MONDAY, APRIL 20TH
DAY 33 - INTRO TO THE SACRAMENTS MINI SESSION
The first month of isolation we have focused on Salvation History or the way that God revealed himself to humanity and slowly won us to himself. Now that we have an understanding of who God is and his invitation to eternal life (as recorded in the Bible), we can discuss how we enter into this relationship & obtain this salvation. We look to the very first few months of the Jesus' Church as the Apostle Peter goes out and proclaims the gospel on Pentecost. The people hear the message and like ourselves, hear and believe. They then ask him, "Now what should we do?" His response - If you believe, then "Be baptized!" Because it is through Baptism and with the help of all the sacraments, that we enter into union with Jesus and it becomes our saving grace. Over the next few weeks, we will be diving into the mystery of the union with Jesus that he gives to us through the 7 Sacraments of the Church.
From Our Spiritual Director ✝
ReadingsActs 4:23-31Psalm 2:1-3,4-9John 3:1-8
We hear the words of Jesus telling the crowds today of the need to be reborn. This is prompted by one of the Pharisees who asks what it means to be born from above. Jesus responds that one be must be reborn through water and the Spirit. When we hear these words, we should be reminded of the baptismal promises we make each year at Easter and any time we attend a Baptism. We respond in affirmation to renouncing Satan, and all his empty promises. We affirm our belief in God the Father who sent His Son to be born of Mary to set all of us Free from sin. What do these baptismal promises mean to you? How can you live out your baptismal promises each day of your life? We are called to reject sin, affirm our faith, and bring the faith to those who are struggling. Take some time and reflect on these promises so that you can live them out every day of your life.
Fr. Matt Rawson
New Weekly Challenge! 🙌
Our new contest this week is "Holy Chef Cooking Show!" Just for fun, we're challenging our families to a baking/cooking show contest. Pick a favorite recipe, raid your pantry, put on your apron, setup your camera, and hit record! Use this form to submit videos of your show. Winner will be announced Friday, April 24th. All participants receive House Points and the winner gets extra points for their house!*A Google account is required to submit. If you have trouble submitting through the form, just send an email to email@example.com. Thanks!
Check out Maddie's demonstration below!
Elementary (Grades 1-4)
PrayFind all the prayers here.
Mealtime Prayers & Night Time Prayers
5 mins - Praying for Others
The Main Points to Teach Your Child:
The Catholic Church celebrates 7 Sacraments
Anointing of the Sick
3 Sacraments of INITIATION: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
2 Sacraments of HEALING: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
2 Sacraments of SERVICE/VOCATION: Marriage and Holy Orders
A Note from Julie:
As we continue to safely keep our distance, I am so grateful that we are able to continue to share and learn more about our faith. We are able to worship together online. And, as a community stay in touch, raising our prayers together to the Lord.
Today, I ask you to keep 6-year old, Abrielle Lynch and her family in your prayers. Sweet Abrielle was recently diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma and has begun what will be a life-long fight. Some may be aware, but I know others of you would welcome the opportunity to help support Abrielle and her family. The Lynch family--parents,Todd and Nicole, big brother, Ayden, and Abrielle--are very thankful for the support they have received, especially knowing that others are currently going through hard times these days.
Also, I'd like to share a link to Abrielle Lynch - gofundme page that has been set up to assist the family with mounting expenses and future medical needs. This link also provides updates and heartfelt notes from the family and close friends. I hope you will join me in lifting up this young child and her family up in prayer and support.
Additional Resources & Activities to do at Home
Watch the faith formation resource video below to learn more about your faith.
"Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church #1210