Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 7:00PM
This month we are holding our "Welcome New Confirmation Candidates!" meeting in an attempt to have our candidates and their parents well-informed as to what will be expected of them in the upcoming year.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING ~~ THANK YOU!
Here we are, thinking about Thanksgiving already! In exactly 4 weeks, our heads will be bowed in prayer at a Thanksgiving meal, and joined with our closest friends and family and neighbors, we will be thanking God for our many blessings over this past year, including thanks for Hurricane Matthew's last-minute move to the east, sparing us from much suffering. We pray all came through the hurricane without too much woe.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving, Advent starts (November 27)!
Please take a few moments to read the newsletter/calendar your child brings home. Every month, every child takes home a copy of "The Gathering," which contains very important information and dates/activities. Here, some of them are summarized:
Days this month there will be no classes:
*Tuesday, November 1 - Holy Day of Obligation: All Saints Day. Please come to Mass with your family in lieu of coming to class; Masses are celebrated at 8AM, 10AM, and 7PM today.
*Tues-Wed-Thurs, November 22-24: Thanksgiving
Grades 1-6 students will attend evening 5:30 Mass once a month, every month, during class time:
*November 8, 9, 10: Please feel free to come to Mass also! Children will sit with their Catechist and classmates, so you will have some quiet time, uninterrupted, to pray and praise!
Grades 3-9 students will go to Confession during class time:
*November 15, 16, 17: Please support your Catechist by reviewing how to make a good confession with your children.
Required meetings this month:
*Saturday, November 19: Confirmation Retreat, Parish Hall, 9AM-5PM, breakfast and lunch included; students will attend 4PM Mass; confirmation fee must be paid in full
Can you believe how quickly September flew by? Our new school year started September 6, 2016, and registration is now closed -- new students will no longer be enrolled into classes until March 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.
**NEW**IMPORTANT HAPPENINGS THIS MONTH:
Acknowledge our Catechists:
*You are invited to come to the Catechetical Sunday Mass (12:00PM noon) on October 9. Your presence encourages and supports your child's catechist!
ONLY day this month there will be no classes:
*Wednesday, October 12
Meetings are starting up:
*1:00PM on October 16 for Parents of First Communicants, Parish Hall
Grades 1-6 students will attend evening 5:30 Mass once a month, every month:
*October 18, 19, 20
20 Community Service hours are starting to be tallied for Grades 8 and 9 (Confirmation Prep):
*Students were informed of this during classes; also see the letter on our webpage
If you are going on vacation out of the area this summer, you may not be able to come to Sunday Mass here at Holy Family. No problem -- just check in at the Mass Times website and find a church near your destination. Remember to bring back a bulletin from that church to give to Miss Virginia or Miss Deborah so that we can count that as your child's Mass attendance if he or she is receiving a sacrament. One bulletin per family is fine, but write each child's name on it (if more than one is receiving a sacrament). Also, that bulletin does not need to be signed. Have a great time away! :)
The Diocese of Palm Beach invites all of our faith family to join us for a Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 9am to 7pm at Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach. There is special event pricing which includes admission and lunch. This event is sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life and Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
Get details about the event from the Diocesan website or by calling Cathy Loh at 561-775-9557 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHAT: Organized by Catholic Charities Birthline/Lifeline, this 3-day workshop for teens focuses on clothing and developing a personal style that promotes self-confidence, dignity and modesty. The Grande Finale on the last day features a Fashion Show open to the public! www.catholiccharitiespb.org/events
WHERE: St. Lucie Catholic Church, 280 SW Prima Vista Blvd., PSL 772-878-1215
WHEN: July 27-29, 2016 **Mother (guardian) meeting planned the day prior to the workshop.**
COST: $75 per participant; scholarships available upon request
REGISTER: Call St. Lucie's Catholic Church at 772-878-1215
CCD classes for the 2015-2016 school year ended on May 5.
CCD classes for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on September 6, 2016.
Have a great summer! :)
Lent begins Ash Wednesday, 2/10/16 - Ashes will be distributed to your children during class time on Wednesday, but even better: Mass will be celebrated immediately after the Wednesday night CCD class-- at 7:00pm! Other Masses on Ash Wednesday are 7am, 8am, and 10am.
Stations of the Cross during Lent 2016 - Friday evenings at the Gazebo (outside): 5:45pm in French/Latin AND Friday evenings in the church: 6:30pm in English, 7:30pm in Spanish. Make it a family tradition! Dine at the Knights of Columbus' Fish Fry before praying the Stations on 2/12, 2/26, 3/4, or 3/11 starting at 4pm.
Fasting and Abstinence during Lent - Abstinence happens every Friday of Lent. All people 14 years of age and older observe abstinence; this means that you aren't supposed to eat meat on those days. There is no restriction on the size of the meals. Fasting happens twice during Lent, on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday. On these fast days, you should eat 3 meals, two small and one larger; the two small ones together should still be smaller than the larger one. Snacking/eating between the 3 meals is not allowed, but drinking milk and veggie or fruit juices is allowed. Both fasting days are days of abstinence, so eat no meat. Only healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 59 should fast; pregnant women are exempt. It's not easy to fast, and it might not be easy to abstain-- are you up for the challenge? Do an Internet search for healthy, inexpensive meals with alternate proteins like beans and legumes, whole and transformed into other products like tofu. When you are tempted to snack, say a prayer... remember the line Jesus taught us in the Our Father? "Lead us not into temptation".... The whole point of fasting and abstaining is to become more aware of the many ways temptation, abuse, and sin are in our lives: respond to your new awareness by praying!