Family Faith News
Holy Family Parish
Sunday, September 20, 2020
September Zoom Meetings
This week begins our September Family Faith Zoom Meetings. Like last month, each session will meet during their scheduled class day and time. We will begin the session together with a family activity based upon this Sunday's Gospel Reading, then Deacon Nelson will lead parents through a parent discussion.
Parents, just a reminder, your participation with your children is greatly appreciated during these family activities to support their learning and engagement in the session. Following the activity, we understand it may be difficult to focus on the parent discussion since your children may not be engaged in this part of the zoom meeting, so Deacon Nelson will structure these discussions to be brief and targeted to our needs. We truly appreciate your support and participation during these difficult times!
Below are the Zoom links beginning on Sunday, September 20. Please join the zoom session for the class that you are registered for. These links will also be sent in an email reminder prior to the session:
Sunday, September 20 at 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Meeting ID: 993 7804 1553
Sunday, September 20 at 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Meeting ID: 985 2442 7352
Wednesday, September 23 at 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Meeting ID: 975 9206 8253
Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Meeting ID: 926 3206 8801
Mass Readings for September 20: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In Matthew's Gospel this weekend, Jesus explains the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard to describe His message of fairness to all: "Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
During Jesus' time, priorities were favored for different groups. For example, religious leaders and rich landowners were often favored as highly regarded compared to groups like the poor, sick, children, and sinners. For the first time, Jesus shows that if we trust and serve God throughout our lives, the reward is eternal life in heaven. Even as sinners, we can be forgiven, and treated the same as others.
In this parable, the Laborers (the workers hired for the day by the Landowner) assumed they would be paid according to how long they worked that day. Specifically, Laborers who worked for an hour would get paid less than Laborers who worked the entire day. On the contrary, Jesus uses this example to show how the Landowner treated each group the same, the group hired earlier and later in the day were all paid the same amount.
This message of fairness resonates in the final line of this Gospel Reading, "Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Activities for Family
Retelling the Parable Through Pictures
Using this link, you can download, print, and create a fun challenge for your child using scenes from this parable.
- Click on the link: https://freebibleimages.org/photos/lumo-workers-vineyard/
- To download the images, click on the button, "Download Image Set" on the right side of the screen.
- Print and cut out the strips of images, with its statements.
- With these strips, try these activities!
- ACTIVITY #1: Cut off the number next to the picture (that will tell the answer in order!) Mix up the strips of pictures. Have your child arrange the strips in order, retelling the story of the Gospel correctly.
- ACTIVITY #2: Separate the image from its statement. Have your child match the picture with the statement associated with the image.
- ACTIVITY #3: NON PRINTING OPTION Click on each image to enlarge the picture. Have your child describe what is happening in each picture and its significance.
As a family, complete and submit this Family Form by Friday, September 25. This form counts towards attendance and participation in our Family Faith Program.
Uplift Video of the Week!
On Tuesday night’s semifinals show on America's Got Talent, the amazing Voices of Our City Choir returned to the stage to put their unique spin on a familiar hit: David Bowie’s 1977 classic “Heroes”.
Voices of Our City Choir was created for people experiencing homelessness, and has now grown to over 225 members. They gather together for lively weekly rehearsals that also include a nutritious lunch and songwriting and guitar workshops. This San Diego-based choir uses donations and money raised from their performances to expand the organization, and they now have a team of case managers, food distribution services, and personal development workshops. Together, the nonprofit has helped over 60 of its choir members move off the streets!
Although this performance did not allow them to move to the AGT Finals Show scheduled for the upcoming week, its powerful and emotional message of everyday heroes among us is truly superior.
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