Elem FF Update - June 12
I wanted to respond to a few questions that I have received recently:
Now that we are in Phase II are we re-scheduling First Communions?
We are currently working on a plan and will be communicating with the families who were scheduled to receive sacraments this year directly, as soon as everything is in place.
What about Vacation Bible School?
While we will NOT be hosting our traditional in-house VBS, we are looking at offering an online option for you to use at home. I will be meeting with a small committee to address the details soon. We will keep you informed as final decisions are made.
What will the Fall plan for faith formation?
I wish I knew definitively but the last I knew, Henrico County Public Schools has five different "return to school" options in place. As I hope you are all aware, coronavirus is not going to "go away". It is here with us for the long haul. We are currently working to devise several options for faith formation for the Fall. We have much to consider, while the children are not among the high risk population, many of our catechists are within those groups. The diocese is guided by civic rules and then prepares further guidelines for churches that adhere to the civic rulings. Finally, St. Michael uses the diocesan guidelines to develop a plan that is specific to the needs, population and environment of our parish. Overall, phase II has not changed much for churches. We are awaiting further guidelines from the diocese regarding "looking ahead" to fall. Once we receive those guidelines we will compare it to the options we have formulated and you will be the first to know!
Our liturgical Calendar: CORPUS CHRISTI
This Sunday we celebrate the
of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Part of our Catholic identity is the fact that we do not simply believe the Eucharist (or Communion) is a remembrance of the Last Supper, we believe - and profess when we say "Amen" to receive the Eucharist - that Christ IS the Eucharist. We call this the full or true Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We believe that when the priest prays the prayers of consecration, the simple gifts of bread and wine are transformed through the miracle of transubstantiation into Christ's true Body and Blood. Transubstantiation tells us that the bread and wine still look the same but we know that despite their appearance Christ is in the Eucharist, body, blood, soul and divinity. I've included a video below of one of the Eucharistic miracles. If you wish to learn more about this key teaching, go to my
Eucharist playlist on YouTube
to see some other options for you and your children.
Here is the evidence:
Here is an amazing video for you about one of the Eucharistic miracles that has happened.
Explaining Corpus Christi to Kids:
Here is a short video that explains this Solemnity to your children:
Ways to Celebrate:
Watch "The Eucharist for Little Children" on FORMED.
Re-enact the Last Supper with grape juice and pita while you read the Scripture.
Print this template
and have your child color the Last Supper.
Make your own unleavened bread and practice "How to Receive the Eucharist" with your child.
Here is a recipe for the bread
and watch the video about the do's and don'ts of receiving the Holy Eucharist.
Here is a fun
host and chalice craft
you can make at home.
Here is a great craft for the
Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
but it is best for older children and will require some parent assistance.
Watch the Catholic Kid video on Corpus Christi.
Video: The Eucharist For Little Children video
Watch Alicia and Mike tell you about the Free Pray and Play Challenge. This last few months have been a challenge, but summer is here and it is time to re-adjust. Check it out!
Pray and Play Challenge
on Friday, June 12 at 2:54PM