Family Faith Forming Opportunities

Ascension Celebrates Earth Day - April 22nd & 23rd

before and after the Masses there will be tables outside church (weather permitting) or in the Parish Hall concerning Care for Creation

Enter the "Rubbish Rehab" Art Contest.

 

          • This is for youth ages 3-18 begins now.
          • Let your creative juices flow and transform items considered garbage into one-of-a-kind artwork.
          • Categories include: Sculptures, 3D Collages, Jewelry, and Functional Art.
          • Click here for contest requirements and entry forms.
          • Forms are due April 14 to mblucker@ascensioncatholic.net.
          • Artwork must be brought to church Saturday 4/22 between 4:00-6:00 PM and Sunday 4/23 between 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Entries will be judged after the 11:30 AM Mass. 

 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website tells us that "We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored".

Read more at: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/care-for-creation.cfm

and learn more at www.catholicclimatecovenant.org to take the pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor.


Family, Faith & Cyberspace

Here are some resources we have found to help families navigate the multiple issues of technology and cyberspace. Let us know if they help you!

Diocese of Orlando - Social Communications Links via Communications Secretariat

Faith & Safety website - created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • “Family Media Agreements” under “Family” drop down menu – also facebook safety and privacy page
  • “Learn” drop down menu includes choices about cell phones and kids; bullying; privacy and safety; safe web browsing, email, pornography, social media, strangers and predators, virtual worlds
  • “Links” page provides resources for kids and parents for example….
    • Kids' and Teens' Internet Safety Sites
      • Webronauts Internet Academy - PBS Kids game that helps younger children understand the basics of Internet behavior and safety.
      • NSTeens - A program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that has interactive games and videos on a variety of Internet safety topics.

Websites provided as programs of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The parents site has many resources and the teen and kids sites have interactive games and videos on a variety of Internet safety topics.

http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

http://www.nsteens.org/

http://www.netsmartzkids.org/

 Videos used with our families during the L.I.F.E. Plus Presentations:

Gr. 3 & 4 "Attitude Overdrive" - Click here to view

Gr. 5 & 6 "Friend or Fake" - Click here to view


Thank you Julianne for a wonderful Mission!

Julianne's Powerpoint Presentations

PDF from 7 Keys of Spiritual Wellness Presentation (HNJ, January 7, 2017)

"Happy, Healthy, Holy Families" Presentation (Ascension, Sunday January 8, 2017)

"Celtic Spirituality" Presentation (Ascension, Monday January 9, 2017)

"Listening to the Heartbeat of God" Presentation (Ascension, Tuesday January 10, 2017)

 

Julianne's Handouts 

"Happy, Healthy, Holy Families" Handouts  (Mission, Sunday January 8, 2017)

"Share a Prayer" (HNJ & Sunday Mission)

"Here We Are Opening Prayer" (Sunday Mission)

"Creating a Family Crest" (Sunday Mission)

Your Story of Faith (Sunday Mission)

Prayers in the Celtic Tradition (Monday Mission)

Prayer Columns (Tuesday Mission)

 

 Julianne co-wrote the book The Catechist's Backpack: Spiritual Essentials for the Journey (Loyola Press).

Click here if you would like to find out more from Loyola Press or Amazon.com.

 


Year of Prayer

The 1% Challenge -- Can you listen to Jesus for 15 minutes each day?

Lectio Divina ("Divine Reading") explained in this article "Praying with Scripture"