DISCOVERY MISSION – VBS 2022

The Vocation Office asked us to let you know about Discovery Mission, the VBS program all about vocations! This is a 100% Catholic VBS program that teaches kids about marriage, priesthood, and religious life. It’s packed with fun games, creative crafts, upbeat music and dance, and best of all, solid teaching about each vocation. Scroll down a little in this email to see what other DRE’s said about last year’s program.  We hope you’ll consider running Discovery Mission in your parish this year! God bless you! Vianney Vocations     Discovery Mission Vocation Bible SchoolSolid Catholic content. Fun activities and games, with meaningful lessons about marriage, priesthood, and religious life.See Sample Content “No one wanted it to be over! Beautifully done! I have been wanting something like this to teach the children about their vocations and where God is calling them to serve! The teenagers put on the dramas & they had a ball & interacted with the younger children.”PRESIDENT OF ST. SERRA CLUB OF CINCINNATI The Director’s Kit includes all you need, plus access to 20 downloadable resources! • 48-page Director’s Guide• Guides for Art, Prayer, Games, Role Play, and Snacks• Upbeat Music and Dance• Vocation Posters for your Discovery Map• Sample t-shirt, worksheets, wristbands, crafts, and moreOrder for Summer 2022 Actually 100% Catholic!Unlike...

Pope at Audience: Joseph shows fullness of adoptive fatherhood

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the fatherhood of St. Joseph, and prays that all children might enjoy the bond of paternal love, even if through the praiseworthy practice of adoption. By Devin Watkins Pope Francis continued his catechesis series on St. Joseph at the Wednesday General Audience, focusing his remarks on his role as the father of Jesus. The Pope noted that the Gospels of Luke and Matthew present Joseph as the “foster-father of Jesus” and not as his biological one. The evangelist Matthew avoids the term “father of” in his genealogy, while Luke said he was the father of Jesus, “as was supposed”. Venerable practice of adoption Pope Francis recalled that the practice of adoption was much more common in ancient times in the East than it is in our own societies. He gave the example of the requirement in ancient Israel for a man to marry the widowed wife of his deceased brother, if he died without a male heir (Dt 25:5-6). In this case, the legal father of the firstborn son from such a union would be the deceased man, ensuring both an heir for the deceased and the preservation of his estate....

Vatican launches #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities

VATICAN DICASTERY DISABILITY VATICAN The #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities begins from 6 December with a series of video testimonies of Christians living with disabilities. By Benedict Mayaki, SJ The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life announced the launch on Monday of a campaign dedicated to persons living with disabilities. Tagged #IamChurch, the campaign, which begins on 6 December, will consist of five videos containing the testimonies of Christians living with disabilities from different parts of the world who recount their experience of faith and affirm, “I am Church!” “I am Church” through Baptism In his message to persons with disabilities on the occasion of the International Day dedicated to them, Pope Francis noted that Baptism gives each one of us, “without exclusion or discrimination, the possibility of exclaiming, ‘I am Church!'” Echoing the Pope’s words, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life launched the videos, which will be released weekly, with the aim of highlighting the contribution that persons with disabilities offer to the ecclesial community on a daily basis. The videos will illustrate the work of evangelization carried out by some young deaf persons in Mexico, of a monastery in France where several nuns with...

Is This the End of Roe v. Wade?

LET US PRAY!!! AND JOIN THE CAUSE!!!  BREAKING: Is This the End of Roe v. Wade?In just a couple hours, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments on a major pro-life case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case, born out of Mississippi’s pro-life law banning late-term abortions after 15 weeks, represents a direct challenge to the deadliest Court decision in recent memory, Roe v. Wade. Many experts believe that the Court may overturn Roe, at least in part, returning the issue of abortion back to the states.Feel the weight of the moment. The Justices in Roe had no way of knowing that the cost would be 62 million lives and counting. They had no concept of the ultrasound technology we have today. And they had no foresight into the unstoppable pro-life movement born out of the ashes of Roe.But now they do.And we stand on the brink of having more power to make our states pro-life in a way we’ve never had since 1973.As we prepare to enter this new era, whether with the Dobbs case or an upcoming future one, we have to prepare for a world—for life—after Roe. That’s why TODAY, Family Policy Alliance is launching an unprecedented national campaign:  #AfterRoeAre you ready for an America after Roe?Even before Roe ends, the work of After Roe has already...

The DiBOSCo Coffee (and Chocolate) Project Gathering: MHCA 12/11/2021

RSVP TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY OR IN-PERSON: contact@donboscosalesianportal.org Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508 In brief, Di BOSCo began as a job-training project created by Mr. Phaisan, a Salesian Past Pupil in Thailand, as a way to give back for all he had received from the Salesians. When Mr. Peter Kovac, Slovakian Salesian Past Pupil and secretary of the SDB Past Pupil World Council, came to know of this project, he organized an alliance with Mr. Phaisan to grow Di BOSCo into a world-wide network of Past Pupil fair trade coffee and cocoa growers, processors, exporters, and café owners in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Now Di BOSCo is ready to come to Canada and the US with the help of our Salesian Family members and friends. Peter will explain how this network came to be and how we can make it a reality for North America at this gathering. For whom is the gathering? Salesian Past Pupils of the SDB and FMAAll Salesian Family members and friendsIndividuals, Communities, Centers, ChaptersFamiliesThose who are curiousThose who love great-tasting coffee and chocolate and want to try it and maybe buy itThose who wish to support...

Family, Vocation, Catholic Basics, and More from St. Paul-Inside-the-Walls

This three-session course focuses on the universal call to holiness and our living out of that call—in and through our own personal vocations. Whether married or single, a priest or in consecrated life, each of us has been given a unique mission in building up the Church. In accepting and fulfilling this mission, we often discover opportunities to mentor others and to help them recognize what God is calling them to do as well. Understanding that we are not meant to be lone rangers will not only benefit us spiritually, but should also inspire us to help guide those we encounter in our ministries and daily lives towards an ever-deepening relationship with God and others too. This course meets on three consecutive Wednesdays:  November 3, 10, and 17 at 7:30pm  Register Here Fr. Jared Brogan hosts the last session of Winding Thru Worship. The topic is Baptism: Called By Name to Discipleship Confirmation: Sent Out as Missionary Disciples Two Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism and Confirmation, have been understood and celebrated differently throughout the history of the Church. Why is that? Where are we now? This presentation will explore these Sacraments of Initiation in terms of the call to discipleship....