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FAMILY SESSIONS (Grades
Parents will join their children
for an Advent and a Lenten session. Track A
classes will meet in their classrooms, and Tracks
B & C will meet in the Church Hall.
Following is the schedule:
1 & 2.......... Week of Nov. 30th
3 & 4 ......... Week of Dec. 7th
Grades 5 & 6
......... Week of Dec.
1 & 2 .......... Week of March 8th
3 & 4 .......... Week of March 22nd
5 & 6 .......... Week of March
Everyone I've talked to who has met
Bishop Cupich has had a very good first
impression... down-to-earth, really listens,
seems to share the same spirit as Pope
Francis, etc. Archbishop
Cupich, currently the bishop of Spokane,
Washington, will be installed as Archbishop of
Chicago Nov. 18, succeeding the retiring Cardinal
Bishop Cupich views
his style as that of a "pastor" ...
main role of pastors is to keep people together...
want to make sure that whatever we do as a church
resounds to the benefit of society."
more about Bishop Cupich in his interview
with Catholic News
FINDING YOUR WAY THROUGH
month of November, we remember loved ones who have
gone before us. For many of us, we are still
making our way through the grieving process.
Sometimes it helps to have someone who has been
there guide us through it. In her blog, I
Am So Lost, Patti Fitzgerald, a grief support
facilitator, helps people to move forward so that
they can be happy again. She contends that you can
feel happy again by making an intentional decision
to work on your grief-feel your feelings, express
them and tell your story.
Priests' Rome Dance-Off Video Goes Viral |
Priests In Dance-Off Become Web
released website called 'Crux
' aims to provide an online
space for both Catholics and non-Catholics to
sound off on issues related to the faith.
Globe Media initiative looks at Catholicism from a
modern perspective by sharing news straight from
the Vatican. It also details the stories of
Catholics and their roles in events happening
around the globe, thus attempting to interpret the
role that Catholicism plays in our world
Because it is not backed by the
Church or sponsored by a religious group, the
media group believes that it can be "close enough
to the story to get it right, but far enough away
to be objective."
Thus far, it has had some
very good articles. Particularly on Pope
Francis and the recent extraordinary synod on the
November Parent eNewsletter
We are off to a good
start! We have a good group of catechists who
report that they have good kids who are eager to
learn. They will be learning more about the
special holy days and seasons coming up...
Halloween, All Saints Day, All Soul's Day,
Thanksgiving, the beginning of Advent, etc. This
issue contains some resources you can use related
to them as well.
You, no doubt, have
heard coverage of the Extraordinary Synod on the
Family over the past few weeks with headlines such
as,"The Church makes dramatic turnaround in it's
teaching on homosexuality, divorce, cohabitation,"
Then... "The Church backs off on
The fact is, the interim report that came out
of the Synod is not even close to a definitive,
formal teaching of the Catholic Church. It is a
report on what has been discussed so far in a
synod of some two hundred bishops from around the
world. It conveys, to be sure, a certain consensus
around major themes, trends that have been evident
in the conversations, dominant emphases in the
debates, etc., but it decidedly does not represent
"the teaching" of the Pope or the bishops.
Sometimes efforts to be transparent can be
problematic. There were no such interim reports
during Vatican II. And there was as much, if
not more, in-fighting going on. Since the interim
report came out, Pope Francis wrote his post-synodal exhortation
the entire process and offering his take on the
matter. There will be more discussions and
refinements that will be taking place over the
next 12 months until the Ordinary Synod on the
Family takes place next
Pope Francis tells families that joy is where
love is, and that authentic love comes from Jesus.
Your home is the best place for your child to
experience love. The love that parents express to
their children helps them to understand the love
Take a quiet minute with your child at the
end of the day, before bedtime, and offer an Our
Father for the bishops who help guide our families
in the Catholic faith.
We look forward to
our first Family Sessions during RE with our 1st
& 2nd Graders during the week of Nov.
bless you and your family
Pope Francis' Joy of the
What does it
mean at St.
the joy of the Lord is renewed in each individual,
what does Pope Francis say about the Church's
missionary call? "Evangelization takes place in
obedience to the missionary mandate of Jesus: 'Go
therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching then to
observe all that I have commanded you." (Mt
28:19-20) (#19) This sends believers to all
nations, in all situations, to all peoples and
this can seem problematic in the current world.
But that is what makes an evangelizing community.
If St. Alphonsus chooses to become an
actively evangelizing community the Pope offers a
helpful picture. "An evangelizing community gets
involved by word and deed in people's daily lives;
it bridges distances, it is willing to abase
itself if necessary, and it embraces human life,
touching the suffering flesh of Christ in
others....An evangelizing community is also
supportive, standing by people at every step of
the way, no matter how difficult or lengthy this
may prove to be." (#24)
While this sounds both difficult and yet
attractive, each community must look at what is
needed to become such a community. Again, the
document instructs wisely, "The parish is not an
outdated institution precisely because it
possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite
different contours depending on the openness and
missionary creativity of the pastor and
community...We must admit, though, that the call
to review and renew our parishes has not yet
sufficed to bring then nearer to people, to make
them environments of living communion and
participation, and to make them completely
So the Pope calls for each faith community
to have a missionary impulse. How does that happen
within a community? Is some effort needed
collectively and some individually? Something to
make this missionary impulse ever more focused,
generous and fruitful, I encourage each particular
Church to undertake a resolute process of
discernment, purification and reform."
A process of discernment, purification and
reform would be challenging. Is it something St.
Alphonsus should consider?
SHOP & SHARE VENDOR
Saturday, November 15th
If you have a
product to sell, you could be one of our vendors
at this fundraising event. A table
fee, a donation of an item for a gift basket, and
a small percentage of sales will go to the
Catechist Appreciation Fund.
is a great way to make connections for your
business within the St. Alphonsus community.
Contact the RE Office for further
This is also a great
opportunity for shoppers to pick up some unique
Christmas gifts while contributing to the
businesses of fellow parish members.
Last year's vendors included
Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef,
Premiere Designs, Thirty-One, Cookie Lee Jewelry,
Ribbons, and Mary Kay