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Faith Formation Archive

2014
Announcement (May)
Savor Every Moment (May)
Saints for Spring (April)
Celebrating Family (March)
Gearing Up for a Good Lent (February)
Lent and Spring Sacraments (January)

2013
Out with the Old (December)
Welcoming a New Church Year (November)
Saints and Seasons (October)
Nurturing Faith (September)
Gearing Up for the New Evangelization (August)
Summer Reading (July)
Honoring Moms, Dads, and Grads! (May)
To Jesus, through Mary (April)
What Happens after Easter? (March)
Resources for Reconciliation (February)
Make the Most of the New Year ... and Lent (January)

2012
Celebrating the Incarnation (December)
Gratitude . . . for Things Past and Yet to Come (November)
'When the Saints Go Marching In' (October)
Year of Faith (September)
Gearing Up! What's New? (August)
Summertime Reading and Reflection (July)
Celebrating Spirit and Community (May)
Fresh Wineskins for New Wine (April)
Reconciliation (March)
Lenten Resources (February)
Catholic Identity (January)

2011
Advent, Christmas and Holy Family (December)
Teach Us to Pray—As a Family (November)
Saints Alive! (October)
Harvest Lessons (September)
What’s in Your Catechist Bag of Tricks? (August)
Summer Reading Assignments (July)
Looking Back Before Planning Ahead (May)
Special Edition on the Roman Missal (April)
Mystagogy and Postbaptismal Catechesis (April)
God's Reconciling Love (March)
Lenten Lessons (February)
Back to Basics (January)

2010
Incarnation Moments (December)
Inspiring an Attitude of Gratitude (November)
Saints and Spiritual Heroes (October)
Sacraments: Passing On the Rituals (September)
Back to School With Intergenerational Catechesis (August)
Summer Spiritual Reading (July)
Ecology and Faith (May)
Praying Always and All Ways (April)
Lenten Sacrifices (March)
St. Clare and the Franciscan Way (February)
Marriage and U.S. Bishops' Marriage Pastoral (January)

2009
A Gentler Christmas (December)
What Happened to Advent? (November)
A Few Heroes (October)
Angels All Around Us (September)
Finding Your Passion (August)
Using Summer as a Time to Re-create (July)
Following a Moral Compass (May)
Signs of the Season (April)
Prayer and Fasting (March)
Celebrating Love (February)
Living the Generous Life (January)

2008
Living the Generous Life (December)
Try to Remember (November)
Faith and Politics (October)
Things Going Bump in the Night (September)
Tool Time—Resources for the Catechist (August)
Up, Up and Away – Play Is Holy (July)
The Spirit’s Creative Motion (May)
Journeying From Easter With Mary (April)
Learning Through Liturgy (March)
Developing New Appetites (February)
Gathered Around the Table (January)

2007
The Lord Is Coming Soon! (December)
Sacred Seasons (November)
Hallowthanksmas (October)
The Pleasure of Her Company (September)
Gearing Up (August)
Summer R & R (July)
Evangelization: Now and (Just Before) Forever Amen (May)
Catechesis for the Easter Season (April)
New Life for Parish Staffs (March)
Liturgy of the Word for Children (February)
Lent Comes Early (January)

2006
Peace and Goodwill to All (December)
The Year of Luke (November)
Thy Kingdom Come (October)
Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Rosary (September)
Adult Learning in Small Groups (August)
Summer R & R (July)
The Trinity (May)
Ministry of the Sick (April)
Healing and Reconciliation (March)
Lenten Reflections (February)
Adult Faith Formation (January)

2005
The Incarnation (December)
Advent: Jesus Is Coming (November)
Confirmation and Service Hours (October)
Celebrating St. Francis (September)
What's New (August)
Time for Some R&R: Resources and Renewal (July)
Parish Book Clubs (May)
Bringing New Life Into Your Easter Season (April)
Forgiveness and Mercy (March)
Lenten Customs and Traditions (February)
We Are the Body of Christ (January)

2004
The Holy Family (December)
Welcoming in a New Liturgical Year (November)
All Saints Day (October)
Preparing for First Sacraments: First Communion (Sep.)
August: What's New (August)
July: Time for Some R & R (July)
Determining Ownership (May)
Mystagogy: Final Stage of the RCIA Process (April)
Adult Faith Formation: Our Primary Focus (March)
Lent, Rededication and Small Groups (February)
Catholic Identity (January)

2003
Incarnation and Inculturation (December)
Advent (November)
Fall Holidays (October)
Preparing for First Sacraments (September)
Gearing Up Again (August)
Summer R&R (July)
Pentecost: Catechesis and Evangelization (June)
Mary, Christ's First Witness (May)
Baptismal Catechumenate: A Model for All Catechesis (April)
Teaching Through Rituals (March)
Lenten Resources (February)
Believing in Jesus (January)

2002
Welcome to Faith Formation Update! (November)


John of Capistrano: It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption. The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events. 
<p>Imagine being born in the 14th century. One-third of the population and nearly 40 percent of the clergy were wiped out by the bubonic plague. The Western Schism split the Church with two or three claimants to the Holy See at one time. England and France were at war. The city-states of Italy were constantly in conflict. No wonder that gloom dominated the spirit of the culture and the times. </p><p>John Capistrano was born in 1386. His education was thorough. His talents and success were great. When he was 26 he was made governor of Perugia. Imprisoned after a battle against the Malatestas, he resolved to change his way of life completely. At the age of 30 he entered the Franciscan novitiate and was ordained a priest four years later. </p><p>His preaching attracted great throngs at a time of religious apathy and confusion. He and 12 Franciscan brethren were received in the countries of central Europe as angels of God. They were instrumental in reviving a dying faith and devotion. </p><p>The Franciscan Order itself was in turmoil over the interpretation and observance of the Rule of St. Francis. Through John’s tireless efforts and his expertise in law, the heretical Fraticelli were suppressed and the "Spirituals" were freed from interference in their stricter observance. </p><p>He helped bring about a reunion with the Greek and Armenian Churches, unfortunately only a brief arrangement. </p><p>When the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453, he was commissioned to preach a crusade for the defense of Europe. Gaining little response in Bavaria and Austria, he decided to concentrate his efforts in Hungary. He led the army to Belgrade. Under the great General John Hunyadi, they gained an overwhelming victory, and the siege of Belgrade was lifted. Worn out by his superhuman efforts, Capistrano was an easy prey to an infection after the battle. He died October 23, 1456.</p> American Catholic Blog When we are linked by the power of prayer, we as it were, hold each other’s hand as we walk side by side along a slippery path; and thus by the bounteous disposition of charity, it comes about that the harder each one leans on the other, the more firmly we are riveted together in brotherly love. —St. Gregory the Great

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Anointing of the Sick
May all who suffer pain, illness or disease realize that they are chosen to be saints.
St. John Paul II
“…let us always give priority to the human person and his fundamental rights.” St. John Paul II
Godparents
For the one to be baptized, godparents represent the Christian Catholic community, the Church.
Birthday
You have the heart and soul of a child of God, no matter how long you've been around.
World Mission Sunday
The Church in North America sprang from the blood of martyrs such as this missionary and his companions.



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