Worship Wednesday-Thanksgiving

Sammie here! Welcome back to Worship Wednesday. As you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. This is the day we gather with family and friends, stuff our faces with the most delicious treats, unbutton our pants and take an afternoon nap. It is also a day where we count our blessings.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Rejoice always, praying without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

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Apologist’s Angle

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Mark 13:24-32

 

In the 1940s and 50s, as the evidence for the Big Bang event mounted, a prominent Cambridge physicist name Fred Hoyle (who actually coined the phrase “big bang”) helped develop an alternative theory in which the Universe remained in an endlessly ‘steady state’, with no discernible beginning and no definite end. Hoyle, who was an atheist at the time, saw that putting a birthdate on the Universe strongly suggested that Scripture is basically correct in its description of the reality we inhabit as coming into being through the action of a Creator. It seriously undermines the notion that the material world Continue reading

The Apologist’s Angle

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

Mark 12:28

      Among the people canonized by Pope Francis several weeks ago was an obscure Italian who died at age 19 after a brief life filled with what seems an unfair share of misfortune and suffering. Born in April of 1817, Nunzio Sulprizio would lose his father when he was only three; endure a harsh and unloving stepfather; see his mother die when he was six; and be apprenticed to an abusive and Continue reading

Happy All Saints Day!

Click on the image for some hilarious memes to celebrate All Saints Day!

As this All Saints Day comes to an end, I can’t help but think how blessed I feel to be a Catholic and have the communion of saints as part of my life.  The saints are not people who were much different than you or me, but they lived lives that the Church says, ‘hey, you all should pay attention to these people, they lived a pretty great life and figured out what it meant to be holy and happy.” Countless time I have turned to the saints; St. Anthony when I can’t find my keys for the 10th time of the day, St. Monica when I think about the world I’m sending my kids into, St. Gerard when I was going into labor with both of my kids, St. Augustine when I am wrestling with God, Mary when I just need a mom’s ear, and St. Joseph when dad is the man to go to.  I hope that you have a relationship with the saints, and if you don’t, read about some of them.

All the Saints, pray for us!

Middle School Resources: November 2018

 

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November 2018: Family Gatherings
This month we learned a lot about how what the Church family looks like when it gets together for a gathering. We looked at the structure of the Church as well as the different roles members of the family can play.  The middle school liked learning about the religious orders, and they learned that, “For me to be a saint, means for me to be myself” -Thomas Merton.

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How Does Someone Become a Canonized Saint?

In many of our classes, we talked about some of the saints. But how does someone become a saint? The following video is a great explanation of how this happens! But don’t forget, these saints are people the Church points to for us to have models to look up to. The whole communion of Saints includes every soul in heaven!

All Saints Day is November 1st! Check out the blog again for some great ways to celebrate!

Our Next Topic: Family Gatherings

For the month of November our lesson is called, “Family Gatherings.” We will be looking at how we as a Church family gather and what these gatherings are all about.  Some key points will be: What is that we always gather around? Why do we come together as a Church family? And how are these gatherings, as well as the Church family, structured and why? We look forward to seeing you for this month’s session!

St. Michael Dates: October 27, 28, 29
St. Mary Date: November 4th

Before coming to the session, check out this great video on the top ten reasons to be Catholic! It helped to remind me why I’m so grateful to be in the family.