It sure doesn't feel like summer today, but since RE officially ended last week, this newsletter is the first edition of the RE ONLINE Summer Edition.
We need each other, and so to keep our community strong, this weekly newsletter will continue to give us a simple way to be in touch, and share ideas for kids and families to stay engaged and growing in our Catholic Faith outside of the regular RE/School year.
We are still in the Easter Season, and in Mary's month of May. It's definitely not too late to have your May Crowning at home. In fact, this afternoon or evening is a perfect time since we are celebrating the
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
on the 103rd Anniversary of Mary's first appearance to the shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal in 1917.
Linked here are two great articles to read with your family:
For younger children, you can't beat the animated movie
The Day the Sun Danced
Family prayer can reshape the world.
“Children can change the world,” is a repeated motif in the Fatima Family Handbook I wrote for
This is something children instinctively know,
but which often leads to misplaced activism.
Children will not change the world by their policy advice, or peer pressure, or by the power of their own witness, however effective those might sometimes be.
They will change the world by the “three Cs” of Fatima:
- Consoling God through prayer,
- Converting sinners through sacrifice, and
- Committing themselves to Jesus through Mary in the Rosary.
In fact, the Fatima children have already reshaped the world this way. The prayer they added to the Rosary stopped the spread of communism, their example led generations of Catholics to offer things up for others, and they sparked a revolution of Marian consecration worldwide.
The feast of Our Lady of Fatima is on the Church calendar to remind us that their work isn’t done.
Watch the virtual May Crowning and celebration of Our Lady of Fatima recorded earlier today. The priest tells a wonderful story about how Our Mother Mary directly helped him decide to become a Catholic Priest. Very informative and beautiful!