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Confirmation P2 FAMILY GATHERS November 2018

November 1-30, 2018 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. November means ELECTIONS! AND POSSIBLY TENSE THANKSGIVING DINNERS! More about that later. For now, start your meal with a prayer of Thanksgiving from Psalm 66 take from the Message Bible

Sing songs to the tune of his glory,
set glory to the rhythms of his praise.
Say of God, “We’ve never seen anything like him!”
When your enemies see you in action,
they slink off like scolded dogs.
The whole earth falls to its knees—
it worships you, sings to you,
can’t stop enjoying your name and fame.

5-6 Take a good look at God’s wonders—
they’ll take your breath away.
He converted sea to dry land;
travelers crossed the river on foot.
Now isn’t that cause for a song?

7 Ever sovereign in his high tower, he keeps
his eye on the godless nations.
Rebels don’t dare
raise a finger against him.

8-12 Bless our God, O peoples!
Give him a thunderous welcome!
Didn’t he set us on the road to life?
Didn’t he keep us out of the ditch?
He trained us first,
passed us like silver through refining fires,
Brought us into hardscrabble country,
pushed us to our very limit,
Road-tested us inside and out,
took us to hell and back;
Finally he brought us
to this well-watered place.

13-15 I’m bringing my prizes and presents to your house.
I’m doing what I said I’d do,
What I solemnly swore I’d do
that day when I was in so much trouble:
The choicest cuts of meat
for the sacrificial meal;
Even the fragrance
of roasted lamb is like a meal!
Or make it an ox
garnished with goat meat!

16-20 All believers, come here and listen,
let me tell you what God did for me.
I called out to him with my mouth,
my tongue shaped the sounds of music.
If I had been cozy with evil,
the Lord would never have listened.
But he most surely did listen,
he came on the double when he heard my prayer.
Blessed be God: he didn’t turn a deaf ear,
he stayed with me, loyal in his love. AMEN

3. Family Question of the Month: How does your family get through family get together's where divisive issues - political, social, religious issue, etc) may come up? Do you:


  • Institute a ban on all divisive issues?
  • Go ahead and let it all hang out?
  • Enjoy a informative dialogue where all discuss their opinions in a free and safe environment? 
  • Other? 


4. Share with your family the "Ground Rules for Election Conversations". You can download this here.

5. Point out to your family that the word election in title can be replaced with any topic that can be considered divisive by your family. Pick a topic and try having a discussion using the ground rules. After your discussion have your family share their thoughts; would the ground rules help in future discussions? What did work? What didn't work? What would they add?


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?*
How did your family say they deal with divisive issues at gatherings?*
What topic did your family pick to discuss at your dinner?*
How did your family do applying the ground rules?*
Summarize your family's view on the Ground Rules*
Your email address*