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Renewing the Christian Family

Faith Formation Weekly Updates

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.
Month of Mary Throughout the history of the Church, Mary has been honored above the angels and the saints. We do not adore Mary. Adoration belongs to God alone.
Month of Mary Parents are always helping their children prepare for something, whether that consists of getting ready for school, preparing for an exam, or preparing to go on vacation. In today's Gospel, Jesus prepares his disciples for his Passion, death, and Resurrection. He promises his Holy Spirit, gives them the gift of his peace, and tells them not to be troubled.
Mary called herself the “handmaid” of the Lord. In some versions of the Gospel, handmaid is translated as servant. Mary models for us the grace of total submission to the will of the Father. To be God’s servant we must be willing to do whatever He asks of us. Prayer is one of the ways that we can discover what God is asking of us. When we pursue a relationship with God, we prepare ourselves to respond to His call. During this month of May let us imitate Mary and say “Yes” to God’s Will daily.

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.


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The Family Zone

This newsletter has been created to give you a tangible connection to the families in your parish each week. Within the pages of the newsletter you will find a weekly Gospel connection, a lesson adapted to all ages, prayer, important online links for further catechesis and support, and some “just for fun” activities for families to enjoy.

ISSUE 71 10.17.21

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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, for more information