COVID-19 Adapted Resources -->
Even though we're celebrating Mass again, we recognize that small kids will not wear masks or "social distance" themselves, so content will continue to be updated regularly right here, to help you keep God at the center of your home.
SJA Church - Youtube Channel:
FORMED: (Video Streaming Library)
Family Formation Weekly Activities:
May 18th : Here are some fun & interesting activities for children...
May 25th : Ascension of the Jesus into Heaven
May 31st : Pentecost & the "birthday of the Church!"
June 7th : the most Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
June 14th : Corpus Christi - the Body & Blood of Christ
June 21st : Father's Day (do something good for God, Our Father)
And maybe do something nice for your dad, too. :)
June 28th : (Matthew 10:37-42) Christian Hospitality. Do for others & you do for Christ.
This week, pray as a family, put God first, and be kind to everyone.
(try opening PDF in Acrobat if your browser doesn't load all pages)
Scroll Down for prior weekly worksheets, with the videos for those weeks too.
May 30th was the Feast Day of our Patron, Saint Joan of Arc!
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION - what does that mean?
We've shifted from an older CCD model to something more personal. It's less textbook, and more Bible. It's less class, and more Mass. It's not an assembly line, it's family & community. It's not a program, it's a process. It's not a series of promotional events, it's a lifestyle. Family Faith Formation is a way to help support and encourage parents to be the best examples of Christian Life to the children they hope to raise as good Christian kids. Keeping our faith strong is our shield against real evil influences in our lives.
We live in an age where glowing electronic devices instantly link us to a world that is telling us what to think, how to feel, and how to identify. We are often overwhelmed with input, information, and choices. And in that noise are voices trying to tell your children WHO they are. If you aren't talking to them about belonging to God's family, and being infinitely valuable, beautiful & irreplaceable people, what are they hearing instead? We want to help empower ourselves as parents, to have meaningful conversations about faith, God, sin & forgiveness, morals, sacraments, life, and to be comfortable saying "let's find out together" when kids ask something we can't easily answer. Let's work together.
We talk about a "personal relationship with Christ" - and relationships need attention, time & communication. Christianity has to be lived and experienced to be relate-able. We should aim and point the way to Jesus, then do our best to conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with our professed beliefs- lifestyle, Bible, mass, prayer. If we want our children to know Christ, they need to see Him in us!
Let us help show you simple ways to share the faith in your home and in the parish community. We want to show you how easy it can be to talk to your children about being a follower of Jesus Christ.
If you have not received your 2019/2020 Family Faith Formation package, please check in with us in the gathering space of the church. Family Faith Formation is for ALL of our children, regardless of where they attend school.
*** UPDATED 5/25 : Phased Re-Opening after COVID-19 Response ***
Weekend MASS WILL RESUME, starting Saturday May 30th & Sunday May 31st, Pentecost!!!
There will be no CLOW or Family Formation Gatherings scheduled at this time.
Mass Schedule will be: 5pm Saturday, 8:30am & 11:15am (with capacity limits & special instructions coming soon).
The Parish Office will open for Parish Business on May 26th, from 930am till 1pm- Mondays thru Thursdays.
Masks, Hand Sanitizing, and Social Distancing, along with Attendance Capacity Limits will be required.
We realize families with high-risk individuals may not choose to attend masses yet, and parents with small children may not be able to celebrate the mass and maintain social distancing and masks on faces as required, so we'll continue to offer the mass online for those who can't join us in person. The Sunday Obligation does not apply during this phase, so be safe, join us if you can, and celebrate with us online if that works better for you at this time.
FAITH FORMATION VIDEO RECOMMENDATIONS:
June 28th: Scripture reminds us to
Love God- put God first.
Love People- with kindness & hospitality.
Live Accordingly- turn good habits, like prayer & service into a lifestyle that reflects God's Love.
Some thoughts about Family Faith Formation:
What is CATHOLIC - in a world full of so much confusion...
Special Message for Faith Formation Adults & Teens:
June 21st - Don't be afraid, have courage & live the Gospel. (Matthew 10:26-33)
AND a message for all Fathers everywhere!
June 14th - Corpus Christi (the Body & Blood of Christ)
Jesus is the Bread of Life!
June 7th - the Holy TRINITY... easy to say, sometimes tough to comprehend & explain...
May 31st - Pentecost & the Birthday of the Church!!!
May 25th - the Ascension of Jesus!
Matthew 28:18-20: Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
May 17th - Jesus says to Love and follow Him, and we will receive the Spirit of Truth!
May 10th - the Way the Truth & the Life! ...and Mother's Day!!!
May 3rd - the Gate & the Good Shepherd...
In Jesus' time, the shepherd often WAS the gate, sleeping in the opening of the pen, on guard against threats.
MAY is the month of MARY the mother of God!
(shout-out to Mothers everywhere!!!)
April 26th - on the Road to Emmaus - can you even imagine!!!
A brief but simplified acting:
A slightly longer version, based on Luke 24:13-33
April 19th - Divine Mercy Sunday - Jesus Appears to Thomas & the Apostles...
Below are some Family Friendly Vids for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter!
Family Formation Worksheets for the week of April 5th,
Family Formation Worksheets for the week of April 12th,
Leaving the following videos here a little while longer... :)
Here's an insightful video about God's Grace:
And here's a beautiful video from USCCB & Catholic Relief Services, about being good stewards of God's Creation:
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