The Family Zone

The Sixth Sunday of Easter/Issue 7/May 17, 2020

ASCENSION THURSDAY

On Thursday, May 21, we will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. It is a holy day of obligation that takes place exactly 40 days after Easter Sunday. Acts 1:3 tells us: “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” We have enjoyed hearing the Resurrection Gospels of Jesus' appearances to the disciples after the crucifixion and now we observe the day Jesus rose to heaven, leaving the Holy Spirit as His advocate. There are many Ascension traditions in Catholic culture that are ideal for family time. In the article linked below, the author quotes some ideas from Florence Berger, writer of Cooking for Christ. Miss Berger shares ideas for celebrating the day such as having a picnic or backyard campfire and bringing new fruits of the season into your meal! READ MORE: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=458


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MAKING GOSPEL CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR FAMILY on the SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments."

.This Sunday's gospel n be found at: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051720.cfm


Discuss as a family:


Can you name the ten commandments? Which ones?

IF YOUR FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE PDF BELOW.


Do you think about whether or not you are keeping the commandments when you make decisions?

Which commandments are hard to follow?

Is it reassuring to know that God will not abandon us? Do you remind yourself of this when you are afraid?

SACRAMENTAL LIVING

Our Creed teaches us that “Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.” Until he returns, Jesus commissioned his apostles to carry out parts of his ministry, including forgiving sins.

LET US PRAY

May 16-24 is Laudato Si Week. It is the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' historical document that called us to care for our common home and recognize the dignity of all persons. As Laudato Si week is happening during this also historical pandemic, it is a wonderful opportunity for families with older children to reflect using this guide: https://laudatosiweek.org/coronavirus/

Watch Pope Francis invitation for all of us to participate in this crucial week below!


All families are invited to use the prayer card to pray each night of Laudato Si week, for our earth and all its peoples as we continue to heal from the effects of the coronavirus and anticipate new ways of life. Help your child to understand why he or she is praying for other families around the world and why we need to care for our earthly home. The video "Drop by Drop," below, helps kids to understand what life is like for children in other parts of the world.

2020 03.03 Pope Francis invites the Church to celebrate Laudato Si' Week
Drop by Drop Video Book

CATECHESIS CONNECTION

To help you learn the faith at home together!


Forty days after he rose from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven to be with the Father. He left the disciples with the Great Commission and promised his Church an advocate.

Supporting the Foundation

Time for you:

Parents, do you need a little extra peace in your life to nourish you, quiet your mind and calm your nerves?


Here are some online ways to nurture yourself with prayer time at your convenience.


1. https://www.sacredspace.ie/covid-19-isolation-retreat


2.https://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2020/03/14/examen-covid-19/


3. https://pray-as-you-go.org/player/prayer%20tools/walkingguidemalevoice

Prayer of Examen | Full Film

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

This week we are preparing for the Ascension of Jesus. The Ascension of Jesus takes place 40 days after his resurrection. Jesus ascends, or rises up, from Earth to Heaven to be “seated at the right hand of God the Father.” For this week’s recipe, to highlight the rising of Jesus, make a loaf of bread with your family! Instructions and ingredients are included in the link: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/kids-can-make-homemade-bread-3686283

GET MOVING!

( https://www.730sagestreet.com/spell-your-name-workout/ )

This week, use the graphic below to spell some words and GET MOVING! Each day of this week, exercise to a different word! You may want to spell out the word first and keep it in front of you! Day 1 start with your first and last name! Complete the exercise that corresponds with each letter of your name!

In the next few days try some other words or phrases: ASCENSION THURSDAY, JESUS TO HEAVEN, TWELVE DISCIPLES, RIGHT HAND OF GOD,

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CREATE!

After Jesus had ascended, his disciples were left on earth to continue his teachings. Jesus said in John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you”. A common image is Jesus rising into the clouds with his arms open, speaking to his disciples. Reflect on, then recreate this image with supplies that you have at home.

LINKS FOR FURTHER LEARNING, FAITH AND FUN

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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