January 13, 2021
In this newsletter:
Current Catholic Events
Pope Francis has decreed 2021 the YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH
What is a Plenary Indulgence?
Grade Level ZOOM Schedule for January
January 17th - Gospel Resources
What is a Vocation?
Catholicism & Science - they go hand in hand!
Caring for God's Creation - outdoor learning, faith formation activity
January 24th - Family Friendly, Socially Distanced CELEBRATE LIFE Event
Dear FLOCK families,

As we walk together prayerfully through troubling days, I would like to share with you some recent guidance and reflection from our Church to help us through these times (click on the links to explore further):

(Women have been provisionally allowed to serve at the altar and lector for decades, but this changes makes official in Church Law and its language the right and privilege of all laity, including women, to serve the Church at Mass).

An indulgence is not a quick ticket to heaven, as St. John Paul II once said; rather, it is an aid for the real conversion that leads to eternal happiness.

+ + + The Year of St. Joseph + + +
December 8, 2020 through December 8, 2021
The Decree states that Pope Francis established a “Year of St. Joseph” so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.” The Decree adds that the Pope has granted special Indulgences to mark the year. The December 8, 2020 Decree was issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary, which is the dicastery of the Roman Curia that oversees the practice of Indulgences.

In addition to the Decree, Pope Francis also issued an Apostolic Letter on December 8, 2020 dedicated to the Foster Father of Jesus Christ. The Pope explained in the Letter, titled Patris corde (“With a father’s heart”) that he wanted to share some “personal reflections” on the holy and just Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Holy Father said, “My desire to do so increased during these months of (the) pandemic,” noting that many people had made hidden sacrifices during the crisis in order to protect others (just as St. Joseph did with the Holy Family). Each of us can discover in Joseph–the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence–an intercessor, a support, and a guide in times of trouble,” he wrote. “St. Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

In its Decree, the Apostolic Penitentiary said that, “to reaffirm the universality of St. Joseph’s patronage in the Church,” it would grant a Plenary Indulgence to Catholics who recite any approved prayer or act of piety in honor of St. Joseph, especially on March 19, the Saint’s solemnity as “Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” and on May 1, the Memorial of “St. Joseph the Worker.”

Other notable days for the Plenary Indulgence are the “Feast of the Holy Family” on December 27 and “St. Joseph’s Sunday” in the Byzantine tradition, as well as the 19th of each month during the Year and every Wednesday throughout the year, which is a day traditionally dedicated to the memory of St. Joseph in the Latin Church.

All Saints Church is HERE for you! If your family has a special need, prayer request, or if there is any way that we can support your family, please call or email me any time!

Emily Mulvey, Director of Faith Formation
792-4603 (office)
513-515-1497 (call/text)
Upcoming Grade Level ZOOMs

1st Grade - January 23 at 10:00 am
2nd Grade - January 10 at 9:00 am OR January 11 at 7:00 pm
3rd Grade - January 17 at 9:00 am
4th Grade - January 10 at 9:00 am
5th Grade - January 17 at 10:00 am
6th Grade - January 17 at 11 am
7th/8th Grade - January 31 at 9:00 am OR February 2 at 7:00 pm
January 17th - Gospel Resources
A Vatican Scientist (5 mins)
Outdoor Learning for January & February
Care for God's Creation
Winter is for the Birds! 
You might think that birds would be absent in harsh winter conditions. But no. There are many birds in Ohio in winter, even in your backyard. But with snow frequently covering the natural food, birds will quickly come to your bird feeder! https://www.whatbirdsareinmybackyard.com/ 

Let’s see if we can bring the birds to the All Saints campus!   

Here is what we need you to do: 
  1. Choose a bird from the list below. 
  2. Find out what types of food it likes to eat. 
  3. Design a bird feeder for your bird type (no larger than an 8.5”x11” sheet of paper in any dimension). (please note – the materials used need to be able to withstand water and freezing temps. – no glass please). 
  4. Bring your bird feeder in by Jan. 29 to the parish center office. After Jan 29, we will be placing them around the Outdoor Learning Center courtyard – depending how many we have they may be placed in other areas on campus. 
  5. Wait and watch – you can watch through the windows, visit the OLC outside with your family or after school or on the weekend. Bring a pair of binoculars if you wish so you can get a close up look. See if you can identify any of the birds you see. 

*** The Northern Cardinal has a special meaning to many people. Legend says that if you are lucky enough to spot a cardinal, you should smile to yourself as cardinals represent someone who has passed away. If you see a cardinal, one of your loved ones wants you to know that they are watching over you and you are not alone.   If your child would like to create and dedicate a cardinal feeder to a loved one, they are welcome to somehow incorporate that person’s name into the design of the feeder – a simple tag, paint, etc.  
***Please make students aware that feeders will remain up through February and will be discarded thereafter unless the student has otherwise noted on the feeder by marking their name & "FLOCK". 
Birds that you will find in Ohio during the winter months are
Downy Woodpecker   
American Gold Finch 
Tufted titmouse 
Northern Cardinal** 
Mourning Dove 
Dark-eyed Junco 
House Finch 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Blue Jay 
Red-bellied woodpecker 

Thank you to parishioner Emalee Ridgway for developing our outdoor faith formation activities!