Family Formation Updates

St. Lawrence Church

October 10, 2021

Dear Families,


I hope you're enjoying the warm weather and beautiful foliage (not to mention, the fried cakes, apples and cider from area farms!) that this time of the year in New York State provides.

God's creation is always on spectacular display every fall.


October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The repetition within the Rosary is meant to lead us into contemplative prayer on moments in the life of Mary and Jesus in Scripture. Visit catholicsprouts.com to learn some fun and interesting facts about the rosary. Here's also a great link, familyrosary.org, for resources that help families pray the rosary together. Pray the rosary once a day for protection of our Blessed Mother!


October 7th was the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. Did you know this day was also called the Feast of Our Lady of Victory? Some background on this feast day: The title of Our Lady of Victory dates back to a historic battle between Christian and Muslim forces at Lepanto (Greece) in 1521. The Muslims had invaded much of Spain and were threatening to over run most of Europe and de-Christianize Europe. The threat was real and it all came together at a sea battle at Lepanto.


Realizing the importance of this moment the Pope, Pius V, called upon all Christians to pray the Rosary for the success of this battle. The Christian forces prevailed, Europe was saved for the Christian Faith and the Muslims were pushed back to Africa. In honor of the victory, the Pope declared Mary the Lady of Victory and declared her feast day to be held on October 7, the Feast of the Holy Rosary. Our Lady’s powerful intercession has always been a belief of the Catholic Church. Next to Christ her Son, she pleads our cause with a mother’s heart and concern with whatever we bring her. Confident that Our Lady’s prayers are always heard we pray before each rosary:


O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.


Below are a few updates on our faith formation programs including our Sunday Family Formation, Sacramental Preparation and diocesan Creating a Safe Environment. As always, never hesitate to contact us with any questions!


Prayers for a peaceful October, and, of course, an "All Hallows Eve," in preparation for All Saints Day and Día de los Muertos, November 1st!


Blessings,


Melissa and Debbie

Creating a Safe Environment (CASE) Fall Newsletter

Parents, take a moment to read the fall newsletter from the CASE office at the diocese, which shares great tips on navigating the tricky world of parenting adolescents.

SUNDAY FAMILY FORMATION PROGRAM

Our Sunday Family Formation program is off to a great start! We now have 35 families participating in this program, and we continue to add families each week!


In case you're wondering what this family formation program is all about, read the excerpt below from the founders of Family Formation:


Through our unique catechesis model, Family Formation equips parents to pass on the Catholic Faith to their children, and grow in their faith together as a family.


Family Formation was developed by the Catholic Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota as a fresh approach to the difficulties we experienced with traditional religious education programs that only provided a role for parish workers in a child’s catechesis. As a church, we recognized our ineffectiveness in teaching and forming children if their parents were not involved in the process.


As a result, we developed Family Formation with an adult formation component that teaches and trains parents in the Truths of the Faith, so that they can teach their children. This model provides parents with the tools they need to share the Good News and the beauty of the Catholic Faith with their children and to form them into true disciples of Jesus Christ.


Through engaging, down-to-earth, easy to understand lessons and activities, Family Formation brings parishes and families together to learn their Faith in joy and with excitement. This shared learning experience develops traditions and spills over into families’ everyday lives—incorporating the Catholic Faith becomes a way of life!


Learn more about the history of Family Formation »


We meet again on Sunday, November 7th, 1-2:30pm at church and Deacon Hall.


If you are interested in joining our Sunday Family Formation program (for families whose children are in grades 1-7), contact Debbie at debbie.cichelli@dor.org or call (585)225-7320 for more information. Or, you can download the registration form below and return it with fees to our religious education office, we will get you started immediately! Fees can also be paid online at our parish WeShare link.

Preparation for First Penance Reminders

There's still time to register your son or daughter for preparation classes for the Sacrament of First Penance! Scroll down past the Sacrament of First Holy Communion for a registration form and schedule. PLEASE NOTE: All registrations/fees ($50/child total for both sacraments) are due by November 6th. After November 6th, a late fee of $20 will be added. Thanks so much for your help!


FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 2 AND UP


Baptized children in Grade 2 or higher, who are participating in their second year of Religion, either in a Catholic school or in a parish program, are invited to begin preparation for the Sacrament of First Penance. Please note: due to diocesan guidelines, children are required to receive the Sacrament of First Penance before they can prepare for the Sacrament of First Communion. Below you will find registration information as well as the link to online sign-up for the Sacrament of First Penance/Reconciliation.


The Sacrament of First Penance and Reconciliation, of God’s loving forgiveness, will be celebrated within the season of Advent on the following Saturdays, 2-2:30pm, (choose one): 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18.


Registration for preparation classes for both the Sacrament of First Penance and First Communion is a two-step process.


First, complete the registration form below and return to us with your $50. (Only one form needed to register for both First Penance and First Communion.)This fee covers the cost of materials for both the Sacrament of First Penance and First Communion for each student. Our preparation schedule for First Penance and First Holy Communion is included with this letter, as well. You may pay online at the parish link.


Second, in addition to completing/returning the registration form (below), you must also choose which classes your child/you will be attending this year. Since we have a large number of children receiving the sacraments this year, we are offering two different dates/times for most sessions to accommodate all our families. Sign-up for these dates is available online at two different links. Please visit these links to choose dates/times that are convenient for your families. No need to register all family members online, only the child(ren) preparing for the sacraments.


To choose First Penance classes, visit: https://signup.com/go/isOzRge


Reminder: First Penance Family Retreat- Main Room in Deacon Hall: Sat., 11/6, 9am-Noon OR Sat. 11/13, 9am-Noon

Preparation for First Holy Communion Reminders

Sacrament of First Holy Communion

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion, where children will be invited to the Lord’s table for the first time to receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, will be celebrated in May within the season of Easter, on the following dates/times: Sun., May 1, 8am; Sun., May 1, 10am; Sat., May 7, 4pm; Sat., May 14, 4pm; Sun., May 15, 8am; and Sun., May 16, 10am.


PLEASE NOTE: All registrations/fees ($50/child total for both sacraments) are due by November 6th. After November 6th, a late fee of $20 will be added. Thanks so much for your help!


Parent/child information meetings begin on two dates (choose one): February 1st, 6:30-7pm and February 2nd, 6:30-7pm at Deacon Hall.


Registration for preparation classes for both the Sacrament of First Penance and First Communion is a two-step process.


First, complete the registration form below (only one form needed to register for both First Penance and First Communion) and return to us with your $50 by September 20, 2021. This fee covers the cost of materials for both the Sacrament of First Penance and First Communion for each student. Our preparation schedule for First Penance and First Holy Communion is included with this letter, as well. You may pay online at this link.


Second, in addition to completing/returning the registration form (see below), you must also choose which classes your child/you will be attending this year. Since we have a large number of children receiving the sacraments this year, we are offering two different dates/times for most sessions to accommodate all our families. Sign-up for these dates is available online at two different links. Please visit these links to choose dates/times that are convenient for your families. No need to register all family members online, only the child(ren) preparing for the sacraments.


To choose First Holy Communion classes, visit: https://signup.com/go/vhVVxSQ

Home School

It was so nice to meet our home schoolers on Zoom last month!

This month, we meet the week of 25th for a quick check-in on Zoom to review chapters 2,3 and 4.

See your child's class Zoom time in the attachments below.


Keep up your great work Home Schoolers!

See you in two weeks!