Family Formation Updates

St. Lawrence Church

Priests, Prophets, and Kings - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

January 12, 2022

Dear Families,


Happy New Year! I hope you were able to enjoy some downtime with family and friends throughout the beautiful Christmas season!


The liturgical season of Christmas began with the vigil Masses on Christmas Eve and concluded on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 9th).


Did you ever wonder: “Why was Jesus baptized?” After all, he is the sinless, divine Son of God, and the baptism that John the Baptist administered was “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4).


Christian baptism is of course greater than John’s baptism, even as Jesus himself is far greater than John (Matt. 3:14, John 3:30). Christian baptism not only forgives sins, but infuses the life of God into the soul, making us God’s children. And the origin of this sacrament is Jesus’ own baptism. Jesus had no need to be cleansed by the waters of baptism, for he had no sins to be washed away. Rather, he sanctified the waters by his descent into them. He inaugurated his public activity by stepping into the place of sinners. His inaugural gesture is an anticipation of the Cross. In Baptism, we, too, are called to "take up our cross"-to live and die as Jesus did.


In Bishop Barron's homily from Sunday (above), he explains the importance of Baptism and how each one of us, not just the ordained, is called to exercise his or her role as priest, prophet and king in our own lives.


This is also explained in more detail in the decree instituted by Pope Paul VI, in November 18, 1965 (during Vatican II):


In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission. Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors (bishops) the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power. But the laity likewise share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and therefore have their own share in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world.(2)


They exercise the apostolate in fact by their activity directed to the evangelization and sanctification of men and to the penetrating and perfecting of the temporal order through the spirit of the Gospel. In this way, their temporal activity openly bears witness to Christ and promotes the salvation of men. Since the laity, in accordance with their state of life, live in the midst of the world and its concerns, they are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardor of the spirit of Christ.


“Apostolicam Actuositatem.” n.d. www.vatican.va. https://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19651118_apostolicam-actuositatem_en.html.


How can you live out your three-fold, Baptismal mission this year?


Below you will find updates on all our faith formation programs.

We have attached our 2022-23 registration form and schedule for Summer Session, Family Formation and Sacramental Prep for you, as well.

But there's no need to print out at home! We have both forms in the religious education office for you to pick up at a time that is convenient for you. This vestibule is open 24/7!


As always, never hesitate to contact us with any questions!


Prayers to stay well and healthy this month!


Blessings,

Melissa & Debbie

CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT (CASE)

Parents, read the latest issue of Creating a Safe Environment (CASE): Parents Need to Help Kids Navigate Tech.

THE FAMILY ZONE

Families, enjoy this month's diocesan issue of The Family Zone

SUNDAY FAMILY FORMATION

FAMILY FORMATION

Next gathering is Sunday, February 6th, 1-2:30pm, at Church and Deacon Hall.


Registration for next year is attached below. $50 deposit is due at time of registration. Balances are due by August 30th.

PREPARATION FOR FIRST COMMUNION

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion, where children will be invited to the Lord’s table for the first time to receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, will be celebrated Saturday, April 30th, 11am and Saturday, May 7th, 11am within the season of Easter.


IMPORTANT!! REGARDING CHANGES IN FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATIONS!!


DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE ONGOING PANDEMIC, WE NEED TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CELEBRATIONS TO TWO (2) ON SATURDAYS TO SAFELY ACCOMMODATE ALL FAMILIES.


DATES FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATIONS ARE: (CHOOSE ONE)


1) SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH, 11AM


2) SATURDAY, MAY 7TH, 11AM


VISIT OUR ONLINE SIGN-UP FORM https://signup.com/go/vhVVxSQ TO RESCHEDULE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATION.


Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns, or to help with rescheduling: debbie.cichelli@dor.org or melissa.mang@dor.org or call (585)225-7320.


Parent/child information meetings begin on two dates (choose one): February 1st, 6:30-7pm and February 2nd, 6:30-7pm at Deacon Hall.

During the meeting, parents will learn about the process of preparation for First Communion as well as receive all the materials. If you have not yet signed up to attend one of these meetings, visit our online sign-up form at: https://signup.com/go/vhVVxSQ


We have the following families attending the Parent/Child Meeting on February 1st, 6:30-7pm at Deacon Hall:


  1. Valentina Berardi
  2. Giovanni Bonacci
  3. Edward and Giovanni Boss
  4. Alexandra Brownlie
  5. Anabella Cook
  6. Leah Cook
  7. Briella D'Aurelio
  8. William Davis
  9. Jack DeBadts
  10. Jackson Donnelly
  11. Valentina Ferrari
  12. Andrew Glad
  13. Jacoby Graves
  14. Tristrum Humphries
  15. Tessa Hunt
  16. Camden Johnston
  17. Greyson Norselli
  18. Quinn Oliphant
  19. Joseph Rizzo
  20. Morgan Schulz
  21. Angelina Smith
  22. Clare Swanson


We have the following families attending the Parent/Child Meeting on February 2nd, 6:30-7pm at Deacon Hall:


  1. Kayleigh Arcarese
  2. Sofia Ball
  3. Jack Berlucchi
  4. Emmie DiCecca
  5. Vincent Gizzi
  6. Estelle Greiner
  7. Finnian Jamison
  8. Natalia Joy
  9. Hannah Larzerlere
  10. Olivia Mikiciuk
  11. Lucas Owen
  12. Gavin Powers
  13. Ryan Powers
  14. Brayden Wheeler
  15. Tyler Wheeler


If you do not see your child listed under either of these meeting dates, visit our online signup link at: https://signup.com/go/vhVVxSQ or call Debbie Cichelli to register at (585)225-7320 or email: debbie.cichelli@dor.org

HOMESCHOOL

Next Homeschool Zooms (review of chapters 11,12 and 13)

Grade 1: Meets Monday, 6:30-7:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/31/22.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87034929721?pwd=VHJ5MVF2ZGc4eHdWREUwdG1MemJIdz09


Or, join by phone by calling: 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric

Passcode: 572452

Meeting ID: 870 3492 9721

Passcode: 27FBEe


Grade 2: Meets Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/25/22.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84293005008?pwd=bzRacDVhK3JxMkdHaFFFSG1UV2NYZz09


Or, join by calling 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric Passcode:174036

Meeting ID: 842 9300 5008

Passcode: 2d1cae


Grade 3: Meets Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/26/22.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85973488726?pwd=d0FIY1ZZbmp4ZUJ6cUFEbEhPOFpGdz09


Or, join by phone by calling 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric Passcode: 576051

Meeting ID: 859 7348 8726

Passcode: 8WaFTC


Grades 4 and 5: Meets Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/27/22.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83166286834?pwd=cEZPbHErOWNlSlJZVzR2TDBJVDJkQT09


Or, join by phone by calling 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric Passcode:046720

Meeting ID: 831 6628 6834

Passcode: d5nWhz


Grades 6 and 7: Meets Monday, 7:30-8:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/31/22.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81936054610?pwd=cG9hYXgxS20yL2lwZUJpMmIyMFFxQT09


Or join by phone by calling 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric Passcode: 021954

Meeting ID: 819 3605 4610

Passcode: Tq70x8

2022-23 REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND SCHEDULE

Families, please see attachments below for information regarding registration for the following programs:

Registration form and schedule are available in our religious ed office 24/7. Stop by when it is convenient for you! Or, if you have legal-sized paper, print out at home and send in. $50 deposit is due at time of registration. Pay by check (make out to St. Lawrence Church), cash or VISA pay online. Balances are due by first classes. Thank you!


SUMMER SESSION
: 7/18-7/22, 8am-11am. Students in Grades K-7 attend one week, but are required to attend five (5) family gatherings with at least one parent/guardian to fulfill their 30 hours catechesis. See attachments for more information.


FAMILY FORMATION: Begins in the fall, 8/30. Visit Family Formation for more information about this life-changing way for all members of the family to deepen their relationship with Christ.


GRADE 7: Begins in the fall, Wednesday evenings, 10/19. Grade 7 faith formation is required for all youth intending to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 8, regardless of prior faith formation experience.


FIRST SACRAMENTS (FIRST PENANCE AND FIRST COMMUNION): Begins in the fall, parent/child meetings are 9/6 and 9/7.