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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)


Mary: Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, Mary is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court. 
<p>In the fourth century St. Ephrem (June 9)  called Mary “Lady” and “Queen.” Later Church fathers and doctors continued to use the title. Hymns of the 11th to 13th centuries address Mary as queen: “Hail, Holy Queen,” “Hail, Queen of Heaven,” “Queen of Heaven.” The Dominican rosary and the Franciscan crown as well as numerous invocations in Mary’s litany celebrate her queenship. </p><p>The feast is a logical follow-up to the Assumption and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast. In his 1954 encyclical <i>To the Queen of Heaven</i>, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.</p> American Catholic Blog No one listens willingly to someone who speaks to them from a position of self-righteousness and judgment. Again and again in the Gospels, Jesus reserves his harshest words for those who ignore their own weakness in order to lord it over others.

 
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