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IDEAS TO INSPIRE, GUIDE & STRENGTHEN YOUR DOMESTIC CHURCH AT HOME

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28

Guided Prayer at Mealtime
During this time, God is inviting all of us to strengthen our domestic churches. The prayer below is a simple, yet meaningful way to pray with your family during mealtimes that encourages you to relate this week's gospel reading to your own lives. Making a habit of praying as family is one of the most impactful ways to strengthen our faith. Dedicate one meal each week to praying together and start feeling your family grow closer to each other and to God.

GATHER: Begin simply by saying “Bless Us, O Lord!” and make the Sign of the Cross

LISTEN: Use a portion of the reading this week to read aloud.  

Our Gospel for today is Mark 9:2-10. Jesus took Peter, James and John up a tall mountain to a quiet place. There they were awestruck at how Jesus appeared before them in dazzling white light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared at his side and spoke with Jesus. Peter exclaimed that they must build three tents for those before them so awesome was this experience. While somewhat terrified, the disciples heard a loud voice “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” In an instant, the sight and sound left them, and only Jesus remained with his friends. As they went down from the mountain, Jesus cautioned them to tell no one about what happened until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  

You can imagine the disciples were quite stunned about what had just taken place, and might even have wanted to tell all their other friends about what they had seen. But Jesus’s request to tell no one must have been quite confusing, and just what was he talking about the Son of Man rising from the dead? As powerful as this mountain experience was, now they were left with more questions than ever!  

Pause a little, 

SHARE: Invite each person at your table to answer.

We have heard those words before a few weeks ago, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Again, the disciples were faced with a friend and leader who was drawing them deeper and deeper into who he was, and what was his mission in their presence. And it wasn’t just that they were to be “with” him in these special moments. He was calling them, urging them to take on this mission with him. But they would need to stay connected, and to trust that Jesus would continue to guide them to help achieve that promised Kingdom.

PRAY FOR: After sharing, consider all those you want to remember in prayer today.

How important it is for each of us to “listen to him" as the voice on the mountain instructed! Try to take a little time this week in a quiet way to listen to what Jesus might be saying to us. It might take a little longer than you think to quiet all the other things that fill up our days. When your family comes to dinner, see if anyone else has tried to hear that voice or the voice of Jesus inviting them to listen, to do something, or to keep in our prayers this week. In these cold winter days, bring a touch of warmth to someone!

GIVE THANKS: Conclude with: "Bless Us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Enjoy your meal!

Additional Ideas for This Week:

  • Take the time to pray with us by using the Mass on our homepage. 

  • If you have special intentions that you would like to be included in our prayers, please email these to [email protected]. We feel it is important to be able to turn to your community in faith during the most troubling times. Since we cannot all be together to do so, we hope this invitation assists you on your journey.

  • Coloring Pages and Activities for Young Children

FREE CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD 

St. Mary's Press is offering you and your families free access to Kids’ Liturgy, their digitally-led Children's Liturgy of the Word program. Parents can log in using any internet-connected device and engage their children in the included children's songs, a gospel reading, an active reflection and prayer for a full liturgical experience. By presenting the Word in a format and language that children can understand, we can continue  to strengthen their faith and enliven the whole church community – even as we are apart. 

To access this free resource, please follow the instructions below:
     1. Go to https://mlearn.smp.org 
     2. Copy/paste the following login information: 
         Username: [email protected]
         Password: KidsLiturgy123! 
        * This is a universal login. Please DO NOT change the password!

You can also watch the free video walk-through of a Kids’ Liturgy session at the following link: https://vimeo.com/359125753.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

https://www.domesticchurches.org/

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