Weekly word about the Word!

Readings & Reflections for Sunday, October 16th, 2016

What is this!?

Faith formation starts at home and this is a resource for St. E's families. We know that our parishioners have busy lives and we want to provide you with a quick way to open up a conversation about the Sunday readings and some ideas for living our faith. This is in beta testing :), so we welcome your comments and suggestions! Our new Children's Word curriculum is using the text Celebrating the Lectionary. The information provided here is taken from that and reformatted to be more user-friendly and at your fingertips.


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Conversation Questions

In this week's Gospel, God asks us to be trustworthy with things of this earth and things of heaven.


Grades K-2:

  • What are your favorite ways to pray and why?
  • What questions do you have about our family’s prayer traditions?


Grades 3-4:

  • How do each of us pray individually?
  • How do we pray as a family?
  • Prayer is not just talking to God but it is also listening to him. How does God speak to us today?


Grades 5-6:


  • How often do I pray? Do I make time every day for God?

  • How has my prayer changed or helped me to become closer to Jesus as I’ve grown older?

Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist - October 18th

This week we celebrate the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist on October 18. To some, his Gospel is know as “the healing Gospel” because he writes stories of healing that are not found in any other Gospels. Each night this week read one of these stories with your child: the raising of the widow’s son (Luke 7:11–17); the parable of the good Samaritan (10:29–37); the cure of a crippled woman on the Sabbath (13:10–17); the parable of the prodigal son (15:11–32). Discuss what you learn from these stories.

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Prayer During Fall

God of life and love,

you are the source

of all that we have and all that we are.

Thank you for all you have created

and for your abundant blessings.

Make us good stewards of your gifts.


May we broaden our minds

by being open to new discoveries.

May we strengthen our bodies

by staying active and healthy.


May we deepen our hearts

through our prayer to you

and through the love we show to others.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Celebrating the Lectionary® for Primary, Intermediate and Junior High Grades © 2016 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago on August 18, 2015.