THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 104/1.22.23
"The Lord is My Light and My Salvation" (Psalm 27)
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
Similarly, when we participate in the Eucharist, we are transformed! OUR outward characteristics might remain the same, but our substance is changed by the love of Christ and we become more like Christ at work in the world! Live the Eucharist this week by being his hands and feet in all settings!
Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the mint-colored button below.
Sunday Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/012923.cfm
Family Stories: Here are some stories about transformation!
Bella's Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde
Ada's Violin by Susan Hood
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
YOUNGER CHILDREN can learn more about Jesus' first miracle with these resources from
Ministry-To-Children.com (link below).
Preschool Bible Lesson (John 2:1-11) Jesus Turns Water Into Wine - Ministry-To-Children Bible Lesson Plans for Kids
Being God's son means many things for Jesus, but today we will focus on His ability to do miracles. Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine. Bible Lesson Plans for Kids Preschool Bible Lesson (John 2:1-11) Jesus Turns Water Into Wine
OSV Talks: Conversation with Ela Milewska - Catechesis in Small Moments on Apple Podcasts
While some associate catechesis with formal education, Ela Milewska paints an image of the impact a catechesist has as a witness of faith and a keeper of the memory of God. She invites lay persons to embrace this role not through formal education, but rather, through small moments in everyday life....
Looking for a cozy family movie night?
What is a Miracle?
My friend, June Hill, was attempting to explain to her students what a miracle is. In an effort to demonstrate a miracle, she performed this magic trick. At the end, she explained that what she had done was a simple magic trick. She showed them how she had done it.
Object lesson on the power of Jesus and how He can do the impossible! - Better Bible Teachers
You know what really keeps kids attention? Lame object lessons!!!! That was sarcasm... In my curriculum series called "That's Amazing!" we talk about 5 of the miracles Jesus performed while He was here on earth. In each one of the 5 lessons I include a different object lesson to help...
Water Into Wine
Red food coloring OR red colored powered drink mix (such as Kool-aid or Welch's) 2 clear glasses Pitcher of water PREP: You need to do one of the following before class starts If you use food coloring, just put a couple of drops in the very bottom of one of the glasses and allow it to dry If you use the drink mix, pour some of it into the bottom of one of the glasses Put the glasses on a darkish tray of some kind, preferably one with a small lip that hides the very bottom of the glasses.
The cards could also be used to play a Draw and Guess game!
**You will need a Bible or can search the passages on the web!
An average of 25,000 people gather daily in the tiny town of Lourdes, France to be healed. The once quiet village is the place where St. Bernadette saw visions of the Virgin Mary and the site, now surrounded by churches and chapels, remains there for people to seek healing from the waters of Lourdes. Each day, a procession in honor of Mary takes place at 9 PM. Thousands, many ill, walk 90 minutes praying and singing by candlelight to receive a blessing from a priest, hoping to be its 71st miracle to date. Prayer can be a strong force against our suffering and an important part of living well: physically, mentally, and spiritually.
"Your child’s feelings are separate from you, so allow them to have those feelings without futurizing and personalizing and getting entangled with your child. Don’t let your own anxiety about your child interfere with your child. Listen without criticism. Stand next to your child, not joined to them. Only then will they stop being compelled to use their energy to fight you or defend themselves from your criticism.
With your acceptance, your child will be free to begin thinking about how they want to change and grow."
To read the full article, visit https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/negative-children-how-to-deal-with-a-complaining-child-or-teen/
WORD OF THE WEEK!
To learn more about Eucharistic or Blood Miracles, you may want to read Heavenly Hosts. Learn more about the book in the short video below!
- Who does God want me to be?
- Could my attitude about something use changing?
- Am I happy with the way I respond to my friends? my parents? my siblings?
- What do I like best about new parts of my personality?
- How am I growing and changing?
- Am I sad about any changes in me or my life?
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