Family Formation Updates
St. Lawrence Church
While walking into Wegmans last week and seeing the large wreath on the building, I knew instantly that the beautiful wreath, which symbolizes God's promise of everlasting life to us through Christ, also meant the countdown had officially begun. I thought I had a little more time to plan for one of the most hectic seasons of the year, but it looks like time has run out. Last time I checked the calendar it was September!
But then I stopped myself and counted my blessings. How could I be worried about anything when so many people and families are struggling? Many will go without this year as a result of the pandemic. So many people are desperately in need of even their most basic needs. Additionally, they may be struggling with a health issue or loss of employment.
If someone you know is struggling, pray for them and reach out if you can. We can all do small things with great love, as St. Teresa of Calcutta taught. Bishop Barron's inspiring sermon on 1 Kgs 17:10-16 from Sunday, November 7th: Trust in the Lord will help you to hear God's message of hope in your own life. Attending weekly Mass is so important for many reasons. At Mass, we have the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. We can also bring our needs and those of others' to Jesus and hear and receive his message of hope. What better place to receive this gift from God than through the Liturgy? The Catechism of the Catholic Church says “the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324). We can overcome anything with God's help, even physical hunger, as in the first reading. But we can't overcome it ourselves.
Hope is also the symbol of the purple candle we will light on November 28th, the first Sunday of Advent. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Visit this link for Blessing an Advent Wreath: a Family Activity by Loyola Press. There are also prayers for lighting the candles each week. All you need is a Bible, a wreath (usually artificial for inside use), four small taper candles (three purple and one pink-you can pick these up inexpensively at Yankee Candle) and a lighter. Or if you're afraid to use real fire, use four LED candles instead. You could also add a white candle to symbolize Christ when he is born.
Below are some updates on all our parish faith programs. As always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Prayers for a most blessed Solemnity of Christ the King (November 21st), Happy Thanksgiving (November 25th), and Happy First Sunday of Advent (November 28th)!
Melissa and Debbie
Thanksgiving Day Prayer for Kids
As I look around the table
and think about my day,
there’s so much that makes me thankful.
For this, dear Lord, I pray.
With open arms, I feel your love.
Your grace is what I see.
Please bless my family and this meal,
as you watch over me.
Thanksgiving Day Prayer Placemat Craft by Loyola Press (see attached below)
Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Lord, we thank you
for the goodness of our people
and for the spirit of justice
that fills this nation.
We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the
land and the challenge of the cities.
We thank you for our work and our rest,
for one another, and for our homes.
We thank you, Lord:
accept our thanksgiving on this day.
We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
SUNDAY FAMILY FORMATION PROGRAM
Sacrament of First Penance
Next First Penance Family Retreat: Saturday, November 13th, 9am-Noon, Deacon Hall
We look forward to seeing the following children/families:
Group 1 Teacher: Mrs. Giraulo, in Room #4
1. Sofia Ball
2. Jack Berlucchi
3. Eddie Boss
4. Giovanni Boss
5. Tessa Boulis
6. Alexandra Brownlie
7. Jackson Donnelly
8. Jack DeBadts
9. Emmie DiCecca
Group 2 Teachers: Mrs. Connie Vacek, Sophia Vacek, in the Main Room
1. Valentina Berardi
2. William Davis
3. Owen Feeney
4. Valentina Ferrari
5. Finnian Jamison
6. Vincent Gizzi
7. Andrew Glad
8. Natalia Joy
9. Luciano Marino
10. Olivia Mikiciuk
11. Greyson Norselli
12. Quinn Oliphant
13. Karmella Perri
14. Joseph Rizzo
15. Morgan Schulz
16. Clare Swanson
17. Brayden Wheeler
18. Tyler Wheeler
First Penance Children-Only Workshops at Deacon Hall: November 20th, 9am-11am OR 11:30am-1:30pm.
Dates for celebrating the Sacrament of First Penance, 2-2:30pm at St. Lawrence Church: 11/27; 12/4; 12/11; and 12/18.
Still need to sign up? Visit the online sign-up form at: https://signup.com/go/isOzRge
Next Zooms for Home Schoolers
We will meet in a couple of weeks to review Chapters 5,6 and 7 on the following dates/times:
Grade 1: Nov. 29th, 6:30pm Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87034929721?pwd=VHJ5MVF2ZGc4eHdWREUwdG1MemJIdz09
Grade 2: Nov. 30th, 6:30pm Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84293005008?pwd=bzRacDVhK3JxMkdHaFFFSG1UV2NYZz09
Grade 3: Nov. 24th, 6:30pm Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85973488726?pwd=d0FIY1ZZbmp4ZUJ6cUFEbEhPOFpGdz09
Grade 4 & 5: Nov. 18th, 6:30pm Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83166286834?pwd=cEZPbHErOWNlSlJZVzR2TDBJVDJkQT09
Grade 6 & 7: Nov. 29th, 7:30pm Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81936054610?pwd=cG9hYXgxS20yL2lwZUJpMmIyMFFxQT09