Dear Holy St. Patrick Families!
Tomorrow we begin the Holiest week of the year! We even call it HOLY WEEK!
This year, even though we do not gather together in the Church building, we actually still are CHURCH at home - a domestic Church. We have an opportunity to learn more about our faith, to share our faith with our family, and to grow in holiness!!
Where to start???? sometimes I am overwhelmed by all the possibilities that I don't do anything. Please, please, please start by joining us on-line for mass during this week. If that's all you do, that's wonderful.
If you want to add more fun and hands on things that go with mass, then by all means join us in this Holy Week Journey! Make it your own! Document it with pictures! Even though it can be a somber week - experience JOY in the moments! These memories will last you a lifetime! I can't wait to hear your stories of God in these moments!!
Take some time on Saturday or before mass on Sunday to create your home altar or prayer space - you can find ideas for that on the
Home Church Sunday guide
#1 - Please attend all the Liturgies during these special days. Watch them together in your homes. (If you cannot watch them when they are streamed on-line, they are recorded so that you can watch them when it is convenient for your family)
#2 - Do one or more activities suggested in the documents below, that helps put that prayer into ACTION.
There is a whole section below (Walk through Holy Week) with activities for each day of Holy Week - Look through them as a family and decide what you will do.
#3 - Another suggestion: Make a journal of your family journey through Holy Week - because this year will be like no other year! Make Holy memories. Write it down and take pictures. We hear stories of what the Israelites did during the Passover, we hear stories of what happened to Jesus and to the apostles, after Jesus rose from the dead! Now you can add your family story! Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect, but just your desire to please God, is itself a blessing to God!
There is no K-5 Religious Education Class this week on purpose.
CIA, SPY and Confirmation families - there are additional requirements for you below
This week is a living class for all of us.
Everything we choose to do as a family is our "class", our way of Honoring God through our lives. We pray with our whole bodies!
We, at St. Patrick are here with you during this time! We are the Body of Christ and we are never alone, even when we cannot gather together as a spiritual family. You should have received a call or email from your catechist or your Youth Group Team member. If you have not received any contact, please
with your email and phone number so that we can get you connected.
I continue to pray for you and your families. Please continue to pray for me!
Director of Religious Education
Watch this video as a family as a kick off to Holy Week!