February Playlists

Gratitude: Living Life as a Gift

Welcome to our February Generations session! I'm so glad you made time for some faith experiences with your family today. Remember that all things we do together as families are sacred. 

Start by checking out this intro video which will explain what's in your family kit for this month: "Gratitude: Living Life as a Gift" As always, I'm looking forward to #learningfaithtogether. 

Kits for this month's session can be picked up at St. Michael Parish at the GOF doors on: Tuesday, February 9th or Wednesday, February 10th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM or, in the parish office anytime after Tuesday, February 9th. 

Don't forget to join us LIVE for an introduction to this month's theme on Facebook:

                        Sunday, February 14th at 12:30 PM

The live presentation video will be uploaded to our website 24 hours after it occurs. 

Opening Prayer & What's in the Kit?

Exploring Faith Together

Welcome to our playlists! Each list is geared with activities, games and more for different ages of kids.

 

Feel free to have older siblings help younger siblings - we learn from teaching and doing together too. :D

 

Feel free to work through the playlist at your own pace, you do not need to complete it all at once.

 

Take a picture or two along the way and e-mail them to Nicky at nuerling@stmichaelcanfield.org or send them to me on our Remind app. It will be a great way for us to stay connected! 

Grades K-1:

Read

"Saint Therese of the Child Jesus"

Find the paper in your kit and fold it into a storybook for this month. 

Learn all about St. Therese and how she did little things to show her love for God. 

What little things can you do? 

Watch

Learn more about St. Therese of the Child Jesus by watching this video!  

Do

Find the green craft sticks, the cut out flowers, foam circles and foam triangle in your kit. 

Today, we are going to make a spiritual bouquet.  As we assemble each flower, let's write one little thing we can do to show God's love to others on our flower. 

Then, we can look at our bouquet to remember all the little things we can do to show God's love. 

Video for more information.

Pray

This month, we are going to again pray through song! 

This video has a song that asks St. Therese of the Child Jesus to pray for us. 

This month, let us ask St. Therese for the courage to do little things with great love.

First Eucharist Preparation:

Read

This month, we will be learning about how Jesus loves and cares for us. 

We will read a story from the Bible about Jesus feeding 5,000 people! 

Click below or find the paper in your packet to read the story.

Watch

You read a story about Jesus feeding a lot of people.

Now, watch a video to learn a little more about what that means.

"Jesus Loves and Cares for Us"

Do

Spend some time this month looking over the "My St. Michael's Mass booklet from your kit. You can follow along next time you celebrate Mass with us in person or online.

We'll dive more into the parts of the Mass next month. 

Pray

A special prayer from St. Richard of Chichester reminds us that Jesus is our friend: 

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may I know you more clearly, Love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Grades 3-5:

Read

God wants us to treat everyone, no matter where they come from or what they look like with respect and dignity. 

Let's read more about the Holt family and how they learned to see the holiness in some special children in "Operation: New Home for Orphans." 

Watch

Watch the video below after you have read about the Holt family to learn more about Catholic Social Teaching, a special part of our Catholic faith that helps us live out Jesus' Gospel message of Love. 

Do

Find the star papers in your kit. 

This month, we have focused on how each person is made in the image of God and therefore has dignity and deserves respect. 

We can practice seeing this specialness in those all around us. This month, we'll begin with our family. Cut out a star for each member of your family. Write down the gifts, talents, abilities and qualities that each member has. Then share the star with them. 

Pray

Pray this prayer to help us remember to respect all people: 

Loving Father,

Thank you for the many beautiful colors and languages of the world and for making all your children unique. Thank you for creating me in your image. Thank you for loving me and making me wonderful. Help me love like you. Help me share your love with all the children you have made, for they are unique and wonderful.

Amen.

Additional K-1 Resources:

Learn more about St. Therese here:

Additional Resources:

Our story in video form:

Additional 3-5 Resources:

Whirl Kids Celebrate Advent: 

Grades 6-8:

Read

Bl. Solanus Casey was a Capuchin friar who ministered to many people in Michigan, Indiana, and New York. 

He was often heard telling people to "thank God ahead of time." 

Read more about him in the short bio found in your kit. 

Watch

Bl. Solanus Casey was often said to be saying, "if we would only appreciate..."

He called for us to "Thank God ahead of time." Bl. Solanus Casey believed that if we took to really appreciate each other the world would be different. 

 

"If we'd only appreciate one another"

Do

Blessed Solanus has taught us the importance of being thankful for all things. 

This month, my challenge to you is to find a way to express appreciation for someone in your life each day. 

Write down how you chose to do this act of appreciation on the paper included in your kit.

Pray

In your kit this month, you will find a packet of 5 small cards. 

On each is a passage from Scripture that reminds us to give thanks. 

Offer a verse of thanksgiving as a prayer as you record your acts of appreciation for others. 

Adults

Read

How do we find the strength and courage to find grace and show gratitude during a pandemic? 

When we are stressed out and worrying about day-to-day activities it can be hard to stop and "thank you."

Read this article for a reminder of how grace surrounds us during these times.

"Grace and Gratitude During a Pandemic"

Watch

Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, began Homeboys Ministry where he works in gang rehabilitation and intervention. 

Listen to his talk below and hear why he says everything valuable he knows he learned from gang members. 

Do

Now that you have read about Catholic Social teaching, check out the infographic below for different ways to live out each of the principles. 

Consider trying one a week this month, or incorporating them into your New Year's Resolutions. 

Catholic Social Teaching

Infographic

Pray

Consider taking time this month to pray for peace in our world. 

This song from Reba McEntire, "Pray for Peace" might be one way you can ask God for peace in our world. 

"Pray for Peace"

Additional 6-8 Resources:

Blessed Solanus Casey is on his way to sainthood. But, how does one become a saint? Check out the video below to learn more: 

Additional Adult Resources:

A brief overview of Catholic Social Teaching:

Praying Together

For closing prayer, watch the video below about how we can all be the body of Christ. I hope this month, we will be challenged to live the Gospel value of love by serving others. 

Sharing Together

Don't forget to send a picture of yourself working on our projects for the month of October to: nuerling@stmichaelcanfield.org or on Remind. Thanks! 

St. Michael Parish

Generations of Faith

Learning Faith Together

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