THE FAMILY ZONE

Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 84/ 4.17.22

Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Phillips Brooks, a Bishop from the Episcopal Church, who wrote the Christmas Hymn: "O Little Town of Bethlehem," once said: "Let him say not merely, “Christ is risen,” but “I shall rise.” "Our Lord has written the promise of the Resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time." "Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life." "The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies." What a fitting quote for the Easter season. More than ever, we need signs of hope, renewal and new life. Let us not only LOOK for them in the beauty of nature, but nourished by the Eucharist, may we go out into the world and be signs of hope, renewal and new life to the world.

LIVE THE EUCHARIST

Join us as we prepare for the Eucharistic Revival in the United States!


The Precepts of the Church remind us that our role as Catholics is to be active participants in our faith. One of them is known as the Easter obligation, and says: "You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season." While we note that the purpose of this precept is to keep us connected to the Eucharist, it provides us with the bare minimum of practicing our faith. As Catholics, we believe that we come to the table to be nourished weekly by the Body of Christ. It is in that experience of Mass, that we come with humility for the ways in which we have strayed on our path to holiness during the week, and are fed, once again, to strengthen us to try harder in the coming week. The Eucharist is at the center of our life as disciples; living it acknowledges that we need to receive it again and again and again, as we work to grow as disciples of Christ!


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READ!

SUNDAY READINGS:

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 grey button below.

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/042422.cfm

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/050122.cfm


Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message. Choose one of these stories to help bring the theme of Resurrection and the events of Easter to life for your child in a child- friendly format!

  • The Story of Easter by Jean Miller
  • Petook, the Rooster Who Met Jesus by Caryll Houselander
  • The Wordless Weaver by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
  • The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer

Parenting Articles: The Easter season is a great season of hope. Sometimes, as parents, we need to discover new ways to help our children recognize this all important virtue. This secular article suggests many ways parents can help their children find hope in tough times. Many of the suggestions are tied directly into our faith practices: serving others, acknowledging gratitude, and sharing stories of Hope! Help your child connect to the spirit of the Easter season with the practical suggestions found in this article: https://brainpowerboy.com/hope-activities-for-kids/

WRITE!

Can you tell the story of the Resurrection in your own words? Place yourself in the days after Jesus' death. Imagine yourself as a follower of his in that time. What are you thinking, feeling, seeing, doing? Write a story!


Eggs are a sign of new life! Use this Egg worksheet with preschoolers as a starting point to talk about all the signs of life you are seeing in the Spring. Observing the seasonal change can help us make connections to the changes in the Liturgical year as well!

LISTEN!

Listen to this wonderful song of prayer and hope for the world; Pray for Peace of Christ on Earth.
The WORLD BLESSING - 154 Nations including Ukraine & Russia PRAY FOR GOD'S PEACE in 257 Languages!!

WATCH!

Easter Traditions | Catholic Central
Fr. Mike's Easter Special
The Easter Story

PRAY!

Easter Prayers from Hallow:

PLAY!

Add a fun Easter Bingo Game into your celebration of the Day, and keep playing it all season long to help your kids understand that Easter is a 50 day season!

BE WELL!

Warmer weather is finally making intermittent appearances and we have days that gift us with sunshine and temperatures that increase our desire to connect with the outside world! Open the windows in your home or take a walk outside and spend some time noticing what you see, feel, smell, and hear. Reconnecting with our senses is a great way to relieve stress and gives us a rest from screen time!

Word of the Week!

EXSULTET: The proclamation of the Resurrection of Christ also called the Easter Proclamation; this hymn is sung during the Easter Vigil when the Pachal Candle is placed in its stand. The Exsultet symbolizes the movement from darkness to light and Christ's defeat of death and resurrection from the dead.

TEACHABLE MOMENT!

The Paschal Mystery is not only something we understand about Jesus' life. It is something that is important to understand about our own. As human beings, we will always be moving in cycles of joy, pain, and resurrection. Next time your child is experiencing a time of suffering, help them to understand that lifecycle through a lens of faith and connect to Jesus. Pain is unavoidable in life, but resurrection and joy are sure to come if we wait in hope and use our faith to navigate the hills and valleys of life!

WONDER!

  • What would it have been like to come to the tomb and see it empty?
  • Was it hard for the disciples to believe?
  • How would I feel if Jesus showed up and walked alongside me on the road after I knew he had died? Would I run? Or would I be excited?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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