Family, Faith, Francis - Mercy!
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Dear Kevin

My hope is that this newsletter finds you still in the warm glow of family celebration of God's love and care for us demonstrated by His becoming one of us in the person of Jesus, and our sharing of that love. When I met with our catechists following our final session before the break, they had come from their class celebrations.  They shared how they love your children and this ministry... even with the difficulties!  We are so fortunate to have such a group of caring people who are willing to give of themselves and respond to our needs with compassion.

It is the compassion that God shows us in his mercy that we will be focusing on for the remainder of the year. This will include helping your children understand the meaning of mercy and  how mercy applies to their own lives. Sometimes, when we think of the word mercy, we picture someone throwing themselves on their knees before a cruel villain, pleading to be spared some punishment. This is not our understanding of God’s mercy. We do not ask for God’s mercy because we are afraid of incurring his wrath as punishment for our sins. Rather, when we call on God to have mercy, we are calling on God in the only way we know him—as one who responds with compassion to those in need. When we show mercy to others, we are responding as God responds, with compassion. This newsletter includes short videos and resources related to this theme to help you to reinforce the lessons and live out the Year of Mercy as a family. 

Of further assistance, will be our Family Sessions that will carry the theme of mercy.  Our schedule is as follows:
Grades 1 & 2: - Week of January 24th
Grades 3 & 4 - Week of March 6th
Grade 5 - Week of March 20th 
Reminders and details will be given via email, bulletin, and Facebook postings.  

Most of our classes will be handing out Progress Reports during the session following the break. These reports are intended to give you formal feedback on how your child is doing within the group and in understanding/retaining the core concepts for the grade-level.  
You can help your child by going over the mid-term assessment. Your child's catechist will be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.  

Finally, I ask you to keep our 2nd Graders in your prayers as they make their final preparations to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation this month... January 16th.  It will be a time for them to experience and celebrate God's mercy in a very tangible and communal way.      

Have a blessed New Year!,

Kevin Cody, DRE

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Saturday, January 16th
10:00am - Tr. A & School
12:30pm - Tr. B & C
Please keep our 2nd Graders in your prayers as they experience God's love & mercy in a special way.

Through this animation, Pope Francis gives a quick explanation of the Year of Mercy... Something you can show your child.

For an adult explanation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Fr. Mike Schmitz offers some insight on that, explaining the significance of a Jubilee Year and showing how we can be merciful toward others in our everyday lives through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Bishop Barren on Pope Francis & Mercy.
"Mercy is love when turned toward the sinner."  
" The Catholic Church is inclusive; all are welcome... on Christ's terms."

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