The Family Zone
SUMMER EDITION /Issue 12/ JUNE 21, 2020/Happy Father's Day!
Summer Journey of Faith
SUMMER WITH THE SAINTS
THIS WEEK'S VIRTUE CHALLENGE!
St. John Fisher understood the need for temperance. When King Henry VIII wanted to exercise more control than was his, St. John Fisher counseled temperance for the king.
What Is It?
Restrain or Self Control.
Temperance is said to fight the sin of gluttony or overindulgence.
It is the ability to know when one has enough, and to stop hoarding or consuming.
Live It Out!
Clean out a closet of unneeded clothes and donate them. Don’t replace them.
At meals this week, only take what you will eat.
Limit your screen time if it is taking too much of your time
Before you shop, consider whether you truly need it
Fast on Friday to remind yourself that:
1. You don’t need as much as you think; and 2. Jesus sacrificed for us.
The Gospel Gestures
Before proclaiming the Gospel, a deacon receives a blessing from the priest (and a priest or deacon from a bishop). That blessing is: “May the Lord be in your heart and on your lips, that you may proclaim his Gospel worthily and well.” If the presider is to proclaim the Gospel, he silently prays “Cleanse my heart and my lips, almighty God, that I may worthily proclaim your holy Gospel.” Both are emphasizing the importance of the message we are about to hear.
Right before the priest or deacon proclaims the Gospel, he tells us from which Gospel we will be hearing. At that point, he makes a small sign of the cross on the written word of the Gospel, and then similarly marks his forehead, lips, and chest with crosses. The congregation very often does the same gesture.
Lastly, after the Gospel is proclaimed, the priest or deacon kisses the book, quietly saying, “Through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away.” He is praying for everyone gathered when he says this.
These three gestures show the importance Catholics place on the proclaimed Word of God. We listen to passages of it at Mass so it is not overwhelming and we can get more out of it. In other words, we listen to what we need, practicing temperance.
How can you ask God to be in your mind, on your lips, and in your heart this week?
HEY KIDS! Want to make a treat for dad? Here's a list of 25 ideas you could make to celebrate his big day! https://www.inthekidskitchen.com/holiday-fun/fathers-day-recipes-kids-can-make/
AND, If you are looking for an easy, throw-it-together-in-about-10-minutes-treat to celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist (the only saint who gets to celebrate his birthday liturgically) on June 24 then here is an idea for you. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!
HERE'S A GREAT OBJECT LESSON THAT HELPS KIDS LEARN ABOUT SELF-CONTROL! It's a science experiment, message and discussion all in one!Stop, Pray and Walk Away Science experiment: https://catsinthecradle.blog/2017/05/24/stop-pray-walk-away-object-lesson-on-self-control
Howard B Wigglebottom Learns too Much of a Good Thing is Bad by Susan Cornelison and Howard Binkow. :
This cute little story helps young children to understand what the virtue of temperance means and why it's important to live out that virtue!
The HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien is a great book to explore the theme of self-control. How does the sin of greed drive the characters?