Family Faith News

Holy Family Parish

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Springing into Easter!

During these final few weeks of Lent, we prepare for the newness of spring through Easter and the Resurrection. As the warmer weather and flowers come from this new season, we look forward for opportunities to celebrate together!


Looking ahead to April and May, we hope to have more opportunities for our Family Faith Program to join together in person. Please check updates in this weekly newsletter as we plan for our next Family Faith Monthly Session during the week of April 24.


Late in May is traditionally the time of year that our parish celebrates First Holy Communion of our children. We are in the planning process for this special day. If your child is in preparation for Communion, we will be reaching out the families within in the next few weeks.


Enjoy these longer days and spring time family activities!

Mass Readings for Sunday, March 27: Fourth Sunday of Lent

In this weekend's Gospel, John describes the miracle Jesus performs in making the blind man see. Jesus' healing actions upturns the Pharisees and rabbis' traditional thoughts that blindness is caused through punishment. However, through this encounter, Jesus helps the people, then and now, understand that we must not be "blind" to His works and His ways.


The Pharisees were upset by Jesus' miracle. Because He healed the blind man on Saturday, they believed this violated the Sabbath commandment. In addition, the Pharisees did not know how to believe that a “sinner” (blind man) and a “transgressor” of the Sabbath (Jesus) can do such wonderful works of God!


The prejudices of religious leaders blinded them in understanding God’s purpose for the Sabbath and Jesus’ claim that He is the One, sent from the Father to bring people freedom and light. The Lord Jesus is always ready to heal us and free us from the subject of sin and deception. We just have to be ready to accept it!

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Jesus Heals a Blind Man - John 9 | Animated Bible Story For Kids | Sharefaithkids.com
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

Activities for Family

Eyes of the Heart

This activity demonstrates the message of John's Gospel where Jesus heals the man born blind. As followers of Christ, we must all keep our eyes and hearts open to God!


Materials

  • Paper, paper plates, or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Google eyes or draw eyes
  • Decorative materials (markers, fabric paint)


Procedures

1. Cut the paper into a heart shape.
2. Decorate the heart with pictures and this verse:

"Open the Eyes of My Heart!"

-John 9:1-41

3. Glue or draw eyes onto the heart, using just a pair or several eyes.


Share your project with a family member! Use it to describe Jesus' miracles and how we should keep our eyes open to God!

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Weekly Family Form Survey

As a family, complete and submit this Family Form by Friday, April 1. 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

This weekend, parishes throughout the Diocese of Metuchen are celebrating Bishop’s Annual Appeal In-Pew Weekend. Our goal is for every family to participate. Every gift, no matter the size, is important and greatly appreciated. Together, we are working to become kindling that is set aflame by the Holy Spirit, allowing God’s love and power to burn more brightly here in the Diocese of Metuchen. Thank you for actively participating in this mission by your financial support.

You can find the link to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Video by going to https://diometuchen.org/BAA.

Project IMT

Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American labor worker that fought for equality for Latinos and farm workers. Thursday, March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day, a day we celebrate his birthday and the legacy & impact he had in the American Civil Rights and Labor Movement.

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 catherinek@holyfamilyforall.org. 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!

Ukrainian 7-Year Old Refuge Continues Her Sweet Songs!

As a follow up from Amelia's debut singing, "Let It Go," from a bunker in Ukraine, Amellia Anisovych is safe in Poland and continues serenading the world with her sweet voice!


Amelia gained worldwide attention for singing "Let it Go" while in hiding from Russian attacks. She and her family have since made it safely to Poland. Last Sunday, she sang the Ukrainian national anthem at a charity concert in Poland in front of thousands of people! Check out the video below!

7-year-old refugee sings Ukrainian national anthem l GMA

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