In Home Religious Ed for November 2018
Oct 31, 2018
November 2018 - In Home RE
A friendly reminder to RE families to set aside approx. 30 minutes to go through the In Home Religious Education (RE) lesson as a family. Our goal for our families is that the In Home RE provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn and grow deeper, together, in their relationships with Christ.
I. Theme: Saints: St. Margaret Mary
Objective: The families will be able to describe one thing they learned about St. Margaret Mary, the patron saint of our parish.
II. Opening Prayer:
In this prayer, we ask St. Margaret Mary to intercede for us with Jesus, that we may obtain the grace of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Parent: Saint Margaret Mary, you who were made a partaker of the divine treasures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, obtain for us, we ask you, from this Heart, the graces we need so deeply. We ask these favors of you with unbounded confidence. May the divine Heart of Jesus be pleased to bestow them upon us through your intercession, so that once again He may be loved and glorified through you. Amen.
Parent: Pray for us, O blessed Margaret Mary;
All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, who did wondrously open the unsearchable riches of your Heart to blessed Margaret Mary, the virgin: grant unto us, by her merits and our imitation of her, that we may love you in all things and above all things, and may be worthy to have our everlasting dwelling in the same Sacred Heart: who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.
III. Who Was Margaret Mary of Alacoque?
Watch one or both of the Videos:
IV. History of St. Margaret Mary Parish
In 1932, Bishop Paul Peter Rhode recognized that Neenah was the only city in the Diocese of Green Bay that did not have a Catholic Church. Catholics in the Neenah area attended St. Patrick and other churches in Menasha.
A site was purchased for the church, rectory, and convent. Four months after purchasing the property the parish was born, and ground was broken for the church building. Some 250 families were to be the nucleus of the new parish, those families living south of the south brank of the Fox River.
There are 1220 families registered at St. Margaret Mary Parish
St. Margaret Mary is the patron saint against polio, polio parents and loss of parents and devotees to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Fun Fact to know and tell: Originally, our parish was to be named St. Catherine but church officials settled on St. Margaret Mary.
V. Challenge #1:
Stained Glass Window in the church is Jesus, the Sacred Heart, Appearing to St. Margaret Mary. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, depicted in the center panel, was born in 1647 in France and died in 1690. She was canonized a saint on May 13, 1920, just twelve years before our parish was founded. She gave her life to God and received several visions of Jesus, one as the Sacred Heart, who gave her Twelve Promises for those devoted to his Sacred Heart.
Jesus is shown with a tri-radiant halo or nimbus, intimating a cross, symbolizing that he is the Son of God. His Sacred Heart, with rays extending out in all directions, is exposed for all to see. It is a visual expression of his intense love for all humanity. The cross and the crown of thorns on his heart remind us that Jesus was willing to suffer and die for all people. His love for each of us is deep and eternal.
Challenge Question: Where in the church is this stained glass window of St. Margaret Mary and Jesus located?
VI. Challenge #2:
Challenge Activity: Find the statue of St. Margaret Mary (as she is in the above picture) and take a family selfie with her in your background and either email Amy Bolle with your picture or post your family picture on our Religious Education facebook page.
*If your family submits a selfie with St. Margaret Mary, you will receive a prize!
VII. Closing Prayer:
Begin the closing prayer with the Sign of the Cross +
Pray together: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
i. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen!
VIII. To Complete the In-Home Session:
Once you have gone through the entire lesson, as a family, please answer the questions and submit the Survey to complete the In Home Session*. The survey was also sent out by email (monkey survey) and can be completed by either link.
*Please note that In Home Religious Education counts towards the total Religious Education hours needed for the diocesan requirement and attendance is taken from the completed survey. Thank you!