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Renewing the Christian Family

Faith Formation Weekly Updates

The example and witness of parents “leave an impression that the future events in their children’s lives will not be able to efface. The ministry of evangelization carried out by Christian parents is original and irreplaceable. It assumes the characteristics typical of family life itself, which should be interwoven with love, simplicity, practicality and daily witness.” Familiaris Consortio
There are many people, events, and activities, that are competing for our time. Children also feel the pressure of many things competing for their time. Jesus clearly states in the gospel that HE and nothing else should be first place in our life. This does not mean that all those things competing for our time are bad. When Jesus is #1 in our life and family, everything else falls into its proper place. What place does Jesus have in your life and in the life of your family?
Parents discipline their children. Why discipline a child? To help that child grow into a virtuous adult. As we get older we may even discipline ourselves, for instance eating a certain diet to be in better health. The life of the Christian is one of discipline. The root of discipline is disciple. A disciple is one who follows Jesus in word and deed. That requires discipline. One discipline that we can all develop from child through adult is prayer.
When someone in our family is going through a hard time, we can't just sit by and watch. We try to do everything we can to let him or her know that he or she is not alone.
The Faith Formation Office is now at the office for Sts Mary and Martha at St Francis Church. The address is 299 Clark Street, Auburn, NY and the phone number is 315-252-7593.
When we consecrate ourselves to Mary, we give her our entire lives and selves as well as the merits of all our prayers and works in order to belong more fully to Our Lord.
What’s the point of consecration to Mary, anyway? What if I already have a devotion to Mary, pray the Rosary, and ask for her intercession? Consecration to Mary is simply a furthering and deepening of our devotion to and relationship with Jesus through Our Lady.
June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Marian consecration is the act of entrusting one’s body, soul, possessions, works, and entire life to the protection, guidance, and intercession of Our Lady.

A Year of Prayer

Man is in search of God. In the act of creation, God calls every being from nothingness into existence. "Crowned with glory and honor," man is, after the angels, capable of acknowledging "how majestic is the name of the Lord in all the earth."1 Even after losing through his sin his likeness to God, man remains an image of his Creator, and retains the desire for the one who calls him into existence. All religions bear witness to men's essential search for God.

God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, the faithful God's initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response. As God gradually reveals himself and reveals man to himself, prayer appears as a reciprocal call, a covenant drama. Through words and actions, this drama engages the heart. It unfolds throughout the whole history of salvation. (CCC 2566-2567)    Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Pray for Us!

 

Adult Faith Formation THE CREED

The keys that unlock the beliefs of the Christian Faith are stated succinctly in the Nicene Creed, which we pray at every Sunday Mass. Born at the Council of Nicaea in the Fourth Century after intense debates, this formal statement of faith is the foundation of both eastern and western Christianity. And to this day, most Christians around the world would subscribe to it.  Please join us as we explore the Creed with Bishop Robert Barron in a new study beginning Wednesday, November 10th, at 6:30pm at St. Hyacinth Center.                
Contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.  
Phone # 315-252-3439                                

2021-2022 Faith Formation Year

Family of Faith is our 1st through 5th grade program which combines whole family at home learning, and one community gathering a month. The community gathering brings together all the families to review and share what they are learning that month, as well as large group activities to further expand the months lessons. There will be a gathering in Cato, Auburn and in the Good Shepherd Catholic Community.

6th and 7th grade Alive in Christ, students, with parental guidance, will complete lessons at home and once a month the students will gather to review and share what they are learning. The monthly gathering is also a time for these students to grow in community with one another and learn how to witness their faith to others.

8th and 9th grade years are focused on the Sacrament of Confirmation.

High School is a time of further discovering who you are and your mission in life. High School gatherings focus on scripture, fellowship, and serving others.

Sacrament Formation Important Dates

1st Penance/Communion orientation will be Wednesday September 15th at 6:30pm in St. Hyacinth Church. This is just for parents.

Adult Faith Formation will begin September 29 at 1pm and again at 6:30pm. We will begin with a 6-week course on the Sacraments. The great sacraments of the Church—Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, the Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders—have endured for thousands of years and structured countless lives. Everything in the Church’s life comes from and returns to them. But there is far more to these ancient rites than meets the eye. Contact the Faith Formation Office if you are interested.

Did you know…?

One of the ways that Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Assumption around the world is through elaborate Firework displays.

 

Creating A Safe Environment 

Diocese of Rochester Creating A Safe Environment Policy: https://www.dor.org/protecting-our-children/office-of-safe-environment/ also at https://www.dor.org).

Creating a Safe Environment Newsletter: https://www.dor.org/protecting-our-children/newsletters/

Volunteer Code of Conduct: https://www.dor.org/wp-content/uploads/Volunteer-Code-of-Conduct-for-Adults.pdf

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

“Your Journey Of Conversion To Jesus Christ”

There will be two information meetings about RCIA/RCIC for those who would like to learn more about the process of coming into the church and to ask those burning questions you have about the Catholic Church. Informational meetings are Sunday August 29 at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Hall, and Monday August 30th at 6:30pm at St. Hyacinth School.  

Are you, or  someone you know not baptized? Are you baptized in another Christian church and wish to become Catholic? Are you an adult Catholic and have not yet been confirmed? Do you have a child age 7+ who has not yet been baptized? We would like to journey with you as you come to experience Jesus in a deeper way through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Contact Carlo Stebbings, carlo.stebbings@dor.org for more information