November Faith Formation Update

"The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, "even as others who have no hope … For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven … and the dead who are in Christ shall rise.

The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought "well and religiously concerning the resurrection." It was believed that "they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them" and that "it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven".

Excerpted from Liturgical Meditations, The Sisters of St. Dominic

 

I'm praying for you.

Carlo Stebbings

Director of Faith Formation

 

Faith Formation News for November

Mark your Calendars!

Monthly/Summer

No Monthly Session in November!

Next Monthly/Family Session is Saturday December 1 starting at 4:30pm at St. Mary's!

***Students in grades 6-8 who are registered for the monthly/summer program can attend an EDGE gathering in place of the Saturday gathering.

 

FAMLY OF FAITH

Our November meeting is Sunday November 18th, starting at 11am at St. Mary's church. We will go to the noon mass together!   

 

Weekly Programs (K-5th)

No Classes on Sundays 11th and 25th OR Monday 12th.

 

EDGE Middle School Youth Group (6th-8th grade)

          Sunday morning 8:45am-10:00am OR Monday 6:30pm-8:00pm at St. Joseph School

 4/5- The Branches!

11/12- No Meeting. Veterans Day Weekend.

18/ 19- Uprooted! and Chosen: How do I know God is real?

25- No Meeting! Happy Thanksgiving!

26- Oxygen!

 

EMMAUS High School Youth Group (9th-12th)

          Sundays from 6:30pm-8:00pm in Youth Room at St. Joseph School

4- Politics

11- No Meeting. Chosen Session

18-Divine Revelation

25- No Meeting! Happy Thanksgiving!

 

SACRAMENTAL FORMATION

Confirmation

Year 1- Retreat, Saturday Nov 3 from 12:30-5:30pm at Holy Family;

   Session 4 Monday Nov 19

Year 2- Sunday November 11th

 

1st Penance

Large Group, Lesson 5 on November 15th or 17th

Lesson 6 at home.

Retreat on Saturday December 8

October Faith Formation Update

Hello Families,                                

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Happy Fall! I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the fall weather.

All our Faith Formation and Sacramental Formation programs have begun. If you know of people who are not registered for Faith Formation or one of our Sacramental formation programs, they can still get in without being too far behind.

October is Pro-Life month, and month of the Holy Rosary.

The church teaches that life is sacred and that we are to support life from conception until natural death. To learn more on what the church teaches about life see the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2258-#2317

Throughout October we will pray for all people with a special focus each week.

1-8: Unborn

8-15: Children and Teens

15-22: Young adults/Adults

22-29- Senior Citizens

The rosary has been very much a part of what it means to be Catholic. But it's more than just a bunch of beads and Hail Mary's. The Rosary is truly a weapon of faith that helps us grow in relationship with Christ and His Blessed Mother, as well as helps us grow in holiness. As a family try praying at least one decade of the rosary each day during the month of October for life (see above). If you can pray an entire rosary as a family, go for it! To learn more about the Rosary go to https://www.rosarycenter.org/

Popular Saint Days in October

1: St. Terese of Lisieux; 4: St. Francis of Assisi; 5: St. Faustina Kowalska;          15- Theresa of Avila; 18- St. Luke; 19- Sts. Isaac Jogues and others

22- St. Pope John Paul II; 28- St. Jude Thaddaeus

 

I'm praying for you.

Carlo Stebbings

Director of Faith Formation
 

Faith Formation News for October

 

Mark your Calendars!

Monthly/Family Sessions

 

Monthly session is Saturday, October 6, 4:00pm Mass at St Alphonsus followed by a family session from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

***Students in grades 6-8 who are registered for the monthly/summer program can attend an EDGE gathering in place of the Saturday gathering.

 

Weekly Programs (K-5th)

No class on Monday October 8th! Columbus Day!

 

EDGE Middle School Youth Group (6th-8th grade)

            Sunday morning 8:45am-10:00am OR Monday 6:30pm-8:00pm at St. Joseph School

 

No EDGE on Monday October 8th! Columbus Day!

 

EMMAUS High School Youth Group (9th-12th)

            Sundays from 6:30pm-8:00pm in Youth Room at St. Joseph School

 

7-Sacraments and Grace (Eucharistic)

14- Evangelization: The Church's Mission

21 and 28 are Year 2 Confirmation evenings

 

SACRAMENTAL FORMATION

Confirmation

Year 1- October 15 and 29

Year 2- October 21 and 28

1st Penance

October 11 at 6:30pm (St. Joseph School) OR October 20 at 8:30am (Sacred Heart)

 

FAMILY OF FAITH

Our first all family gathering is Saturday October 20th at 10:15am at Sacred Heart Church.

September Faith Formation Update

Summer vacation is now past, and before us is the promise of another school year, and a year of growing in relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  

This coming weekend we kick off all our programs. I have been saying that this faith formation year is going to be EPIC. Here are some of the reasons why. Our K-5th classes are using a new book called Spirit of Truth by Sophia Press. It’s a fantastic book that uses the various learning modalities of students to teach the material. Every student will learn according to their ability.

Our junior high students are going to be attending EDGE. Study after study shows that by time students get to 6th grade they are ready for a new way of learning and engaging with the faith. EDGE is that format. Students will begin in large group for an icebreaker activity, opening prayer and the lesson of the day. They will then break into small groups to discuss the teaching with a CORE Team Member! They will finish in large group. 

Students preparing for 1st Penance and 1st Communion are going to be using the BLESSED program from Dynamic Catholic. It is truly the best program for forming children for these two beautiful sacraments of the church. And not only that, it is a program that brings the whole family together to learn and grow in faith.

Truly this year is going to be EPIC. And the biggest reason it’s going to be EPIC is that we will all Encounter Jesus Christ, Engage with our Faith, and Witness our faith to others.

On a spiritual note, September is the month of angels. At the end of the month we have the feast days of the archangels, and our guardian angels. As this new school year begins, as a family pray the St. Michael prayer and the Guardian angel prayer every day for protection. Prayers can be found at the end of this communication.

 

I’m praying for you.

Carlo Stebbings

Director of Faith Formation

Faith Formation News for September

Mark your Calendars!

Monthly/Family Sessions

Just a reminder that we are NOT using Champions for Life this year. Due to the lack of volunteer help it is not feasible to return to CFL and offer the students a meaningful faith experience. Therefore, our monthly sessions will be for student and parent(s). Students need to attend at least 5 of the 7 offered sessions.

Our first monthly session is this Saturday, September 8, 4:30pm Mass at Sacred Heart followed by a family session from 5:30-6:30pm.

***Students in grades 6-8 who are registered for the monthly/summer program can attend an EDGE gathering in place of the Saturday gathering.

Weekly Programs (K-5th)

9th and 10th are the first classes for our Sunday and Monday program.

***All parents are asked to attend the opening class with their children.

EDGE Middle School Youth Group (6th-8th grade)

            Sunday morning 8:45am-10:00am OR Monday 6:30pm-8:00pm at St. Joseph School

9/10- Ignition!

16/17-Kindling!

23/24- Everlasting! and Chosen: Why am I here?

30/1-Life in the Fire!

 

EMMAUS High School Youth Group (9th-12th)

            Sundays from 6:30pm-8:00pm in Youth Room at St. Joseph School

9-Jesus as True God and True Man

16-The Beatitudes

23- Chosen- Who is the Holy Spirit?

30-Truth, Freedom, and Responsibility

 

SACRAMENTAL FORMATION

Confirmation

Orientations for both Year 1 and Year 2: September 5 at 7:00pm OR September 9 at 11:30am.

Both orientations are at Sacred Heart. Parent and candidate attend together.

Year 1- 1st meeting is on the 24th at 6:30pm

Year 2- 1st meeting is on the 23rd at 6:30pm

1st Penance

Orientations/Lesson 1: September 20th at 6:30pm at St. Alphonsus Parish Center OR 22nd at 8:30am at Sacred Heart. Parent and Child attend together.  

 

Family Faith Formation

PRAYER TO
SAINT MICHAEL
THE ARCHANGEL

St. Michael the Archangel, 
defend us in battle. 
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, 
and do thou, 
O Prince of the heavenly hosts, 
by the power of God, 
thrust into hell Satan, 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

Prayer
To Your
Guardian
Ange
l

 

 

 

 

 

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God's love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.

Amen.

 

August Faith Formation Update

Hello Families,                                                

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the dog days of summer!

Our final month of summer vacation is upon us and before we know it the school bells will be ringing again. August is a month of preparation in many ways. Families are preparing for another school year, fall sports begin practicing, and we are preparing for an EPIC year for Breakthrough Faith Formation!

If you are receiving this monthly update that means that you are registered for the 2018- 2019 Faith Formation year! Thank you for registering. If you know of families who have not yet registered, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible as after August 15 there will be a $5 late fee attached to the registration fee.

August is a rich month in our Catholic Faith, especially in its honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.” (catholicculture.org)

August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. This year St. Mary’s in Auburn will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Matano. Everyone is invited!

Some of the other feast days in August are 6- Transfiguration of the Lord, 11-St. Clare, 22-Queenship of Mary, and on the 27 is the feast of St. Monica, patron saint of Wives and Mothers. Our Catholic Faith is so rich and beautiful!

As you use this month to prepare for the fall, as a family put together a family plan to make sure that your faith doesn’t fall on the backburner, but is central in the family, especially once school and all the activities begin. Our families are called to shine with the light of Christ in all we do. Use Mary as your model!  

I’m praying for you.

Carlo Stebbings

Director of Faith Formation

Faith Formation News for August

Registration for 2018-2019

As mentioned above, if you know anyone who has not registered, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible. Deadline for regular registration is Wednesday August 15. After August 15th there will be a $5 late fee added to the registration fee.

Mark your Calendars!

Monthly Sessions

The 1st monthly session is on Saturday September 8. 4:30pm Mass at Sacred Heart followed by a family session.

Weekly Programs (K-5)

Our Sunday morning and Monday afternoon programs begin September 9 and 10

EDGE Middle School Youth Group (6-8th grade)

            Sunday morning 8:45am-10:00am OR Monday 6:30pm-8:00pm at St. Joseph School

We begin September 9 and 10!

EMMAUS High School Youth Group (9-12)

            Sundays from 6:00pm-7:30pm in Youth Room at St. Joseph School

 August

5- Mini Golf at Tom Thumb

12- Cookout and Movie

SACRAMENTAL FORMATION

            Confirmation- Orientations on September 5 OR 9 for Year 1 and 2

            1st Penance– Orientations on September 20 OR 22

Summer Sessions 2018

August 6-17. 8:30am to Noon at Sacred Heart

 

Adult Faith Formation

This is an opportunity not to be missed! Learn about the history, traditions, and richness of our Catholic Faith from the comfort of your home! Having viewed this series and used it as a teacher, you will love it!

July Faith Formation Update

Hello Families,                                                

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying these early days of summer vacation!   

In my June letter I suggested some ideas on how the family can use summer to grow in relationship with each other as well as grow in faith. As Christians our whole identity is founded on relationship. Why? Because God, a Trinity, is relationship, and God has desired to be in relationship with us. God’s desire for us is the basis of scripture, the writings of our saints, and the liturgical/sacramental life of our faith.

Every time we go to mass and receive our Lord in the Holy Sacrament of the altar we receive him body, blood, soul, and divinity. We touch heaven in communion! How awesome is that?! What makes that moment of communion even more intense is that as we touch heaven we are in communion with all those who have gone before us, the Communion of Saints!

We all know someone who has passed from this life into eternal life. When I receive communion or adore our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration I feel that much closer to my loved ones who have gone before me. Our relationship has not ended, it has just changed. We should not only pray for our deceased love ones but ask them to pray for us just as we ask our recognized Saints to pray for us.

One such saint is Saint Maria Goretti, whose picture is above. She is a patron saint of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape. Her feast day is July 6. At the end of the month we celebrate the feast day of Saints Joachim and Ann on July 26. They are the parents of Mary and are role models for parents. July is a great month to discover the role of saints in our Catholic faith.

Catholic.org is a helpful website to learn about saints. They have a listing of saints by day and month. Spend some time as a family and discover the saints celebrated on each family member’s birthday.

I’m praying that you and your family have a safe, and holy summer

In the peace of Christ,

Carlo Stebbings

Director of Faith Formation

 

Faith Formation News for July

Registration for 2018-2019

Please try to get registration forms back to the Faith Formation office by the end of the month. We need to plan accordingly for the upcoming year, and we need everyone to do their part to make that happen.  

Deadline for regular registration is Wednesday August 15. After August 15th there will be a $5 late fee added to the registration fee.

Next year is going to be EPIC!

EMMAUS High School Youth Group

            Sundays from 6:00pm-7:30pm in Youth Room in St. Joseph School unless otherwise noted.

July

1- The Joys of Ice Cream! Ice Cream Sundae Contest

8- Game Night! Bring your favorite board game or card game

15- Feast of St. Bonaventure: Turn boredom into meaningful moments

22- No meeting

29- Feast of St. Martha- Service opportunity

Summer Sessions 2018

July 9-20 and August 6-17

The summer sessions for 2018 are only open to those who were part of the 2017 summer sessions as this summer completes last summer.

Service Opportunity!

The St. Alphonsus Parish Life Team is looking for volunteers to help with donation drop offs and set up for our annual Garage Sale. 

The last drop off is the 30th of June. Set up for the sale is on July 12th and 13th, with the sale being on the 14th.

Help needed most especially on July 12th when we move all the sale items from the storage container into the gym. Saturday June 30 from 9-11:30 to sort and move items into the container. July 12 & 13 setting up from 8am until 5pm. 

Contact Jeanette Richardson at richardsonjm@hotmail.com of the Faith Formation office if you would like to help! 

 

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