THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 103/1.8.23
"Rise Up in Splendor, Jerusalem, Your Light Has Come!" (Isaiah 60:1)
This Sunday concludes our liturgical season of Christmas and Ordinary Time begins this week!
Please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of our Holy Father Emeritus, Pope Benedict XVI who was laid to rest this past week.
Novena in Memory of Pope Benedict XVI
Excerpt from the English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours © 1970, 1973, 1975 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); excerpt from the English translation of the Order of Christian Funerals © 1985 ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010 ICEL.
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
St. Augustine tells us to “Believe what you see, see what you believe and become what you are: the Body of Christ.” We see and believe in the Body of Christ in the Eucharist because we ARE the Body of Christ – the Church.
When Jesus established the Church, he told us to do only a handful of things. The two that are expressed in our Sacraments are Baptism and Eucharist. These two Sacraments are linked (along with Confirmation) as Initiation Sacraments. We are brought into the Church at Baptism and celebrate all that means at Eucharist. We hear Eucharist referred to as the Source and Summit of our faith; it nourishes us to live the Catholic life. Put another way, Eucharist nourishes us to live our Baptism. Likewise, Baptism joins us to our fellow Catholics so we can celebrate at the Lord’s Table. Baptism and Eucharist are linked so that we can be more like Christ.
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 blue button below.
Sunday Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/011523.cfm
Family Stories: Here are some stories about BAPTISM
Baptism Day by Maite Roche
Water Come Down by Walter Wangerin
Jesus Speaks to Me about My Baptism by Angela Burrin
A Baptism Like No Other Retreat
As you prepare for this retreat, pause for a moment. Take several deep breaths and allow yourself to grow still. Be aware of God's loving presence within you. It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
Baptism of the Lord Craft Idea
UPDATE: This article & freebie were originally written for Today's Catholic Teacher. Today's Catholic Teacher has stopped publishing their magazine and recently shut down their website. I've moved the article and freebies here so that you can still access them. Sorry for the confusion with old links that no longer work.
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
**Did you know??? When we say the underlined words above, We make a profound bow of the body, in order to honor the most important act in human history - God becoming man.
16 Indoor Water Play Ideas for Kids
My kids absolutely love playing with water. Indoor water play has saved me on many a bad-weather day or when the kids were especially cranky and I needed a quick activity to keep them busy. It's such a simple concept and it cleans up so easily.
Welcome the newly baptized to your parish!
Crafts for Catechesis: Baptism Welcome Cards - CATECHIST Magazine
Help support the families of the newly baptized SARA JONCKHEERE You have asked to have your child baptized. ... Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?" This question is asked of parents who present their child for Baptism, and it can seem like a daunting task when parents respond yes.
WORD(S) OF THE WEEK!
CONSUBSTANTIAL: Jesus is Divine; of the same substance as God, the Father
INCARNATE: One of the central mysteries of Christianity; the Doctrine that Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, assumed our humanity and was born of the Virgin Mary
ASCENDED: Christ was elevated into heaven by His own power in the presence of His disciples on the fortieth day after His Resurrection.
What does it mean to be "Priest, Prophet, and King?"
How can I be a "Priest?"
- Does prayer help me grow closer to God?
- Does praying daily help me to face my challenges? How does it help me to see the needs of others? How does it help me live with gratitude?
- When I give my friends or siblings advice, can I help them follow God's direction for making good choices?
- Does learning about my faith help me to grow in holiness?
- Does listening to my parents and catechists about the faith help me to understand God more easily?
- When I am a positive role model to others, can I change their attitudes and behaviors?
- Am I called to lead others as the hands and feet of Jesus? What does that look like?
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