Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church
Family Faith Formation Ministry
30 W. 1st Street Mesa, AZ 85201
March and April 2020 News Notes:
- No Classes: March 11th or 12th SPRING BREAK!
- No Classes: April 8th or 9th HOLY WEEK!
- Donation for St. Vincent de Paul: Canned vegetables or fruit please place items in the Vincent de Paul’s boxes located by the classrooms and Faith Formation Office, Thank You for your Support!
- Returning Families Registration: begins online Monday, March 3, 2020: http://qop.org/ministries/family-faith-formation
- 1st Year Alpha for Parents in English: Wednesday, March 4th, 4:00 pm in the Welcome Center.
- 2nd Year Parent Session 3 in English on the Sacrament of Confession Session 3, THURSDAY, March 19th 6:15 pm in room 1.
- 3rd Year Parent Session in English on the Sacrament of Communion Session 3 WEDNESDAY, March 25th 6:15 pm in the Welcome Center.
- 2nd Year Baptized: First Confessions: Wednesday, March 25th. Children are to meet in their regular Wednesday or Thursday classroom by 6:00 p.m.
- No classes for 2nd Year Students on Wednesday afternoon, 4:00 – 5:30 pm ONLY.
- 3rd Year Students: Confirmation & First Communion Retreat: SATURDAY, March 28th time is 8:30 am (Mass) – 12:30 pm. An Adult needs to attend this retreat.
- Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 11th TBA, 21 children will be Fully Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation & First Holy Communion) at this Mass.
- Last Day for Classes: April 29th & 30th
About Our Catechist:
Berenice Curro has been a Lead Catechist teaching Sacramental Prep for many years. She takes the time to get know each student and their parents. Berenice invites and stresses to the parents the importance of participating with their child in going to Mass and praying together. Berenice is also currently helping with developing the Family Faith Formation Ministry Webpage on the Queen of Peace Church’s website, this will be another way for parents to obtain updated information and resources.
Mary Fierro was an assistant in the primary grades for many years. This year she is the Lead Catechist for 2nd grade 1st year on Wednesday afternoon. She stresses the importance for the students to learn the basic prayers. Mary is very creative and dedicated to the children in her class.
Totus Tuus is coming to Queen of Peace Parish June 21st – 26th, 2020
Registration begins online March 16th, 2020!
Cost: For the Week
- $25.00 per child
- 3+ (living in the same household) $65.00
Queen of Peace Parent Teams will provide daily snacks for the week.
What is Totus Tuus?
TOTUS TUUS (Totally Yours) is a dynamic, fun parish catechetical camp for 1st – 12th grade children & teens. Phoenix Diocese college students and seminarians commit to an intensive 2-week training, then are sent in teams of four to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to parishes. The witness of the teachers – their youthfulness, prayerfulness, energy and fun – makes them especially effective in ministering to children and teens.
The grade school program is designed for children going into 1st through 6th grades. It runs Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm (children bring their lunch), and includes Mass, games, opportunities for confession, and excellent catechesis.
The junior high youth and high school teens meet Sunday -Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm the evenings for catechetical instruction, testimony, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship.
So is Totus Tuus basically VBS?
VBS has many structural similarities, as both offer catechesis to children (1st -6th grade) during a week-long program. However, Totus Tuus is run by missionaries from our diocese, rather than parish volunteers.
In addition to the day program, Totus Tuus offers an evening program for 7th- 12th graders (somewhat similar to a youth ministry night). The sacraments are a huge part of Totus Tuus: daily Mass and confession is part of the day children grades 1st-6th program, and Adoration and confession is offered for the evening teen program.
Journey to the Foot of the Cross – 10 Things to Remember For Lent
Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, former chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, offers “10 Things to Remember for Lent”:
- Remember the formula.The Church does a good job capturing certain truths with easy-to-remember lists and formulas: 10 Commandments, 7 sacraments, 3 persons in the Trinity. For Lent, the Church gives us almost a slogan—Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving—as the three things we need to work on during the season.
- It’s a time of prayer.Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him.
- It’s a time to fast. With the fasts of Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, meatless Fridays, and our personal disciplines interspersed, Lent is the only time many Catholics these days actually fast. And maybe that’s why it gets all the attention. “What are you giving up for Lent? Hotdogs? Beer? Jelly beans?” It’s almost a game for some of us, but fasting is actually a form of penance, which helps us turn away from sin and toward Christ.
- It’s a time to work on discipline. The 40 days of Lent are also a good, set time to work on personal discipline in general. Instead of giving something up, it can be doing something positive. “I’m going to exercise more. I’m going to pray more. I’m going to be nicer to my family, friends and coworkers.”
- It’s about dying to yourself.The more serious side of Lenten discipline is that it’s about more than self-control – it’s about finding aspects of yourself that are less than Christ-like and letting them die. The suffering and death of Christ are foremost on our minds during Lent, and we join in these mysteries by suffering, dying with Christ and being resurrected in a purified form.
- Don’t do too much. It’s tempting to make Lent some ambitious period of personal reinvention, but it’s best to keep it simple and focused. There’s a reason the Church works on these mysteries year after year. We spend our entire lives growing closer to God. Don’t try to cram it all in one Lent. That’s a recipe for failure.
- Lent reminds us of our weakness. Of course, even when we set simple goals for ourselves during Lent, we still have trouble keeping them. When we fast, we realize we’re all just one meal away from hunger. In both cases, Lent shows us our weakness. This can be painful, but recognizing how helpless we are makes, us seek God’s help with renewed urgency and sincerity.
- Be patient with yourself. When we’re confronted with our own weakness during Lent, the temptation is to get angry and frustrated. “What a bad person I am!” But that’s the wrong lesson. God is calling us to be patient and to see ourselves as he does, with unconditional love.
- Reach out in charity.As we experience weakness and suffering during Lent, we should be renewed in our compassion for those who are hungry, suffering or otherwise in need. The third part of the Lenten formula is almsgiving. It’s about more than throwing a few extra dollars in the collection plate; it’s about reaching out to others and helping them without question as a way of sharing the experience of God’s unconditional love.
- Learn to love like Christ. Giving of ourselves in the midst of our suffering and self-denial brings us closer to loving like Christ, who suffered and poured himself out unconditionally on cross for all of us. Lent is a journey through the desert to the foot of the cross on Good Friday, as we seek him out, ask his help, join in his suffering, and learn to love like him.