RE ONLNE
Summer Edition

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 on FORMED.org.

Family prayer can reshape the world. 

“Children can change the world,” is a repeated motif in the Fatima Family Handbook I wrote for  Holy Heroes. 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:
  1. Consoling God through prayer,
  2. Converting sinners through sacrifice, and
  3. 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!

SPECIAL REQUEST

Please Pray the Rosary with Holy Family School of Faith t onight, Wednesday May 13 at 7:30 PM : Live-stream Rosary CLICK HERE

Our special intention is to thank God for
Seminarian Thomas Maddock,
and all he has done for Religious Ed this year!

Please also pray for Thomas as he is
Ordained a Deacon this Saturday!!!

To thank and encourage Thomas, we are also inviting all
RE Families to a CARD SHOWER!!!
Please send Thomas a card or note of Congratulations!

Email to thomas.maddock@stmichaelcp.org or drop off a note or card at the parish office between 10-2 Monday-Friday, or
mail to Thomas Maddock 14251 Nall Ave. Leawood, KS 66223

Thank you!

We are leaving this in one more week in case you didn't see it last week.

"Little Catechesis"
on Mary our Queen and Mother
with Seminarian Thomas Maddock
Your free access to MCFD continues through June!

Refer to your child's classroom catechist's weekly email for lesson highlights.


If you haven't already, make sure to download this free activity and coloring book. There are pages for every Sunday through the Easter Season and finally ending with the Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, on June 1, 2020.

We would love to post some of the your children's artwork! Please send a copy of artwork, or a picture of your children working on this activity book or their online lessons to shawna.davidson@stmichaelcp.org to be included on the parish website or social media! Thank you!
Anytime we want to be united to Our Blessed Lord in the Holy Eucharist, we can! Pray this prayer or a similar one, to invite Jesus into your heart...

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

St. Thomas tells us that a “complete spiritual Communion can even take place when we are unable to receive sacramentally, because ‘the effect of a sacrament can be secured if it is received by desire.’”

Prayer Request or Questions?
 Please contact our RE Team if you need anything!

Jane Gregory RE Coordinator- jane.gregory@stmichaelcp.org
(913) 402-3947
Diane Jones CGS Coordinator- cgs@stmichaelcp.org
(913) 402-3941
Rosa Noyola RCIC Lead Catechist- rosa.noyola@stmichaelcp.org
(913) 402-3916
Jennifer Summers RE Administrative Assistant- jennifer.summers@stmichaelcp.org
(913) 402-3922
Shawna Davidson Director of Religious Ed- shawna.davidson@stmichaelcp.org
(913) 402-3963 (SMA Direct) or (913) 669-8288 (personal cell)