April 7, 2020
Blessed Holy Week to all our Faith Formation families,
I pray everyone is healthy and safe. As I think of what this very special week in the life of the Church has meant to me in the past, I long to be with my church family. All the very special liturgical celebrations highlight for me the beauty of our faith and our God. Starting with the wonder of Holy Thursday where we remember the Last Supper our Lord had with his disciples and how he taught us all to serve each other by washing his disciples’ feet. Then on Good Friday, the only day in the entire year when Mass is not celebrated anywhere, we walk with Jesus in his Passion as we remember his accepting death on a cross to take away our sins. It is only through understanding the suffering of Christ that we can truly rise with him on Easter Sunday. On Holy Saturday, my favorite service of the year, we celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass. We start in darkness and then watch as Christ, symbolized in the Easter candle, brings light to the entire church and the world. For me this has always been a very moving and meaningful moment. This is also where we welcome new members into our family through the rites of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Then we come back together for the joy of Easter morning Mass. Remembering the tomb is empty and Christ has risen from the dead!
I know it will be difficult for me this week to feel the connection to our Church family, so I am going to try to make an extra effort to connect. I have a few suggestions for you to help your family connect with our Mary Queen of Peace family as well as the entire Christian community.
- Holy Thursday – I would suggest having a special dinner as a family just as Jesus did with his disciples. Taking time to think about and share with each other how you can serve others. Then plan on participating in Mass with Father Kaluza and the rest of Mary Queen of Peace at 7 pm being live streamed on Facebook.
- Good Friday – Focus on the Passion of Christ. Formed.org has a couple of ways to meditate on the Stations of the Cross. For families with younger children, Brother Francis offers a great walk through the Stations of the Cross. It can be found in the section: Holy Week & Tridium. For teens and parents there are a couple of other meditations on the Stations of the Cross in the same area. At 3 pm Father Kaluza will be live streaming on Facebook Mary Queen of Peace’s Good Friday service.
- Holy Saturday – Spend time as a family enjoying each other and knowing you are loved.
- Easter Sunday – Christ is Risen! Celebrate in a safe manner with your family trying to keep as many traditions that you safely can or starting new traditions. Father Kaluza will be live streaming Easter Mass at 10 am on Facebook.
Please know all of us at Mary Queen of Peace wish you a Blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter.
He is Risen!
April 1, 2020
Hello Faith Formation families,
Let’s keep Phil. 4:13 in mind as we navigate these trying times. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” No matter what we are challenged with, we know God is with us and will give us the strength we need. He has not forgotten nor abandoned us.
My suggestions for this week are as follows:
Grades K- 6: Pick one or two of the videos from the Saints and Heroes Collection. Watch the video on any of the Saints and take some time to talk about that Saint and Saints in general.
A few points to emphasis include:
- Saints are role models on how to live a holy life
- We do not worship Saints but look to them for help and guidance.
- Saints were not perfect people and can be any age, even children.
- We are all saints, but the church recognizes a few men and women that lived very holy lives to be recognized as canonized Saints or role models.
Grades 7th – 9th and parents: Pick any movie on one of the Saints, including Mary and watch it. Then take some time to think about why this person is recognized as a Saint. Also, what are one or two things that made them saintly that you could try to model in your life?
All grades and families: This Sunday is Palm Sunday and though we cannot celebrate together as a community, we can celebrate as families. Think about having a palm procession around your house or even neighborhood before you watch Palm Sunday service on TV. Blessed palms will be available at the Parish Life Center on Friday from noon to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Please find the details on how your family can pick some up in this Friday’s eblast. If you can’t pick up blessed palms, you can make palms out of paper or just have a procession. God knows our hearts and will appreciate the effort. Another suggestion would be to read out loud the Passion of Christ as a family. It can be found on usccb.org under the daily readings for Sunday.
I don’t think any of us could have imagined the turn our lives have taken these past weeks. All of us at Mary Queen of Peace are here to help in any way we can. Please let us know if there is something we can do to help.
Mary Queen of Peace pray for us,