Lesson 7: "Feed the Hungry"
Hello Faith Formation Families!
Last week's lesson was about All Saints and All Souls Days! We had that beautiful lesson about All Saints Day that included information about making a family prayer space, a saint scavenger hunt to find yourself a patron saint, and the interview of a living saint!
If you haven't done that interview yet and you plan to see some of your older family at Thanksgiving, either virtually or in person, make a plan to do that interview then. I interviewed my grandma about her faith when I was a teenager, and it was amazing to learn what it was like growing up as a Catholic girl in the 1930's and 1940's. I hope you'll learn something inspiring too! I promised to link that All Saints lesson for the rest of the month, so here it is again...
All Saints Day Lesson
During the month of November, we're going to be learning about the Corporal Work of Mercy "Feed the Hungry." Our next three lessons will focus on Scripture, Saints & Service, and an activity to deepen our understanding of how we can Feed the Hungry!
"Feed the Hungry"
Family Lesson #6
Let's begin our lesson as we begin all things, with the Sign of the Cross.
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen."
Then pray the
(prayer cards included in your delivery)
Introduction to "Feed the Hungry"
Now watch this little video from me!
Activity: Scripture Discussion
Today's activity is to dig a little deeper into the scripture passage I talked about in the introduction. Pull out your family Bible and look it up:
First, find where the
Gospel of John
begins in your Bible. It's the fourth book of the New Testament, the part of the Bible that tells about Jesus's life and the early Church.
. In some Bibles, the chapter numbers are headings on the section, like the one in my example. In other Bibles, you'll just find a big number 6 at the beginning of the chapter.
. The verse numbers are the little numbers at the beginning of each phrase or sentence. This is where you'll begin to read.
(A little Bible trivia... the longest verse in the Bible is found in the story of Queen Esther in the Old Testament, Esther 8:9. It's 69 words long!)
. This is the last verse you'll read in this passage.
Read John 6:1-14 together and then discuss it with your family.
What does this Bible passage teach us about God?
What does it teach us about ourselves, human beings?
What does it teach us about how God wants us to live?
One of the things I love about this gospel story is that the miracle began when one boy
And guess what, when we all share, miracles will happen for us, too! Click here to watch a great little video about cooperation from the "Douglas Talks" YouTube channel that can help guide your discussion a little deeper.
"Douglas Talks" on Cooperation
Special Bible Verse
Here's the nugget from today's Bible passage. As a family, read this Bible verse a few times slowly. Take a quiet moment to think about what Jesus is telling us.
"Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted... and they had their fill."
If you wish, you could also write out this Bible verse in fancy letters, or even try to memorize all or part of it!
Let's close with a song. This song from Steven Curtis Chapman is a good reminder that we are serving Jesus himself when we serve others!
And now let's finish our lesson with the Sign of the Cross...
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen"
Here's a God Sighting of mine this week. I get to see this beautiful Japanese maple tree from my church office window! Praise God for the beauty of a Michigan fall!
Our Faith Formation friends Theo & Dominic shared this prayer request:
"Please pray for our Grandpa Jim, who died last year."
Theo & Dominic
We will pray for Grandpa Jim, Theo & Dominic!
Faith Work Sharing
Theo & Dominic also shared some of the Corporal Works of Mercy they've performed for their family this month:
"We did a lot of cleaning and chores at home to help our family."
Theo & Dominic
Thanks for sharing, Theo & Dominic!
Share Your "Faith Work"
Remember that you can share your thoughts, prayer requests, God Sightings, or pictures of the "Faith Work" your family has done together. Click on the top button to keep your comments private and share with just me, or click on the bottom button to have your comments included in next week's Flocknote!
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Thanks for joining me this week to learn a little about how we can Feed the Hungry! Have a fantastic week!
Yours in Christ,
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Click here for this weekend's Children's Liturgy of the Word. Join me to explore this weekend's Gospel reading!
CLOW for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 8
Click here to contribute photos and videos to be used in the next CLOW video! I'm going to have to start recycling contributions next CLOW, so send me some submissions if you can!
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Faith Formation and Parish News
This year, instead of filling the Faith Formation office with boxes of cereal throughout the month of November, we're going to stuff the parish trailer with cereal in one big weekend push! So this weekend, November 7 & 8, bring a box or two or ten of your favorite cereal and help us stuff the trailer!
Outreach Christmas Wreath Sales
Outreach Christmas Wreath sales are happening only via our parish website or email this year. Pickup will be the weekend of November 21&22 or the evening of November 23. Contact Justin Rose for more information or to order.
Wreath order form 2020.pdf
Family Advent Wreath Event
While you're here picking up your wreath on November 22, reserve a slot to make your Advent wreath for this year! Click here to register on the parish website, or download the Advent wreath event flyer! I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
Register to Make Your Advent Wreath
Advent Wreath Event flyer
on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5:30PM