Gathering 5:  All Saints & All Souls

This week's Zoom recording:

THIS WEEK 

  • Important Information

    • We will be returning to in-person gatherings at the end of November, in time to start our Advent program!  We are currently working on getting those details together so please stay tuned for that information, which will come soon.

  • Reflection Questions

    • Reflection 1:  How do you remember your loved ones in your family?  Do you follow any traditions to remember them and celebrate their lives on certain days of the year? 

    • Reflection 2:  What do you think of the Catholic belief that we on Earth are connected not just to each other here, but also to the souls in Purgatory and the Saints in Heaven?

    • Reflection 3:  A) When you did your Confirmation, which Saint did you choose to be your Confirmation Saint?  - OR -  B) If you don’t remember your Confirmation Saint or if you don’t have one, look back to last week’s reflection question on the Saints. Did you mention a Saint in your response? 

      • Now, do quick Google search and learn a little more about that Saint. Are they the patron of anything? When did they live? Is there anything about their life that surprises you?

  • Weekly Activity

    • Let’s get to know some more Saints this week!  All the children being prepared for Confirmation will be choosing a Confirmation Saint for the big day, but even if your child is preparing for First Communion instead you can still introduce them to the Saints now.  And even if your child has found a Confirmation Saint already, getting to know more Saints is always a good thing.

      ​Here are some things to think about when trying to find a friend in Heaven:

      • Does your child enjoy any particular activities (sports, music, art, etc.) and are they very serious about it?  Look up which Saints are patrons of those interests and see if there is one who stands out to you and your child.

      • Does your child have any struggles or challenges that often leave them discouraged and frustrated?  There might be a Saint who’d be a great friend for them.

      • Do you already have a particular devotion or friendship with a Saint, and want to share that with your child?  If you haven’t already, introduce your child to them and invite your child to pray to the with you.
         

    • Here are a couple of lists to help you out, too!

    • Let’s also not forget about the souls in Purgatory this week!  Have everyone in the family choose a small task that they can offer up as a prayer, and dedicate it to them this week.  At the end of week, get together as a family and say an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be (which were included in last week’s take-home materials), followed by this prayer: 

      • Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and may your perpetual light shine upon them.  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.