Are you looking for an easy yet formative event to gather parents and build relationships in your parish? Try hosting a “Conversations the Matter” night. The idea is to use Take Out as a formation tool that supports parents and start discussion. What happens next is up to you!
1) Choose an evening in September and reserve a room in your parish for an hour or two. (7:00 to 8:30 p.m.?)
2) Advertise this evening in the bulletin as the first of several “Conversations that Matter” evenings where parents come together for faith sharing.
3) Line up child care if possible.
4) Offer light refreshments – cookies and coffee – and build a “social” break into the night.
5) Choose an article from September issue of Take Out and use it a springboard for faith discussion with your parents. We suggest “But It’s Not Fair!” by Dr. Joseph White on pp. 4 – 5 of the September issue of Take Out. Ask parents to read this article in advance; be sure to have copies of Take Out on hand that evening for parents to refer to or to catch up and review the article as the night begins.
6) Divide parents into as many small groups as necessary (no more 6-8 people per group). Begin the evening in prayer.
7) Ask parents to discuss Dr. White’s article by responding to the questions on the center of their table (cut them out and copy them below).
1. Have your struggled with this issue – envy and wanting what others have – in your family? Talk about your experiences.
2. Do you find that this issue increases as kids get older?
3. Have you put any of Dr. White’s suggestions to use in your family? Talk about how successful they have been.
4. What are some new or innovative ways that we can teach our kids gospel values (sharing, generosity, love) in today’s chaotic culture? Share them with the group.
5. Make a list of 3 things you are going to try to help foster a spirit of generosity in your household.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 7: Matthew 18: 15-20 (The strength of a caring community)
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14: John 3: 3-17 (Those who believe in Jesus will have eternal life)
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time,September 21: Matthew 20: 1-16 (God’s generosity is more than we can imagine)
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 28: Matthew 21: 28-32 (Parable of the two sons)
In this story, which son did what his father wanted?
All you holy angels and archangels,
thrones and dominations,
principalities and powers,
the virtues of heaven,
cherubim and seraphim,
praise the Lord forever.
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