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FAITH FORMATION- 

NOT JUST FOR KIDS ANYMORE 

OFFICE HOURS are by appointment!  Please feel free to call at anytime.
716-256-2598

Welcome to September!  It’s time to get back to routines a little.  Our first Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be held on the first Sunday of every month at the 10 AM Mass.  It is essential that children be present at Mass so that they can participate.

Discussions for non-Catholics worshipping with us began September 12 at the 10 AM Mass.  Feel free to join us.  These continue every weekend.

Other important dates to remember: First Confirmation Class (for anyone who needs to be Confirmed) is September 19, 6:30 PM at St. Martin de Porres – I will be there.   Our first Intergenerational Session will be at St. Lawrence Parish on October 19.  Please try to be there.  We want a good turnout when it is our turn in the spring.  Bible Study returns on September 28 at 7PM in St. Charles’ Hall with a six week video series on The Jewish Roots of the Parables.  Our Zoom Bible Study comes back for the winter and early spring months every other Tuesday following the video series.  Will we pause for Intergenerational evenings and be every other week.  (No driving in lousy weather.)  Join us as we study the Gospel of Luke.

Adults Only:  Wine and Cheese Movie Night and discussion.  MUST be over 21.  No charge. Our first movie night will be 9/24 at 6:30 PM.  I will be your host at Ss. Columba-Brigid.  (They have a screen.) September’s movie is Peanut Butter Falcon.  Donations to cover costs are gratefully accepted.  The October movie is October 29 and will be The Zookeeper’s Wife.  

EXTRA EXTRA – An extra movie night for Respect Life Month will be held October 8 at 6:30 PM in the Franciscan Guest House at St. Lawrence – featuring Entertaining Angels.  Over age 14 for this one.  Sorry – no wine served.

September:

Our theme for September is Peace.   

Confirmation classes: 9/19 and 9/26 

Parables video series: 9/28 

October:

Our theme for October is Respect for Life

Children’s Liturgy 10/03

Confirmation 10/02, 10/17, 10/24, and 10/31

Intergenerational Seasonal Faith Formation sessions will be available this Fall.  Check with someone you know from St. Lawrence as they have been doing this for a couple of years now.  A simple meal is included. 10/19

Parables Video series:10/5, 10/12 and 10/26.

If you enjoyed our Spring Cleaning you will want to keep an eye out for similar events over the summer and fall months.   We’ve now had three of these!  So much fun to work together and everything looks so good afterwards. 

Please let me know if there are topics that you would like to see discussed. The topics coming in September and October came from suggestions from people like you!  Happy fall. 

– Pat Dyer

KYF Links

Call to family, community and participation 

Fratelli tutti

USCCB links including scripture references

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

Future Parish

We have finished Acts and have begun 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.  No meeting May 25.

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?  We’re ready for you.  Here is a good reflection that will help you to decide.  Five Things to Consider