Happy Easter

We have celebrated Easter Sunday, the Octave, or Week of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, (the 2nd Sunday of Easter) and now we are in the midst of the Easter Season which lasts for 50 days until Pentecost.

The Season of Easter is celebrated as a single joyful feast, called the "great Lord's Day". Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter.

There is no doubt, The Catholic Church make a very big deal out of EASTER!!! Catholics are even known as Easter People.

Do we believe this fact? Yes! But now, a little personal sharing...As I was beginning to put our newsletter together today, I had to ask myself a tough question...

In my heart, can I honestly say that I'm an Easter person year 'round?

Unfortunately, this morning didn't start out too well and I was feeling the strain of so much uncertainty, and generally feeling anxious about many things. Then it dawned on me that I had not taken the time to begin my day listening to God. Was I really behaving like one of God's Easter People?

As I thought about this a moment, something I recently heard on a FORMED webinar jumped into my mind: The normative way God speaks to His People is through Holy Scripture.

Especially now that we are very limited in how we can receive God's Grace in the Sacraments, God's Word in Scripture may be even more important. Truly, God's Word is a living word, ready to give us the energy to keep moving forward and even moving forward with joy when anxiety takes hold of us.

My favorite way to ponder God's Word is by reading the daily Mass readings in the Magnificat. So, I pulled out my copy and began to read the first line that got my attention. From today's Psalm I read "The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty." And believe it or not, instantly, the edge came off my worries and I felt a sweet calm begin to take over.

So, on these beautiful spring days, let's (virtually) join together as God's children to spend a little time outside soaking in some Vitamin D while soaking in God's Holy Word. I'd love to hear from you about how this impacts your family, and what it means to you to be "Easter People".

Close in prayer,
Evening Prayer
with Seminarian Thomas Maddock

Parents- your children know this song! Ask them stand, to pray, and sing along!
"Little Catechesis"
on the Peace of Christ
with Seminarian Thomas Maddock
Now, go here to access your child's complimentary account at My Catholic Faith Delivered.

We have received great feedback from parents about doing these lessons as a family....even if you haven't logged on yet, it's not too late! Have a question about your account with MCFD? Contact jennifer.summers@stmichaelcp.org if you have questions!

Many thanks to the Comfort Family for sharing these awesome photos of sons Chase and Weston doing their online lessons! Great job!!!

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

For a Note form from Mrs. Jones, Coordinator of CGS,

For a special coloring page of the Resurrection go HERE   
(Maybe you can listen to the song below while you reflect.)

Parents: Looking for an excellent podcast?
Go HERE for the United States Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Podcast.
Don't forget to join Fr. Brian at our parish Live-Stream Rosary tomorrow, Wednesday April 22 at 7:30.

Fr. Muir (Diocese of Phoenix) explains how he prays the Rosary below...

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
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