January 29, 2017
This past Sunday, your child learned the meaning of the parts, or petitions, of the Our Father prayer. The Our Father is not only a prayer, it is a school of prayer. Praying the Our Father teaches us how we are to pray. When we pray the Our Father, we understand what it means to live as children of God and to prepare for the coming of the kingdom of God.
As a family, talk about some of the ways your family lives the Our Father. Pray to the Holy Spirit and ask the Holy Spirit to help your family live the Our Father. Pray the Our Father together and ask each family member to name one thing they learned about the Our Father in reflecting on it. You could even make an Our Father booklet. As you read each part of the Our Father, write the words of that part in your booklet. Write or draw how you can live each part of the Our Father.
January 22, 2017
This past Sunday in class we began to discuss Lent, Easter’s preparation time, and the upcoming First Holy Communion the children are looking forward to. Also, we looked at how we share in God’s life by His sharing His Divine life with us in sanctifying grace. By sharing His life with us, God calls us to live a holy life. Sin turns us away from God’s love and deters us from living holy lives. When we sin, we need to be sorry and ask God for forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness and forgiving others are part of living a holy life.
As a family, name people who have shown you ways to be forgiving. Discuss that when we do not make wise choices and sin, we need to be sorry and ask God to forgive us. As God forgives us, we need to forgive others too. Also as a family, become more familiar with the Hail Mary and use the Hail Mary for your family prayer this week.
January 15, 2017
This past Sunday, your child learned to honor and respect all people as children of God. Every person deserves our respect. Every person has the dignity of being a child of God, who is created in the image and likeness of God. Jesus is our Teacher. He showed us how to live as children of God. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. I will lead you to God.” (based on John 14:6). We honor and respect Jesus as our Teacher when we try our best to live as He taught. All our words and actions are to show respect for God, other people, and ourselves.
This week, and always really, talk about making good choices. Help your child learn how we know that we are making or have made good choices. Discuss how the Church helps us make good choices. We also learned about St. Therese of Lisieux who focused on doing the little things in life out of love. Share how your family can live as she did and do the little things that are part of daily life out of love. God bless your week!
Sunday, January 8, 2017
This past Sunday, your child learned about proverbs, in particular about proverbs found in Sacred Scripture. Proverbs are short sayings that help us make wise decisions. Wisdom is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. This gift helps us know the purpose and plan of God and see the world as God sees it. Wisdom and the other gifts of the Holy Spirit help us live our relationship with God and with other people. They guide us to use and respect all of creation according to God’s loving plan for creation.
As a family talk about Gospel sayings your family may use; for example, “God bless you” or “God reward you.” Share with one another the names of people who give you advice that helps you make wise family decisions. Share what wise advice these people have given you.