LoveEd

LoveEd

 If we want to prepare kids for tomorrow, we need to begin today!

Our children face daily challenges such as: what to watch; what to wear; what to read; and how to hang out with. It can be overwhelming. LoveEd is a new program that will give you, the parents, the confidence and tools to teach the meaning of life along with the facts of life to your children. It is designed to help you have meaningful conversations with your child about love, life, sexuality, and purity. LoveEd helps you empower your child with the truth as they enter the various stages of development, so that they can become the person God wants them to be and learn to love according to His plan.

What if all your children’s friends attended this program and they were all morally on the same page? You children would have back up when persuaded/bullied to make a bad choice. Get the parents of your children’s friends and join us on January 6 at 1:00 pm at Precious Blood Church to learn more about this program. After the session, you, the parent, decide if you would like to continue with the program.

Please contact Bonnie at the parish office if you have any questions

Holy Day of Obligation

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Holy Day Mass Schedule
Monday, December 31 at 4:00 pm
Tuesday, January 1 at 8:00 am

The Story of Mary, Mother of God

Mary’s divine motherhood broadens the Christmas spotlight. Mary has an important role to play in the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. She consents to God’s invitation conveyed by the angel (Luke 1:26-38). Elizabeth proclaims: “Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:42-43, emphasis added). Mary’s role as mother of God places her in a unique position in God’s redemptive plan.

Without naming Mary, Paul asserts that “God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4). Paul’s further statement that “God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out ‘Abba, Father!’” helps us realize that Mary is mother to all the brothers and sisters of Jesus.

Some theologians also insist that Mary’s motherhood of Jesus is an important element in God’s creative plan. God’s “first” thought in creating was Jesus. Jesus, the incarnate Word, is the one who could give God perfect love and worship on behalf of all creation. As Jesus was “first” in God’s mind, Mary was “second” insofar as she was chosen from all eternity to be his mother.

The precise title “Mother of God” goes back at least to the third or fourth century. In the Greek form Theotokos—God-bearerit became the touchstone of the Church’s teaching about the Incarnation. The Council of Ephesus in 431 insisted that the holy Fathers were right in calling the holy virgin Theotokos. At the end of this particular session, crowds of people marched through the street shouting: “Praised be the Theotokos!” The tradition reaches to our own day. In its chapter on Mary’s role in the Church, Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church calls Mary “Mother of God” 12 times.


Reflection

Other themes come together at today’s celebration. It is the Octave of Christmas: Our remembrance of Mary’s divine motherhood injects a further note of Christmas joy. It is a day of prayer for world peace: Mary is the mother of the Prince of Peace. It is the first day of a new year: Mary continues to bring new life to her children—who are also God’s children.

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