I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.
Sunday, September 20, we recognized Catechetical Sunday along with the US Bishops and other Catholic Churches throughout the country.
In 2020, the theme for Catechetical Sunday and the Faith Formation (Religious Education) year is “I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.” On this day, catechists are formally commissioned for ministry to the community. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each baptized person plays in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.
Here at St. Catherine's, we take it seriously that parents are the primary catechists of their children. During this time of pandemic, this role means more than ever! Our goal this year is to provide parents with resources to simply, yet profoundly, share their faith with their children, to "hand on to them" what they have "received from the Lord." We also hope to continue to provide parents with small moments of adult faith formation for them in the hopes it will give them more to "hand on" to their children.
Please do not hesitate to reach out at any time with questions or suggestions you may have!
St. Catherine’s YouTube Channel
St. Catherine's has a YouTube Channel! The videos of our monthly liturgical meals will be hosted here. Each of the videos also have a direct link that will launch them.
St. Hildegard: https://youtu.be/M5uVJWtMVjM
You can also subscribe to our channel!
How Do We Get Started/Finish September?
If you're still wondering how to get started, we recommend you just jump right in! One place to start is our Family Faith website where you can see what is due in September: https://www.stcatfamilyfaith.com/monthly-homework.html.
Also, keep in mind the liturgical meals do not have to be prepared on the exact feast day. Save them up for a weekend! For example, today is the Feast of the Archangels, but it might be easier for your family to watch the video and prepare the meal another day.
If you've completed your family/youth projects and workbook pages, please turn them in one month at a time in the drop box outside the nursery doors of the Parish Center. Please do not scan and email pages. With the number of families in our program this year, we will not be able to handle that volume of documents via email.
If you're getting started a little late, no problem! September's web pages will be moved to make room for October's; however, they will still be on our Family Faith website.
The Red Folders
When you picked up your family's Faith Formation materials, you likely received a red folder in the bag. These are our "General Information" folders, and in them you will find the following items.
1. Contact Information Page
2. Web Page Information Sheet
3. Grades 1 - 6 Homework Calendar (A majority of our family's have at least one elementary school age child.)
If your daughter or son is in First Communion (the second year class), you should have received a blue backpack which included a children's Bible and folders for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation along with a homework calendar.
If your daughter or son is in middle/high school, you should have received a folder for them with their appropriate homework calendar and other information. Students in grades 7, 8 and 9th grade Pre-Confirmation II will have worksheets and a blue Catholic Connections books. Students in 9th grade Pre-Confirmation I - 12th grade Pre-Confirmation II will have a red YouCat Study Guide, a yellow YouCat book and blank handouts to use as answer pages.
If your daughter or son is in the Confirmation Class, you should have received a folder with Confirmed in the Spirit on the front.
All homework calendars should be available on our website: https://www.stcatfamilyfaith.com/. Click on Menu in the upper left corner and hover over the headings to find your child's program.
From The Cloister Walk
by Kathleen Norris
"At morning prayer, the psalms seem suited to the archangels. Psalm 29, for Michael, the power of God: 'The Lord's voice resounding on the waters, the God of Glory thunders; the Lord on the immensity of waters...' And for Gabriel, Psalm 25, a quiet prayer of hope and trust. For Raphael, a psalm that I love, 147: 'The Lord builds up Jerusalem, and brings back Israel's exiles. And heals the broken-hearted; and binds up all their wounds.
Michael--who is as God; Gabriel--God's messenger; Raphael--God's healing. They say what angels always say, 'Do not fear.'"