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Family, Faith, Francis - Mercy!
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You have heard a lot about the importance of the family lately, particularly with Pope Francis' visit, the World Meeting of Families In Philadelphia last November, and it being part of our theme this year.  You have heard that the family is central to our Catholic faith, and that God reveals Himself as a "family" - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - a communion of persons. Genesis and the Catechism of the Catholic Church remind us that God created us, male and female, in his image, and we are created to be in communion with each other. The Catechism has further stated that the family has a privileged place in faith formation... "Parents receive the responsibility of evangelizing their children" and calls them the "first heralds" of the Faith. The family is called the "domestic church" - the church of the home. 

So, how is your domestic church doing?  Lent is an opportunity to step back and look interiorly at our personal faith life.  As parents, we also look at our family faith life.  We make our Lenten promises to improve our faith life.  As we find ourselves at the midpoint of Lent, it is not too late to come together as a family and make some family Lenten family promises for the 2nd half of Lent to elevate your domestic church. If you are looking for some ideas, check out 20 Creative Things To Do With Your Family During Lent

We look forward to seeing 3rd & 4th Grade families come together this week during our sessions.  Tracks A & B will meet in their classrooms, and Track C will meet in the Church Hall. See the March Calendar at the top of the left column of this newsletter for Lenten events that you can participate in as a family or individually... Fish Fry, Stations of the Cross, Living Stations of the Cross, Bible Study, Tri-Parish Lenten Mission, Holy Thursday and Good Friday Masses, Blessing of Easter Baskets, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.

I've got to see that I have received from a number of visitors to Mass here that it is wonderful to see so many children in attendance!  We are blessed with strong families at St. Alphonsus. Have a blessed 2nd half of Lent and a glorious Easter!

Kevin Cody, DRE
630-257-2371

Beginning March 10th at 7:00pm Church Hall
The book of Acts shows the Church, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, teaching, preaching, healing, and restoring outcasts in the same way that Jesus did on earth.
The Acts of the Apostles provides an historic framework for understanding the rest of the New Testament. Paul’s letters in particular come alive in a new way when they are read within the context of the Acts narrative.
 
We will have 20 sessions on Thursday nights 7:00 - 8:30pm, and take a 2-week break after the 10th session. Deacon Dan Rittenhouse will be facilitating the sessions.
Contact the RE Office if you are interested. 
MARCH 2016
RE CALENDAR
MAKING A GOOD CONFESSION
The following video and "cheat sheet" will help you to brush up on the sacrament of Reconciliation
FREE HAVARD COURSE
This is a collaborative project among six colleagues at HDS, FAS, and Wellesley College to create a series of modules introducing participants to the academic study of religion through some of the central texts of five of the world’s religious traditions with an emphasis on origins and interpreters.
 Go here to register  The course is scheduled to run from March-August, 2016 and will be comprised of six, month long modules 
PLAYING MASS
Did you ever play Mass as a kid?  My brother & 3 sisters did. I'm just glad there wasn't a proliferation of video camera's then... but it would probably would be fun to view.  Check these videos out...
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