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Year of Faith Activities ~ 92 Things to Do This Summer (PDF)

Welcome the Year of Faith!

Faith is an integral part of our lives; it is interwoven into everything we do. In light of this, Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed a Year of Faith as a way to nourish and deepen our faith in God and the Church. From October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 we are called to prayer, study, outreach and evangelization so that we might live out the call of discipleship to be “joyful witnesses to Christ.”

This is here to help you learn about and gather resources, and activities to help catechize the Year of Faith.

92 Things to Do This Summer (PDF)

(Grade 6 and up): August 6 – Feast of the Transfiguration

According to Scripture, Peter, James and John witnessed the presentation of the divine glory of Christ. lt is believed that Christ wanted to strengthen the faith of the Apostles prior to his death, so that they would know him when he returned. Through this amazing revelation, we recognize Jesus’ divinity and hope for our own glory.

Story: What the Apostles Saw (based on Luke 9:28-36)

Jesus took three of his apostles, Peter, James and John, up a mountain. Jesus began to pray, but the others became very sleepy. Then they suddenly realized that Jesus had changed-he had been “transfigured.” Now his face and clothes were dazzlingly white! The apostles looked again and saw fesus was no longer standing alone. Two great and holy people from long ago, Moses and Elijah, were standing beside the radiant Jesus. Now the apostles were completely awake! They were very nervous. Peter understood who these important people were and he blurted out, “Lord, it is good we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!” As he said this, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them. Now the apostles were very frightened. Then, from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” When the voice was silent the apostles saw that Elijah and Moses were gone. Jesus and his apostles went back down the mountain. They did not tell anyone about the vision they had. When St. Peter offered to make tents, he may have been referring to the Jewish festival called Sukkot when temporary shelters are built.

Discussion Starter: What happened when Jesus began to pray?

Soul Food for Teachers

What does it mean to be holy? If you grew up Catholic, you probably remember being encouraged as a young child to be “holy like the saints”. When put in this context, holiness seemed unattainable for those of us who are not bad people, but certainly not saints. But a careful reading of the gospels gives us a different understanding of what it means to be holy. Holy people accept the mission of Christ to help build the kingdom. St. Paul tells us that holy people try to run the household well and raise the children right (Timothy). Holy people talk to God through prayer, but they do not necessarily go on retreat and pray for days on end. The Benedictine motto, ora et labora, is a good guide for anyone trying to live a holy life. Pray and work. And seek God in all things.

Catholic Stewardship for Kids

One of the best ways to be a witness of our faith in Jesus is through our actions. This month, help a friend or family who needs back-to-school supplies by donating an extra backpack, pencil box or calculator. When we share our resources, even in small ways, we reflect Christ’s call to “love our neighbor.”

Prayer

Increase our faith! (Luke 17:5) Holy God, We thank you for the gracious gift of faith. With the apostles before us, we ask that you Open our hearts to the power of your Word and increase our faith that we may be bold followers and joyful witnesses to the message and mission of your Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Long Road Prayer

When the discussion is finished, take a minute to move the group into a prayerful state. Distribute copies of “The Long View,” the attached prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero. Begin the service with a reminder that all the service we do and the justice we work for is done in God’s name; we can work for change only through His strength. This theme is echoed in the Romero prayer. A quick background sketch of Romero would be helpful.

Leader: Let us conclude this activity in prayer. Take a moment to place yourselves in the presence of God. (Pause) Lord our God, thank you for your inspiration today in all of our new ideas. Give us the strength to work for justice every day of our lives. Help us to take these ideas and make them realities. And help us to remember that whenever we work for justice, we do it because it is what you call us to do. Our work might only be a small step on the road toward social justice for all of your people, but we have faith that one day, your peace and justice shall reign.

Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador in the Latin American country of El Salvador in the late 1970s. He was appointed archbishop during a civil war in El Salvador, and at first he remained quiet about the war. But as he traveled the country, Romero saw the ravages of war and poverty, and he began to speak out. His message was of peace and freedom, and his outspoken faith led to his assassination in 1980. Romero did not live to see ultimate justice achieved, but he realized during his life that he was just a humble servant of God, called to work against poverty and injustice as well as he could. Together, let us recite “The Long View,” one of Romero’s most famous prayers.

Read “The Long View” together.

  • The Long View
    A Prayer by Archbishop      Oscar RomeroIt helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
    The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
    it is even beyond our vision.
    We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
    of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
    Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
    that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
    No statement says all that could be said.
    No prayer fully expresses our faith.
    No confession brings perfection.
    No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
    No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
    No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
    This is what we are about.
    We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
    We water seeds already planted,
    knowing that they hold future promise.
    We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
    We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
    in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
    and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
    but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
    an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
    We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
    between the master builder and the worker.
    We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
    We are prophets of a future not our own.
    Amen.

Attitude of Gratitude

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. — Psalm 23:1 Readings: Titus 3:1-7/Luke 17:11-19

Why didn’t the nine healed lepers we read about in today’s Gospel return to thank Jesus? Were they overwhelmed with joy and the life-changing restoration of health, relationships, and normal life? Were they planning to return to thank Jesus later? Or, were they just self-centered and ungrateful?

A Dominican nun in our prayer group once told us about a gratitude journal she was keeping. Journal promoters — notably Oprah Winfrey — told people to list five things they were thankful for each day. Sister Elaine, a religious for many years, found the activity transforming. She began to recognize thousands of blessings, she said. Fresh air, a hug, a dog’s welcoming smooch, a low heating bill. An “attitude of gratitude,” thanking God, the source of every good thing, became second nature.

Prayer: God and Father, during this Thanksgiving month, teach me to live in an attitude of gratitude.

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