The Family Zone
Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 45/February 7, 2021
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He tells the number of the stars; he calls each by name."
Journeying with St. Joseph
In those days a decree went out from Caesar August that the whole world should be enrolled… and Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
-Luke 2:1, 4-5
One of our first introductions to St. Joseph in the Gospel of Luke is that he went with Mary to Bethlehem. Because Joseph is from the House of David, royal blood flows through his veins. For a Jewish man in his times, having his lineage traced back to David meant Joseph held a particular honor among his peers.
- King of the Shattered Glass by Susan J Bellavance
- Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
- Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
- "Anointing of the Sick is not just for those facing imminent death" by Joyce Duriga
- The Sacraments of Healing in Tough Times: https://www.catholicfidelity.com/sacraments-of-healing-by-tony-tamberino/
- "The Tree of Healing" by Diana Gonzalez Tabbaa
- "The River of Life" by Diana Gonzalez Tabbaa
- Try this crossword puzzle called Jesus Heals: https://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/resource/3650/
- What do you know about the Sacraments of Healing? Make a list of everything you think you know about Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. After you have made your list, check to see what you may have missed by visiting:
- Write about a time when you felt God's healing presence in your life. Ask a parent or grandparent to do the same and then share your stories!
- Create a prayer list of all the ways you are asking for God's healing for yourself, for someone else or for the world and spend some time in prayer!
- Send a letter or card to someone who is in need of healing; let them know you love them and God loves them!
- Do you want to revisit what you learned about the Sacraments as a youth and learn, once again, through your adult lens? Try this podcast episode on the Sacraments of Healing:
Practice the Confiteor that we say during the Penitential Rite at Mass. Use the video below!
- When God binds our wounds, he protects us and loves us! Today, we are going to do a fun experiment that protects a balloon from getting popped by a needle! How is that possible? Read the instructions below and see how well your balloon is protected! https://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/balloon-pop-not/
- Review the Seven Sacraments with this game: https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/sacraments/the-seven-sacraments/sacraments-matching-game/
- When we go to Reconciliation and confess our sins, God forgives us of our sins. We then have a clean heart! Complete this Clean Heart craft and watch the sins you write down disappear!
- Use the idea of "band-aid" art to create a church or a cross. With a sharpie, write one way God can heal us on each band-aid and keep it as a reminder of the healing power of God in our lives! https://www.123homeschool4me.com/band-aid-art_42/
Wonder with St. Joseph
How lucky I am to raise Jesus as my son! I never dreamed he would cure the sick the way he does. Oh, I knew he would be powerful, but imagine teaching a child to speak and then one day his words heal the sick! Imagine having Jesus in your family. That’s how he would want to be welcomed – as one of the family.
Parents – What do you think it would be like to have Jesus as a child in your house? How would you respond when he had to be instructed or corrected?
Children – What kind of games do you think you would play if Jesus was your brother? Do you think you would laugh with him? What would it be like to get in an argument with Jesus?
Next weekend (February 13 & 14) is the Diocesan Public Policy Weekend. Over the last month we have shared posts about the importance of NOURISH NEW YORK – a state program that provides support to both local food produces AND food banks who support those who are food insecure. We cannot let this initiative end!
Learn more and sign the online petition in support of NOURISH NEW YORK at https://www.dor.org/petition/
For more state-wide Catholic action, visit the New York State Catholic Conference’s Catholic Action Network at www.nyscatholic.org/action-center. There you can see all the active alerts and register for updates. You can also sign up for text alerts by texting CAN to 50457.
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