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Word of God Program at Family Mass

Dear Parents,

Happy Fall! School is back in session and so is St. Julia’s Children’s Word of God program. We are writing to tell you about this exciting and engaging program for young children to learn more about our Catholic faith. Each Sunday at the 9am Family Mass during the school year, children ages infants through Kindergarten are led to the Parish Center during the readings and homily to participate in the program which brings God’s word to children with age-appropriate stories, games and crafts.

The program is led by volunteer parents who follow a guide in the Children’s Lectionary to lead a 20-minute experience for the children. Additional materials and activities are available in the Parish Hall to make the experience fun and memorable. Parents are invited to participate alongside their children –we encourage families to attend the sessions together!

Here is a testimonial from parents whose children attend the program:

“The Word of God program has been a blessing for my family. My four and two year old children relate to the stories in the readings through the activities and crafts that the group participates in. When I had the opportunity to lead the group, preparing the activity has fostered meaningful conversations with my children about Jesus and our faith.”

We invite you to join us during the 9am Family Mass, which will be starting soon, and experience the Children’s Word of God program for yourself. You will not be disappointed. If you are interested in learning more about the program or becoming a volunteer, please contact Carolyn Hastings by email or phone, 610-283-0316.

 

 

A BIG Thank You!

thankyou_ArizonaThank you to Fr. Paul Kenney, Don Boecke, Margie Dermady & Christ Connell who completed the EMPOWER CORE training this past weekend. It was great spending the retreat/training day with you. Your spirit and leadership is a total blessing to the youth of Saint Julia Parish.

 

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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“Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your life?” It’s a good question, but also a haunting one that makes us so edgy and anxious that we wonder if our life is real at all. It’s the sort of question we’d sometimes rather not even hear, much less attempt to answer. So what is it that you plan to do with your life? We say we’re going to get married and raise a family. Or we’re going to get a job that pays well. Or we’re going to play professional baseball or football or some such thing when we grow up. Or we’re going to retire and enjoy life. So what is it that you plan to do with your life? There is only one life, after all, one to spend lavishly or cautiously, one to treasure or squander or hoard, one to laugh with or cry with or maybe just sit in a daze with for sixty or seventy or eighty years. The trouble is, or perhaps more honestly the sadness is, that few of us ever answer that gentle but probing question, because we don’t know. What God did was to give away what was most precious, God’s only Son, so that we might find life. And what Jesus did was to empty himself, so that God could fill him with life and exalt him. It seems that while you and I are preoccupied with finding meaning by filling our lives, the divine instinct is to empty life so that meaning might find us.

—Rev. Joseph J. Juknialis

All begins October 5th!

Religious Education begins the week of October 5. RE LOGO

Be sure that you complete a registration form and submit to the Faith Formation Office.
We will be happy to collect them at our Parish Picnic on September 14.

Our first catechist meeting is on Monday, September 15 in the St. Julia’s Parish Center. Kathy Krane, from Sadlier Publications, will walk through the textbooks with us, and help us locate all the resources available to us.

All parents and catechists are invited to attend the Blessing of Catechists on Catechetical Sunday, September 21, at 10:00 in the Parish Center.

For more information, contact Cindy Harrington at 978-549-4553.

Middle & High School YM Kick-Off

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The Annual Kick-Off begins with the 5pm Youth Mass and continues to the Parish Center Hall until 8pm. All Middle-School & High-School youth and at least one parent are expected to attend. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Sign Up Now!

 Sunday, September 28th

5pm Youth Mass-8pm

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