Welcome to Summer Spirit 2020-Virtual Experience
We were all disappointed that we could not gather this year for our usual SUMMER SPIRIT fun, so we thought we would bring some to YOU!!
First we will start with a Summer prayer:
We are so grateful for all the ways you continue to shower us with your love! We are so grateful for all your people. Thank you for giving us HOPE in you.
Please watch over our families and bless them with many grace-filled moments together. Guide us on the path that leads us to YOU. May our faith grow stronger by the days. May our hearts be more open to your inspiration by the hour.
We pray for our world in pain. Help us to bring your light where there is suffering.
Help us to be peace makers.
Now in usual Summer Spirit tradition..... let us sing joyfully!
Thank you Grace and Paige for sharing His light! We are so thankful that you made a beautiful sing along video!
.We hope you are singing with us!! Send in your pictures or videos to email@example.com and we will share them!
Our first Story...... When God made You by Matthew Paul Turner illustrated by Kimberly Barnes. Our first reader is Sue Pullen.
A perfect song to go with our story was sent in to us by Kaley! Thank you Kaley for sharing your gifts with us!!
Our next story is When I pray for you,written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by Kimberly Barnes. Our suprise reader is Mrs. Grace Rossell. Grace has been a teacher at Holy Infant Nursery school and a catechist on every level for many years. She has a heart of faith and spirit full of love for God's children!
What a beautiful message about the power of prayer! Let's pray the five finger prayer. Close your eyes and who are the first 5 people that need your prayers. Pray for them. God knows what each person needs.
Click on the link below to learn how to make a "Prayer Jar."
Welcome to this week's Blog, our theme is following Christ. How would you answer the following questions? ( no pun intended "following questions”)
1. What does it take to follow Jesus?
2. If someone did not know us personally.... would they be able to guess we were followers of Christ by our words, actions and posts on social media?
3. Are we afraid to say his name in public?
4. When people encounter you do they know you are Christian by your life?
5. What if anything, stops us from expressing our faith to others?
Most people would probably agree that sometimes, it can be a rough road but don't even have to wait until heaven to feel the peace we feel when making a good choice! WWJD (What WOULD Jesus DO) is a life changing phrase that can help govern our decisions. We have confession for the time we make mistakes. God gives us every opportunity to choose to follow him. Below is a prayer -The Litany of Humility made it into a song. This prayer is profound and reminds us all of the things that get in the way of truly following Christ.
# Holy Challenge..... keep this prayer in your heart. Pray it often!!
Thank you Fr. Gerry for giving us your homily for this week and giving us food for thought since we are still away from Sunday Mass.
Choosing to follow Christ requires us to also lean on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are given the strength to overcome the obstacles and challenges thru reliance on the Holy Spirit. We first hear about the Holy Spirit helping the Apostles at Pentecost. The same can be true for us if we are open.
Listen to Ken Yasiniski’s thought on following Jesus.
Children Grades k-3
Let’s think about what it means to follow Jesus. Think about some of the things we learn about who HE is? Jesus is kind. Jesus loves all people. Jesus teaches us to help each other. Jesus teaches us to forgive.
What other things can you add to this list?
What can you do to be like Jesus?
This week Jesus asks us to about where you put faith in your life. Where is Jesus and how do we put him first?
Here is a special message for you to decode....
For Grades 4-8 We are called to bring Christ into the world. One of the issues facing kids is bullying. It is a very difficult experience. How would our relationship with God help us? What would Jesus do? Watch this video..... what do you think about the message? Discuss this with family and friends. It is not easy to know the best course of action but turning to God is always the right thing to do. You are NEVER alone. Be part of the solution. Do what you can to bring Jesus into every aspect of your life. Don't leave Him at church!
Fr. Mike Schmitz has 4 steps of Discipleship will help us be ale to grow and transform our lives. We can do this!! Check it out. Think about what this means to you. Which one is easiest? Which one is challenging? Why?
Welcome to the blog for this week and the theme is God the Father's love for us and Father's day celebration. Like any good Father, God wants what is best for each of his precious children. We are reminded of his detailed care for each of us as individuals. Posted below is Fr. Gerry's homily that will help prepare our hearts to be open to the love GOD has for each.
Some Father's Day humor..... we can all use a good laugh:
$chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can't think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.
I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.
But seriously........ have you ever spent time just thinking about how much love God the Father has for each of us. Look no further that the timeless reminder He gives us in His Words. Below is a beautiful meditation that will give you refreshment of this TRUTH. Listen to the meditation two times. The first time enjoy the visuals in the video and the second time just close your eyes and focus on the words.
This weekend, June 14th we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. This page is dedicated to helping us all dig deeper into our understanding of one of the central truths of our Catholic Faith which is the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We will start with the homily from Fr. Gerry.
St. Ignatius Loyola gave us a powerful prayer to use after receiving the Eucharist. Try praying this after you receive the Eucharist physically or spiritually and see how God answers your prayers.:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me,
Body of Christ,save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me,
Water from the side of Christ,wash me
Passion of Christ,strengthen me,
O Good Jesus,hear me
Within thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from thee
From the malignant enemy defend me
In the hour of my death,call me
And bid me come unto Thee,
That with all Thy Saints,
I may praise thee forever and ever. AMEN
For more information on the history of this prayer you can go to...
Have you heard of Eucharistic Miracles? Science proven miracles around the world involving the Eucharist transforming into flesh and blood. Here is one of the most famous miracles.
Why are you Catholic? Can you answer this question if someone asks you?
Here is a beautiful testimony from Jackie Angel and why she is Catholic.
Think about your why.
For the children... if you are looking for some "hands on activities" to open discussion on the Eucharist and Adoration go to ....
Why do you think Jesus gave us this Sacrament?
How does the Eucharist help you in your daily life?
Parents.. do your remember your first Communion? Share your faith story with the family. Dig out your First Communion pictures if you have access.
It is very important that we teach our children how to make the sign of the cross as one of their first lessons in prayer. We often times even as adults rush through with out actually thinking about what this means.
Here is a link to some fun lessons and activities on the Holy Trinity: