Faith Formation: December has been a whirlwind of activities filled with many blessings and gratefulness for the many gifts that have been shared and given. This month is reminding me of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
December 1st, the Sacramental Parent/Candidate activities took on a new format, moving from traditional activities to forming small groups. The small group formation allows for deeper conversations to take place within a small community, built on established trust as they come to know each other better.
December 4th, fourth thru twelfth graders received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Andrew, along with Fr. Jack and Fr. Richard were able to provide the sacrament to all the students in the time-framed allowed.
December 4th, St. Anne’s discussed and competed chapters 5 & 6 of “The Real Story” by Edward Sri. The Grampa’s were on hand for child-care.
December 8th, Communal Reconciliation was provided for both the St. Isidore and St. John community at St. John’s. Six priests from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and one priest from the Davenport Diocese, helped the flow go smoothly.
December 8th, was the day for the Hallmark, Cherry Ridge Christmas party and as in the past, the parishioners here at St. John outdid themselves in providing gifts for each of the residents. The staff at Hallmark and Cherry Ridge were, once again, grateful for the generosity and loving care your gifts represented.
December 11th, One-Hundred French Apple and Cherry pies were put together by the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, their catechists and parishioners who volunteered to come help. The Knights of Columbus opened their freezer so that the pies can be delivered to Southeast Linn frozen, along with some parishioners who had freezer space. Following the pie-making activities, hot chocolate and cookies were provided.
December 12th, RCIA will meet and discussed the Incarnation. On December 19th, the topic will be “Mary.”
December 15th, those families who home school faith formation will meet at St. John’s following Mass and put together another forty-five pies for Southeast Linn. Following their pie-making activities, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Thank you to all the families of St. John who provided the supplies for 145 pies.
December 15th, St. Anne’s group will hold a cookie exchange and provide cookies to be shared with the parents and students at the 2nd grade’s annual Christmas parent day during their faith formation session on December 22.
December 25th: Merry Christmas. Wishing each and everyone a Christmas filled with many Blessings as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.