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Renewing the Christian Family

Faith Formation Weekly Updates

Today’s Gospel tells us little about the background of these fishermen, their work, and their families. In today’s Gospel, we are simply told that James and John left their father, Zebedee, in the boat and followed Jesus.
The ministry of John the Baptist prepared for and pointed to the ministry of Jesus. In a similar way, our lives are to offer testimony to who we know Jesus to be for us and for the world. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. How does the witness of our lives give testimony to the reconciling presence of Christ? Consider how John the Baptist gives testimony to who Jesus is. Talk about what people might come to know about Jesus by observing your family life. Pray together that your family life will show others that Jesus is the Son of God, the lamb who takes away the sins of the world. Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
In our families, we are able to share good news and bad news. All too often, because of our busy-ness, we find ourselves only dealing with the bad news. Start a family tradition of inviting each family member to share something good that happened to him or her that day as you gather for dinner.
Building Strong Catholic Families We do many things to get ourselves ready for our celebration of Christmas: purchase gifts, prepare Christmas cards, decorate our homes. John's call of repentance in preparation for Jesus reminds us that our repentance is another way in which we prepare for the Lord's coming and our celebration of Christmas.
Many of us feel the pressure early in the holiday season to be ready for Christmas. But today's Gospel challenges us to be ready for something other than the gift-giving of Christmas.
Children in our culture often know very little about death, dying, and eternal life. Talk with your children about their thoughts, beliefs, maybe even their fears, about death and dying. In the Gospel this week, Jesus tells us that after we die, we will not need the same things we did when we were alive, but we will continue to have a relationship with God.
Parents are mortified when their children act greedy in front of guests. We are constantly reminding our children to say, “Please” and “Thank You”. Gratitude is a virtue and like all virtues grows when we practice the virtue. In this age of consumerism and the “mecentered” focus of today’s culture, we must refrain from feelings of self-entitlement. Materialism and consumerism prevent us from enjoying and being appreciative of all that we have.
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?

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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.  

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, for more information

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.


Did you know…?

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