ST. ALPHONSUS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
   
FEBRUARY CALENDAR
To access our RE Calendar which includes events for the month of February, click Here

     

OUR CALLING 
    
Is it enough to simply "believe"?
The quote from Pope Francis that I noted in the letter to the right reminds us that we are called to be the instruments in God's hands so that Jesus can continue to act in the world through us.  We are called to share the Gospel of Jesus.

Listen to this well-produced video aimed for young adults. It makes 3 simple points:
(1) We are ALL called to share the faith.
(2) Don't be afraid... Rely on the Spirit
(3) Live the faith,and explain why you do.

    
Sharing The Gospel (English)
Sharing The Gospel (English)
 TOP 10 MISTAKES CHRISTIAN PARENTS OF TEENS MAKE 
This list was compiled by author and pastor, Jeff Strong on his blog. He acknowledges that it can be difficult for some parents to read, but here it is:

10. Not spending time with your teen.
  9. Letting your teen's activities take top priority for
      your family.

  8. Spoiling your teen.
  7. Permissive parenting.
  6. Trying to be your teen's best friend.
  5. Holding low expectations for your teen.
  4. Not prioritizing youth group/church
      involvement.

  3. Outsourcing your teen's spiritual formation.
  2. Not expressing genuine love and like to your
       teen.

  1. Expecting your teen to have a devotion to God
       that you are not cultivating within yourself.


For details on each of these points click Here

One of the comments from a parent:
Thank you Jeff for the sober reminder of my shortcomings as a Christian parent. While my list may not be huge there is always room for improvement and I continue to pray for wisdom as a parent of one teen and one soon to be teen. You hit the nail on the head in all 10 of your mentions and EVERY Christian parent would be prudent to pray over this list asking god for specific areas of concern. We partner with Him on this one. Praise be to Him who has ALL the answers!
 

 

 

CUT DIVORCE RATE IN HALF

wedding-rings.jpg Discussing five movies about relationships over a month could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, researchers report. The study, involving 174 couples, is the first long-term investigation to compare different types of early marriage intervention programs.

 

The findings show that an inexpensive, fun, and relatively simple movie-and-talk approach can be just as effective as other more intensive therapist-led methods -- reducing the divorce or separation rate from 24 to 11 percent after three years.

 

Read the entire Science Daily article to find out how this simple approach works. 

          

 FAMILY PRAYER

 Learn effective tips and strategies for doing Prayer at home by viewing this short, informative video.  

 

How to Pray @ Home 
How to Pray @ Home

  

Parent eNewsletter
Greetings!
 
 
I don't remember the last time my snowblower got so much action, and windshield fluid in my car froze! January certainly was a trying month weather-wise. Let's hope February is a little easier.  Remember you can go to www.emergencyclosingcenter.com to see if we have canceled a session due to severe weather. The Monday session that we had cancelled due to arctic cold will be made up with a session on March 17th
. As an Irishman, I hate to schedule it on that blessed day, but it's the bet option available to us.

We also had to cancel our
Confirmation retreat on Saturday because of the snowstorm. We are looking into re-scheduling that with Fr. Tom McCarthy.

Our 2nd Grade children and their families were wonderful during our parish celebration of
First Reconciliation. We thank Paul Malak & Sharon Kostes for coordinating the service, and Patty Loisi, Rosemary Christine, Paige Terrazas, Romana Douglas, and Chris Ihde for helping to prepare our children so well for the sacrament... Especially Patty Loisi for preparing 2 classes!  On to the next sacrament...

First Communion Parent Meeting 
Tuesday, Feb. 11th 
7:00 - 8:00pm in the Church Hall
Babysitting will be available.
Let us know if you will be needing the service.

In the Eucharist, we give thanks for Christ's real presence with us today, just as during the recent Christmas season we gave thanks for God's becoming one of us in Jesus through the incarnation. I'd like to share with you a word from our Holy Father in that regard... 
Do we think that Jesus' incarnation is simply a past event which has nothing to do with us personally" Believing in Jesus means giving him our flesh with the humility and courage of Mary, so that he can continue to dwell in our midst. It means giving him our hands, to caress the little ones and the poor; our feet, to go forth and meet our brothers & sisters; our arms, to hold up the weak and to work in the Lord's vineyard; our minds. to think & act in the light of the Gospel; and especially to offer our hearts, to love and to make choices in accordance with God's will. All this happens thanks to the working of the Holy Spirit. And in this way become instruments in God's hands, so that Jesus can act in the world through us.  (Pope Francis... Oct. 12, 2013) 
 
 See the calendar link in the left column for all of our activities in February.
  
God's peace,
  
 Kevin J. Cody, DRE 
 

First Reconciliation  
A Celebration of God's Love & Mercy 

 

 

Even with a heavy snow falling, all of our 2nd Graders and their families made it to a celebration of God's love & forgiveness.  While it was cold and blustery outside, it was warm and peaceful inside for our 2 services last Saturday.

As a keepsake, and to impress upon our 2nd Graders the importance of their first experience of the sacrament of Reconciliation, certificates with the children's names and the signature of their pastor, Fr. Brian were presented to the children.  They did a wonderful job recounting their experience and explaining the significance of the sacrament.
 
 
 

 

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