THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 77/ 1.9.22
The Baptism of the Lord and a Return to Ordinary Time
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
On the Feast of Corpus Christi this June, dioceses around the country will be begin a national Eucharistic Revival. This will give each of us an opportunity to grow in faith, deepen our prayer life and renew our understanding of the beautiful sacrament of the Eucharist. To prepare ourselves, as we journey toward the kickoff, we have added a new column to The Family Zone.
Pope Francis recently shared a teaching on the Eucharist and posed the question: "When we go to Sunday Mass, how do we live it? Are we recognizing the needs of others and seeing the world through the eyes of Jesus? Tolstoy wrote a short story about recognizing God in our midst. In the story, several people in need, come to the door of a man who is expecting a visit from Christ. He serves them and cares for them. In the story we realize that those in need, were indeed Jesus, in disguise. Live the Eucharist this week by opening your eyes to someone in need; it may just be Jesus helping you to understand the mission our baptism calls us to!
Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday's Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the blue button below.
Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message.
- When You Were Baptized by Catherine Maresca
- Jesus Speaks to Me About My Baptism by Angela Burrin
- Water Come Down! : The Day You Were Baptized by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Parenting Article: A mother makes the connection between daily life and liturgical life: Click on the pdf below to read about how a small child made connections to ritual his mother didn't expect!
- Test your knowledge! Download the PDF below to try this Baptism Quiz from Catechist magazine!
- Tell your child the story of his or her Baptism day and encourage them to retell the story in their own words.
- Our Baptism calls us to live out the Mission of Jesus. One of the ways we do this is to follow the message of the Gospel. Though he was not Catholic, Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life encouraging Gospel living. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day later this month, it is a great opportunity to review Catholic Social Teaching with your child. Invite your child to illustrate one of the seven principles! Download the PDF from Catholic Relief Services and the USCCB as an easy teaching tool for kids!
Older children can act out the Rite of Baptism to learn the words. Use this script from Catechist Magazine! https://www.catechist.com/teaching-baptism/
- How has your Godparent helped you to understand Jesus or our faith?
- If we are "claimed for Christ," what does that mean? Does it change the way we behave?
- Water cleans us and quenches our thirst. Why do you think water is used for Baptism?
- At Baptism, we are given a candle that represents the light of Christ. How can you share the light of Christ this week?