Sacramental Preparation Update (December 15, 2018)

Sacramental Preparation Update (December 15, 2018)

Weekly Update: Week of December 15-December 21, 2018

“Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus!” ~ Neal A. Maxwell

Dear Families,

Good afternoon! Happy almost third week of Advent! 🙂 Please read the e-mail below carefully, as it includes updates on activities/assignments for the week, as well as other important notices and invitations. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

Homework for this week:

Required Activities: ​​Chapter 8 – “Penance” in the orange ​Family Formation ​book
Bonus Activities: ​​Each video is only a few minutes in length. Please see below for topics and links. Once having clicked on the link, you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the appropriate episode.

  1. ​pages 152-156 in the blue “Blessed” workbook
  2. “The Five Steps” – Session 5 Episode ​4

Family Faith Habit for the Month: ​​Pick an activity to help you and your family observe advent – light the advent wreath at dinner, prayer special advent prayers before your meal, or sing a different “advent song” from the packet every evening. In addition, find some faith-based children’s Christmas books to share with your children at home. The links for the book lists in the December “Home Connection” sheet are as follows:

  1. https://club31women.com/25-advent-books-children/
  2. https://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/2013/11/21/24-picture-books-for-advent-and-christmas/
  3. https://blessedisshe.net/the-blog/advent-christmas-books-children/

Verse of Act of Contrition to Memorize for the Month​​: ​​

“Dear God, I am sorry for my all my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and in failing to do good, I have sinned against You, Whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen ​”

Prayer to Memorize for the Month​​:

“​​The Hail Mary”: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with You. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Advent Reflections for Adults

One of the best ways that we can help our families to grow in their faith is by making sure that we are spiritually fed ourselves. Needing to take a pause in your busy day? Looking for something to help you refocus each day on the beauty and meaning of Advent? I encourage you to check out the resources below – I’ve used them both and can’t recommend them enough!

  1. ​Formed.org​​ ​​Through the parish you have free and instant access to many great Catholic audio, video, and book resources. Visit ​formed.org​ and use our parish access code Q#H7DQ to submit your email address and then create your own password. I’ve found it really helpful to download the ​formed.org​ app on my phone. On the homepage, click on “Advent Reflections” – it’s a fantastic set of daily, super short video reflections for the Advent Series. This is my first time using them, and I’m really enjoying it.
  2. ​Creighton University Advent and Christmas Resources – ​​this site has so many beautiful resources and reflections for the Advent season. Check it out! http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/site-index.html

Advent Confession Times for Parents

Advent is a wonderful time to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in order to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus in the celebration of Christmas! St. Maurice has extra opportunities to receive this beautiful sacrament during the Advent season. Times include:

Tuesdays: 7:30-8:20pm
Fridays: 8:30-8:50pm and after the 9am mass
Saturdays: 4:00-4:50pm; Saturday Dec 22: 3:00-4:45pm
Sundays: 10:15-10:50pm

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL FAMILIES – Baptismal Certificates:

Although most families brought the baptismal certificate to show to us at our first class, we do require that each family ​submit a copy of their child’s baptismal certificate for us to ​​keep​​ on file ​​for the program. You are welcome to either bring a ​photocopy ​​to our next class, or you are welcome to ​scan/take a picture​​ of your child’s certificate and e-mail it to me. Whichever is easiest for you!
Please e-mail or bring in a copy even if your child was baptized at St. Maurice Parish.

We would love to have you join us!

As always, you are more than welcome to join us at any of our masses this weekend. It’s a great opportunity to refocus and recharge for the week ahead. Our weekend mass schedule is as follows:

Saturday – 5pm.
Sunday – 9am ( children’s liturgy offered, coffee social follows mass)
Sunday – 11am Sunday – 7:30pm

May God bless the week ahead for you and your families!

God bless,
Ellen Hong
First Communion Coordinator St. Maurice Parish