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Try it and see!

December 2, 2014

Advent has begun and that means it’s time to open up the next edition of Our Sabbath Scripture Book.  Our Sabbath Scripture Book follows the Pauline family as they prepare for the Sunday Gospel in fun and creative ways.   By using this simple tool, you and your family will learn how to incorporate the Gospel into your daily life by bringing it to an easily understandable level.

To give you a little taste, here is the story for this coming Sunday, the 2nd Sunday in Advent.  (Practical Hint: If your kids have a shorter attention span, it’s okay to just read the Gospel reading.)  Try it with your family and we are fairly confident in predicting that this little bit of preparation will help all of you to get more out of this Sunday’s readings.

Read aloud:         

  • Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
  • 2 Peter 3:8-14
  • Mark 1:1-8

It was a crisp Sunday morning.  The Pauline family looked out their picture window at the snow that had piled up overnight.  It was a huge, white blanket of snow covering everything they could see.  There must have been 14 inches!

“Are we going to be able to make it to Mass today, Dad?” Lucy asked.

“I sure hope we can,” Dad answered.  He looked again at all the snow and wondered to himself if the car could get through.  The streets looked pretty congested and snow-packed.

Mom came back from the kitchen and said, “It looks like we might be stuck.  But I think that we should prepare ourselves for Sunday Mass by reading today’s Scriptures.  We’ll see if the snowplow comes in time to get us to church this morning.  If it does, we will be ready to go!”

The Paulines gathered around the kitchen table, and Dad read from Mark, Chapter l.  The reading told of John the Baptist who foretold the coming of Jesus by quoting the words of Isaiah, a great prophet of the Old Testament.  John spoke loudly, saying, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” (Mark 1:3b)  John went ahead of Jesus, telling people to remove any obstacles that would prevent them from entering into the full life God wants for them.

“Okay now, Kids,” Mr. Pauline said.  “Who can give me an example of how something goes ahead of something else to prepare the way?”

The kids looked around the room.  Nothing was coming to them.  Mom and Dad looked from one blank face to the next.

Just then they heard a sharp, grinding noise.  The noise was growing louder and louder.  It was coming with power and might.  It was the snowplow coming down the street!

Suddenly Vincent’s eyes brightened, and he leaped to his feet.

“That’s it!”  Vincent exclaimed.  “John the Baptist was like the snowplow!  He prepared the way for Jesus, like the snowplow is going ahead of us so we can get to church this morning!”

“Yeah!” said Mary Clare.  “The obstacles have been removed, and the path is now clear for us.”

John said, “I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy Spirit.”  (Mark 1:8)


We just started Cycle B and you can purchase a copy on our website, or by stopping in the Family Formation office any time during regular office hours.

“Do you know how I can get a copy?”

January 28, 2013

Reviews are coming in on Family Formation’s first video production, The Gift of the Eucharist, and people love it!  The reviews below are passed on to us by Deb, who gave the DVD to two others, who then passed it on to their parish DREs (following that?)

I have to confess, I’ve been given so many mediocre to bad movies about Eucharist, I didn’t have much hope for the one you gave to me.  Usually the production value is terrible, the format is hokey and worse than all, the catechetical content is weak, if not erroneous.

I’m thrilled to have been so wrong about the one you gave me. I just finished watching it. The conversations of the kids and the response of the parents is excellent. I LOVE LOVE that the young people in the film are entirely convincing– they believe every word they say.

So, where can I get 4 copies of this great DVD?

Please pass these comments along to [those] who helped produce this film.  [They] deserves thanks for making a film that is short, accessible to families, engaging, inspiring and theologically sound.


I have just (finally) watched the video on the Eucharist from the Church of St. Paul. Do you know how I can get a copy? It is very well done and something that could be used with older children as well as second graders. I love that they used teens to get the message across, and not just adults. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

If you’re interested in seeing more for yourself, you can watch a clip of the DVD here and you can purchase a copy for your parish, a gift, or your own family here.

Thanks, Deb!

The Gift of the Eucharist

December 5, 2012

Click over to our site (or click below) to see a clip of Family Formation’s first-ever video production, The Gift of the Eucharist.

The Gift of the Eucharist from Family Formation on Vimeo.

The project was started this spring to fill a need we saw for a teaching that is both information and entertaining for all ages, and is now all finished and available for sale through our office or online store.  We plan to use it this year as part of our First Sacraments program, but it would also be a nice gift for any child who is preparing to receive his or her First Holy Communion in the spring.  If you’re still looking for a Christmas gift for a godchild, grandchild, or your own children, consider this DVD!

The Gift of the Eucharist

‘Tis the season!

October 23, 2011

Advent will be here before you know it, so it’s time to get this year’s Liturgical Calendar.  Did you know that this is one of the individual pieces you can buy on Family Formation‘s web site?*  Liturgical calendars make a great gift for godchildren or anyone else who wants to keep track of the seasons and Bible readings of the Church.  They’re very reasonably priced and available in three formats: ready-to-color, colored and laminated, and a smaller, tri-fold format.

The main advantage of the uncolored one you get to be artist and student!  Directions for coloring to match the Liturgical Seasons are a part of each calendar and we guarantee you’ll learn as you work.

The back is also filled with great stuff Catholics should know!

The colored and laminated option is durable enough to survive lots of handling as you refer to it throughout the entire year.  It’s a great choice if you have children who are too small for detailed coloring but still want to keep track of the color your priest will be wearing at Mass each Sunday.

And finally, thanks to the requests of people who want the reference material, but did not want to carry our regular 11″x17″ size, we now produce a smaller, tri-fold format that’s just the right size to tuck into your Bible.

*If you happen to be at the Church of Saint Paul during office hours, you can just stop in and buy one.

The Gift of Faith

November 9, 2009

Are you looking for a gift idea for godchildren, nieces and nephews, or those other special children in your life?  Consider a gift that promotes the Faith, gives them a better understanding of the Mass readings, and entertains them each week!

Our Sabbath Scripture Book follows the Pauline family as they prepare for the Sunday Gospel in a fun, creative, and often dramatic way.   By using this simple tool, you and your family will learn how to incorporate the Gospel into your daily life by bringing it to an easily understandable level.

There are three separate books that follow the three cycles of the Liturgical readings, and each book is reusable when that cycle of readings comes around again in three years.  If you’d like to get the book for the cycle that begins with Advent 2009, purchase Cycle C.

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