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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Ash Wednesday & Prayers for Ukraine

This past week, the people of Ukraine have endured terrible devastation and fighting as the Russian military began its invasion into the country. With this time of uncertainty and terror falling on the opening week of Lent, Pope Francis commemorated March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine. As the church season of Lent begins, Pope Francis praised practical and spiritual efforts to promote peace, encouraging people to dedicate prayers and fasting to ending the conflict.

Pope Francis also specifically thanked countries for welcoming migrants from the war-torn country. He said, “to support Ukraine, opening your borders and your hearts and the doors to your homes to Ukrainians fleeing war. You are generously offering them all that is necessary to live with dignity despite the dramatic moment.”

During this time of Lent, please keep the families of Ukraine in your hearts and prayers.

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Mass Readings for Sunday, March 6: First Sunday of Lent

During this first weekend of Lent, we hear the story of Jesus overcoming every challenge posed by the devil while He was in the desert. In each situation, Jesus did not engage with the devil’s temptations. He simply quoted the Word of God in scripture. This shows us that God’s Word has power, even over the demons.

Jesus, like Moses before him, retreats into the wilderness where He fasts for forty days (during this time of Lent). Each temptation presented by the devil involves a seizure of power:

  • Power over the elements of creation by turning stones into bread
  • Power over the kingdoms of the world
  • Power to force God's protection in an inappropriate manner.

Jesus was tested in the desert, but also throughout His ministry. Jesus’ experience teaches us that there is nothing wrong with being tempted. It’s how we react to the temptation that matters. During these times of temptations, we can pray the Our Father Prayer, specifically focusing on this phrase:

"lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"

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Bible Story: Jesus is Tempted | Kids on the Move
The Temptation of Jesus

Activities for Family

Jesus Backs Us!

From this weekend's Gospel, we know in times of temptation, God equips us with what we need to stand strong. This crafts celebrates that God’s Word is the best way to fight off harmful urges. With the pop-up picture, this teaches children and reminds us that nothing keeps us down when Jesus backs us!


  • Scissors
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Decorative materials (markers, crayons, stickers)
  • Cross (popsicle sticks together or foam/wood)
  • Paper plate
  • Rock (Optional)


1.) Decorate the plate with markers and crayons, adding verses and captions. For example:

  • Stay Connected to the Cross!
  • And Stand Strong!
  • Nothing Overcomes the Power of the Cross!
2.) On a small rectangle piece of paper, draw an image of a person (represent yourself).

3.) Bend the bottom of the person picture, and secure it to the plate with glue or tape, attaching it near (ideally touching) the cross. Make sure the picture of the person springs back up when pressed down.

4.) If desired, add extra decorations, including a small rock. Use the plate as an interactive reminder that nothing keeps us down when we are connected to Christ!

View from the Front

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View from the Back

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Weekly Family Form Survey

As a family, complete and submit this Family Form by Friday, March 11. This form counts towards attendance and participation in our Family Faith Program.

2022 Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Celebrating 40 Years— Continuing to Fan the Flame of Faith into Service

The impact and success of the Catholic Center at Rutgers is relational outreach to students, a distinct approach for college campus ministry. The staff includes religious from the Sisters of Jesus Our Hope and the Brotherhood of Hope, as well as, the Associate Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Metuchen and several interns. They are out on campus meeting and interacting with students where they live their lives and also reach them using the tools of technology. Thanks to your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, the Catholic Center offers a safe haven where students are able to grow in their knowledge and practice of the faith, experience a meaningful sense of service to the community, and come to a deeper understanding of their call to discipleship. Thank you for your support.

Project IMT

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

- Isaiah 40:31

Share Your Work!

Snap a Picture & Share Your Crafts With Us!

We welcome pictures of your children's projects and family engagement in Family Faith! Completion of the craft activities do count towards participation, so please feel free to email us a photo of the crafts that your children create! We will feature their work in our next Family Faith Newsletter!

  • Send photos to Once I receive your email, I will always send a reply email confirming I received it.
  • Include your child's first and last name (as you would want it to appear in the newsletter) and session your child is registered in Family Faith.
  • If you prefer we DO NOT include the photo in the next Family Faith Newsletter, please note that in your email.

Uplift Video of the Week!

SNL's Powerful Tribute to Ukraine

After almost one month off, Saturday Night Live returned to a live broadcast last Saturday, February 26. Instead of opening with a traditional funny sketch, SNL chose to present a powerful tribute to the country of Ukraine.

Cast members, Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong, stood center stage at Studio 8H and introduced viewers to the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York. The choir then sang "Prayer for Ukraine" as the live audience sat silently.

Below is last week's SNL's powerful tribute to Ukraine.

Ukraine Cold Open - SNL

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