pray for all the groups that have grown out of Family Formation and for the fellowship they provide while supporting our mission to help families grow in holiness. Please bless all these groups, their leaders and all who contribute to their success. Mother of Perpetual Help, we ask you to direct these groups and provide the workers they need to continue their missions.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary …Novena, Day 6

*These are some of the groups at the Church of Saint Paul.  No doubt, other parishes have their own children’s ministry groups, and we invite you to pray for yours by name.

Lesson Notes: God’s Covenent with Noah

Posted February 10, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
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Covenant with Noah


This month, we’re focusing on salvation history and some of the Big Splash steps God took to prepare His people for the coming of Jesus.  We’re going to start with taking a closer look at the nature of promises.  When you or I make a promise, no matter how good our intentions, sometimes things just get in the way and prevent us from keeping the promise.  It’s good for us to remember that will NEVER happen with God!  No matter how dire the circumstances, He is always in complete control.


God made a very famous promise as part of Noah’s story,  and that leads us to an activity looking at a lot of other promises we can find in the Bible.  To do this, simply color and assemble the treasure chest, cut apart the scripture promises, and place them inside.  Come up with some routine to pull one out randomly and read it together – mealtime or bedtime (or both) might work well.

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We’ve included a version of Noah’s story in the lesson, but feel free to substitute it with any storybook or picture Bible version you may have. Younger kids especially may appreciate an illustrated version.  It’s also fun with the littlest ones to gather all the animal toys you have and tell the story to your child who is sitting in a box/laundry basket/ark with the menagerie.  Believe me, it leads to lots of imaginative play in the following days. 🙂

Also, if all your kids are younger you may want to sort through the promises ahead of time and only add the ones you like best to the treasure chest.  There are three pages of them, and it’s not likely your youngest kids will still be interested in the project a couple of months later after you’ve used up all the verses we provide.

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If your kids are older and are already familiar with Noah’s story, try challenging them to retell it from memory.  With this age group, it’s quite likely that some of the Promise verses will strike them as particularly meaningful.  When that happens, encourage your kid to keep the verse someplace where they can read it over and over.  (tape it to the bathroom mirror, tuck in into a Bible, copy it onto a larger sheet of paper and decorate it … there are lots of possibilities)

And for everyone, I really, really hope that sometime in your Family Formation career you do the activity on page 6 where your family actually measures out how big the ark was. Scripture gives us pretty specific dimensions, and it’s an impressive visual image.  You’ll need a wide open space, a long tape measure (25+ feet would be best), and some kind of very visible landmark like a parked car or a tree.  Start there and measure 450 feet and you’ll see what I mean.  That was an amazingly big boat!

Right now, in Minnesota, we seem to be on our 10,000th day of sub-zero winter but I think it’s supposed to warm up a little bit soon so your family may be ready for an outdoor activity.  If so, this one is perfect!


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