Family Faith News
Holy Family Parish
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Family Faith 2022: Things to Know!
Thank you, parents, for your participation in our Family Faith Program! We welcome pictures of your children's projects and family engagement. In addition, we appreciate you taking the time to use the resources in this weekly Family Faith Newsletter to teach your children more about the Gospel, and discuss and submit the Family Form questions.
Please note the following regarding weekly participation in our Family Faith Program:
- Weekly Family Forms are included as a link in every weekly newsletter. These forms are one way to account for weekly participation and attendance in our program.
- Crafts created through the Activities for Family section is another way we can note your child's weekly participation and attendance in Family Faith. This section includes fun, crafty, hands-on activities (no computer print outs or screens required!) that focus and reinforce the weekly message. Feel free to email us a photo of one of the crafts that your children create! We will feature their work in our next Family Faith Newsletter and note their participation! Send photos to email@example.com. Please include your child's name (as you would want it to appear in the newsletter) and session your child is registered in Family Faith. When I receive your photo, I will always send a reply email confirming that I received it.
As a Family Faith Program, we do account for monthly and weekly participation in our program. This counts toward completion of a Family Faith year, especially when children are in preparation for a sacrament. Participation includes:
- MONTHLY: Attendance at our Monthly Zoom Meetings
- WEEKLY: Completion of Weekly Family Forms and/or sending a picture of your child's Activities for Family craft.
We love seeing your children's amazing and detailed work showing our faith in either their crafts or explaining their work in the weekly Family Forms! Thank you for sharing with us!
Mass Readings for Sunday, February 13: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this weekend's Gospel, Luke describes the story of how Jesus gives us the Beatitudes. Known as the Sermon on the Plain (which parallels Matthew's Gospel: Sermon on the Mount), the Beatitudes reflect the values and ideals of Christian Life. It is a pledge to be detached from all that is not of God and that one’s life be guided by what is conducive to the service of God.
Each of the Beatitudes describes a human condition (poverty/riches; hunger/fullness; sorrow/laughter; and defamation/commendation) from which we would want to move along, yet Jesus proclaims them as states of blessings. Jesus upturns the values we would normally consider desirable and makes us realize that we are not living simply to be happy in this life, but we should ask ourselves the deeper value of our ways of life in the light of what we can bring with us to eternal life.
Through these Beatitutes, Jesus teaches us to store up our treasures in Heaven, not on Earth. We understand that the BEatittudes teach us to...
and BE gentle.
Activities for Family
Celebrating St. Valentine!
As we get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day with hugs, hearts, and chocolates, many people don’t know that St. Valentine’s day is a Catholic feast day. Somehow, that “Saint” gets dropped off of the day most of the time. But we as Catholics can make sure always to keep the “Saint” in “Saint Valentine’s Day”!
As Catholics, we honor saints on their feast days. February 14 is the St. Valentine's Feast Day. St. Valentine lived in the 3rd century. At that time, the Roman Empire was ruled by Claudius II Gothicus. He was nicknamed Claudius the cruel because of his harsh leadership, and his tendency for getting into frequent wars. One day he realized that young men were not enlisting in the army as they wanted a life of peace- living with wife and kids. The emperor got angry and banned any further marriage to happen in his kingdom. But there was a kind priest, St. Valentine, who took notice of the pains of young men and women in love, and he helped them to get married. Below are facts about St. Valentine:
- Feast day February 14
- Bishop of Terini, Italy-Imprisoned for secretly marrying soldiers that wanted to be wed at a time that soldiers were not allowed to have wives
- Signed a letter to the jailer’s daughter “from your Valentine”
- Healed his jailer’s daughter of blindness
- Patron Saint of couples, love, and bee keepers
- Symbols: heart, birds, roses
To learn and celebrate St. Valentine, below are 3 activities for children:
- Create and give out St. Valentine "coupons" to family members to show your love!
- Learn step by step how to draw St. Valentine!
- Watch the story of St. Valentine in the video
As a family, complete and submit this Family Form by Friday, February 18. This form counts towards attendance and participation in our Family Faith Program.
Share Your Work!
Snap a Picture & Share Your Crafts With Us!
We welcome pictures of your children's projects and family engagement in Family Faith! Although the completion of this craft activity is not required towards participation, please feel free to email us a photo of the crafts that your children create! We will feature their work in our next Family Faith Newsletter! Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your child's name (as you would want it to appear in the newsletter) and session your child is registered in Family Faith.
Marco's Fisher of Men Craft
Jasmine's Fisher of Men Craft
Jasmine Garcia Alonso
Silvana (& her assistant!) Scrolls of Truth
Guadalupe & Henry's Scrolls of Truth
Guadalupe and Henry Oliver
Joseph's Scrolls of Truth
Kevin & Justin's Scrolls of Truth
Kevin Vidal and Justin Esteban
Uplift Video of the Week!
The Countdown to Super Bowl!
Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase and the magical Cincinnati Bengals take on Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald and the formidable Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56!
This is the Bengals' first Super Bowl appearance since 1988, when they lost to the 49ers, 20-16. The Rams, on the other hand, are making their fifth Super Bowl appearance, and their second in the last four years. Get ready for a battle for the ages, in that this is the first time these teams have met in a championship!
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