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Confirmation P2 FAMILY GATHERS November 2017

November 1-30, 2017 is in Ordinary Time. The name for the eleventh month really means “the ninth month.” In the ancient Roman calendar November was the ninth month because the year began in March. In Church tradition, November is a month to remember the dead and to pray for them. The month begins with All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sings,” observes the writer of Maccabees in the Old Testament. Intercession on behalf of those who have died is a cherished tenet of our Catholic Faith, spring from our belief in the resurrection of the body and communion of saints. 

1. Pick a symbol that you think represents Ordinary Time in this month and place it on your table. The color for Ordinary Time is green.

2. Did you know there are 4 kinds of prayers?
Blessing and adoration (Praising God), Prayer of Petition (Asking for what we want including forgiveness), Prayer of Intercession (Asking for what others need) and Prayers of Thanksgiving (For what God has given or done). Since this is the month of Thanksgiving make your opening prayer for what you are grateful to God. Everyone at the table can share for what they are grateful.

3. Family Question of the Month: Did you know what we celebrate the week of Thanksgiving (Sunday to Sunday) besides Thanksgiving?
Answer: Get excited! It’s Nation Bible Week, an ecumenical and interfaith event that has been celebrated every year since 1941. Its goal is to raise awareness of the importance of the Bible for us as individuals and for our nation.

4. Bible Quiz Time: Ask your family the following Bible questions (NOTE we are using a Catholic Bible here)

1. What are the 2 parts of the Bible? New and Old Testaments


2. What's the difference between a "Catholic Bible" and a "Protestant Bible"? Catholic and Protestant Bibles both include 27 books in the New Testament. Protestant Bibles have only 39 books in the Old Testament, however, while Catholic Bibles have 46. The seven books included in Catholic Bibles are Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, and Baruch. Catholic Bibles also include sections in the Books of Esther and Daniel which are not found in Protestant Bibles. These books are called the deuterocanonical books. The Catholic Church considers these books to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.


3. Do we read from the Bible at Mass? Readings from Scripture are part of every Mass. At least two readings, one always from the Gospels, (3 on Sundays and solemnities) make up the Liturgy of the Word. In addition, a psalm or canticle is sung.


4. Is the Bible literally true? Everything in the Bible is true and some of it actually happened. Or to quote Pope Benedict XVI, “While Catholics believe the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it is true, one cannot take individual biblical quotes or passages and say each one is literally true. “It is possible to perceive the Sacred Scriptures as the word of God” only by looking at the Bible as a whole, “a totality in which the individual elements enlighten each other and open the way to understanding. It is not possible to apply the criterion of inspiration or of absolute truth in a mechanical way, extrapolating a single phrase or expression,” The Pope said clearer explanations about the Catholic position on the divine inspiration and truth of the Bible were important because some people seem to treat the Scriptures simply as literature while others believe that each line was dictated by the Holy Spirit and is literally true. Neither position is Catholic, the Pope said. “An interpretation of the sacred writings that disregards or forgets their inspiration does not take into account their most important and precious characteristic, that they come from God,” he said. The Catholic position is that the Holy Spirit inspired the biblical writers so that “human words express the word of God”, he said. “Through his word God wants to communicate to us the whole truth about himself and his plan of salvation for humanity,” the Pope wrote. “A commitment to discovering ever more the truth of the sacred books, therefore, is a commitment to seeking to better know God and the mystery of his saving will.”


5. As a family select your favorite Bible verse, book or Biblical figure.
P2 November Family Gathers
Your first name*
Your last name*
Your regular meeting time (7PM Tuesdays or 6:00PM or 7:45PM Sundays)*
What was the date of your meal?*
What symbol did you select for your gathering?*
Who was with you?*
Tell me about your opening prayer. Was it hard or easy to offer up people or things for which you are grateful?*
How did your family do on the Bible quiz? *
What Bible verse, book or Biblical figure did you family pick as their favorite? Why? *
Your email address*
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