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Art of the Month

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Saying Grace (1951)

ARTWORK: Saying Grace
ARTIST: Norman Rockwell - Biography
BORN: February 3, 1894 in Manhattan, New York
DIED: November 8, 1978 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Norman Rockwell was known for capturing America on canvas. Many of his paintings were featured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post magazine including this one he painted for the Thanksgiving cover  for the November 24, 1951 issue.  although Rockwell was not known as a painter of religious topics, some of his paintings did capture the faith of his subjects much like this one.

He got the idea for the painting while at a small town restaurant and noticed a Mennonite Family praying before they ate their meal. Rockwell found this rather interesting and watched the faces of those seated around the family as they prayed in public, not worrying about what others would think.

When Rockwell painted the picture, he actually used his son, Jarvis as the model for the boy in the painting.

Rockwell was paid $3,500 for this painting by the magazine company for their cover. Up until December 2013 it has been on loan to the Norman Rockwell Art Gallery in Massachusetts. Later that same month, the owner auctioned it off bringing in a winning bid of $46 million. It is now in a private collection of the unknown buyer.

See the News Video on the sale of this painting by CLICKING HERE

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Other Faith Based Art by Norman Rockwell

Rockwell Prayer USE

Freedom of Worship (1943)
Rockwell ScoutIsReverent USE

A Scout is Reverent (1939)
Rockwell WalkingToChurch use

Walking to Church (1952)
Rockwell SelfPortrait use

Triple Self Portrait (1960)

History of the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

offatimashrineIn 1978 it was decided by the National Officers of the Blue Army to build a Shrine in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and that the building of the Shrine should begin during 1976-77, the 50th year of the apparition of the Child Jesus in Pontevedra in which Our Lord asked Lucia, “What is being done to establish the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of My Mother in the world?”

The Shrine was completed in 1978 and is a center of Eucharistic and Marian devotion. It is particularly dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Fatima message. The statue, created by Manuel Carbonell, was placed on top of the Shrine on September 20, 1979 on the anniversary of the granting of the stigmata to St. Pio, spiritual father of the Blue Army. This statue of Mary was Carbonell’s first commissioned bronze monument in the US and is one of the largest works cast in bronze in America in the 20th century. The statue weighs 11,500 pounds and is 26 feet tall. It rises 145 feet from the chapel level and about 1,000 feet above the valley below. From the right hand of the statue hangs a stainless steel rosary, while a stainless scapular hangs from the left hand.

The crown beneath the statue symbolizes the loving submission of the faithful to Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth and under whose queenship “lies the world’s greatest hope for peace.” The sloping shape of the tower and the roof symbolize Our Lady’s mantle welcoming all the faithful to find peace and a closeness to Our Lord under her maternal care

The Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 
The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima
Mountain View Road
P.O. Box 976
Washington, New Jersey 07882

Click here for more information about the shrine.


Saint Ignatius of Loyola:
Born:  October 23, 1491
Died:  July 31, 1556
Canonization Date: March 12, 1622 by Pope Gregory XV
Feast Day:  July 31
Patron Saint: Jesuit Order and retreats

Ignatius was passionately fond of reading worldly books of fiction and tales of knights. When he felt he was getting better from a wound he had received in battle, he asked for some of these books to pass the time. But no book of that sort could be found in the house; instead they gave him a life of Christ and a collection of the lives of saints written in Spanish.

By constantly reading these books he began to be attracted to what he found narrated there. Sometimes in the midst of his reading he would reflect on what he had read. Yet at other times he would dwell on many of the things which he had been accustomed to dwell on previously. But at this point our Lord came to his assistance, insuring that these thoughts were followed by others which arose from his current reading.

(excerpt from http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-ignatius-of-loyola/)

Saint Ignatius of Loyola Links:

Video Biography (yes it starts in a grocery store...keep watching!)
Click here to read all about Saint Ignatius of Loyola  


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Saint Teresa of Avila:

Born:  March 28, 1515 in Avila, Spain
Died:  October 4, 1582

Canonization Date: March 12, 1622 by Pope Gregory XV
Feast Day: October 15
Patron Saint: Headaches and sickness


Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough. - Saint Teresa of Avila


Saint Teresa of Avila Links:
Video Biography:  Click here to read all about about St Teresa of Avila (be sure to listen to the audio biography)



Incarnation: The truth that Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Second Divine Person of the Trinity, is both fully God and fully man.

Messiah: Hebrew word for "anointed one."  The equivalent Greek term is christos.  Jesus is the Christ and the Messiah because he is the Anointed One.

Mediator: A person in a middle position who facilitates communication and relationship between two people or groups.  Because Jesus Christ is both God and man, he is the one and perfect mediator between us and God.

Blessing: A form of prayer in which we ask for God's loving care for someone.

Intercession: A form of petition in which we ask for God's help for others.

Thanksgiving: A form of prayer in which we express thanks and gratitude for the gifts God has given us.

Petition: A prayer form in which we ask God for forgiveness or help with something.

Scripture of the Month
1 Samuel 3:8-10
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.  Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am.  You called me.”  Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.  So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply , ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’”  When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and stood there, calling out as before: Samuel, Samuel!  Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”   – 1 Samuel 3:8-10

Scripture Reflection:
Are we tuned into God?  Are we listening? 

As Catholic parents, we have an obligation to teach our children about our Catholic faith.  We are their greatest role models in all that we do. 

Studies have shown that parents who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet have children who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.  Studies have also shown that if we want our children to be avid readers, they must see us reading.  It is no different with practicing our Catholic Faith.

Our children look to us for guidance, just as Samuel looked to Eli.  For our children to grow up in our Catholic Faith and have a relationship with Jesus Christ, they need to witness us spending time in prayer and listening to God's call in each of our lives.  We must practice our Catholic Faith through prayer, reflection, and attending mass so that we will have children who practice our Catholic Faith and have a relationship with Jesus.

As you re-read the scripture above, take note that it is Eli who understood.  It is Eli....the parent...the role model, who taught Samuel how to answer God's call.


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What is my child learning this month?

During session one, we focused on knowing Jesus through prayer. 

Bringing this session home 

In this section, we give parents instructions on the home based portion of the program that you are to teach to your child. Parents are encouraged to break up this material into hour long weekly sessions for you and your child to do together.

How and why to Pray:

1)  How do Catholics pray? Click Here for an article about expressions of prayer.
2)  What is personal prayer? Click here to read an article about teaching your child how to pray.
3)  What Is Praying? Click here to learn how to help others pray.

Below is a simple family prayer and a family prayer activity.

Daily Family Prayer:
Almighty God, we thank You that You give our lives purpose and meaning - May our prayers to You have purpose and meaning as well. At all times let us be mindful that You alone are God as we enter into Your presence through prayer.

Parent/Child Prayer Activity:

  • Teach your child the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be and make sure that they are committed to memory.  Click here if you need a copy of the prayers.
  • This month, your child watched a video in class about how to pray.  In the video, the acronym ACTS was used as a way to remember types of prayer.  Ask your child to explain this to you.  Click here to watch the video.
  • Assign one of the letters of ACTS to four different days of the week.
  • On each Monday, give prayers of adoration to God.  (Prayer of Adoration)
  • On each Tuesday, pray asking God to forgive you and your family for sins that have been committed.  (Prayer of Contrition)
  • On each Wednesday, give a prayer of thankfulness for all of the blessings God gives. (Prayer of Thanksgiving)
  • Finally, on each Thursday, pray for someone in the church who needs special comfort, healing, or wisdom.  (Prayer of Supplication)

One Step Ahead: Parent Resources

Who is Jesus? To find out, Click here for a video from Father Barron

How has Jesus been pictured throughout history?


Each representation of Jesus can give us an insight into
the meaning of His life, death, and resurrection.
Click here to read some examples.

Jesus wants to be in relationship with you. 


Take some time to begin to reflect on your personal and family prayer life.

  • Do you pray?  Why or why not?
  • Do your children know that you pray?  Why or why not?
  • How can you pray together as a family?
  • Do you talk about God and prayer in your family conversations?  Why or why not?

This month, have some conversations with your child about times when God has helped you in your life.

GOING OFF THE DEEP END: Taking Your Faith to a Deeper Level

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How was your day?

Click here to learn about the The Daily Examen.

Jumping Ahead
jumpingahead1Next month we will be learning about the Mission of the Catholic Church.

Read the following Bible verses:

Isaiah 6:1-13
Exodus 3:1-12 1
Samuel 3:1-14
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Luke 1:26-38

Refer to page 968 in the Catholic Youth Bible 'Live It!' section and discuss the following questions with your child:

  • Do you believe that God has a mission for your life?
  • What do you think that mission might be?
  • How can you use your talents to create a more loving and just world?

Photo of the Month
Reflect on this picture of Jesus in prayer. 


What type of prayer do you think Jesus is saying?  Why?  

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Welcome to the online component for Session 1!  After each class, you have a month to visit the Student Page to listen, watch, and read materials.  Please complete any homework assignments and bring them to the next class.  Take the online quiz at the bottom of the page to prepare for an in class quiz.  And always reflect on and discuss materials with your parent!  Remind them that they have an online component too!

What is prayer?


Prayer is how we speak with God. 
In simple terms, when we pray, we have a conversation with God. 
This conversation can be about anything. 

God wants us to share with Him all of the things that we are experiencing in our lives. 
He wants to hear about our fears, successes, sorrows, and even our anger and disappointments. 

God understands all of these emotions because He, Himself experienced them through His Son, Jesus Christ.  

"How am I supposed to pray?"

 Click here to watch a short video.


"Make time for the quiet for God whispers and the world is loud."  ~ unknown



Click here to explore a cool website about prayers! 

Now, jump in!

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Read the following Bible verses:

James 5: 13-16
Jeremiah 29:11-13

After reading the verses, choose 5 questions to answer in writing and bring to class. Discuss the other questions with your parent:

1)   What is prayer?
2)   Think of a time when you prayed because you were in trouble.  How did you know that God was listening? 
3)   Think of a time when you prayed because you were happy.  How did you celebrate with God?
4)   What are some of the examples mentioned of why to pray in James 5: 13-16?
5)   What else can we pray for?
6)   Is the prayer of a righteous man powerful?  Is it effective?
7)   How do we know that God will listen when we pray?
8)   What kinds of plans does God have for us?
9)   How can we seek and find God?
10) What does God want to give us?  



Stepping back:

During your visit to the prayer stations,
what types of ways did you find yourself praying?

Did you say prayers of:






Jumping Ahead:
Next month we will be learning about the
Mission of the Catholic Church.


Read the following Bible verses:

Isaiah 6:1-13
Exodus 3:1-12 1
Samuel 3:1-14
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Luke 1:26-38


Refer to page 968 in your Catholic Youth Bible 'Live It!' section
and discuss the following questions with your parent:


  • Do you believe that God has a mission for your life?


  • What do you think that mission might be?


  • How can you use your talents
    to create a more loving and just world?


Photo of the Month
Reflect on this picture of Jesus in prayer. 



What type of prayer do you think Jesus is saying?  Why?  

Review Time




to answer questions in preparation for your quiz!


Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 



Click Here for the Video in English and Spanish