SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 IS WORD OF GOD SUNDAY Dear Families, As you know temptations are all around us. Temptations like alcohol, drugs, violence, sexuality, TV, negative peer pressure, complacency, busyness and so many others. The only way we can truly overcome these temptations is faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “I am the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Romans 10:17 states it like this, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing comes by the Word of God.” If we want our family to withstand the pressures of the world we must be in the Word. Unfortunately many families are over booked and spiritual development is not a high priority .We spend quality time in activities such as work, sports, school, band and recreation, but have little or no time to spend developing our relationship with God. Some families no longer attend Mass on the weekend where we receive our spiritual food on the Eucharist. Because of that, many of us are spiritually malnourished. We need to be in God’s Word more! We need to teach our children the importance of the teachings in the Bible! This Sunday is Word of God Sunday. Last year we provided you with some materials on the Bible. I hope that you found them helpful. This year we wish to provide you with a short Family Bible Study we wish to provide you with this Bible Study. It has been designed to be very simple, basic applicable to the entire family. It is written at a level so that someone unfamiliar with the Bible could use the outline. This can also be used as a starting point for a family that may be older. Just take the lesson and add more depth to it. The most important thing is for us to begin to open the Word of God as a family. This is where we can develop a spiritual life that can withstand temptation! How is your family spiritually? You can NEVER start too young! May God bless your efforts to develop strong God centered homes. We have compiled resources for families to use at home. See the list below:
BIRTH TO FIVE Resources and activities for families with young children.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Religious education programs for Grades K-6, junior high, and senior high. Sacrament Preparation for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.
PLAYLIST What is a Playlist? A playlist focuses on a specific theme and includes activities that you can do individually or with your family at home. Activities may include videos, devotionals, printables, books, mission ideas, community service ideas, fun surprises, and links to additional resources. They are designed for families with children and will be labeled if they are appropriate for certain ages. There are also recommended resources for parents that may be helpful when children ask questions. We will be adding additional Playlists every month or two.
YOUTH MINISTRY Programs and activities that involve and engage our young people to experience opportunities in Evangelization, Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Catholic Leadership, Mission Work, Scripture and the traditions of the Catholic Church.
Response to Christ’s Inner Awakening and RCIA RCIA, or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process through which adults learn about the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church and become members of the Church, eligible to receive the sacraments. As Jesus is the gateway to eternal life, RCIA is the gateway to the Catholic Church.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION The Church's catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel. Consequently, appropriate goals and content will embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life—for example, understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good. Our adult faith formation ministry must engage the particular needs and interests of the adults in each local community. To be faithful and effective it will offer, over time, a comprehensive and systematic presentation and exploration of the core elements of Catholic faith and practice—a complete initiation into a Catholic way of life. It will do so in a way that is accessible to adults and relates to their life experiences, helping them to form a Christian conscience and to live their lives in the world as faithful disciples of Jesus.