Faith Formation

WELCOME TO OUR FAITH FORMATION PAGE

OFFICE HOURS are by appointment!  Please feel free to call at anytime – I am working from home.
716-256-2598

We’re nearing the half-way mark for Lent this week! Check back often as Lenten materials will be updated weekly. My bi-weekly series on Know Your Faith, will focus on Catholic Social Teaching, which is really the teaching of the Church on the principles that guide how we make decisions about how we live our lives.

Deacon Don Weigel joins us for a discussion about the Rice Bowl Project and Catholic Relief Services. See Deacon Don’s Video here.

KYF Links

Care for Creation

Pope’s Encyclical on Care for Creation

Online Course: the Laudato Si’ encyclical

Care for Creation Video

Discussion on Pope’s Encyclical Laudato si

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Short video on Option Poor and Vulnerable

Discussion Guide

Another Short Video

Scripture Links

Join us in person, live on Facebook or with our recording of Sunday, Lent, Triduum and Easter Masses. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we need to limit how many people are in the church building for Masses.  If you are unable to attend due to illness, high risk situation for yourself or family members, or just could not get a seat, you’ll want to join us for our live-streaming or recorded Masses.  Find the link on our Home Page!  See Fr. Bob, our church and hear Elizabeth play the organ.  Sing and read along with us when you pick up your copy of Breaking Bread. We are currently limited to 75 – 250 depending upon the size of the families we are serving. 

The Way of the Cross 

Join the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo as they travel The Way of the Cross during Lent 2021. 7PM. 

Friday March 5 – Join Deacon Paul and Mary Weisenburger from St. Lawrence via Zoom using the St. John Paul II scriptural stations at 7PM.  Interactive.  St. Lawrence Zoom Link.  Via Telephone: +1 646 558 8656  Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349 Passcode: 355159.  

Friday March 12 – Join the CCCB and Catholic Relief Service via Zoom at 7 PM.  Catholic Relief Services.  Telephone: +1 646 558 8656  Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349 Passcode: 355159.  

Friday March 19 – Join the Blessed Trinity family at 7PM via Zoom as they travel the Way in the Franciscan tradition. Blessed Trinity. Telephone: +1 646 558 8656  Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349 Passcode: 355159. Due to construction there are no in-person stations this year.

Lenten Journey

March 8 at 7PM Mass at St. Lawrence

March 15 at 7PM Mass at St. Martin de Porres

March 22 at 7PM Penance Service Ss. Columba-Brigid

Reflection materials– all materials are at the Welcome Space near the parking lot entrance. 

Choose between two reflection booklets available. 

Lent and Why We Celebrate

Week One Stories of Hope

Week Two Stories of Hope

Week Three Story of Hope

Pick up a copy of Catholic Relief Services Lenten Reflections calendar and Rice Bowl.  Return your sacrificial offering on Easter Weekend.

Meatless Days Consider an extra meatless meal every week and put the savings into the CRS rice bowl. Pick yours up beginning February 7. Week One’s recipe is from Madagascar

Week Two Recipe is from Viet Nam

Week Three Recipe is from El Salvador

What are the needs of some of these countries?

New “Scripture Study” begins March 9 at 7 PM

We have finished Acts and will begin the teaching on parishes from last summer called Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community.  Join us in hearing about our pope’s vision of the parish of the future. Get the link for the Zoom Meeting and for the document on our website. Joing our bi-weekly Zoom discussion on the Church in our communities.

Document Link: Document Link

Zoom Meeting Link: Parish Scripture Study

Pray the Gospels.

Thank you to those who joined me to learn how to pray the gospels.  If you would like to do this, I have included links below. Here are links to the videos which explain a little about Mark’s Gospel and how to Pray with Scripture:

What can we know?

Link to all of our scripture or document studies on Zoom.  Go to Zoom.com to get a free account or you can wait for the email invitation to be sent. Join a “Socially Distancing” friend with masks if you don’t have a computer of your own.  Call Pat Dyer 256-2598 for more information.

A Look at Catholic Social Teaching –

Rights and Responsibilities

Lesson Two Catholic Social Teaching   

Forming Catholic Consciences

Catholics Participate in Political Life

Prayers

Prayers for First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation

WEBSITES WORTH A LOOK

BUSTED HALO – Very teen and young adult friendly

USCCB – Current topics Older teens and adults

Holy Heroes – Activities for pre-school and school age children

Teaching Catholic Kids – From Our Sunday Visitor

Especially for the Year of St. Joseph on the Role of Men

WISH LIST

  • Construction paper & glue sticks 
  • Crayons – both mixed colors and multicultural skin colors
  • Hole punch, Children’s scissors & chalk
  • Yarn, ribbon &  cord
  • Lunch food for kids meetings, snacks for adult programs
  • Push pins & poster putty &Puppets
  • Bright colored cotton or cotton blend fabric
  • Printer ink – ask which kind we need
  • Sponsor a child’s textbook $15
  • Four mixed bags of jelly beans
  • Internet ready television 36-40 inches with built-in DVD player, and a stand (so we can use it in several different spaces.)

What can we hope for?

Prayer and Spirituality

Sunday 10AM Mass as well as Saturday 4:30PM and weekday Masses have resumed, and we’d love to see you here.  But, are you ready to come back?  Here is a good reflection that will help you to decide.  Five Things to Consider