JOYFUL SUNDAYS is a family program created to give our families the opportunity to learn about our faith together. We start with the 10:30am Mass, then enjoy snacks followed by classes to end at 1:00pm once a month. Parents are the primary catechists and complete lessons at home.
We have some large group and family activities along with parent/adult breakout sessions during the year. We love to do service projects, too!
There are some quotes below about families and faith formation. Some are from Church documents or the directories for catechesis from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Advent, Nativity & Christmas
Saturday, DEC 3 – FIRST RECONCILIATION – 11AM ~
DEC 4 – Breakfast with St. Nick
DEC 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
DEC 16 – St. Gall Nativity Play at 7PM – Cookies and Hot Chocolate!
Christmas Break – Watch a Nativity Move – Learn and tell the story!
KDGN/GRADE 1—Allelu Les. 22, 14
GRADE 2—FIRST RECONCILIATION on DEC 3 at 11am
GRADE 3—DISCOVER Ch. 8
& WKLF Review Pg. 35-37
GRADE 4—ALIVE IN CHRIST Ch. 5
GRADE 5—ALIVE IN CHRIST Ch. 5, 7
GRADE 6—ALIVE IN CHRIST Ch. 5
VIDEOS TO WATCH AT HOME AND DISCUSS:
3 R's of Recycling
Creation Story - Beginners Bible
GOD’S STORY JESUS
GOD’S STORY GOOD NEWS
GOD’S STORY FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
What Does the Holy Spirit Do: Elementary Lesson
For Parents: The Holy Spirit with Bishop Barron
Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego
Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe | The Saints and Heroes Collection
Teens and Adults:
Learn about the Tilma
Nativity Story – Beginners Bible
Veggie Tales - Merry Larry and The True Light of Christmas
The Great Commandment.*
Hear, O Israel!* The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!
Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength.
Take to heart these words which I command you today.
Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.
Bind them on your arm as a sign* and let them be as a pendant on your forehead.
Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.”
* [6:4–5] This passage, an expansion of the first commandment (5:6–10), contains the basic principle of the whole Mosaic law, the keynote of the Book of Deuteronomy: since the Lord alone is God, Israel must love him with an undivided heart. Jesus cited these words as “the greatest and the first commandment,” embracing in itself the whole law of God (Mt 22:37–38; Mk 12:29–30; Lk 10:27).
* [6:4] Hear, O Israel!: in Hebrew, shema yisra’el; hence this passage (vv. 4–9), containing the Great Commandment, is called the Shema. In later Jewish tradition, 11:13–21 and Nm 15:37–41 were added to form a prayer recited every evening and morning. The LORD is our God, the LORD alone: other possible translations are “the Lord our God is one Lord”; “the Lord our God, the Lord is one”; “the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.”
* [6:8] Bind them…as a sign: these injunctions were probably meant merely in a figurative sense; cf. Ex 13:9, 16. In the late postexilic period, they were taken quite literally, and devout Jews tied on their arms and foreheads “phylacteries,” boxes containing strips of parchment on which these words were inscribed; cf. Mt 23:5.
Helpful tips for teaching your children about our faith:
Being a Catholic Christian means following Jesus, where he goes, what he does and how he does it. We have so many Bibles stories and parables to learn from Jesus himself! He also promised that we would never be alone.
The Holy Spirit is just waiting to help us! We have the tools of the Holy Spirit to help us, too:
Wonder and Awe (Fear of the Lord)
Fortitude (Courage to carry on!)
Piety (Devotions to help us and a desire for God)
Wisdom (God's Perspective
Are you a Catechist? I bet you are!
So, as I look out at you, I think: Who are catechists? They are people who keep the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others. This is something beautiful: to remember God, like the Virgin Mary, who sees God’s wondrous works in her life but doesn’t think about honour, prestige or wealth; she doesn’t become self-absorbed. Instead, after receiving the message of the angel and conceiving the Son of God, what does she do? She sets out, she goes to assist her elderly kinswoman Elizabeth, who was also pregnant. And the first thing she does upon meeting Elizabeth is to recall God’s work, God’s fidelity, in her own life, in the history of her people, in our history: “My soul magnifies the Lord … For he has looked on the lowliness of his servant … His mercy is from generation to generation” (Lk 1:46, 48, 50). Mary remembers God.
Catechists are men and women of the memory of God if they have a constant, living relationship with him and with their neighbour; if they are men and women of faith who truly trust in God and put their security in him; if they are men and women of charity, love, who see others as brothers and sisters; if they are men and women of “hypomoné”, endurance and perseverance, able to face difficulties, trials and failures with serenity and hope in the Lord; if they are gentle, capable of understanding and mercy.
Let us ask the Lord that we may all be men and women who keep the memory of God alive in ourselves, and are able to awaken it in the hearts of others. Amen.
Pope Francis Homily 2013
Day for Catechists
Parent and Family Resources