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Confirmation P2 FAMILY GATHERS September

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September 1 – 30, 2017 Ordinary Time: For a few weeks in January and February, and then all through the summer and fall, the Church is in Ordinary Time. Ordinary comes from the word ordinal and means “counted”. In other words, each of the weeks has a number (for example, The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time). Ordinary Time is full of solemnities, feasts, and memorials of the Lord and the Saints. In Ordinary Time the church and vestments of the priests are green.

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

2. Select a prayer you and your family will say at the start of the meal. You can create your own prayers or use this one:

Heavenly King,You have given us archangels 

to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. 

Saint Michael is our protector; 

I ask him to come to my aid, 

fight for all my loved ones, 

and protect us from danger. 

Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News; 

I ask him to help me 

clearly hear Your voice 

and to teach me the truth. 

Saint Raphael is the healing angel; 

I ask him to take my need for healing 

and that of everyone I know, 

lift it up to Your throne of grace 

and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. 

Help us, O Lord, 

to realize more fully the reality of the archangels 

and their desire to serve us. 

 Holy angels, pray for us. 

Amen.

3. Family Question of the Month: Can you name the 3 Archangels whose Feast day we celebrate on September 29th?

Answer: The three Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the only angels named in Sacred Scripture and all three have important roles in the history of salvation.

• Saint Michael is the "Prince of the Heavenly Host," the leader of all the angels. His name is Hebrew for "Who is like God?" and was the battle cry of the good angels against Lucifer and his followers when they rebelled against God. He is mentioned four times in the Bible, in Daniel 10 and 12, in the letter of Jude, and in Revelation. Michael, whose forces cast down Lucifer and the evil spirits into Hell, is invoked for protection against Satan and all evil.

• "I am Gabriel, who stand before God." (Luke 1, 19) Saint Gabriel, whose name means "God's strength," is mentioned four times in the Bible. Most significant are Gabriel's two mentions in the New Testament: to announce the birth of John the Baptist to his father Zacharias, and the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of Mary. Christian tradition suggests that it is he who appeared to St. Joseph and to the shepherds, and also that it was he who "strengthened" Jesus during his agony in the garden of Gethsemane.

• "I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tob 12:15) Saint Raphael, whose name means "God has healed" because of his healing of Tobias' blindness in the Book of Tobit. Tobit is the only book in which he is mentioned. His office is generally accepted by tradition to be that of healing and acts of mercy. Raphael is also identified with the angel in John 5:1-4 who descended upon the pond and bestowed healing powers upon it so that the first to enter it after it moved would be healed of whatever infirmity he was suffering.

4. Favorite Archangel: After sharing with your family the stories of these Archangels ask them the following questions and work to pick answer. Be prepared to share why in the on line report.
• Which Archangel would you want to invite to dinner?
• Which Archangel story would make the best movie?
• Which Archangel would does your family need to ask to intercede from them right now? You will not be asked to share your reason for this selection
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Confirmation P2 Family Gathers - September 2017
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?*
Who was with you?*
What symbol did you select?*
Did your family know the names of the 3 Archangels? *
What were their thoughts about the Archangels? *
Which Archangel would you want to invite to dinner? Why? *
Which Archangel story would make the best movie? Why?*
Which Archangel would does your family need to ask to intercede for them right now? *
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