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! 

 

Technology and Faith

OFFICIAL APP OF MASSTIMES.ORG!

The purpose of the Mass Times ministry is to help Catholics get to Mass by helping them find churches and worship times worldwide. We do this by hosting and sharing the most comprehensive database of Catholic churches and worship times in existence. Dioceses, parishes, and many volunteers help us keep the database current. We also host the masstimes.org website that our visitors use to search for Mass times.

June Faith Formation Update

Can you hear it? Can you hear the excitement of the approaching summer vacation? The anticipation is almost palpable. With summer vacation comes great opportunities for the family to grow in relationship with each other, and to grow in faith!  

Some ideas for the family this summer include:

  1. Cook/bake together.
  2. Do projects around the house together.
  3. Go on a hike and talk about how God has given us this beautiful creation to enjoy but also the responsibility to take care of it.
  4. Go on a pilgrimage. Visit a cathedral or a holy shrine i.e. St. Kateri Shrine
  5. Go to daily mass.
  6. Go to mass on vacation. This helps teach kids that no matter where we go there is a catholic church nearby. See link suggestion below.
  7. Try a new prayer experience i.e. adoration, the rosary, chaplet of divine mercy.

The most important thing we can do for our kids is give them undivided time and attention, and model/practice with them a life of faith. Check out the many articles and suggestions found on the Loyola Press website.

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

This Sunday! Please consider participating in St. Mary’s Corpus Christi Procession on June 3. Procession starts at 2pm at Tyburn Academy and moves to St. Mary’s Church! Celebrate Jesus in His amazing gift in the Eucharist!

Faith Formation News for June

Registration for 2018-2019

Everyone should have received the new BREAKTHROUGH Faith Formation handbook as well as registration form. If not please contact the office. Please be sure to take your time when reading through the materials. We offer many options, and because of that things can be confusing with the amount of information. We tried our best to make the handbook as user friendly as possible. Suggestions on how to make communications clearer in the future are welcome.

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!

June Schedule

3- Feast of Corpus Christi! Eucharistic Procession! 2pm-4pm! No night meeting!

10-Taking Care of the Soul!

16- Hiking Trip to Buttermilk State Park 10am-3pm (Pack a Lunch)

17- Father’s Day! No meeting!

24- Nativity of St. John the Baptist! Movie Night: The Greatest Showman!

Monthly Session

Sunday June 3- Participation in St. Mary’s Eucharistic Procession! 2pm-4pm This is a parent child event! See Carlo or Matt to sign in at Tyburn.

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.

Sacraments for 2018-2019

Once regular registration form is returned, we will mail out information and registration for 1st Penance and/or Confirmation for those ready to begin their journey toward the reception of these sacraments.

You can find information regarding all our programs on our website!

 

Technology and Faith

OFFICIAL APP OF MASSTIMES.ORG!

The purpose of the Mass Times ministry is to help Catholics get to Mass by helping them find churches and worship times worldwide. We do this by hosting and sharing the most comprehensive database of Catholic churches and worship times in existence. Dioceses, parishes, and many volunteers help us keep the database current. We also host the masstimes.org website that our visitors use to search for Mass times.