Many of you are planning next year’s calendar. Please add these dates to your calendar:
July 24-29, 2017 Basic Formation for Catechetical Formation (BFCL)
August 22, 2017 Genesis
September 30, 2017 Festival of Modules
November 14, 2017 Professional Growth Day
December 5, 2017 Certificate Ceremony
January 20, 2018 Module Workshops
February 1 & 2, 2018 Catechetical Retreat
March 14, 2018 Module Facilitator Training
April 16 & 17, 2018 Mentor Training
June 11-15, 2018 Catechetical Summer Intensive
Today’s story is the story about the way to Emmaus. Today’s readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/043017.cfm
You can also watch a video reflecting on the Gospel at the same site.
Watch this video to better understand the V Encuentro and how it affects all Catholics, world-wide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wyxEuK-6J0
Register today! Presenters: Fr. Ron Rolheiser, Sr. Lynn Levo, Robert Wicks, Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, Hoffsman Ospino, Sr. Theresa Rickard, Mike Patin, Jack Jezreel, and Aida Hildago. To find out more information or to register go to: https://www.nccl.org/conference-2017/
Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, begins our Holy Week. This history of Palm Sunday is very interesting.
“Library : History of Palm Sunday | Catholic Culture
As soon as the Church obtained her freedom in the fourth century, the faithful in Jerusalem re-enacted the solemn entry of Christ into their city on the Sunday before Easter, holding a procession in which they carried branches and sang the Hosanna (Matthew 21, 1-11). In the early Latin Church, people attending Mass on this Sunday would hold aloft twigs of olives, which were not, however, blessed in those days.” To read more, go to: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=105
ST. JOSEPH NOVENA PRAYERS
Find the Original Here: http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-joseph-novena/#ixzz4bEyPtPu1
The St. Joseph Altar or St. Joseph Table is an old tradition from Sicily. Here is the explanation of how the tradition started.
The people of Sicily prayed. For too long there had been no rain to nourish the crops that sustained life for most of the island.
The dried out wheat stalks cracked beneath the feet of the poor farmers as they walked through their barren fields. Only a sea of dust and withered vines remained from what had once been row upon row of brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
And so the people prayed.
They pleaded to St. Joseph, their patron, for relief from the famine that gripped the island. At last the skies opened, sending down the life-giving water. The people rejoiced. Some time later, to show their gratitude, they prepared a table with a special assortment of foods they had harvested. After paying honor to St. Joseph, they distributed the food to the less fortunate.
The first St. Joseph Altar set up on the Island of Sicily was a small one, of course. But as time went on and the tradition took hold, the flamboyant nature and creative spirit of the Italians caused the altars to grow larger and more ornate.
Today, the artistic quality of the breads, cookies and pastries, which are baked in such shapes as chalices, staffs and pyramids, often rivals the exquisite flavor of the food offerings.
Though Sicilian immigrants introduced the custom to America, the celebration is not confined to any nationality. Rather, it has become a public event which its devoted participants embrace for a host of private and personal reasons. The feast is alternately a source of petition and thanksgiving.