Liturgy Recording: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 20, 2020

Recording

4:30 pm Recorded Mass from St. Michael’s Church.

See our videos page for other recordings.

Live-Stream

10:30 am Mass, St. Peter’s Church, view here.

Live-streams are broadcast live during Masses. After the Mass is over these are archived to our website.

Online Worship Aid

Opening

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: IS 55:6-9

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

Psalm: PS 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18

The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

Second Reading: PHIL1:20C-24, 27A

Brothers and sisters:
Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 
For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. 
If I go on living in the flesh,
that means fruitful labor for me. 
And I do not know which I shall choose. 
I am caught between the two. 
I long to depart this life and be with Christ,
for that is far better. 
Yet that I remain in the flesh
is more necessary for your benefit.

Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: MT 20:1-16A

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. 
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,
he sent them into his vineyard. 
Going out about nine o’clock,
the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.’
So they went off. 
And he went out again around noon,
and around three o’clock, and did likewise. 
Going out about five o’clock,
the landowner found others standing around, and said to them,
‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.’
When those who had started about five o’clock came,
each received the usual daily wage. 
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage. 
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
‘These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
He said to one of them in reply,
‘My friend, I am not cheating you. 
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 
Take what is yours and go. 
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? 
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? 
Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Homily

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of Gifts

Communion

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. –St. Francis

Sending

Supplemental Materials

Weekly Resources or Adult and Family Faith Formation including Liturgy of the Word Resources for families.

Weekly Resources: September 15, 2020

Cabin Fever Faith: Ten Thousand Steps…

Mass and a Movie – September 25!

Join other Catholics in our area for Mass and a Movie, held outside at Sacred Heart Church on September 25 starting at 7:00 pm. All are invited!

Registration for Faith Formation is Now Open

Several options are available for families, and will be tailored to your needs through a Parent Meeting taking the form of a conversation with me.  Parent Meetings will be held via Zoom unless an in-person meeting is requested.

Here’s the link to our website where you can learn more about program offerings and register your family for faith formation: https://taocatholic.com/ff-registration/

Remember to sign up for your Zoom meeting with me here: https://signup.com/go/nSMVDfP

Tuition and fees are the same as in the past, $45 per student, grades prek-9 with a family cap of $135 plus $35 per each child enrolled in grade 2 Sacramental Preparation.  The fee for Confirmation Preparation is $70 per student. Please send your payment with the fee worksheet found on the registration webpage.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed both for our in-person program and for our distance learning program.  How would you be willing to help?  Shoot me a quick email back!  Please!?! 

Communication

Flexibility and clear communication are going to be keys to our success this year.  I will communicate with you when we have firm plans about upcoming activities so that we can adapt to changing health safety needs and protocols.  We will learn together which forms of communication work best.

Sacramental Preparation – Grade 2

Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion will include attending a Parent Meeting in October and will be completed through distance learning with Sacramental celebrations in-person.  You’ll choose to attend the Parent Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:15 – 7:15 pm or in-person on Wednesday, October 7 from 6:15-7:15 pm. Parent/child retreats that would normally be held in person will be outlined at the meeting and adapted for distance learning.

Confirmation Preparation – Grade 10 or above

Confirmation Discipleship Training Sessions will begin next week, September 16 from 6-7pm at St. Peter’s Church in the courtyard.  Materials will be handed out, we’ll pray together, and we’ll talk about the remainder of our sessions that will be held over Zoom.  More information here: https://taocatholic.com/confirmation/

For those who would have been Confirmed in May of 2020: I hope to have more information for you about our rescheduled Liturgy very soon. When I do, I’ll pass that information and final preparation instructions to all in the group. Thank you for your continued patience!

Pass it On

Other years I’ve sent out a paper mailing inviting people to register for Faith Formation.  This year, I’m depending on online promotion and this email to spread the word.  Please help me spread the word by forwarding this email on to others!

Liturgy Support

Gospel Background and home lessons at Loyola Sunday Connection

Gospel-connected Visio Divina Images (learn about visio divina here)
[Gospel Image]

Adult and big kid gospel-connected coloring page

Growing with the Gospel worksheet grades K & 1 Download

Growing with the Gospel worksheet grades 2 & 3 Download

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics — Link to lesson of the week.

Visual Gospel Reading: MT 20:1-16A

Online Catholic Youth Group

Project YM live allows teens to log in for games, teachings and music from top Catholic Youth speakers across the country. Sessions go live on Wednesday and Sunday nights. More information here.

Home Activities

September Activities for Catholic Families Free Printable

September Activities for Catholic Families download.

Liturgy Recording: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 13, 2020

Recording

4:30 pm Recorded Mass from St. Michael’s Church.

See our videos page for other recordings.

Live-Stream

9:00 am Mass, St. Paul’s Church, view here.

Live-streams are broadcast live during Masses. After the Mass is over these are archived to our website.

Online Worship Aid

Opening

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Sir 27:30-28:7

Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail. Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins?  If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins? Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin!  Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.

Psalm: PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.

Second Reading: ROM 14:7-9

Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: MT 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.  That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.  When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. 
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. 
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount. 
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. 
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt. 
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair. 
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.  Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

Homily

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of Gifts

Communion

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. –St. Francis

Sending

Supplemental Materials

Weekly Resources or Adult and Family Faith Formation including Liturgy of the Word Resources for families.

Weekly Resources: September 9, 2020

Registration for Faith Formation is Now Open

Several options are available for families, and will be tailored to your needs through a Parent Meeting taking the form of a conversation with me.  Parent Meetings will be held via Zoom unless an in-person meeting is requested.

Here’s the link to our website where you can learn more about program offerings and register your family for faith formation: https://taocatholic.com/ff-registration/

Remember to sign up for your Zoom meeting with me here: https://signup.com/go/nSMVDfP

Tuition and fees are the same as in the past, $45 per student, grades prek-9 with a family cap of $135 plus $35 per each child enrolled in grade 2 Sacramental Preparation.  The fee for Confirmation Preparation is $70 per student. Please send your payment with the fee worksheet found on the registration webpage.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed both for our in-person program and for our distance learning program.  How would you be willing to help?  Shoot me a quick email back!  Please!?! 

Communication

Flexibility and clear communication are going to be keys to our success this year.  I will communicate with you when we have firm plans about upcoming activities so that we can adapt to changing health safety needs and protocols.  We will learn together which forms of communication work best.

Sacramental Preparation – Grade 2

Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion will include attending a Parent Meeting in October and will be completed through distance learning with Sacramental celebrations in-person.  You’ll choose to attend the Parent Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:15 – 7:15 pm or in-person on Wednesday, October 7 from 6:15-7:15 pm. Parent/child retreats that would normally be held in person will be outlined at the meeting and adapted for distance learning.

Confirmation Preparation – Grade 10 or above

Confirmation Discipleship Training Sessions will begin next week, September 16 from 6-7pm at St. Peter’s Church in the courtyard.  Materials will be handed out, we’ll pray together, and we’ll talk about the remainder of our sessions that will be held over Zoom.  More information here: https://taocatholic.com/confirmation/

Pass it On

Other years I’ve sent out a paper mailing inviting people to register for Faith Formation.  This year, I’m depending on online promotion and this email to spread the word.  Please help me spread the word by forwarding this email on to others!

Liturgy Support

Gospel Background and home lessons at Loyola Sunday Connection

Gospel-connected Visio Divina Images (learn about visio divina here)
[Gospel Image]

Adult and big kid gospel-connected coloring page

Growing with the Gospel worksheet grades K & 1 Download

Growing with the Gospel worksheet grades 2 & 3 Download

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics — Link to lesson of the week.

Visual Gospel Reading: MT 18:21-35

Online Catholic Youth Group

Project YM live allows teens to log in for games, teachings and music from top Catholic Youth speakers across the country. Sessions go live on Wednesday and Sunday nights. More information here.

Home Activities

September Activities for Catholic Families Free Printable

September Activities for Catholic Families download.

Liturgy Recording: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 6, 2020

Recording

No 4:30 pm Mass this week.

See our videos page for other recordings.

Live-Stream

7:30 am Mass, St. Joseph’s Church, view here.

Live-streams are broadcast live during Masses. After the Mass is over these are archived to our website.

Online Worship Aid

Opening

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: EZ 33:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel;
when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.
If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”
and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,
the wicked shall die for his guilt,
but I will hold you responsible for his death.
But if you warn the wicked,
trying to turn him from his way,
and he refuses to turn from his way,
he shall die for his guilt,
but you shall save yourself.

Psalm PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Second Reading: ROM 13:8-10

Brothers and sisters:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, ”
and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: MT 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. 
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. 
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. 
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

Homily

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of Gifts

Communion

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. –St. Francis

Sending

Supplemental Materials

Weekly Resources or Adult and Family Faith Formation including Liturgy of the Word Resources for families.

Weekly Resources: September 5, 2020

Cabin Fever Faith: The Spirit’s Rhythm in Our Life

Faith Formation Registration

Registration is now available for faith formation. Several options will be available including distance learning via books and paper, digital learning and in-person traditional and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes.

Distance Learning

Home learning materials will be tailored to the needs of each family and will include a mix of paper and books and digital content. Distance learners using books will be utilize curriculum from Loyola press:

These curriculum are simple, include a bilingual parent guides and allow several children to be taught from the same texts, enabling families to learn together without a lot of preparation.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a program of faith formation based on the work Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Biblical scholar trained in Catholic theology, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator.  As with other Montessori education settings, the child in CGS leads their own discovery in faith.  The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori School in Ohio has a helpful explanation of CGS on their website: https://www.gscmontessori.org/academics/curriculum/catechesis/

Consider also going over to YouTube and watching some video clips about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd model of faith formation: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=catechesis+of+the+good+shepherd 

Twenty students will be admitted into our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Classrooms on a first-come-first-served basis.  CGS classes will run from 6:15-7:45 pm on Wednesday nights.

Traditional Faith Formation

The traditional model of faith formation utilizes a school-based systematic learning methodology in small groups.  Most grade levels use workbooks or include a writing or creative expression component.  Our ACC faith formation program will be utilizing resources from Our Sunday Visitor for most classrooms.  Learn more about Our Sunday Visitor curriculum here: https://aliveinchrist.osv.com/aicinfo/overview/parish

Some videos about the Alive in Christ curriculum series can be found: https://aliveinchrist.osv.com/aicinfo/videos/parish

Classes taught in the traditional model of faith formation will be held from 6:15-7:15 pm on Wednesday nights.

Register for Faith Formation online or print and send in a paper form.

After filling out your registration form, sign up for time to meet with Lisa to choose your distance learning or in-person model.

Liturgy Support

Gospel Background and home lessons at Loyola Sunday Connection

Gospel-connected Visio Divina Images (learn about visio divina here)
[Two or Three Pray| I can’t breathe image]

Adult and big kid gospel-connected coloring page

Growing with the Gospel worksheet grades K & 1 Download

Growing with the Gospel worksheet grades 2 & 3 Download

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics — Link to lesson of the week.

Visual Gospel Reading: MT 18:15-20

Online Catholic Youth Group

Project YM live allows teens to log in for games, teachings and music from top Catholic Youth speakers across the country. Sessions go live on Wednesday and Sunday nights. More information here.

Home Activities

September Activities for Catholic Families Free Printable

September Activities for Catholic Families download.

Liturgy Recording: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 30, 2020

Recording

4:30 pm Mass, St. Michael’s Church

See our videos page for other recordings.

Live-Stream

10:30 am Mass, St. Peter’s Church, view here.

Live-streams are broadcast live during Masses. After the Mass is over these are archived to our website.

Online Worship Aid

Opening

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: JER 20:7-9

You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me.

Whenever I speak, I must cry out,
violence and outrage is my message;
the word of the LORD has brought me
derision and reproach all the day.

I say to myself, I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,
imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

Psalm PS 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Second Reading: ROM 12:1-2

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. 
Do not conform yourselves to this age
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: MT 16:21-27

Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised. 
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” 
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. 
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me. 
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life? 
Or what can one give in exchange for his life? 
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

Homily

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of Gifts

Communion

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. –St. Francis

Sending

Supplemental Materials

Weekly Resources or Adult and Family Faith Formation including Liturgy of the Word Resources for families.

First Communion 2020

28 August 2020

Dear Community Members and Families of the First Communion Class of 2020,

I hope that summer has treated you all well. We have some new information for you!

Our First Communion celebration for students who would have received last spring will be a separate and special Mass by invitation only which is set for Saturday, October 24th at 4:30 pm at St. Paul’s Church.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions only our First Communion children, families, parents and/or significant others will be allowed to attend.  

Practice for this celebration will be at St. Paul’s at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, 10/21.  Please plan to bring your child’s completed First Communion book and their banner to practice.

For your information, here is a copy of the letter I sent out in April, explaining our full plans for the delay of First Communion, with links to materials and information about joining the Remind First Communion group: https://taocatholic.com/2020/04/24/first-communion-2020/

I had hoped that we would have educational time together before the liturgy to help our children remember what they learned about First Communion.  We aren’t going to be able to do that at this time, but as we get closer to the date, I’ll send you some videos and information to share with your child, so that they can remember about the gift of receiving the Eucharist, and so that they can feel comfortable with new protocols in place for safe worship.

Please let me know if your plans have changed and your child will not be joining the Together As One First Communion group.  

Feel free to contact me with your questions as we move forward from here.

God Bless,

Lisa Neu
Director of Faith Formation, Together As One Area Catholic Community

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