FF at Home Guide for April 12-18, 2020

SJW FF At Home Guide for April 12-18, 2020

Suggestions to use for the week


God be with you this week and may the assurance of Christ’s Resurrection live in your heart forever. Wishing you and your family a most joyous Easter Season. Alleluia!


Happy Easter!

Taken from the internet…a few thoughts to ponder at this beautiful, yet unique time…

How the Virus Stole Easter

By Kristi Bothur (with a nod to Dr. Seuss)

Twas late in ’19 when the virus began

Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,

Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of Spring,

The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen,

They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed,

“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out,

No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

Holy week started as bleak as the rest,

The world was focused on masks and on tests.

“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed,

“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went,

The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed,

The virus still menaced, the people estranged.

“Pooh, pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling,

“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.”

“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!

Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,

And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.”

“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear,”

So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies,

It started down low, then it started to rise.

But the sound wasn’t depressed. Why, this sound was triumphant!

It couldn’t be so, but it grew with abundance!

The world stared around, popping its eyes,

Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,

Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!

Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine

Stood puzzling and puzzling, “just how can it be?”

“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,

It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before,

“Maybe Easter, “it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.

Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

And what happened then? Well…the story’s not done.

What will YOU do? Will you share with that one or

two or more people needing hope in this night?

Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,

And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,

As the virus still rages all around, everywhere,

May the world see HOPE when it looks at God’s people.

May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.

May the world find FAITH in Jesus’ death and resurrection,

May the world find JOY in a time of dejection.

May 2020 be known as the year of survival,

But not only that – let it start a REVIVAL.


AMEN to that!!

2020-2021 K-8 Faith Formation and High School Youth Ministry Registration Form HERE

We look forward to a wonderful Faith Formation year in 2020-2021 with all of your families. Although the registration deadline is August 3rd, please keep in mind that it helps us TREMENDOUSLY in our planning phase to receive your registration forms as early as possible. Do also keep in mind, that if you sign up to be a Catechist, Co-Catechist or Hall Helper, fees are waived. We have a fee this year of $60 per child or $100 for two or more children, if registration is completed by August 3rd. Fees will then double after August 3rd and be $120 for one child and $200 for two or more. This amount will help offset our cost incurred for Faith Formation materials for each student (books/leaflets/pencils/markers/glue/paper/etc.), Sacramental materials - for those levels involved with Restored Order, and additional supplies needed through the year for our special “K-8” activities and Faith Building Sessions.

Vacation Bible School Registration Form HERE

VBS will be held the week of July 13-17th, 9:00-11:30am each day…as of now.  This year’s theme is Rocky Railway…Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through.”  VBS is open to all children age 4 (by 9/1/2020) to present grade level 4 (entering grade 5). Registration will end on June 30th, so be sure to reserve your family’s spot today! Youth, grades 6 and above, are needed as well!  Many areas are available from decorating to crew leaders. We hope you’ll join us for this extremely well attended and fun event for all ages!!

*We will keep you posted as things progress and will be prayerful that this years VBS is not “DERAILED!”

Opening Prayer

Jesus, you have overcome death and conquered every fear we could imagine. Help us to live each day remembering that You are alive - that You are bigger than anything or any situation - and that your power is real. Jesus, you're our hero and we’re walking with you. Amen.

Levels K-4

The Spiritual Communion craft found HERE or any of the Lenten activities would be perfect at this time: *Email me a picture of your finished product – I’d LOVE to see them!!

Levels K-4 - Pflaum Gospel Weeklies (Levels 5-8 youth can use these if desired)

For directions on how to access this please click HERE

Find your child’s level and go to “Teaching Guides: Unit 4 – March 15th- May 10th” and find the lesson for April 12th.

  • Brother Francis – He is Risen; The Power of the Resurrection Watch this Movie as a family by accessing the FORMED link HERE and search by title. It’s only 30 minutes and well worth the watch!

 Children’s Worship Bulletins

Jesus is Risen -  (See both Attachments HERE and HERE find the one appropriate for your child’s age)

Levels 5-8

Level 5-Chosen Level 7&8-Encounter

Since our Sunday/Wednesday classes work at different paces, please choose a topic of interest or one your child hasn’t seen already…watch the video HERE and then access the workbook as a guide through the lesson and for further discussion.

Level 6-Father Mike Schmitz You Tube Clips

Choose a few topics, watch HERE, listen and discuss as a family.

Leah Darrow

American Catholic speaker, author, and former professional model Leah Darrow debuted on America’s Next Top Model in 2004. Today she is an international speaker who dares audience members to live a life according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. THIS LINK is a talk she gave entitled; “Rise, He is Calling You…check it out!

Levels K-8

Saint Story

St. Salome – HERE

Lenten Passports

Initial for “April 12th Easter Sunday Mass” by watching our SJW online Mass or another virtual Mass.

      • Initial for the “Sacrifice Jars” if you have worked on that project at home with your family.
      • Please email me with the number of events your child has participated in, so we can be prepared with Prizes, once we are able to get those to them!

Closing Prayer

Five Finger Prayer

Easter Prayer

Lord, the resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope. Help us to live as new people in pursuit of the Christian ideal. Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it.

(Please email or text me any prayer intentions you may have for next week)

THANK YOU… to the following families for sharing your pictures with us this week. We truly love staying connected and hearing how you are doing.


DJ and Kendall Fletcher share some of their amazing crafts and even made their own palms!


The Cattoors are celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with Fr. John!


Andrew and Katelyn West created some beautiful window art!


Hannah and Bekah Essex and Katelyn West displaying their fantastic stained-glass artwork as well.


Hayden and Halley Schillinger are tuning in to Palm Sunday Mass at St. Joe’s!


Katelyn West holding her “palms” made for Palm Sunday.

A HUGE Thank you to Georia Young for helping to deliver all of our palms to those families who volunteered to help make crosses this year
Van and Hudson Schneider made a pile of crosses for Father John to bless and distribute to our parish family in the future.
Hannah, Bekah and Ben Essex shared their collection of crosses to be blessed and distributed as well.

Please continue to email me pictures of your family having some fun “Family-Faith” time or even a picture of your family’s “Sacred Space,” through the week. We’d love to see and share them!

Please email, text or call with ANY needs, we are happy to help however we can!

Stay Healthy and Be Safe!


Janice Anderson

Faith Formation Coordinator

St. Joseph the Worker

700 East Spruce Street

Chatham, IL 62629

217.483.3772 (Office)

217.836.0335 (Cell)

217.483.4581 (Fax)