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Faith Formation, Sunday, December 15

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.

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“…and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 3:15

December 11 and December 15, middle school students will be putting together 145 pies for delivery to Southeast Linn for area Christmas Meals.  

St. Anne’s will be baking Christmas Cookies on December 18 to take to Hallmark and Cherry Ridge.

The Archdiocese believes that grandparents have an essential role in evangelizing their own grandchildren through word, actions and witness of faith.  Grandparenting Ministry helps grandparents share their love of Jesus through their grandchildren through resources, parish offerings and gathered events.  More to come about Grandparenting Ministry for St. John’s.  

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“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”   Proverbs 22:6

One of the most common concerns I hear from parents and grandparents today is, “How can we raise our children and grandchildren to be Catholic?”  It doesn’t begin with them, it begins with “us.” We first and foremost, must be a Christian, because it is really about our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  As their first teachers, parents and grandparents are the models our children will follow as they grow into adults.  

· November 20: 4th– 8th grade will meet from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. High School will not meet Nov. 20th.  

· November 24: “Into His Likeness” book discussion following Mass Rm. 102

· November 27: No Faith Formation Classes

· Dec. 1st  Parent/Candidate First Reconciliation Meeting.  We will meet in the Education wing at 4 p.m.


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“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”  Romans 10:17

· Mission offering: Each Sunday and Wednesday, the faith formation students in kindergarten thru eighth grade pray the Memorare and the Angelus as a class and then add their pennies and pocket change to the collection container.  The monies collected with be given to Archdiocese One. This is an opportunity for our students to not only practice stewardship but have a voice in taking care of what God has asked us to care for, one another, our priest retirement, seminarian education, Catholic Charities immigration Legal Services and maintaining our beautiful Archdiocese Cathedral of St. Raphael. 

·  On December 10, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00p.m., a Ministry Leaders Advent Retreat will be held at New Melleray Abby, Peosta.  Fr. Jonah, a Trappist monk at the abbey will present two talks on Advent themes.  Participants will have the opportunity to pray the Divine Office with the monks, be inspired by talks, spend time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebrate Holy Mass, and spend time with other Ministry Leaders.  Registration can be found at:

· November 20: There will not be any high school faith formation sessions.  Forth-eighth grade will meet as usual.

· November 27: There will not be any faith formation sessions on Thanksgiving Eve for grades 4-12th

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“But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory now and to the day of eternity”.  [Amen] 

Hallmark/Cherry Ridge Christmas gifts:

Beginning this weekend, November 3, the requests for the client’s gifts will be available to  choose and pick from.  They will be displayed in the gathering space by the education wing on Sundays and in the lower level gathering spaces on Wednesday until gone.  On behalf of Hallmark and Cherry Ridge and myself, thank you for your continued support and generosity in providing a gift that lets the clients know that they are thought of, prayed for and remembered on the day of Christ’s birth. 

Junior High (7th and 8th Grade), have been spending their sessions learning about different aspects of Catholic Social Justice.  This month includes looking at the life and dignity of the human person, along with their rights and responsibilities. On November 13, Mark Schmidt, Director of Respect Life and Social Justice from the Archdiocese will be speaking to the group about immigration and the Church’s stand on immigration.

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“Things what we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.. We will not hide them from their children, but tell the coming generation, the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders he has wrought”.  (Psalms 78:3-4).

In response to the Archdiocese plea for mission-related needs and responding to God’s calling to be stewards, St. John grades preschool-eighth-grade will be implementing Archdiocese One as a mission project.  Each week of faith formation the children/youth will have an opportunity to help fill up the collecting container with “pennies to pocket change.” No amount is too small.  Every penny will help secure the future for Priest Retirement, Seminarian Education, Cathedral of St. Raphael Church and Campus repairs and Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services.

Our children and youth, from preschool to eighth-grade will be adding two new prayers to their prayer repertoire this year, the Memorare and the Angelus. 

Please keep our twenty-three second-graders in your prayers, as they, under the leadership of  their families, prepare together for the Sacrament of Reconciliation that will take place February 29, 2020.