Family Formation Updates
St. Lawrence Church
January 12, 2022
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!
Melissa & Debbie
THE FAMILY ZONE
Families, enjoy this month's diocesan issue of The Family Zone
SUNDAY FAMILY FORMATION
PREPARATION FOR FIRST COMMUNION
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.
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:
- Valentina Berardi
- Giovanni Bonacci
- Edward and Giovanni Boss
- Alexandra Brownlie
- Anabella Cook
- Leah Cook
- Briella D'Aurelio
- William Davis
- Jack DeBadts
- Jackson Donnelly
- Valentina Ferrari
- Andrew Glad
- Jacoby Graves
- Tristrum Humphries
- Tessa Hunt
- Camden Johnston
- Greyson Norselli
- Quinn Oliphant
- Joseph Rizzo
- Morgan Schulz
- Angelina Smith
- Clare Swanson
We have the following families attending the Parent/Child Meeting on February 2nd, 6:30-7pm at Deacon Hall:
- Kayleigh Arcarese
- Sofia Ball
- Jack Berlucchi
- Emmie DiCecca
- Vincent Gizzi
- Estelle Greiner
- Finnian Jamison
- Natalia Joy
- Hannah Larzerlere
- Olivia Mikiciuk
- Lucas Owen
- Gavin Powers
- Ryan Powers
- Brayden Wheeler
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Homeschool Zooms (review of chapters 11,12 and 13)
Grade 1: Meets Monday, 6:30-7:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/31/22.
Or, join by phone by calling: 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric
Meeting ID: 870 3492 9721
Grade 2: Meets Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/25/22.
Or, join by calling 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric Passcode:174036
Meeting ID: 842 9300 5008
Grade 3: Meets Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/26/22.
Or, join by phone by calling 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric Passcode: 576051
Meeting ID: 859 7348 8726
Grades 4 and 5: Meets Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/27/22.
Or, join by phone by calling 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric Passcode:046720
Meeting ID: 831 6628 6834
Grades 6 and 7: Meets Monday, 7:30-8:30pm. Next Zoom is 1/31/22.
Or join by phone by calling 1-929-436-2866 and enter Numeric Passcode: 021954
Meeting ID: 819 3605 4610
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.