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FAMILY CATECHESIS

*Sunday Gospel Reflections
Fr. Michael Vaughan, Pastor at Good Shepherd Parish, Elk Grove

First Sunday of Advent

"Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." (Mt. 24:42)

This is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year.  We already see Christmas trees and lights going up.  Advent is an important time of preparation and should be lived accordingly.  Our human tendency is to live sacred time in a routine manner.  Because we've lived it before, we know what's going to happen.

This is precisely the message of this Sunday.  We have to remain alert and vigilant.  Christ came, comes to me by his grace today and will come again. When we travel at night and see an approaching town, we know we are close but are uncertain when we will arrive.  We might be closer than we think to our definitive encounter with the Lord.

Reflection:  Am I preparing for Christ's coming?  Do I put off for tomorrow the conversion of heart he asks of me today?  Am I prepared to take full advantage of this Advent that the Church offers me?

Solemnity of Christ the King -Reflections

Families in Mission Jesus Our King

Reflection Guide for Personal or Group Use True Power -Not What We Think

Advent Season 

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas. USCCB

NOVENAS

Novena to the Immaculate Conception (11/29-12/08)

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe (12/03-12/12) 

Advent and Christmas Novena (12/16-12/24)

1st Week of Advent

Families in Mission A Journey of Gratitude

Reflection Guide for Personal or Group Use Be a Prophet of Light

First Week of Advent -Readings

First Sunday of Advent

Monday of the First Week of Advent

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Friday of the First Week of Advent

Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

2nd Week of Advent

Families in Mission In Search of the Real Treasures

Reflection Guide for Personal or Group Use Be a prophet of righteousness 

Second Week of Advent -Readings

Second Sunday of Advent

Monday of the Second Week of Advent

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

3rd Week of Advent

Families in Mission Giving thanks for the kindness of the strangers

Reflection Guide for Personal or Group Use Be a prophet of joy

Third Week of Advent -Readings

Third Sunday of Advent

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Thursday of the Third Week in Advent

Friday of the Third Week in Advent

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

4th Week of Advent

Families in Mission Short Journey

Reflection Guide for Personal or Group Use Be a prophet of hope-filled action 

Fourth Week of Advent -Readings

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Faith Formation Eucharistic Revival Resources

“One of the most admirable effects of Holy Communion is to preserve the soul from sin, and to help those who fall through weakness to rise again. It is much more profitable, then, to approach this divine Sacrament with love, respect, and confidence, than to remain away through an excess of fear and scrupulosity.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola

For Children:

For everyone

For Families

*PRAYERS

Kid's Liturgy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfg9euOFfmsu-xX7S2tCcNA/videos 

Laudato Si

Human Dignity Catechesis (bilingual resources)

FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND PARISH PROGRAMS

  • Religious Education *Catholic Online School: Offering a FREE world-class Catholic education for anyone, anywhere. Strengthen knowledge and learning with a basic moral Catholic education. Catholic Online School is 100% mobile. Providing teachers, with all the teaching resources needed to teach for FREE. Age-appropriate learning resources for all students. If the student is in public school, they can also have a FREE Catholic education. Bringing FREE personalized Catholic education to all people of the world to help end hunger and poverty. A Proud Member of the NCEA. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtJGEHuKI1mx7sNpXga6DHQ/playlists
     
  • The Religion Teacher: The Religion Teacher's mission is to provide practical resources and teaching strategies for religious educators. As a part of that mission, these educational videos will explain the meaning of key Catholic teachings and prayer practices. Learn more at https://www.thereligionteacher.com/
     
  • Bible for Children Printable art activities, available in multiple languages online resource https://www.bibleforchildren.org/languages/english/stories.php https://www.bibleforchildren.org/languages/spanish/stories.php

*Examination of Conscience

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, one should prepare oneself with an examination of conscience, which involves reflecting prayerfully on one's thoughts, words, and deeds in order to identify any sins. USCCB

For Children https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-children-examination-conscience

For Young Adults https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-young-adults-examination-of-conscience

For Single people https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examination-of-conscience-for-single-people

For Married persons https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-married-persons-examination-of-conscience

Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examination-conscience-in-light-of-catholic-social-teaching

SPIRITUAL RESOURCES

 


UPLIFTING ACTIVITIES

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TEMPORAL NEEDS RESOURCES

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