Tag Archives: Spirituality

The Mystery of our Faith: We become what we believe. . .

First Communion preparation extends beyond the actual day of First Communion. Yes, it is important that children know what to do and to expect.  Faith formation during this time speaks to cultivating a sense of wonder, as well as encouraging our children  to actively participate at Sunday Mass.  At SCORE, the children continued to learn about, and discuss the many

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Preparing for First Communion: Do Try this at Home!

At St. Nicholas Religious Education (SCORE) in Evanston preparation for first Communion draws together parents, catechists, and the entire parish community.   Earlier this month we celebrated First Reconciliation. To accompany parents and children throughout this sacramental process has been for me, a profound experience of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Parents so faithfully and lovingly prepared their child for his/her first

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Advent & Sacramental Preparation

The Time is Now!   First Sunday of Advent – the Gospel reading speaks with great urgency – Be prepared! Beware! Keep Alert! Stay Awake!  For you do not know when the Master of the house will come. [Mark 13] What is it that you’re waiting for? Preparing for?   For me, the Advent Season reminds me to center, to be

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Why we need a King. . .

Parents and catechists play a significant role in the faith formation of children – it’s all about relationships. Each Sunday, when they drop off their children for religious education (SCORE) I look for many opportunities to engage in conversation. In addition, I send out weekly musings to the parents which gives them an opportunity to talk with their children about what happened

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Breathe in us your Holy Spirit

It’s our fourth SCORE session, and the focus: The Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives. Giving “breath” to the instruction of the Holy Spirit takes deliberate planning, and praying for inspiration. Truth be told, a theological treatise on the Holy Spirit is beyond comprehension for little children preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The mantra: Keep it simple, concrete

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