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Immaculate Conception

Gaudete Sunday

Catechesis@Home Activity:

Rejoice! Take some time this weekend to get together as a family and do something that will bring you some JOY!!!

First Week of Advent

Catechesis@Home Activity:

Do you have an Advent Wreath at home? Let's see it lit up with the first purple candle of Advent!

If you don't have one yet, it's super easy to make one with some basic supplies. You may even be making an arts-and-crafts Advent Wreath in class this week.

Place your Advent Wreath on your home altar or in a visible place to help remind you of the incredible journey of faith that we're on as we prepare our hearts and homes to receive the newborn Jesus on Christmas day.

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Mass Reflection Prompt:

"Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths!" This coming Sunday, we'll be hearing about St. John the Baptist in the Gospel. "One mightier than I is coming after me... I have baptized you with water, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." St. John the Baptist's sole mission in his ministry was to prepare the way of the Lord, and he was constantly pointing beyond himself, towards Jesus.

This week, I invite you to reflect on the St. John the Baptists in your own life. Who "prepared the way of the Lord" in your life? Who are the people that have played a major part in helping you to learn, and understand, and grow in your faith? Who are those extraordinary role models in your life who constantly point you closer towards Jesus?

Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for each of these people that God has placed in your life.

St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

First Saturdays Devotion

Catechesis@Home Activity:

The Five First Saturdays Devotion is a request made by Our Lady of Fatima. The Blessed Mother promised to assist all those who make an act of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the first Saturdays of any five consecutive months. This devotion is an easy one to do either privately or together as a family. In order to make the "First Saturdays" Devotion, one must:

  1. Go to Confession
  2. Receive Holy Communion
  3. Say five decades of the rosary
  4. Keep Mary company for fifteen minutes meditating on the mysteries of the rosary

Though many of our students cannot yet go to Confession or receive Holy Communion, they can certainly attend Mass and make a Spiritual Communion. All families are encouraged to participate in this wonderful devotion from November through March, which will lead us into Lent, Holy Week, and Easter in early April!

There's no FlipGrid response this week, but if you haven't submitted the last few weeks' videos, please do so over the next two weeks! Remember there's no class next week as November 11th is the Veteran's Day Holiday.

Mass Reflection Prompt:

In this weekend's Gospel, Jesus urges us to, "stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." This parable helps us to focus on the unexpected arrival of God’s kingdom. Everyone must be ready at all times – whether asleep or awake – for Christ to return. How to remain awake is a question we must each ask ourselves...

How Does the Church Declare Saints?

Catechesis@Home Activity:

Discover your Patron Saints! Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes -- anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.

  1. Were you named after a particular saint? He or she is one of your patron saints!
  2. Each day, the Catholic Church celebrates various different saints from all around the world. Look up the Saint of your birthday and that's another of your patron saints!
  3. Do you have any special interests or occupations? There's probably a patron saint for that, too!

Who are some of your patron saints? Turn to them in a special way whenever you need help or some extra prayers from heaven!

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The Call to Holiness

Catechesis@Home Activity:

Visit Blessed Carlo Acutis' website on Eucharistic Miracles and learn from our newest "Blessed" about one of the many Eucharistic miracles from around the world. Share which one you looked up and what you learned about it!

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Sunday Mass Reflection:

Read up a little more on the life of Blessed Carlo Acutis. How can he inspire you to more whole-heartedly live out the Greatest Commendment from this weekend's Gospel?

"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." -MT 22:37-39

No new video this week! Let's all take a moment to catch up on the first four weeks of Catechesis@Home activities!

Reminder: Because the FlipGrid videos are not being posted publicly, they will not be visible to you after they are submitted. I'll be providing you a periodic update so you can track which videos have been submitted and which are still pending.

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! The Rosary is one of the most powerful prayers and devotions we have and the reason why is pretty simple: Mama knows best!! When we pray the Rosary, we are praying to Jesus through Mary. For centuries, countless saints and many of our Popes have relied on the Rosary:

“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.”

Pope Leo XIII

“Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother... Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!”

Saint "Padre Pio" of Pietrelcina

For this week's Catechesis@Home, let's learn how to REALLY pray the Rosary!

Catechesis@Home Activity:

Let's put together a virtual rosary led by YOU!

  • Kindergarteners: Record yourself making the SIGN OF THE CROSS.
  • 1st and 2nd Graders: Record yourself praying a HAILY MARY.
  • 3rd-6th Graders: Record yourself praying an OUR FATHER.
  • 7th Graders-8th Graders: Record yourself praying a GLORY BE.
  • High Schoolers: Record yourself reciting the APOSTLES CREED.

Parents: If you would prefer your child's recording NOT be used in the Rosary Video, that is entirely understandable. Please make the recording and add "OPT OUT" as the Title.

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Sunday Mass Reflection:

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus shares with us the Parable of the Wedding Feast, symbolizing the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus tells of a man who attends but is not wearing a proper wedding garment. This garment symbolizes the repentance and change of heart that is required of us as a condition to for entrance into the Kingdom. All of us are invited to the Feast, but like we read in the parable, often ignore it or refuse. How long has it been since we've been to Confession? Do we know how to make a proper examination of conscience? How can we better prepare our hearts to respond generously and openly to God's invitation to his eternal banquet?

St Therese of Lisieux

We welcome a special "guest" this week, one of our beloved Carmelite Sisters, Sr. Shawn Pauline, OCD, who gives us a beautiful catechesis on the life of our Patroness, St. Therese.

Catechesis@Home Activity:

Tomorrow, October 1st is the liturgical Memorial of St. Therese of Lisieux and our Parish Feast Day! Gather together as a family and pray the final day of the Novena to St. Therese! Add an image of St. Therese or some roses to your prayer space at home this week to mark the special occasion. Happy Feast Day!!

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Optional: Do we have any artists in the program? Draw an image of St. Therese and send it in to the Parish Office!

Novena to St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Heavenly Father, help us understand and treasure the gift of the Little Way that St. Therese has taught us.  Help us rejoice in our littleness and weakness, realizing as she did that through them Your divine strength is free to do its work of life in us.  Show us that nothing is an obstacle but that everything -- temperament, situations in which we find ourselves, our duties in life -- are materials for the prayer and sacrifice the world so desperately needs. Give us generosity and courage, O Lord, to use them as You wish. We place our own needs before You, confident that You will answer us since we pray with St. Therese through Your beloved son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Here, make your petition)

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

V. Pray for us, St. Therese of the Child Jesus,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: O God, who did inflame with Your Spirit of love the soul of Your servant, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love You and make you much loved. Amen.

Prayer Spaces and the Domestic Church

Catechesis@Home Activity:

Part 1 - Take a few minutes to do a scavenger hunt around your house. How many religious images can you find?

Part 2 - Create a dedicated prayer space in your home! Perhaps a table in the corner of a common room or a small space in a bedroom. Mark that space as sacred by decorating it with a small crucifix, images of your favorite saints, or other religious images and make that prayer space a place where your family can gather each night, or a few nights each week, to pray together.

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Sunday Mass Reflection Question:

In the Second Reading this weekend, from St. Paul's Letter to the Phillipians, we're counseled to "Do nothing out of selfishness... [to] humbly regard others as more important than yourselves... [to] have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus." Practicing humility is sometimes easier said than done. Reflect on a recent time when you had to put aside selfishness and practice humility. How can you practice humility every day, having in you, "the same attitude that is in Christ Jesus?"

Emmaus, Encounter, & Accompaniment

Catechesis@Home Activity:

Sit together as a family and come up with a list of 5 family faith-goals that you can work on together throughout the year ahead. (Be sure to watch the video above for more details!)

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Sunday Mass Reflection Question:

This weekend, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday, "a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel." What are some concrete ways that you, as students, parents, and as a family, can hand on the faith and be a witness to the Gospel to all those you encounter?

A Special Welcome Message from Our Pastor, Fr. Manny