For all ages
Every Friday during LENT there are Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm at St. Francis Xavier Church.
If you are not able to go in person.... here are 3 opportunities to pray them at home.
Here are 3 versions of the Stations of the Cross. The first one is for kids, the second one takes you to the actual places in the Holy Land and the 3rd has some very deep reflections for adults.
Family project... to help keep you on track
Reflections......for the journey
This week’s Gospel journey continues to demonstrate Jesus was the champion of knowing how to love. In fact, with everything he did was to show us how we to truly love and that we belong to each other. Jesus did not come to just spend time with the popular, Jesus loved all. He has tried to show us that true love is more than a feeling. It is a deep yearning for what is best for the other. He showed this by who he called to be his first disciples,and those he encounters on the way to the cross. This week we look at the story of Jesus healing the person with leprosy. Jesus was so kind and tender with someone who most people would avoid in fear. The man had faith in Jesus. He healed his body and his dignity. Jesus was all about showing love and respect for all. Who might Jesus be using us to reach out in love? Do the people around us know they are loved by us and more importantly God? How can we be champions of love and follow the way Jesus taught us? One of my favorite pictures of Pope Francis is when he tenderly hugs the man who has worts on his face. We belong to each other.
This Week's Prayer:
Using the Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 Every time you see the word Love replace it with your name or someone you want to pray for ( or both) Try doing this at least once a day until St. Valentines Day.
Love is patient, Love is kind, Love does not envy, Love does not boast, Love
is not proud. Love is not rude, Love is not self seeking, Love is not easily angered, Love keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes.
and Love always perseveres. Love never fails.
Ash Wednesday is February 17
Masses are at 8:00am and 6:30pm
Service at 4:00pm
Extra Confession time on Mondays at 6:00pm-7:00Pm starting 2/22
Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:00 pm starting 2/19
Families with Children in grade k- 4:
This week we focus on LOVE and the season of LENT. Two great things that go together like chocolate chip cookies and milk:)
We have the Sacrament of Reconciliation to help us cleanse of mistakes and do better with God's love! A special prayer we need to learn is called the Act of Contrition. It is when we say sorry to God for what we have done wrong.
We pray this during the Sacrament of Reconciliation but we can pray it every day.
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent starts next week.
For Families with kids in grades 5-7:
This week we are continuing the journey with Jesus as he teaches us the REAL meaning of LOVE. Jesus teaches us that we are all connected and called to Love. Love is more than a feeling. REAL LOVE is when you look out for others and want what is best for them. REAL LOVE includes everyone. Real Love is when you truly want what is best for someone else. Jesus suffered and died for our sins because he Loves us. Jesus reached out and extended his LOVE to all. Love is patient, LOVE is kind. This week's Gospel is how Jesus healed a man with the disease of Leprosy. Someone with this disease was an outcast because it was contagious.
Next Wednesday starts the Season of LENT with Ash Wednesday.......some reminders below on what Lent is about!
For families with YOUTH in grades 8-12:
This week's theme could not be better timed..... God's Love and compassion for all. (Perfect for Valentines DAY).Jesus is the GOAT! ( greatest of all time). What are examples of Jesus showing us how to Love? How do we imitate Jesus? Do we show the love
of God theough our actions? We also have to start thinking about LENT. ( YES, it begins next WEDNESDAY 2/17)
This week we hear more about Jesus performing miracles and one mentioned in more detail was Jesus heals Simon’s mother in- law that was suffering from an illness that caused her to have a fever.
When was the last time you cared for someone who was sick.... was it a child, a parent or a friend, maybe it is someone you don’t even know, or maybe it was yourself. In all the commotion and uncertainty do we forget to do the obvious? Pray? Ask others to pray? Do we forget to trust Jesus?Or is it the only time we pray?
Jesus is there to take care of all our needs...He often takes care of things we don’t even know need healing. Sometimes he doesn’t answer our prayer in the the way we ask. We need to trust in the way Jesus responds. Jesus heals. Jesus heals our broken hearts. Jesus can heal broken relationships, Jesus can heal our broken thoughts. Jesus will help us through whatever is our issue. Sometimes he takes away the struggle and sometimes he asks certain people to unite their struggle with his. Mother Teresa said. “ Pain and suffering have come into your life but remember pain, sorrow, and suffering are but a kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Him that he can kiss you.”
Now take a moment to ask Jesus for healing through the Sacrament of the Sick. Please share this opportunity with others. This is a Sacrament that you can receive more than once and you do not have to be dying. This is asking to be healed in any way that you need to be.
For Families with children in grades k-4:
This week’s focus continues to be on Jesus and healings. Jesus performed many miracles . People started to believe He was God’s son.
Since we are now in the month of February- here is something fun you can make to help you learn more scripture. Be sure to look them up in your beautiful new Bibles! YOU CAN FIND THE LINK TO PRINT SCRIPTURE AT CATHOLIC ICING AND SEARCH St. Valentine’s countdown.
For Families with kids in grades 4-7: Since this week’s focus continues on Jesus’s ministry and healing we will unpack scene below as we imagine being at Simon Peter’s house near the sea of Galilee. Imagine you were one of the crowd that wanted Jesus to heal you or a friend.
Jesus gives us two Sacraments of healing. We have the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the sick. Both of these Sacrament can be received more than once.
During the month of February ( and every month) let us look for ways we can offer comfort to others. Is there someone you know that is struggling with something? How can we spread love this month? One idea is to reach out to those in our neighborhood that may need encouragement...or make a card for those isolated in Nursing homes.
For Families with youth in grades 8-12:
This week we continue the journey with Jesus as he ministers to the people and healings are happening! The crowd that follows him is growing.
What kinds of things do people your age sometimes struggle with in their lives? What kinds of things need healing?
Below is a skit that dramatizes struggles a
person can have. To set the scene “ JESUS” is dressed
in white and HE brings life to the young lady and establishes relationship. The distractions come and separate her from JESUS.
How can we stay close to Jesus with so much distractions?
What are some ways we can keep the relationship stronger than the distractions?