World Traveler!

Posted July 13, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
Categories: Uncategorized

Wow, Flat Father Jim is really getting around, eh?  This time he was spotted with friends of the Pauline family having a wonderful time seeing the sights and bringing the Faith to Vancouver, Canada.

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Vancouver 2

Kids and Catholic Funerals: Why They Should Go, and How to Prepare

Posted July 12, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
Categories: Uncategorized

Someone very dear to Children’s Ministries at the Church of Saint Paul has died and I’d like to offer the excellent advice in this article for all the families who are deciding whether or not to bring their children to the funeral.



Summer adventures in the Faith!

Posted June 13, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
Categories: Uncategorized

Have you been following Flat Father Jim’s summer adventures?  At our May Family Formation meeting, we had supplies for all the kids to color and laminate their own Flat Father along with this challenge:

Bring your faith along on all your summer activities!

Vacation, swimming lessons, road trips, weekends at the cabin, day trips, summer weddings, family visits, camping, soccer games, rainy days at home, Mass at other parishes, summer school, picnics  … the list is endless!

Whatever you do this summer, take Flat Father Jim along as a reminder to bring your faith with you!

Take photos and post them to Instagram, twitter, or Facebook with the #WeGetToGoToMass or email to and we’ll post for you.

Well, the photos have been coming in and we’d like to share a few with you!

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If you’d like to follow the fun, look for the hashtag #WeGetToGoToMass on Instagram and Facebook, and if you’d like to join in you can download your own Flat Father Jim to print.


5 Ways to Have a Super Catholic Summer

Posted May 30, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
Categories: Uncategorized

Do a little planning and have a faith-filled summer for your whole family!  This article from EpicPew fits in well with the summer fun we have going on over here.

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Posted May 28, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
Categories: Uncategorized

It’s so good to be Catholic!  We always have reason to celebrate the love of Christ, and a great way to express that love is through the feasts that are part of the Church calendar.

We are almost always in favor of dessert and can personally attest to the value of food-related celebrations.  (Your kids will remember these lessons forever!)  Check out this post from Catholic Cuisine and make plans for some future tasty lessons!

trinity sundaes

Trinity Sundaes, anyone?

Partners in the Gospel: Holy Heroes

Posted May 24, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
Categories: Sue's Suggestions


Partners in the Gospel

Every now and then something comes to our attention that fits really well with our mission of family catechesis, and we’re glad to share it with you.

Holy Heroes definitely falls into that category with their goal to help you bring the joy of the Faith to your family.  Not only do they produce many original products, they also have a carefully curated selection of other things available for sale.  (We’ve never found one we wouldn’t highly recommend!)

This time, we encourage you to take a look at one of their new ventures: St. Mary’s Messenger magazine.  It’s a quarterly publication for kids aged 7-12.  Kids love to get mail, and a subscription to St. Mary’s Messenger will provide stories, puzzles, and games, and more – all designed to help your child grow in their love of the Catholic Faith.

They sent me a sample copy from last year’s fall/Advent season that includes recipes and other suggestions for celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a St. Andrew’s Christmas Novena bingo game, and details about their penpal program.  (Penpals!)

They’ll be opening up subscriptions again sometime this summer, so I suggest you get on their mailing list to keep up with the latest, and consider subscriptions for godchildren and grandchildren as well.  (Click here and scroll to the bottom to join.)

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And the winner is …

Posted May 23, 2018 by Sue Klejeski
Categories: Uncategorized

COSP parents, if you read to the end of my May announcements email you may have seen this:


A number of you did reply and we have a winner!  Julie Dietz, you can expect your box of Fun Stuff to arrive soon.

Thanks to everyone who has read any of the announcements at any point in the past year.  Putting them in print allows us to use our time together in a better way and it also gives me a forum for connecting you with other great resources in the parish and the diocese (and beyond) that may be of interest to your family.  Email gives you access to them throughout the month rather than requiring you to take notes while I would be giving details, and it’s just easier to follow links anyway.

So, win/win/win and thanks again!


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