THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 93/ 8.21.22
St. Monica, Patron Saint of Mothers
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
St. John Bosco was said to have had visionary dreams. He spoke of one dream in which he saw a vast ocean with many enemy ships in it, all battling against one large ship that was the Church. Two columns rose in the sea, one was a smaller one topped with a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the other was a large one with a Eucharistic host. The big ship was attached by anchors to these columns, keeping it safe from a storm. This vision of Mary and the Eucharist was about keeping the church (followers of Jesus) steadfast against the waves of the world. We can live the Eucharist by turning to our faith in the "storms" of our life and offering the hope we receive to others; letting them know that trusting in God can bring peace to all of us!
Click on the link 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 Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the grey button below.
Family Stories: Here are some stories about how family members can inspire us just like St. Monica inspired her son, Augustine!
- What is Given from the Heart by Patricia McCissack
- Carmela, Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña
- What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers
Painted by Bartolome Esteban Murillo (circa 1655)
What do you like best about this painting? What do you think of the colors? Who is the young girl with Saint Anne in the painting? What do you think Saint Anne and the young girl are talking about? What book might the two have in front of them? What is behind Saint Anne and the girl? Do you notice any other important symbols the artist put into the painting?
LEARN! Catholic Trivia you May Not Know!
IMAGINE THE SCENE
FEAST on Fun Summer Treats!
Want to find out more about patron Saints? You can visit this site to learn who is patron of what (or even where!).
Below is a prayer to a patron saint one is named after. We can pray this, or we can simply add, into our day: St. ________________, pray for us! This can be done at the end of our daily prayers, at grace, or at any time that suits you!
Dear Saint ______________,
Ever since my baptism, I bear your name.
Pray for me to God-
For the strength of our faith,
the breadth of your hope,
the courage of your love.
Support me so that I, like you,
may hear God's loving call today,
and in my life may answer
as God's grace moves me to.
Then one day, with you and all the saints,
may I receive the crown of life.
Did you go to VBS this summer? If so, play your favorite game from that week with your family!
Didn't have a chance to attend? Here are some fun VBS-style games you can try at home!
Goliath’s Hungry (From the Bible story of David, a boy, and Goliath, a giant Philistine)
Choose a person to be Goliath. Divide everyone into two teams. The teams need to be spaced about ten to twenty feet apart with Goliath standing in the middle. When Goliath shouts, “I’m hungry!” Everyone runs to the opposite side. Anyone Goliath touches join the giant in the middle. Together, they hold a hand and grab for more people as they run through again. Every time Goliath should shout “I’m hungry!” until all playing are caught.
Fishers of Men (Term used to make disciples) (You will need a stick, string, and donuts or another snack with a hole that can be tied to the string!)
Make a fishing pole using the stick and string. Tie a donut to the string. One player will hold the "fishing pole" so that the donut is dangled over another person sitting in a chair. The person sitting must eat the donut without using his or her hands.
Fish, Fish, Whale (Connecting to the Story of Jonah and Whale) Play this like Duck, Duck, Goose but use Fish, Fish, Whale instead, with a twist!! Get out a backyard tent or cover some chairs with a blanket. One of the players hides inside the tent. When Whale is called, that person runs out of the tent and tags another player. The tagged player then enters the tent, and play continues!
Make it Up the Mountain Moses! (Connecting to Moses and Mt. Sinai where he received the Ten Commandments from God)This can be played on a hill or on stairs in your house! It is played like Mother May I (Moses, May I...) . Remember that you play this game by asking if you can take a certain amount of steps. Moses responds by saying exactly how many and what types of steps you can take. One player is Moses and the rest try to make it to the top of Mt. Sinai!
- How many creatures have the power to produce light?
- Is firefly light hot?
- Are fireflies sending us secret messages?
- Would it hurt if I ran into a bioluminescent creature in the ocean?
- Do bioluminescent creatures lose their light? Can you only see it at night?
What do you wonder about animals that produce light? God's creation is AMAZING! There are so many unique and wonderful beings God has created! Learn more about animals that Glow in the Dark, below: