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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, August 2, 2020: 18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

God of never-ending goodness, your greatest wish is to make us happy. Feed us with your love so that we may become strong and grow to be more like your Son, Jesus, who lives with you, forever and ever. Amen.

GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 14:13-21

When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been killed, he went away in a boat to be alone. But the people went to find him. When Jesus came back to the shore, he saw how many people were looking for him. He felt sorry for them, and he stayed with them, healing the people who were sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to Jesus and said,
“These people are a long way from home, and it’s getting late. Send them into the village so they can buy some food.”
But Jesus said,
“They don’t have to leave. You give them food.”
The disciples said,
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish.”
Jesus said,
“Bring them to me.”
Then he told all the people to sit down on the grass. Over 5,000 people were there. Jesus took the bread and the fish and looked up to heaven. Then he blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to the disciples to give to the people. When everyone had enough to eat, they collected the bread that was left over and it filled 12 baskets.

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, 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!

Click on the picture above to visit Formed.org and listen to this beautiful, catchy hymn! (Remember, if you don’t have a Formed.org account, it is completely free to sign up!)

WAYS TO GROW IN FAITH THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AHEAD:

Activity #1: Gospel Puzzles and Coloring Pages
Activity #2: A Basket of Loaves and Fishes
Activity #3: Bake Some Bread

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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!