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Confirmation Phase 2 FAMILY GATHERS for December 2017

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In the 2017 liturgical year, December 1-3 falls in  Ordinary Time, December 4-24 in Advent and December 25-31, is in Christmastime: The name for the last month really means “the tenth month.” The ancient calendar of the Romans began in March, which made December the tenth month. In ancient times, people of northern Europe stopped counting the days during winter. There wasn’t any formal work to do, so there wasn’t any reason to keep track of time. They called this free time Yule. This word come from the same root word as the word wheel. The days of Yule connected the old year to the new.

1. Pick a symbol that you think represents Advent or Christmastime in this month and place it on your table. The color for Advent is purple and the color for Christmastime is gold or white. Use the prayer below to start your meal or select one of your own choosing.

Lord God, let your blessing come upon us
As we gather for this meal may the pleasure it gives be a sign of the joy that fills our hearts.
May all who delight in joining together for this meal come to the knowledge and joy of Jesus Christ, your son: He is Emmanuel, god-with-us, the prince of peace, who fills us with the wonder of your love
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen

2. Family Question of the Month: Did you know that on December 6th we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Nicholas, Bishop? Little is known about this saint, the “wonder-worker”, other than the fact that he lived during the 4th century and was bishop of the city of Myra in Asia Minor. Many stories exist about Saint Nicholas. Read the legends below and have your family pick their favorite.
a. He had the reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes to some who left them out for him, and giving pour families who had daughters a dowry in order for them to be able to marry and not to be send to become prostitutes.
b. Before joining the Church and becoming Bishop he gave all of his personal property (he was rich) to the poor. He wanted to travel one time to the Holy Land and on the way a great storm broke out and the ship was to be taken apart so the crew asked the priest to pray for he was a man of God…and the storm immediately stopped. One of the sailors, who climbed up to fix the sails slipped and fell to his death. Immediately the holy Bishop approached him and said: Christ my God who has authority over life and death resurrect this man…and he was resurrected.
c. And then there is the legend that an Asiatic gentleman sent his three boys to school at Athens, but told them to call on St. Nicholas for his benediction; they stopped at Myra for the night, and the innkeeper, to secure their baggage, murdered them in bed, and put their mangled bodies into a pickling-tub with some pork, intending to sell the whole as such. St. Nicholas had a vision of the whole affair, and went to the inn, when the man confessed the crime, and St. Nicholas raised the murdered boys to life again

3. Christmas Traditions:
Every family has a routine or tradition they do each year. What tradition/s are a favorite in your family? Do your older family members have traditions different than yours?
 

 

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P2 Family Gathers - December 2017
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