What would you like Church to be like? A young adult in the parish submitted this music video as the vision of Church he hopes for. Maybe you too?
Are you single? In a committed relationship? Married without children? Married with children? No matter! You are an important member of the family of God. But life gets tricky. How do you know the right way to turn? Pray, Decide and Don’t Worry is new from Ascension Press. An Amazon reviewer wrote: “I absolutely love this book, and Fr. Mike. And Jackie and Bobby. It has such good content and has really helped me. I was struggling, and stumbled upon this book and as I was reading the pages I felt God talking to me; saying you need this right now. And I sure did, thank you!”
Whether in the parish, or in your home, the “domestic church,” we learn of love, kindness, gratitude, rules, forgiveness and mercy. That is why community is so important! All of us are called to live holy, virtuous lives. We need each other, trusted friends and the community to pray for us, invite us to come to Mass and practice the faith. Godparents, sponsors, the extended family, your parish family and the staff of OLOL are available to assist. Call upon any of us. Serving each other, and others, is the mission given to all by Christ.
Ways to form your faith:
- Register for Family Faith Formation*! We have chosen Alive in Christ from Our Sunday Visitor as the text that leads us into understanding our faith. It’s for families with one or many “arrows in your quiver.” It’s a family formation because parents learn along with their child(ren). Each lesson gives parents the tools they need to break open the faith. Forms are available on our website, by email request or by stopping by the parish center. *Participation in Faith Formation is a lifelong process, but especially important for children preparing for Sacraments. A full year in the year prior and in the current year of preparation for Sacraments is required. Separate registration forms and preparation for Sacraments is also required.
- Let your children “catch” you practicing your road to holiness through private prayer, Bible reading and your practice of the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy.
- Participate in the life of the church (any or all of the activities sponsored by OLOL, but especially by coming to Mass weekly and receiving the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation every 6-8 weeks).
- For “Young Adults” (aged 18-39) the Diocese publishes “Growing in Faith Together,” a weekly newsletter offering of fun, faith forming activities and meet ups. Click on the link, or view it on our Facebook page.
- Pray individually and with others. Consider making a prayer corner with a Bible, candle and other items (statuary, palms, prayer cards) that brings you to a holy moment.
- Read books or magazines that share a Christian message. Talk about how they open your mind and heart. (Good Reads has many titles, genres and authors, as well as Bibles & Catechisms.)
- Sing/listen to songs and hymns (Use this link to learn more.) Here are some radio stations that are enriching:
- Family Life Network or KLove or The Station of the Cross
For those with children, check out some great websites like, The Religion Teacher or Catholic Icing. See more websites below.
- Let your kids prepare for Mass by viewing other kids doing the same.
- Find a Mass that speaks to them. Search on the Internet for Sunday Masses for Children. The most recently uploaded one to YouTube from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Singapore is excellent!
- Searching for Catholic magazines and websites for children will yield huge results.
- Check out the resources the Diocese makes available on their website. Another website that is helpful is Families of Character.
- Plan a family service project. Talk about how it glorifies God.
- Tune into EWTN TV.
While schools are closed and Masses and Church activities are suspended, here are some ideas of how to continue your child’s learning:
Camps (Ability to do this will of course depend on whether the spread of the Coronavirus has been contained. Check with each camp to learn more.)