Growing in faith is a life-long process. God continually invites believers into a deeper relationship. Our GO FORTH opportunities will challenge you to dig deeper into your Catholic faith in a variety of ways and put your faith into action.
Love never fails. –1 Corinthians 13:8(a)
Past Months –Link to activities and replays from previous months
Live Your Faith
We each have a vocation and state of life. We are young, old, and somewhere in between. We are single, married, parents. We are consecrated religious, others are ordained. We all know the lyrics of the old familiar song, “They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love.” How we live touches the lives of others, whether or not we take notice. How do we live our Catholic faith out in the world? Here we offer some ideas and suggestions to influence our world or make a difference in the lives within our community by simply living our faith.
Resources for imperfect families
- Five Practices for Having a Holy Family, an article
- Your (imperfect) Holy Family, a book review for adults
- Perfectly Imperfect Family, a book for children on sibling loss
- Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic, a devotional for men and women, available via print or digitally
- Practice Virtues of Faith, Hope & Love
Meet the Saints
One of the beautiful things about our faith is the saints. As Catholics we respect and honor the saints and consider them to be heroes of the Church. The saints are timeless examples of how to live a Christian life, providing endless hope. Not only were they sinners who kept trying to grow closer to God, but they also exemplify ways a person can serve God. The Church emphasizes that they were ordinary people from ordinary families and they were totally human. We will highlight a different saint each month of Together in Faith.
Families of all sizes and types make up not only the backbone of our society but also the Church. This month, we are highlighting the Holy Family-Jesus, Mary and Joseph. It may be difficult to make a direct comparison between the Holy family and our family, but reflecting on the roles of Mary as mother, Joseph as father, and Jesus as child gives us an understanding of our own roles in our families. If we hold up the Holy Family as an example for our families, even our imperfect family, not only will we learn how to live holy lives, but we will also begin to change the culture in which we live.
- Listen to this 4 episode podcast Ave Explores: Catholic Family Life.
- Watch this 10-minute video reflection on how the Holy Family serves as a model for families today.
- Learn about making a Consecration to the Holy Family.
Serve the Lord
The Church is known for its emphasis on social justice and the importance of service to express the love of Jesus Christ to the world. Our faith teaches us that we should serve others, showing love and kindness to everyone. We can serve others in many ways, and we should ensure that we use every opportunity that we can. It goes without saying that those who learn how to serve others grow in many ways: empathy, awareness, concern, and closeness to Christ. There are many ways to serve Jesus by serving others and the Church. Each month of Together in Faith there are opportunities to serve inside and outside of our parish.
At St. Francis-Pray for families touched by the Rosebud Program
The Rosebud Program or ”Blessing Bouquet” is a beautifully unique way to show respect for the dignity and worth of all life. This program is from Elizabeth Ministry International, an international movement designed to offer hope, help, and healing on the intimate issues of life, loss and love.
The Rosebud Program helps a church identify, pray for, and support those who are pregnant, celebrating birth or adoption, grieving miscarriage, still birth, abortion, infant or child death, wanting to become pregnant or adopt. It can also offer support to grandparent concerns, and those facing troubled times.
At St. Francis there is a table located in the gathering space with a direction easel that instructs how to select the appropriate colored rose from a basket, fill out the attached card, and place the rose in the vase provided. Members of St. Francis make a promise to pray for all the people the rosebuds represent. Commit to praying this month to help these members of our parish heal from the difficulties that they are facing.
The bouquet is placed at the foot of the sanctuary steps on the fourth Sunday of each month, and the prayers represented in the bouquet are lifted up during the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass.
For more information about the Rosebud Program please visit Elizabeth Ministry International.
In the Community-Pray for those in our community
What is a simple way that we can serve others? We can pray! Praying for others is not a choice, but our privilege. Everyone needs prayer. At times others needs are clear, but often times we may not know what to pray. Either way, when we pray for others, we join God in His work in their lives. During this month, pray for those we know, those we may not know, those we have lost, and the souls in purgatory. Praying can heal. It is our humility that allows us ways to pray for others earnestly. By offering prayers for the relief of others and sharing their burdens, our burdens seem lighter. Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request.” Be alert and pray unceasingly for all the Lord’s people.
Sing His Praises
Music is a beautiful way to elevate our prayer and express our faith in God. Enjoy and pray with these resources: