This weekend is packed with good opportunities for reflection!! God is so good!! All the time God is good! We have the Gospel readings from Matthew5:1-12a which is the Beatitudes( or Sermon on the mount) and it falls on ALL SAINTS DAY!!
There are so many lessons for us to ponder in our hearts.
Jesus is always showing us the way to a good and holy life so we can join the Saints in heaven. First, lets look at the beatitudes.
November 1 is also ALL SAINTS DAY!! We lean on the SAINTS as role models of faith and prayer partners. This week's prayer is the Litany of Saints. We will ask for the Saints to pray for us especially for wisdom in the upcoming election! You and I are called to be saints. We ask God's help with this goal.
For Kids k-4
For Grades 5-8
This week we are focused on the message of the "Beatitudes". Jesus was teaching people how to live a holy and happy life. Much of this message focused on thinking of others, relying on God and not other people and things and standing up for what we know is right respectfully.
Here is a short video that uses movie clips and some humor to try and get you to think more about what Jesus wants you to know about living a truly happy life.
I am beginning to see a theme here each week as God is reaching out us with a clear message. It is a very timely one for our modern times. In this week's Gospel, Jesus gives us the two greatest commandments.
The first one is love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. The second one is to love your neighbor as yourself. Last week's Gospel, we were called to remember that we are all created in the image and likeness of God.
Which commandment is easier for you to live by? Which commandment is harder?
In honor of All Saints day coming up.... here are some quotes to help us with loving others
St. Mother Teresa- " Spread LOVE everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." It's not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts."
Pope St. Gregory the Great- "The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists it works great things, but when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist."
St. Catherine of Sienna- " Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with it's creator; it binds God with man and man with God.”
St. John of the Cross-" To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of it's humility."
This week's prayer challenge:
I invite you to pray this scripture throughout the week:
"May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you."
1 Thessalonians 3:12
KEEP it SIMPLE!!- Let the lyrics of the song below reign in your heart!
For Children grade k-5:
This week we will be thinking about the two greatest Commandments that Jesus gave us to live a holy life.
1. Love God with all your heart , mind and soul.
2.Love your neighbors as yourself
Sounds easy doesn't it?!
What are ways you show your love for GOD?
What are ways you show your love for others?
Here is a catchy song to get us to remember the two greatest commandments. It another song that you can get up and move to the music. When we sing and dance with intention it is also a way to pray and increase our joy!
For those that like to make things to help them remember the lessons: click on the link below. If anyone would like their craft posted on our website we would love to share it!
For Grades 6- 8:
This week's theme is based on the two greatest commandments that came directly from Jesus!
Its all about LOVE!
1. LOVE GOD
It is that simple! How do we show our LOVE for GOD?
How do we LOVE others?
How do we live this out.....
on the sports field
in the cafeteria
on social media
with our friends
with people that are not kind
with people who are strangers
with people that have a lot
with people that have a little
with people that do not share the same life experience
with people that do share the same life experience
with people that are struggling with addictions
with people that are suffering with poor health
with people that are not as popular as you
with people that have family struggles
with people that are anxious
with people that are not anxious
The truth is that you were made to be a SAINT! You can become a SAINT with God's help!
This week's Gospel challenges us to think about what we give to GOD.
Where do we place our focus and how do we see ourselves?
Prayer for the week:
Thank you for all the many blessings in our lives. Thank you for your patience with each of us as sometimes our lives get filled with distractions. Help us with your amazing grace to keep our eyes on you and may our very lives always reflect the light of Christ. We are are all made in your image, help us to recognize the divinity in each human you have created. Help us to love radically. Increase in us so that we may decrease.
For Children: This week's Gospel helps us think about how important it is to keep God in the center of our lives and how we were made in His image.
This next song..... I dare you to make up your own dance to the Lord and celebrate being made in his image!
For Youth: Everyone needs reminders!
One of my favorite songs that has been made popular in the secular world has such a deep meaning. It is another reminder of our identity as a CHILD of GOD made in his image. Do not listen to the messages out there or in your own head that tell you anything different!
Many of you are in Confirmation and may be looking for Saints to choose for your Saint name. Did you ever wonder why we need to learn about these amazing people? One reason is they are role models. They are role models of faith and they lived real lives in this world. We can learn from their lives how to live a holy life despite the challenges and distractions. We are all called to be saints. We all have a part to play. A holy challenge would be to pick one from the video below to learn more about!
This week's Gospel is about the invitation that GOD extends to us so that we can become "the CHOSEN". The question we all have to answer is .... how will we respond? All are invited.
The Gospel is taken from Mathew22: 1-14
ALL ARE INVITED............
We each need to look at our individual lives and see what stops us from responding to HIS invitation. It is never too late to respond. As you reflect on this invitation....close your eyes and hear the lyrics of the following by clicking on the link below.
For Children: This week's Gospel is about God's invitation to each of us. Did you know that God has invited you to a very special life. When Jesus was explaining this to his friends, he used a story about a king. Jesus often used stories to help us learn important lessons. Here is a song that tells the story about the king..... what do you think the lesson was?
Here is the answer......
For Middle Schoolers: No one likes to feel left out or uninvited. A cool fact about God is that everyone is invited!! You are never ignored or left out when it comes to God. He is not a bully. He will never force you to accept the invitation of a relationship with him. He can be your true best friend if you say "YES" to a life as a follower of Christ.
For Teens: This week's Gospel is all about your personal invitation. You are the MVP . God has invited you to an epic life with HIM.
How will you respond to His invitation?
We are all called to be Saints! You and I are called to become Saints. You can only become a Saint with God's help. No one can become a Saint on their own. There are many teen Saints...check out the story about Blessed Carlos Acutis.