Family Faith News
Holy Family Parish
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Family Faith Updates - Join our Zoom Sessions this Week!
As we continue our Family Faith program virtually (no in-person sessions), below are some important reminders:
- It is important that we have your updated email address since our weekly newsletters will only be emailed. If you would like to view previous newsletters, click on the link below:
- To maintain communication and attendance, family attendance will be based upon:
1. Attendance at monthly Parent Zoom sessions - These zoom sessions will begin this week of Sunday, August 16 during our regularly scheduled classes. Deacon Nelson will lead our sessions together. Especially during this first month of zoom meetings, please log onto the zoom meeting during your registered class time:
- If you are registered and attend our Sunday Morning session, please join our Zoom Meeting on Sunday, August 16 at 11:30AM-12:00PM using this link:
Meeting ID: 918 4443 0737
- If you are registered and attend our Sunday Afternoon session, please join our Zoom Meeting on Sunday, August 16 at 4:00PM-4:30PM using this link:
Meeting ID: 977 6494 9097
- If you are registered and attend our Wednesday Evening session, please join our Zoom Meeting on Wednesday, August 19 at 5:30PM-6:00PM using this link:
Meeting ID: 984 1153 9521
- If you are registered and attend our Thursday Evening session, please join our Zoom Meeting on Thursday, August 20 at 5:30PM-6:00PM using this link:
Meeting ID: 922 2317 3613
Passcode: wgdXR12. Family Faith Newsletter link to survey questions - Each week, please read and discuss our Family Faith Newsletter together with your family. Use the activities as a guide to teach your children about the weekly mass readings and our faith. Beginning in September, a google link to a survey with questions will be included. As a family, you will have an opportunity to respond to these questions. Your response will count towards attendance/completion of the activities.
If you have any questions or would like to share your updated email address with us, feel free to contact the parish office. Please check your email, Facebook, and Twitter for important updates!
Mass Readings for August 16: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In Matthew's Gospel Reading, the idea of "great faith" is demonstrated and recognized by Jesus through the actions of the Canaanite woman.
In last weekend's Gospel describing the story of Jesus walking on water, He attributes Peter falling into the stormy lake when he and the disciples have little faith. Jesus often rebukes his disciples for having little faith since they often hesitate in the face of obstacles.
However, in this weekend's reading, great faith guides the woman to pursue. Before the obstacle, she acts with faith to engage with Jesus. He is the King of the Jews. She is a Gentile. She asks persistently but he is silent. She asks two more times, he says no. She doesn’t care. She just keeps on coming. Through her deep faith in the Lord, Jesus then heals her daughter.
As we reflect on our own actions in everyday instances, how would we describe our faith: little or great? How then would Jesus describe our faith?
Activities for Family
Gospel Reading - Act It Out! Craft Activity
Acting out bible stories are a great way to teach our children about our faith, and to help them make connections to our everyday world and personal actions. Using the video and description below, guide your child in this fun activity to act out this week's Gospel story.
- 5 popsicle sticks
- White sheet of paper or Shoe box
ACT IT OUT! CRAFT ACTIVITY
- READ & DISCUSS: With your child, use the links above to read and discuss this week's Gospel Reading, Matthew 15: 21-28. It may be helpful to read the story more than once. Then, ask your child to close their eyes and try to picture this scene with Jesus, the Canaanite woman, and the Disciples.
- CHARACTERS: Using the materials listed above, have your child use the popsicle sticks and paper to create the characters in this story: Popsicle Stick #1: Jesus, Popsicle Stick #2: Canaanite Woman, Popsicle Sticks #3-5: the Disciples
- BACKGROUND: Use another sheet of paper or a shoe box to create the background of the town for this story.
- PUT IT TOGETHER!: With their characters and background, have your child retell this story! Use the video below as an example.
- REFLECT: Stop the video below at 1:00 minute. Ask your child:
What is the point of this story? What is bible message?
After this reflection, continue watching the video to see other children's adorable reactions! Including the Outtakes of this video!
Uplift Video of the Week!
School Year 2020-2021: "Can't Touch This!"
As students prepare to return to school this Fall, many families and educators are anxious about how COVID will impact their school year. While students may feel cautious and nervous, Dr. Quentin Lee, an Alabama high school principal, brings this positive and funny perspective!
Enjoy this parody of MC Hammer's classic hit, "Can't Touch This!" Dr. Lee, with his teachers and students, sings and performs this rap song bringing light to this challenging situation.
Holy Family Parish
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