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St. Richard's Middle & High School Religious Ed. Newsletter

Crucifixion and Our Kids

We love the Christmas story - but when it comes down to it, at Easter time we like to skip right to the Easter eggs. We overlook the difficulty in the desert, the suffering of our innocent Jesus and skip straight to the celebration. It is human to want to only remember the good - but our Church isn't only about that. We have a Church so we can remember the journey to our salvation. We have a Church because of what happened in the days before Jesus' death and resurrection.

Why is it important?

Jesus suffering and death brings meaning to the suffering and deaths that we all experience in life. Rather than ask "Why?!" when we experience suffering, it is always good to look to Jesus - Jesus who walked through all of our same human difficulties. He models how to treat others, how/when to pray, what to do when others drive you nuts (get the log out of your own eye). Rather than wonder why we must suffer, look to Jesus to not only help you through your suffering but to model how to suffer rightly.

"Death" is not just the end of a life - it is the end of anything. Finishing a sports season ... selling a house ... the changes our adolescents go through from idolizing their parents to not wanting much to do with them ... Death in essence is change. Jesus prepared his disciples for this death by being honest about what was happening, breaking bread and assuring them of the Father's love. We can do the same for our families. Be open about change, take time for a meal together and always be assured of the Father's love.

How can we talk about this with our kids?

  • This is an awesome opportunity to talk about Jesus' perfection. Jesus was born human AND divine. He was perfect because He did not sin. He was tempted but chose to follow His Father in Heaven. This is why we say He died for our sins - because it was not for reasons of his own failing but ours. (See Bible Quote in the newsletter.)
  • Suffering. Share with your kids a time when you had to suffer and experience a death in some way ... losing a job, losing a loved one, a tough time in your young adulthood, etc. Talk about how Jesus suffered too and that is where we find our strength when we feel alone in our suffering.
  • Rising. Death is not the end of the story. NEW LIFE ALWAYS SPRINGS FORTH. That is our message and our hope. That Jesus showed us how to live, die and live the resurrection - which means to live a life of faith in God and His promises. We all experience our own resurrections in life: a new child, a new perspective, etc. Think about it for your kids: maybe after working REALLY hard they got a better grade in a class or after suffering through practices in sports they had a really good game.
  • Jesus' story is a story of perseverance. Perseverance is one of the best qualities we can instill in our youth if they are going to be hard-working, hope-filled humans.

Be not afraid of the crucifixion and the resurrection.

With love and prayers for you and yours.


Coming Up: Holy Week and Easter

Stations of the Cross, Friday March 18th, 5:30 p.m.. We have been asked to lead Stations this Friday. If you are able to come please participate.

Food Drive - Bring canned food and other non-perishable items to Youth Group March 23rd. We visited the Food Bank yesterday. Spring is their lowest time for donations. Consider this one of your final Lenten sacrifices this year, our goal is 100 lbs of food.

Wednesday - March 23rd - Youth Group - Preparation for Holy Week activities

March 24th - March 26th HOLY WEEK

  • Holy Thursday - Mass at 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday - Mass at 7 p.m. **need youth to serve (see below)
  • Holy Saturday - 8 p.m. vigil mass

March 27th - Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. Mass

Wednesday - March 30th - No Youth Group (Spring Break)

Wednesday - April 6th - Youth Group resumes

Service this Month

Traditionally 6 to 7 youth help unveil and hold the cross during the Good Friday service. If your family can help please contact me. We need at least 6 youth willing to help.

Bring FOOD for the Food Bank on Wednesday March 23rd.

Volunteer Snack Schedule

Please sign-up at Youth Group on Wednesdays, email or text me (406-381-2420) if you'd can bring snack on a Wednesday. We have 15 - 20 people each meeting. Thank you!

Bible Quote of the Month

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. 21 But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

John 3: 16-21

St. Richard's Catholic Youth

A religious education opportunity for middle and high school student to engage their faith and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to encourage youth to have a personal relationship with Jesus, serve those around them through love and become well-rounded members of their faith community.
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With our Bishop after Mass celebrated with 400 high school youth from Montana and the Northwest. (click on the blue title above to watch a slideshow of photos from the weekend)