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A FEW BRIEF DIRECTIONS

If you have young children who have attended Children’s Liturgy of the Word at our parish, a lot of this format will be very familiar to them! But if not, don’t worry, because we’ve gathered all the resources you’ll need. Below is a suggested order to move through the material.
  1. Read the opening prayer and Gospel reading together as a family. Each week, the Gospel will be presented here in language that is easy for kids to understand.
  2. Watch the videos in the “Let’s Learn More” section to dive deeper into the Gospel reading.
  3. Profess your faith with this “question & answer version” of the Nicene Creed then offer up the prayer intentions (don’t forget to add a few of your own).
  4. Music break! Have fun singing and dancing to some music that relates to the week’s lessons.
  5. Continue learning and growing with the activities provided to help you keep the Faith@Home going all week long! They can be done in any order to help fit into your family’s schedule.

JOIN US IN PRAYER

SUNDAY, January 17, 2021: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Loving God, through Jesus you call us to love you and everybody in this world. Make us wide awake to your voice and always prepared to do what pleases you. We ask this through Jesus, your Son. Amen.

GOSPEL READING: John 1:35-42

When John the Baptist was in Bethany with two of his disciples, he saw Jesus walking by, and said,
“Look! There is the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples who were with John heard what he said and began to follow Jesus. When Jesus turned around and saw them following him, he asked them,
“What do you want?”
They answered, “Rabbi (this word means teacher), where do you live?”
Jesus said, “Come and see!”
So they went with Jesus. Now, it was about four o’clock in the afternoon, and so they stayed with him for the rest of that day. One of the two who followed him was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. So the next morning, the first thing Andrew did was find his brother Simon and tell him,
“We have found the Messiah!”
When Andrew brought Simon to Jesus, Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon, the son of John. But from now on you will be called Peter.”

LET’S LEARN MORE

WE PROFESS OUR FAITH TOGETHER:

Do you believe that God made you, loves you and calls you by name? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and came to teach us how to live and how to love? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus suffered and died on a cross, and that three days later he rose from the dead? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus comes to us in the Holy Eucharist under the form of Bread and Wine? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus will come some day and take us to heaven to live with Him forever? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and helps us to live the way Jesus wants us to live? Yes, I believe!

THIS IS WHAT OUR CHURCH TEACHES AND WHAT WE BELIEVE, SO WE ALL SAY,

AMEN!

FOR WHOM SHALL WE PRAY?

Now let’s pray together and ask God for help and thank Him for all of His blessings.
For all priests, especially Fr. Schultz and Fr. Martin, that they always follow God, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For all those affected by COVID-19: those who are ill, and those who are caring for them; those who are working on the front lines; and those who are struggling with the changes currently taking place, we pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.
For the leaders of countries all around the world, that they work together to bring peace, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For our family members and friends who may be sick or suffering, that they may find strength in Jesus, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For all of our families’ personal intentions, that God will hear them and answer their prayers according to His will, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.

Holy God, our most loving Father, draw us close to you, that we may praise you in all our actions and words. Help us to be faithful. Hear our prayers and grant them as you will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

LET’S PRAISE HIM WITH SONG!

WAYS TO GROW IN FAITH THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AHEAD:

Activity #1: Gospel Puzzles and Coloring Pages
Activity #2: Lamb of God Craft
Activity #3: Movie – Adventure Catechism: Who is Jesus?

Watch this short video on Formed.org to learn all about who Jesus really is! If you don’t have a free Formed.org account yet, all you need is an email address to sign up!

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BE A PART OF FAITH@HOME!

We would LOVE to see pictures of your domestic church in action! Email us pictures of your family, projects and artwork you’ve completed, prayer requests, etc. and we will post some on this webpage and the St. Patrick Church of Merna Facebook page!

If you don’t want your submissions posted, that’s okay too! Just be sure to let us know.

Send all submissions (or feel free to just say hi!) to Jenny Cook at faithathome@stpatrickmerna.org.

We miss you so much, and can’t wait to see everyone back at church soon!