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Holy Family Parish

Sunday, October 11, 2020

October 7: Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary

As this past Wednesday marks the Feast Day of Our Lady the Rosary, Pope Francis urged Catholics around the world to pray the rosary, especially now amid the "looming threats of the world," including this pandemic.

The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. We remember and honor our Blessed Virgin Mary, giving thanks for her protection that she gives us through her faithfulness and praying the rosary. During this month, we are mindful of this and show our gratitude and love through our own devotion of the rosary.

During these upcoming weeks, take time from your family's busy schedule to pray the rosary together. As Pope Francis reminds us, now is a time where prayer and family moments are most important.

Mass Readings for Sunday, October 11: Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this weekend's Gospel Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus shares another parable to the chief priests and elders to, again, have them and us, reflect on our faithful ways.

In this parable of the Wedding Feast, Jesus reminds us that we are all invited to God's table. To accept the benefits of his salvation, we do have to accept Him in faith. Although we may make excuses at times or push God aside (like the people in the parable), through our actions and acceptance to God, we can pass our blessings onto others and share his love!

Below is a prayer you can say as a family, to follow up on this Gospel message:

Thank you for inviting us into his family

Help us to reach out and invite others

Thank you for clothing us with Christ

Thank you for your love

We love you, God!

In Jesus name, Amen!

Link to Mass Readings for Sunday, October 11

Translated in English and Spanish

The Gospel - Matthew 22:1-10 (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Activities for Family

An Invitation to God's Love!

Children always love going to parties! Balloons, cake, goodie bags - all their favorites! This weekend's Gospel demonstrates how God invites us to be part of his Heavenly family. Similar to an invitation to a party, we need to accept the invitation through our actions and our love.

This week, guide your children to relate the message of the Parable of the Wedding Feast to an invitation from God. To enjoy all aspects of a party, like the balloons, cake, and goodie bags, reinforce that we need to attend the party to be able to participate!

Using paper, crayons/markers, have your children create an invitation to Heaven through God's love. Using the invitation below as a model, include:

To, Date, Where, Time, RSVP

Encourage children to understand that this invitation is always available to us from God, even when we may steer down a different path. Through reflection and prayer, God always invites us back.

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Family Form Week of October 11

As a family, complete and submit this Family Form by Friday, October 16. This form counts towards attendance and participation in our Family Faith Program.

Preparing Our Children for their Sacaments

Holy Family Parish is proud and excited for our children who are preparing and will receive the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion in the upcoming weeks! The link below is a helpful handout for parents to reinforce and teach prayer to their children, especially as they are receiving these holy sacraments.

Whether your children are about the receive these sacraments or not, as parents, it is our role to teach and model prayer to our children.

Resource for Teaching Prayer to Our Children

Translated in English and Spanish

October Family Faith Zoom Meetings

Below are the Zoom links beginning next Sunday, October 18.

During this meeting, we will discuss and share family activities that promote prayer for this month of October's dedication to the Most Holy Rosary. We will also present the new format for registration for Family Faith 2021.

Please join the zoom session for the class that you are registered for. These links will also be sent in an email reminder prior to the session:

Sunday, October 18 at 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Meeting ID: 987 1451 4505

Passcode: 94yN85

Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Meeting ID: 967 2562 1698

Passcode: 1mbTtd

Wednesday, October 21 at 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Meeting ID: 946 7590 6857

Passcode: tEz5a9

Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Meeting ID: 951 9946 4524

Passcode: QD01Hc

Uplift Video of the Week!

Happy Dance!

After acing her job interview, Kayallah Jones broke out into her happy dance - and it was caught on video!

Jones, who had been homeless for two years, was walking out of an interview from a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Not knowing she was on security camera, she was so excited that she stopped in the parking lot and quickly did this happy dance!

When the manager who interviewed Jones saw this video, she called her back immediately. The manager explained, "I called her phone and I said 'I'm going to hire you and I seen your happy dance, so you can continue dancing' and she was just screaming through the phone. It was a beautiful moment for me!".

A local woman's happy dance goes viral

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