On Wednesday we had an awesome speaker come and in talk to us in depth about Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. It was a very fruitful presentation, and very interesting. In keeping with the theme of the 50th anniversary of this widely controversial, and prophetic document, we will be viewing the documentary movie “Sexual Revolution-50 Years Since Humanae Vitae” at our next meeting, Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. It is a Springtime Productions movie, and the trailer can be viewed here: http://www.sexualrevolutionmovie.com. It is not to be missed, since it is not in theaters, but only licensed for special viewings at parishes across the world.
If you want to read the full document of Humane Vitae, here it is: http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html
See you on Wednesday!
Welcome Mothers both old and new to St. Anne’s Mothers group for 2018/2019!
This year looks as if it is going to be enjoyable and fun!
We start on September 19th at 9:45 am in the St. Francis room. Our first meeting back will be time to catch up with everyone, as we haven’t seen much of each other over the summer. It will also give us a chance to welcome new moms to our group.
Will be studying, and discussing Pope Paul VI encyclical Humane Vitae in the following weeks. It is great that we have this opportunity to do so, as he will be canonized as a Saint on October 14th, 2018.
We will also be reading the book, “Who Does He Say You Are”, by Colleen Mitchell.
This year is going to be exciting and rewarding as we journey in our faith, and are guided by the Holy Spirit in bringing our families closer to Christ. See you on September 19th!
Just a heads up that November is right around the corner and we can do A LOT of good for the Holy Souls in purgatory.
All Souls Day (November 2nd) – A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory may be gained by attending Holy Mass offered for the dead, and fulfilling the three requirements (Confession, Communion, and prayer for the Pope’s intentions).
November 1 – 8: Visit a cemetery
We may gain an indulgence applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the the 8th, on the other days of the year it is partial.
“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
This prayer carries a partial indulgence applicable to the poor souls every day of the year.
To learn more about indulgences take a look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church online. You’ll find indulgences from points #1471 – #1479.
Last week, we welcomed Fr. Cristino, Vocations Director for the Diocese, to our group to speak about how we as mothers can support our children in their discernment of their vocation. He shared with us the wonderful story of how he discerned his vocation to the priesthood, and the role that his mother and father played in this discernment. We laughed, we cried, and we all had takeaways from this talk.
For myself, my takeaways are as follows:
- A priest’s mother often has a strong, if not the strongest, influence in a priest’s discernment of his vocation.
- As parents, one of the best things we can do is to teach our children to have a heart of sacrifice and service.
- Give prayer a central role in family life
- Point our children to do what God wants them to do. Just as Mother Mary told the servants at the wedding at Cana to “Do whatever he (Jesus) tells you”, we can guide our children in the same way, to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.
- Guide any notions of religious life in prayer.
- Don’t answer children’s questions without first asking them some questions ie. “What do you mean by that”.
- Be mindful of how we approach Mass. Ask our children questions about Mass.
- Ask ourselves “What does God want for my child?” We will never outdo God in what we want for our children.
Looking forward to seeing you all next week! Until then, good night and God Bless.
A couple of weeks ago, Chantelle spoke to us on the idea of the our families being leaven in society. She had a lot of great points, and it was won
derful to have her share on this topic. If you’d like to learn more about this, you can check out this book written by Archbishop Chaput that her talk was based on: Living the Catholic Faith.
You can also check out Ad Gentes: The Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity.
Until next time!
Here is a great article from Salt and Light about how to receive a plenary indulgence for the 100th year of the visitation of Our Lady of Fatima.
A Plenary Indulgence for the 100th Year Fatima Anniversary
Last week, we were very fortunate to welcome Andrea to speak at our group meeting. Andrea shared some amazing information about Our Lady of Fatima, as well as some ideas for introducing praying the Rosary young family life.
You can read the source for her talk here: Saint Josemaria and Our Lady of Fatima
The prayer that the Angel taught to the children is as follows:
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you!
I ask pardon for those who do not believe,
do not adore, do not hope and do not love you.
Some ideas that were brainstormed in the group for praying the Rosary with young children:
- Pray only one decade per day as an introduction
- Use chocolate chips or cereal to make a ‘Rosary’ on the table, and eat one per bead (Feast days)
- Use Legos to represent the beads
- Do a Posture Rosary – a different posture for each decade, such as holding your hands up, kneeling, holding your hands in prayer
Remember…little Jacinta, the youngest of the children, was only 7 years old! Children are never too young to start teaching about the faith!
Next week, we welcome Chantelle to speak to us about being missionaries in our families! Until then, blessings to you all and to your beautiful families!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 year of St. Anne’s Mother’s Group! Megan and I are so excited to get the year started, as we’re sure you all are as well 🙂 Our first meeting back will be on Wednesday, September 20th.
This year, we have a great selection of speakers lined up, as well as an inspiring book for the first semester.
The first book of the year that we’ll be studying is called “Busy Lives & Restless Souls” by Becky Eldredge. Becky is a busy wife and mother (like all of us!) who is also a spiritual director and writer. In this book, she shows readers how to build a relationship with God through prayer right in the midst of our busy lives.
This book will hopefully speak to each member of our little group, helping us all grow closer to God by learning how to build prayer into our busy lives. It should be a good read!
Hope you all have had a wonderful summer! Looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks 🙂
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Looking forward to hearing from you all. Have a wonderful summer!