Lent is Coming!
Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, February 17!
(Schedule for the day coming soon.)
In past years, children in grades 1 - 6 have had the option of submitting online homework. This year, due to all students participating in our family-based virtual program, we simply are unable to keep up with the email traffic that would come from online homework. This applies to questions regarding scanned homework, as well.
There are several reasons why we are asking families not to scan and email in homework.
We have gotten a few questions about final due dates for fall homework. We will almost always accept late homework and projects; however, please keep in mind that large amounts of late homework may not be immediately accepted for sacramental years. This means that if several months worth of late homework and family projects are turned in in June - September, we likely will not be able to review them in time for a student to begin a sacrament class that fall. If your child is preparing for First Communion or Confirmation next year, please try to turn in everything as close to the month due as possible. It will allow us to better keep track and welcome your child into their sacramental class.
Catholic Year B
The Sunday readings for Mass run in three cycles: A, B and C. This year, 2021, we are in a year B. This means that the Sunday gospel readings will be drawn from the Gospel of Mark and the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John. As of last week, the week following the Sunday celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, we have returned to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time.
The Gospel of Mark is believed to have been written before the other canonical gospels (Matthew, Luke and John) around the year 65 C.E., and Mark is often depicted holding a Bible and with a Lion. It is also the shortest of the four gospels.
Please make sure you understand the requirements for your child's class. Most classes require some combination of at-home workbooks and family or age-appropriate teen projects. Past months' projects can be found under the Faith Formation 2020 - 21 tab.
We have had a few parents email and ask if they have turned in everything. Below you will find links to the homework tracking documents we use in the office. They are blank; however, you are welcome to print them out and check off for your family what you have turned in. It will help you keep track of what has been completed.
Christmas in Siena 2020: A Video Christmas Card
Since we cannot have a Christmas Party this year, we invite you to join Fr. Pat on a video travelogue around the parish, including visits with our priests and staff, Christmas greetings from many of your fellow parishioners, special guests and more! Visit the parish livestream page on Friday at 7 p.m. or watch on demand on the parish YouTube, Vimeo and social media.
Pax Christi Advent Resource
Every year, Pax Christi USA publishes an Advent resource for prayer and reflection. It can be purchased for $2 and downloaded here. It's a great resource to download to your phone and have for a busy day. The Sunday reflections in this year's booklet are written by the granddaughter of Dorothy Day.
NEW in Our Simple Faith Podcast Series
An important part of our Family Faith and Generations of Faith programs is the adult faith formation component. Since we are not gathering in person this year, we are initiating a podcast series we're calling Simply Faith. Click here for our Podcasts!
Episode 5: Catholic New Year's Eve--Ready or Not
Episode 6: Advent & Obsessed with the to-Do List