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Save the date for St. Mary’s Spring for Success Auction- May 10th!

Save the date for St. Mary’s Spring for Success Auction- May 10th!

St. Mary’s Community presents Spring for Success Auction Gala on Friday May 10, 2019. The Auction Gala is returning back to the popular Brookfield Country Club.  Set aside the date for a special evening that celebrates our faith community as we visit with old friends, meet new parishioners and bid on hundreds of exciting items. Sign up to be part of one of our Auction Gala committees, be a sponsor of the event, host a gift gathering party or donate an item for the auction. Many items are needed to make this a successful event. Proceeds will benefit our faith community and school. Email Amy Jensen Stmarysspringforsuccess@gmail.com  with any questions.

Baptism: Are you Living your Commitment?

Baptism: Are you Living your Commitment?

On Sunday, January 13th, we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord.  Deacon Rick Stachura shared his thoughts below on the meaning of Baptism that day in his homily.

“Jesus was perfect in all ways and yet He decided to be baptized by John the Baptist as a witness to what we as Christians need to do to become a disciple of God.”

“Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation that starts us on our spiritual journey of developing a relationship with God, Our Father.” We are obligated to continually developing that relationship with Him throughout our life.

“By virtue of our baptism, we are given a threefold mission of being a  Priest, Prophet and King. As a Priest, we are called to prayer to participate in the mass, not just attend, to also lead others to Christ and to strengthen our relationship with him. As a Prophet, we are called to proclaim the good news to our families, our communities, our workplaces and our country. As a King, we are asked to lookout for those less fortunate, to be good stewards of our natural resources and environment, and to use our time, talents and treasures for the good of the Church and community.”

“Catholic discipleship refers to a committed approach to living a  Christian life within the Catholic Church.The term disciple is generally applied to those Catholics who sincerely attempt to live according to the instructions provided by Jesus in the New Testament. The U.S. Catholic bishops have described disciples as those who ‘ make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in actions, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves.”‘ 

So,  how are you developing your relationship with God to become His disciple?

One way is to develop holiness. St. Paul told the Thessalonians,

” This is the will of God, that you be holy.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3

“One way to achieve Holiness is through ‘Holy Moments’. Matthew Kelly offers a host of examples in his book: The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. ”

Here’s a few of his examples:

  • Begin each day with a short prayer of gratitude thanking God for giving you another day of life.
  • Go out of your way to do something nice for your spouse or partner that you would rather not do, as an intentional act of love.
  • Offer the least enjoyable task of your day to the Lord as a prayer for someone who is suffering. 
  • Control your temper, even if justified in losing it.
  • Encourage someone, coach someone, praise someone, affirm someone.
  • Be patient with the person who drives you crazy.
  • Do someones else’s chores.
  • Teach someone how to pray.
  • Make healthy eating choices.
  • Get honest with yourself about your self-destructive habits

“Baptism, is so much more than the actions of pouring water over someones head and pronouncing a few words. It initiates us into a new life in Christ. It re-establishes a right relationship with God. It makes us children of God, heirs to eternal life. It challenges us to be Priest, Prophet and King. It challenges us to live as His disciple.”

“Take some time to think about your baptism and what it really means to you. Take an inventory of your spiritual life and ask if you are committed to being a disciple of God? And if you need to make some changes, then make a commitment to work on those one at a time this year. Look for opportunities to create at least one HOLY MOMENT in each day and you will begin your journey to achieving holiness as a disciple of Christ.”

“May the graces of our Father bring us closer to Him through the Holy Moments in our lives. Amen.”

 

 

 

 

 

Christ Renews Social a Huge Success!

Christ Renews Social a Huge Success!

The Christ Renews His Parish Continuation Committee hosted an evening social to gather past teams and announce some  exciting changes coming for 2019!

Over 180 people attended the social who have participated in the retreat weekend over the years and there was even representation from women’s Team #1! Father Bob & Father Andrew both attended with a blessing and a few words on the ministry were shared by Father Bob that evening. He spoke on “the gift” that CRHP team members receive,  “a gift of a deepening in the relationship with Christ”.  Father added, “that through this gift we are given, we re-immerse ourselves into our faith and through this begin to renew our parish community. ”

New Changes Effective with 2019 Retreats:

  • New Book – A new book called “Welcome” promises to make navigating the formation process easier to follow.
  • Re-Retreat –  If you would like to recharge your spiritual batteries, you may participate again!
  • We welcome all- no need any longer to be a St. Mary’s parishioner, we welcome all souls in need !

For more information, contact St. Mary’s Continuation Committee.

Women’s Weekend is planned for- March 2nd-3rd, 2019  Contact Melissa @ 207-5676 or Gail @ 867-0620 for more info.

Men’s Weekend – March 23rd-24th, 2019. 

 

 

 

Sacraments/Vocation – Teen Family 2019-2020

Lesson Focus – The Rosary tells the story of Jesus’ life in four parts called Mysteries. This lesson will focus on the Luminous Mysteries. These stories of Jesus tell about the things Jesus did that brought light to the world.

 

Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to the Catholic Youth Bible (CYB).
  • After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to discuss with your teen what was learned and questions needing further explanation. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email familyfaith@stmaryswormville.org if you would like assistance. You may also want to consider attending one of the scheduled lesson nights on this topic with your teen.

Pray!

Begin your lesson with prayer  –
  • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross (Click here to learn more with a video)
  • Pray – Lord, open our minds and hearts as we come together in prayer.  Learning and reflecting on the mysteries of your life, allowing us to  absorb their meaning and live out the lessons that Jesus reveals to us. Amen
  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross

 

Discover!

  • The Rosary
    • Parents: If your teen is not familiar with the rosary, then please put a rosary in the hands of your teen and explore how to use it together.
  • Prayers of the Rosary
    • Parents: If your teen does not know the prayers of the rosary, you can find them in their Catholic Youth Bible (CYB) pgs. 1728 – 1730.
      • Sign of the Cross
      • Apostles Creed
      • Our Father
      • Hail Mary
      • Glory Be
      • Fatima Prayer — this is not in your Bible but it is simple: “O my Jesus forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls into heaven especially those in most need of your mercy “
  • Finding Scripture Passages in the Bible
    • Use the index to locate the starting page for a book in the bible. Index : CYB pg. 6
      • Example: the gospel of LUKE starting page is CYB pg.1335
    • Within each book the top left hand corner of the left page has the starting chapter and verse, and the top right hand corner of the right page has the ending chapter and verse. These top of the page markings will help you to find the page with the verses you are looking for.
      • Example: go to the start of the gospel of LUKE and turn a few pages to find chapter 2 verse 14. CYB pg. 1341. Note the markings at the top of the left page and the top of the right page. The passage you are looking for is Luke 2:14{“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”}
  • The Five Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
    • Parents: For each of the five mysteries read the bible passage and view the video for each mystery. Consider using what you have learned to pray the decade of the rosary with your teen (Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, Glory Be, Fatima Ejaculation) while thinking about what you have read and seen.

 

    • Luminous Mystery #1 — The Baptism of Jesus

      • Bible — read Matthew 3:16-17
      • Reflect — The Lord Jesus came to each of us in our baptisms. When you were baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon you, and the Father said, “This is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased!” Thus, you became the light of Christ to shine in the world. You have been invested with the mission of this light!
      • Pray — Thank God for revealing his Son
    • Luminous Mystery #2 — Wedding at Cana

      • Bible — read John 2:5-7
      • Reflect — We glow brighter with the light of Christ when we obey the instructions He gives to us. Even when the task doesn’t make sense, if we “do whatever” He tells us, He reveals His glory in us and through us.
      • Pray — Thank the Holy Trinity for making Christ known to us in this miracle, and for Mary’s intersession.
    • Luminous Mystery #3 — Proclaiming the Kingdom

      • Bible — read Matthew 10:7-8
      • Reflect — Jesus has proclaimed the kingdom of God to you, and you have said “yes” to the Good News and “no” to sin. Every moment that you live, He is breathing into you the divine power of the Holy Spirit as He sends you forth into a world of sin, and every time you get hurt, He asks you to reveal His light by forgiving the sinners and doing good to them in His name. 
      • Pray — The Lord’s Prayer, the prayer that Christ himself taught us during his public ministry.
    • Luminous Mystery #4 — Transfiguration

      • Bible — read Luke 9:29,35
      • Reflect — The light of glory within Christ Jesus is also within you. It’s revealed to the world every time you suffer for the sake of loving others and offer your pain to Jesus for their healing and redemption. By doing good when it’s difficult, you get purified from your own sinfulness, and your light grows stronger. Thus so closely united to Jesus, you enter into the joy of His resurrection. 
      • Pray —
    • Luminous Mystery #5 — Institution of the Eucharist

      • Bible — read Luke 22:19-20
      • Reflect — In loving all others unconditionally, the way Jesus has given you His love, you enlighten the world. As you humble yourself to serve others, as He serves you, His light spreads, and so the world becomes a better place. You have become Eucharist. With Jesus, you are the light of the world. You make a difference! 
      • Pray — Thank you Jesus for this new covenant, one based on love, and sealed with you own blood.

    Live!

    • The Luminous Mysteries remind us to follow Jesus, the light of the world. Parents, share with your teen a person in your life either in the present or when you were younger who inspires(d) you to be a good person. Ask if they can think of someone who brightens their day and motivates them share that light with others.
    • Parents, if you have not already prayed the rosary, consider praying a decade (10 beads) of the rosary with your teen to remind us of the joyful events of Jesus’ life.
    • Parents, these words/phrase remind us of the Luminous Mysteries: Openness to the Holy Spirit, To Jesus through Mary, Repentance and Trust in God, Desire for Holiness, AdorationChoose one and discuss how it relates to your family’s life.

    Pray!

    End your lesson with prayer –
    • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
    • Sit together quietly for a moment or two and be aware that Christ gave each one of us a light and we are capable of magnifying that light and passing it on to other people. Close your eyes and imagine the next way you will pass that light along to someone else. Share your thoughts with one another.
    • End prayer with the Sign of the Cross