Message from Fr. Todd-March 24, 2020
Our lives have changed in ways that we could never have imagined and sometimes our daily living seems to be ripped right out of the pages of any movie script that has to do with contagious viruses (they are out there, trust me). As a priest who lives alone, my daily interactions and certainly my weekend mass celebrations with you are things that I miss greatly.
I am sure you have each made a running list of the things you miss as well. It is only human to do so! We can choose to live in that place--of the things we miss-- or we can choose to acknowledge those losses and look with new eyes for ways to be people of encouragement and hope.
I have been so impressed with our pastoral and school staff here at St. Greg’s. They are working daily to find new ways to inspire and teach as well as maintaining our finances and our buildings. If you haven’t connected with us on Facebook it is the best place for daily inspiration and resources.
The Archdiocese is also working on new ways to reach the faithful of Milwaukee. One way they are doing this is through an initiative called Contagious Communion. It helps us to explore the four communions—communion with God, communion with our home, communion with our neighbors and communion with the globe. There are so many resources on just that one page, that I urge you to check it out at www.archmil.org
Finally, brothers and sisters, I want to reassure you that you are in my prayers. I pray for you in a special way as I offer Mass without an assembly, and I ask that you might pray for me as well. I miss you and I look forward to seeing you all soon. Until then, please be well and may God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
During this time, its important that we continue to keep one another in prayer.
For younger children prayer time can be difficult.
Each week, We will post a creative way of praying with children.
Today’s prayer style is Praying with Playdough!
Here are links to three different ways to pray with playdough
Intercessory Prayer: http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2014/05/creative-play-dough-intercessions.html
Teach the Rosary: https://rockyourhomeschool.net/teach-rosary-free-playdough-mats/
Also, here is a simple Stations of the cross you can watch with your child/ren as we are still in the Season of Lent:
Praying In Color
One of my favorite ways to pray, is to pray in color. We actually do it all the time but don’t realize it can be a way to pray. I came across this book years ago and will refer to it when I need a quick lesson or an extra activity to do on retreats.
Click on the link to learn how to Pray in color: https://prayingincolor.com/praying-in-color-praying-in-black-and-white
Once you read how to pray in color, click on the Handouts tab. There are sessions how to teach praying in color to adults and children and templates if you’re having trouble getting started. Have fun praying in color!
for printable mandalas google prayer mandalas for children. Please note that praying with mandalas are used in many different religions, so be careful in selecting what you print out for your child ( you can always include in your google search Christian Mandalas or Catholic mandalas)
Arts & Faith (taken from https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/prayer/arts-and-faith/about-arts-and-faith)
From Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to Broadway’s Jesus Christ Superstar, the arts have long been a natural and expressive component of our faith.
Though some may think the arts are reserved for these cultural giants, our Arts and Faith series shows that faith and love can be expressed in any way that strengthens your relationship to God. However you apply your creativity to your faith—through sewing, sculpting, design, fashion, cooking, collage, spoken word, photography, poetry, modern dance, and so on—you are showing reverence to God and the talents you possess.
The Arts and Faith series celebrates how faith is revealed and deepened through these art forms, which include the performing arts, visual arts, culinary arts, music, and film. We hope these stories will inspire you to tap your own talents to find God’s presence. Join us in celebrating these expressions of our faith, and share your own stories as well!