Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April GIFT Follow Up Email

April 2016 GIFT Follow Up Email
Kingdom of God: Parables of Jesus
                            
Thank you for attending our April GIFT Gatherings: Kingdom of God: Parables of Jesus. If you were not able to attend the GIFT Gatherings this week, please click the link here  to download the PowerPoint presentation from the event.

Please do Chapter’s 20 & 21 at home. You can find easy to follow home lessons at http://calltofaith.osv.com/parish/for_families/pf_home_lessons/grade_k navigate to your son/daughter’s grade level and choose Chapter’s 20 & 21.

During this session we focused on reading and analyzing some of the parables of Jesus. We looked at the following parables:
·        Parable of the Mustard Seed: Matt 13:31-32
·        Parable of the Yeast: Matt 13:33
·        Three Parables - Treasure, Pearls, Net: Matt 13:44-52
·        Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-21
·        The Parable of the Lost Sheep: Luke 15:1-7
·        The Parable of the Lost Coin: Luke 15:8-10
Then focused our discussions on the following questions:
·        Who is Jesus in this parable?
·        What does it teach us about the qualities of God/Jesus?
·        What does this parable teach us about the meaning of the kingdom of God?
·        What does it mean to us today?
The discussion was rich and provided a deeper understanding of these stories which Jesus used to teach his disciples, and us, about the kingdom of God.

Each year, we host our annual Safety Faire for the Safe Environment requirement from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Preschool through 3rd graders are required to complete the Talking About Touching curriculum. This was covered at the Safety Faire and packets were handed out with lessons for parents to do at home. When the lessons are completed, there is a completion form that you’ll need to send back to me.
For those with 4-12th grade children, they need to complete the online safety course appropriate for their grade level. Those courses can be found at www.shieldthevulnerable.org. Here are the course titles per grade level:


4th grade              Safety Smarts for Kids
5th grade              Block the Bully
6th grade              Be Safe, Stay Safe
7th grade              Bullying – Not Cool
8th grade              Digital Citizenship
9th grade              Teen Safety
10th grade            Dating Abuse
11th grade            Cyber Safety
12th grade            You’re Legal; Now What?




We kicked off a collection, CRS Rice Bowl for Lent. Find more information about the Rice Bowl project, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the work that they do by visiting http://www.crsricebowl.org/. We will collect your Rice Bowls at the May GIFT sessions.

Upcoming Events:
·        MSYM & HSYM – Had to be cancelled this month. My mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly in So. Cal. And my husband and I are travelling to Los Angeles for the funeral.
·        Our Catholicism DVD series continues on Monday nights from 7-8:30 pm until May 23rd. This series is a companion piece to GIFT and designed for adults and older teens. It features prayer, journaling, a spectacular documentary, reflection and discussion and is being led by Deacon Rich. All are welcome to join us.
·        Pancake & Bacon Fundraiser Breakfast for Mission Trip to Ecuador - April 16th - 9am-12 noon - $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Children
·        Caring for our Common Home: A Parish Response Workshop on April 23rd at St. Anne of the Sunset 9-12:30 pm see Liz for more information
·        First Communion - April 24th at 10:30 am with a reception to follow
·        Confirmation Information Meeting – for all 8th graders or those in high school who have not yet been confirmed - May 25th at 7:00 pm
·        Next GIFT Sessions: May 1 & 4th

Other Resources:
·       Please join st-matthias-gift-families@googlegroups.com if you haven’t already. This is how I will communicate about GIFT going forward.
·        Pinterest –  Family Faith Ideas http://www.pinterest.com/smff2013/
·        Sabrina’s Blog – Do you children ever ask you faith related questions that you are just not sure how to answer? Or do really cool things related to their faith that you want to share with the community? If so, follow the blog http://faqsfaithandquestions.blogspot.com


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Here's a prayer for the Year of Mercy which begins today!

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

GIFT Follow Up Email

November GIFT Follow Up Email
Trinity (Professing our Faith: We Believe in God, We Believe in Jesus Christ, We Believe in the Holy Spirit)
                            
Thank you for attending our November GIFT Gatherings: Trinity. If you were not able to attend the GIFT Gatherings this week, please click the link here  to download the PowerPoint presentation from the event.

In the classes, catechists led the Kindergarten through 5th grade children through Chapter 1 in their books. Please do Chapter’s 5 & 6 at home. You can find easy to follow home lessons at http://calltofaith.osv.com/parish/for_families/pf_home_lessons/grade_k navigate to your son/daughter’s grade level and choose Chapter’s 5 & 6.

At our October GIFT sessions, we handed out the Kindergarten through 5th grade children’s books. We had them available again at the November sessions for those who couldn’t make it in October. There are still a few that have yet to be picked up. If you would like to pick them up, let me know what would work best for you; 1) pick them up from me in the Rectory during the week, or 2) pick them up at Mass either Saturday or Sunday.
We also hosted our annual Safety Faire for the Safe Environment requirement from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Preschool through 3rd graders are required to complete the Talking About Touching curriculum. This was covered at the Safety Faire and packets were handed out with lessons for parents to do at home. When the lessons are completed, there is a completion form that you’ll need to send back to me.
For those with 4-12th grade children, they need to complete the online safety course appropriate for their grade level. Those courses can be found at www.shieldthevulnerable.org. Here are the course titles per grade level:


4th grade              Safety Smarts for Kids
5th grade              Block the Bully
6th grade              Be Safe, Stay Safe
7th grade              Bullying – Not Cool
8th grade              Digital Citizenship
9th grade              Teen Safety
10th grade            Dating Abuse
11th grade            Cyber Safety
12th grade            You’re Legal; Now What?




Upcoming Events:
·        Middle School Youth Ministry (MSYM) (5-8th Grades) – Nov 11th  from 6-8pm. All Middle School Youth are welcome to attend. Each MSYM meeting begins with dinner.
·        Middle School & High School Youth Ministry (MSYM/HSYM) – Nov 15th from 5-7pm. All High School youth are invited to join us for dinner at Canyon Inn, then back to St. Matthias for dessert and a Ping Pong Tournament.
·        Confirmation Level I Retreat @ St. Matthias on Nov 14th from 10-4:30 pm
·        Confirmation Level II Meeting – Sunday, Nov 22nd from 3-5pm
·        Service Opportunity - Giving Tree Set up – Nov 28th
·        Pope Francis – Encyclical on the Environment Study Group continues on Mondays from 7-8:30 pm and is repeated on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am in the Upper Room of Fr. Lacey Hall.


Other Resources:
·        Pinterest –  Family Faith Ideas http://www.pinterest.com/smff2013/
·        Sabrina’s Blog – Do you children ever ask you faith related questions that you are just not sure how to answer? Or do really cool things related to their faith that you want to share with the community? If so, follow the blog http://faqsfaithandquestions.blogspot.com


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween: A Holiday from Hell?


Anyone who has questions about the origins or purpose of this holiday - which I love, by the way - should take a look at this article.

I'm currently a Medieval Christianity class at CSUEB and was interested to find out that it was Pope Gregory IV (Gregory IV argued with Louis the Pious of the Carolingian's about his succession from St. Peter. ) who moved the feast day of All Hallows from May 13th to November 1st - after the harvest, so that Rome would be properly provisioned for the pilgrims who would flock to the city.

http://www.massexplained.com/a-holiday-from-hell/?utm_source=Halloween+2015&utm_campaign=Halloween+2015&utm_medium=email

Here's a video by Fr. James Martin which also explains the connection between All Hallows Eve, All Saints and Halloween.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Warriors Win!!!

What a wonderful example of using an every day moment (OK, maybe not every day - The Warriors haven't won a championship in 40 years - but you know what I mean) as a teachable moment filled with God. For Andre Iguedala who was named MVP to praise God on national television and then share how the team starts each day at Chapel - then seeing your kids nod in agreement.

Katherine shared the following story with me about this family moment - which I wanted to share with you all (with her permission, of course).

Just had to share this story with you all.
So we just finished watching the Warriors become the NBA Champions (you may have too), then right afterwards we watched the awards ceremony.  Andre Iguedala was the MVP and was interviewed first.  When asked "what do you have to say"...his reply was, "God is Great...God is Great!".  Then kinda left it hanging until it sunk in then went on.   Later he was interviewed briefly again and said the team started everyday at Chapel together which made them stronger as a team.  

I loved it that we were watching as a family and could see the kids all nodding in agreement.  A brand new hero was saying this on TV in front of the whole world.   It was an amazing God moment and wanted to share with you all.    

Thinking of you all and keeping you all in my prayers for a relaxing, fun filled Summer!
Lots of love,
Katherine

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June GIFT Follow Up

Thank you for attending our June GIFT Gatherings: the Evaluation Sessions. Before these sessions, I asked all families to complete the Evaluation Form. If you have not done so yet, here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UjE9N6tg63HOS5eo_Jgpli3ihpByjRY3VlUMIybSvXk/viewform?usp=send_form

A month or so ago, a parishioner, Michael Aronson, gave the parish a gift certificate for a week at The Legends Baseball Experience camp for a week this summer. A couple families entered the drawing. THE WINNER IS THE COREA FAMILY! Congratulations! Please get in touch with me to pick up the gift certificate.

Upcoming Events:
Announcements:
·        Our new Pastor is Fr. Bill Thornton. His first day here will be July 1st. Please join us for 5:30 pm Mass that day to welcome him! If you are not able to come to Mass on July 1st, the second weekend of July is Welcome Weekend and we plan to welcome Fr. Bill in a special way.
·        Fr. Craig’s last Mass here will be on June 28th at 10:30 am. Please come and wish him well into his retirement!
·        Finding Your Inner Jesus Youth Leadership Retreat - June 18-20th
·        Class of 2015 Mass on June 20th at 5:00 pm following by ice cream social.
·        We will be hosting Movie Nights this summer  - July 12, 26th, August 9, 23rd here is a link for more info.
·        Consider serving the parish community as a catechist! There will be a training day on August 22nd. If you are interested, please talk with Sabrina.
·        Looking forward – we will be hosting a series of workshops in September for parents called, Live Catholic. These workshops will provide practical ways to share faith with your children. We are offering this outside of GIFT to make it more widely available to the parish community. The sessions will be Sept 2, 9, 16, 23rd from 7:8:30 pm. Please mark your calendars and more information will follow!

 Family Faith Sharing Groups – Stephanie Chen and I will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 pm in the Mezzanine for all who are interesting in hosting, attending, or finding out more about faith sharing groups. We are trying to get some groups started in the parish and are working on their development. If you are interested, please attend (if you can’t attend, but are interested, let me know J


Other Resources:

·         Sabrina’s Blog – Do you children ever ask you faith related questions that you are just not sure how to answer? Or do really cool things related to their faith that you want to share with the community? If so, follow the blog http://faqsfaithandquestions.blogspot.com