Family of Faith IV – December 2020

Our guest speaker, Sr. Laura Arvin, OP, explained the meaning of the first three petitions of the Our Father (Lord’s Prayer):  hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, and Thy will be done.  These petitions help us glorify God on earth!  It’s important to stop and reflect on the words we are saying.

  • When we say “hallowed be Thy name,” we are not only telling God “I recognize that you are holy” but also praying that God’s name be recognized as holy and spoken reverently by everyone throughout the world.
  • The petition “Thy kingdom come” has a two-fold meaning.  First, we are asking that God’s kingdom (where there’s only goodness, honesty, and love for one another) surround us in our everyday life.  Second, we are praying for the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise that He will return at the end of time and grant us eternal life.
  • When we pray “Thy will be done,” we are asking for God’s grace to move us to do His will throughout our life. 

We the baptized are called to spread God’s glory on earth by loving and serving God and our neighbor!  As we wait for Jesus’ coming during the season of Advent, let us think of ways that we can give glory to God in our lives!   In Sunday’s gospel John the Baptist reminds us that repentance is part of “getting ready!”  This Advent, seek forgiveness and peace by going to the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).  Jesus is waiting!

To do at Home this month: 

  1. Your Catholic Home, Learn the Memorare prayer, Page 96 
  2. Choose and Complete: One Activity from Lesson 5, Parent Guide pages 103-113,  (Suggested Activity 5:  First Three Petitions Match, Parent Guide page 101, Activity Book page 57).
  3. Prayer Board Activity, Parent Guide page 113, Activity Book page 6
  4. (Optional) Prayer Journal Activity, Parent Guide page 110, Activity Book Page  180

Additional Resources:
Video: Fr Francisco’s Nativity Scene
Activity: Busted Halo Advent Calendar
Video: Busted Halo: Advent in 2 minutes
Christmas Carol: What Child is This? Bing Crosby
Video: The Lord’s Prayer (Aramaic)
Article: Silence and Christmas

Coloring Activities:
Adoration of the Shepherds
Create your own Nativity Scene
Prayer Ornament – Family of Faith Activity

Catechist’s Corner:
Ms. Karipel December Lesson
Nancy King December Lesson, The Lord’s Prayer
Mrs. Puorro’s December Lesson
Joy To the World! The Story of Christmas-Read by Mrs. Puorro
Mrs. Mahoney’s December Lesson

Saint of the Month:

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Parent Guide page 114, Activity Book page 62.
Learn about the miraculous image captured on Juan Diego’s tilma

Family of Faith Reminders:
Sunday, January 10, Zoom Session, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 13,  Zoom Session, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 27 – Eucharistic Meditation, 7:00 p.m. in the Church 

Christmas Mass Schedule*:
Christmas Eve: 
4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Masses to be held in the church, overflow in gym

Christmas Day:
8:00 a.m. Mass to be held in church
10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon
Masses to be held in the church, overflow in gym

*Due to COVID, there is no midnight Mass.

New Year’s (Holy Day of Obligation) Mass Schedule:
New Year’s Eve:  5:00 p.m.
New Year’s Day:  8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 noon