Rachamim - Compassion - Divine Mercy
Rahamim is the Hebrew word used many times in scripture to mean pity, compassion, mercy. The root of the word comes from "womb". Rahamim or Rachamim means "womb-love". The love that mirrors the connectiveness of a mother and her child. Today's prayer service looks at the Divine Mercy of our God and Jesus. The prayer service includes a separate sheet with a beautiful conversation that occurred between Pope Francis and a young girl in Manilla as she asked with tears in her eyes the Pope "Why do children suffer?"
- Moving Christianity from moment to movement.
- Moving mission from outside Syracuse to our "own backyard"
- Moving from the classroom as the primary and sometimes only model of faith formation to the "living" room.
- Moving our churches from places of "IN" and "UP" to places of "IN" and "UP" and "OUT"
- Moving our labeling of certain neighborhood as good an other neighborhoods as bad to all neighborhoods with strengths and weaknesses.
- Movement from Serving others to Kinship.
- Movement from Just Us to justice for all.
- Movement from the Head to the Heart.
- Moving our understanding of God loving us because we are good to God loving us because God is good.
- Movement from seeing Youth as the future of our church to celebrating the as disciples of today's church.
Please sign up as a group ahead of time. A deposit of $25 per spot is asked. It is a parish decision which the parish needs to support and advocate for.
You can contact Andrea Jacobs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Kirk presents, "Prepare, Execute and Celebrate! Yes you CAN plan your own Confirmation Retreat!"
March 2 from 3-4pm
Paul Hanley presents, "Who do you say I am?"
April 21, from 6:30-8:30PM at St. Peter's Church in Rome.
Bro. Mickey McGrath presents, "Easter Saints and Endless Mercies"
Two Day Options...Come to one or both!
Friday, April 15 6:30 - 9PM and/or Saturday April 16 10-2pm with lunch.
Early Bird Ticket Sales end March 1st ($10). Tickets will then be $19 per person. Order you group tickets today by contacting Rick Hensel at email@example.com Rick mentioned the following items:
Interested in Learning more about "Reboot! Live!"?
Come to an information session with Mary Schultz from the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry!
See last meeting's folder for flyers and other Reboot information.
Cheryl Smith has 85 brand new student editions for each sacrament which she is selling at 30% off (and no shipping!) If you are interested in purchasing any, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ginger Poppleton of Christ Our Hope in Boonville announced that there will be a Recertification session on March 22 at 6pm at Gill Hall. For more information, or to register, call the Parish Office at 315- 942-4618 as soon as possible
Please check the diocesan website for updates. The Safe Environment Office has had a difficult time scheduling in the east because of only a few facilitators. I would suggest that in your clusters, assess how many you need to schedule for PGC and the Recert. Join together as a PCA (contact each other) and ask to schedule a session for your PCA at the most convenient time for your people.
Lisa Spooner found "Officer Buckle" on YouTube. There are actually several versions.
Lisa also brought in a "Jesus" stand up poster. This can be purchased from Oriental Trading for $36. You can wait for free shipping offers. This is really cute for First Communion or your VBS.
She also shared the new sacrament program from St. Mary's Press for First Reconciliation & First Communion. She was very impressed with the program. Downside - it's a little more pricey. It comes as a set, including the SMP Children's Bible, 10 sessions for Reconciliation and 8 for Eucharist. She combines the program sessions to meet her calendar needs.
SAVE THE DATE!!! May 16 from 6 - 8:30pm Cash Bar, Sit down dinner, lite entertainment, and raffles. Just a night of FUN!!!!! Bring your catechists to the Annual Eastern Region Appreciation Celebration Dinner! Invitations will go out at the end of March. Reservations MUST be made by May 10.
NEXT MEETING is APRIL 14 for both Morning folks and Evening folks and it will be held at the Good News Center in Utica.
Special "roll out" meeting for the Revised Sacramental Guidelines will be presented by Cathy Cornue. Time for Q & A will be available. Invitations will be sent to pastors as well. Other items on the agenda will be discussed as well:
- CL Retreat
- May Dinner
- Sharing of this year's best things
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This month's folder includes "Ten Easy Ways to Welcome Persons with Disabilities"