THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 125/11.12.23
Thanksgiving and the Season of Gratitude
1. Encourage showing gratitude to one another in the home. Sometimes we forget to thank the people we love the most.
2. Add gratitude prayer into your daily prayers. Greet the day with gratitude, thank God for the gift of food and close the night with a remembrance of a special moment in the day for which you are thankful.
3. Create a kindness jar. Ask kids, did someone do something kind for you at school today? Talk about how that made them feel and add that person's name to the jar! Put your own examples of kindness from one another in the jar as well!
4. Make a thankful tree as a visual reminder in your home.
5. Instill a practice of writing notes of gratitude to friends, family, church, and community members!
During the Preface Dialogue of the Eucharistic Prayer, the priest says "Let us give thanks to the Lord our God," and we respond: "It is right and just. "The priest continues: "It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks." In this moment we hear four important words: duty, salvation, always, everywhere. This comes back to recognizing God's presence in our daily lives and understanding the brevity of God's sacrifice for us. Take some time to think about these words we hear, in reference to gratitude, in the Eucharistic prayer. Are you finding time to give thanks to God each day? Are you teaching your kids the practice of gratitude and a deep connection to God? Are you helping them to see all they have as "gift?" Teaching your kids to pray in gratitude is a simple starting point in helping them to grow in relationship with Christ...it is right, and just!
THIS WEEKEND'S READINGS: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/111223.cfm
Click on the links below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in the Mass!
Sunday Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/111923.cfm
FAMILY FAITH CONVERSATION: On November 19, we will hear the Parable of the Talents as the Gospel. This parable shows us the difference between the servant who takes his gifts and uses them wisely and the servant who buries those gifts for fear of his master. We are the servant who is given wonderful gifts by God to use for good in this world. What makes each of your family members special? What gifts do you see in each other? Is there a way you can use your gifts to show thanks to God?
Connecting to Our Church Year
We wish our own St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish a Happy Feast Day!
In honor of Mother Cabrini, who devoted her life to sharing a welcoming spirit with those who were often unwelcome, think about ways in which your family can show hospitality to a person or group in your community!
ACTS is an acronym that stands for adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. These are four types of prayer.
Adoration: Praising God for who he is and what he has done.
Confession: Saying sorry for the hurt we’ve caused God and others.
Thanksgiving: Thanking God for all he has done for us.
Supplication: Asking God to grant us what we need.
This week, let's focus on THANKSGIVING Prayers. Each day, choose a new thing to thank God for and share your prayer at the dinner table or at another special family meal time! Thank you, God for.....