Parish

Indulging our Children

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Our Holy Pontiff will soon be on his way to Brazil for the International Youth Day. They expect approximately 1.5 million visitors for this event.

The Vatican announced July 9 that Pope Francis had allowed that the faithful could receive indulgences through participation in World Youth Day. This included following the event through social media.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading:

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

I recently was able to get some iTunes cards from the states and top off my Apple account, to which I had promised myself to get the History Channels series, “The Bible”.

I understand from reviews and press coverage that this was a very good series, which if not historically accurate, was a good attempt at keeping with the spirit of the Bible. I began to watch parts of it this past week, mainly with my daughter.

Saintly Sunday

Saintly Sunday:

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Two days ago the Slavic people celebrated the 1150th anniversary of the arrival to Great Moravia of the missionaries Cyril and Methodius. In the 9th century these two brothers from Thessaloniki were sent at the request of King Rastislav to the land of Great Moravia. Great Moravia was heavily under the influence of the Germanic powers of the day and Christianity was in its infancy in the region.

Examination of Conscious (Children’s version)

Examination of Conscious (Children’s version):

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Jesus taught in parables and with sarcasm from time to time. His purpose was to make the message simple so that all could share and understand.

When we teach our children in Religious Education, we are careful to teach about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We teach about coming into the sacrament with an attitude of reflection. Specifically we talk about the following:

50 Years

50 Years:

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.
Nineteen
Twenty
50 years:

I have tried to put this into perspective. I guess I start with the fact that even I do not quite have that many years on this earth; and I feel often times like I am an antique.

1963: What was the world like and what changes have occurred?

Burned Biscits

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

My friend told me a story when we were discussing lessons learned in life. He once told me that when he was a kid, his Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.

He remembered one night in particular when she had made a breakfast-dinner after a long, hard day at work. On that evening his Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of his father. He mentioned that he waited to see if anyone noticed!

Confirmation

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Today we celebrate two very important events for our community.

Sacrament of Confirmation

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Shake it off

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

There is a parable told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule bray and went to investigate. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving.

Which Bible and Why

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

As a catechist, I am faced with a dilemma almost each and every week. Pick almost any subject that we cover in our religious education program and there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of people who devote large portions of their life to studying just that subject. For some subjects; great institutions are founded and deep reflective research; study and reflection are given to find the most reliable truth.

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