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Thursday, Deacon Dave will have a Communion Service but this will not be live-streamed.
Great Articles About Faith For Families
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Catholic School Students Get Surprise Call From Bishop Barron
Sister Mary Louise, religion teacher at Sts. Peter & Paul STEM School has been getting creative and finding different ways to keep her students engaged and help them enjoy distance learning during this quarantine.
After showing the video “Faith and Reason” from Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, she asked her 5th and 6th graders to write down some questions for Bishop Barron in regards to the video, which she would later send to him via email.
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Children Belong at Mass
Article by Fr. Michael Rennier
Mass is the family of God kneeling together at the foot of the cross.
Small children are engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to distract us during Mass. They wave at me during the opening procession. They sing the Agnus Dei with extreme enthusiasm and drown out the nearby adults, the babies loudly cheer during the homily. I love it. At Epiphany Parish in south St. Louis, the pews are overflowing with kids. These pint-size Catholics happily wiggle and pray right along with parishioners of all ages. I don’t truly believe they’re conspiring against us, but it’s true that keeping children participating with the adults can be a challenge.
It’s rare, but occasionally someone will question having children with us during Mass, wondering if it wouldn’t be better to leave them at a children’s church and retrieve them after Mass is over (a far different idea than giving children their own Liturgy of the Word). If I had space, I’d talk about how important family is, how turning Mass into a professional worship experience or a lecture from a priest is a mistake and how developing patience with children is good for us.
Mass is the family of God kneeling together at the foot of the cross. We look at Jesus together and make space in our hearts for Him. We make ourselves a gift of love to Him. It’s as if we’re peering over the ledge of a mysterious and deep well. We cannot see the bottom and we struggle to explain it’s source, but as we drink it nourishes us nonetheless. The Mass comes to us like a ladder lowered from heaven or a gate ripped through the fabric of the universe. We do not make it. It makes us. If we have the attitude of small children, a sense of wonder and excitement, we might participate better.
Little kids belong at Mass, and so do the rest of us.
Read the full article here
Suggested Books for Adults
The Silver Star
It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.
An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place.
Half Broke Horses
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did."
So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in
The Glass Castle
Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit.
Suggested Books For Families
An Elephant in the Garden
Lizzie and Karl's mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don't run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have an elephant in tow, and keep themselves safe? Along the way, they meet Peter, a Canadian navigator who risks his own capture to save the family.
As Michael Morpurgo writes in an author's note,
An Elephant in the Garden
is inspired by historical truths, and by his admiration for elephants, "the noblest and wisest and most sensitive of all creatures." Here is a story that brings together an unlikely group of survivors whose faith in kindness and love proves the best weapon of all.
The One and Only Bob
Return to the unforgettable world of the Newbery Medal-winning and #1
New York Times
The One and Only Ivan
(soon to be a major motion picture!)
in this incredible sequel, starring Ivan’s friend Bob!
Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.
Bob, Ivan, and Ruby have touched the hearts of millions of readers, and their story isn’t over yet. Catch up with these beloved friends before the star-studded film adaptation of
The One and Only Ivan
hits theaters in August 2020!
The God Minute-Concert Friday ( Hello God)
June 26, 2020
on Friday, June 26 at 1:24PM