Today the dioceses in the United States celebrate the memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin. St. Cabrini is the first United States citizen to be canonized. She was born in Lombardy, Italy, one of thirteen children. She came to America as a missionary, founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals. To learn more go to: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2017-11-13
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
Do you have your catechist certificate yet? No? Well, here is a chance to attend classes to help you be the best catechist you can be. Four Modules will be taught on Saturday, January 28th (8:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.) at St. Michael Catholic Church (1801 Sage, Houston, TX 77056). The four modules include: Enculturating Catechesis, Vocation of the Catechist, Family: The Domestic Church and Introduction to the Catechetical Framework. You must pre-register. No registration will be allowed at the door. See you there!
The are multiple courses being offered this summer by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (OEC). FTCM classes, Catechetical Modules, Biblical Studies, Baptism Team Training, and Catechetical Leadership training are just a few. Go to http://archgh.cvent.com for more information.
The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has a limited number of these beautiful New Testaments. Their price is $25 ($5 discount). If you purchase 5 or more, the price is $20. Contact the OEC for more information.
Great tool—Had to share! “In 2000 the National Conference for Catechetical Leaders commissioned a series of twelve articles to explore central themes from the General Directory for Catechesis. In 2015, the NCCL Evangelization Committee invited twelve catechetical leaders to revisit the original twelve articles and offer contemporary reflections on the original themes. Throughout the first half of 2016 we will be presenting the original article with the 2016 article. We invite you to share your reflections on both articles in the Comment Section after the articles.” http://www.21stcenturycatholicevangelization.org/feature.html
At the beginning of Dante’s Divine Comedy, we find the line: “Midway on the journey of our life, I awoke to find myself alone and lost in a dark wood, having wandered from the straight path.” Again and again, in the spiritual tradition, the good life is described as a walking of the right path. The Prophet Isaiah asks, “Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways?” (Isaiah 63:17). To read more go to: http://adventreflections.com/advent-day-12-wandering-from-god/