9th Grade Confirmation Recap

January 12, 2014

The Seven Sacraments

Today we discussed something that most of us may think we know everything about: the 7 Sacraments. But in reality, we can struggle to define what exactly is a sacrament. I explained that sacraments "make an INVISIBLE reality VISIBLE." They also "DO SOMETHING!" We cannot scientifically prove feelings of love, hatred, envy, jealousy, etc. However, no one would ever doubt that they exist. We know they exist, even though they are "invisible." Acts of murder make hatred visible. A hug or a gift make love visible and tangible. Likewise, the sacraments make visible things of God - things we cannot see. They give us grace, which is "God's life" in us! The more often we frequent the sacraments, the more grace we receive! When we feel like we need a "recharge", all we have to do is go to a sacrament - Eucharist and Confession are two of the most commonly received sacraments. Consider going to Confession as a family! Talk about a humble and powerful witness!


I think I shocked our Core members more than the teens today when I told them that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is NOT meant for just those who are about to die. We sometimes call this "Last Rites." Even though this is a technical term for the last rite we receive upon death, it is NOT meant only for this reason. Any one who is gravely ill or undergoing an operation may receive this sacrament! Don't believe me? Here's an excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1514 The Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived."

1515 If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced. (emphasis added)

Upcoming Service Opportunity - Cradles to Crayons!

Resurrection Church-Read Hall

Resurrection Church's Youth Ministry is partnering with Cradles to Crayons for a one day drive to provide new and gently-used children's items to kids-in-need in Massachusetts.

Donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be available.

Our main concern right now is winter, but we have so many needs year-round that we will accept items for any season. Here are the top winter needs:

SIZES: INFANTS TO ADULTS- S, M & L (must be something a teenager would wear!)
- Warm Winter Clothing, particularly pants/ mens-up to waist size 32/girls up to size 8 Jrs

- Winter Coat &,boots
- Shoes
- Hats/gloves/mittens
- toddler bedding /twin size sheets & bedding (no furniture)
- Equipment items in like-new condition (strollers, pack'n plays)

- Children's books

We cannot take: stuffed animals, videos, computer games, violent toys, big plastic toys, riding toys, playhouse kitchens, and table and chair sets toys)furniture (cribs, bassinets, and changing tables excluded)

Any questions can be directed to: Mary Ellen Miller 781-820-3403 or email memx5@yahoo.com

Upcoming Gatherings

January 26th - Combined 9th & 10th Grade

No February gatherings for 9th grade

Check out this video on the Sacraments!

The Seven Sacraments