FF At Home Guide for March 29-April 4, 2020

SJW FF At Home Guide for March 29-April 4, 2020

Suggestions to use for the week


Did any of you think that you’d be giving this much up for Lent this year? I sure didn’t, but this situation is calling us to something greater; to slow down, to utilize this time to grow spiritually, to learn a new way to pray and to keep a routine of prayer.


Joe Paprocki offers 10 tips to teaching religion lessons to your children at home here https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2020/03/10-tips-for-teaching-religion-lessons-to-your-children-at-home/. I want to draw your attention, specifically to #3 – set aside a specific place. Create a “Sacred Space” in your home as a focal point for family prayer and a visible sign that God is present. It’s just fine to keep it simple, but include items such as a bible, rosary, candle, crucifix, any religious item that you prefer and make that the area where your family gathers and prays together and even celebrates on-line Mass together.


Here are a few additional links this week that contain Catholic prayers, games, quizzes, videos, activities…literally tons of fun for your kiddos of all ages. The Catholic Brain also is currently offering a 30-day free trial of their whole site.








I also want to draw your attention to FORMED, which can be found on our website, that Father John has recently subscribed to and made available and FREE to all of our parishioners. Again, so many resources there to enjoy and grow in your faith.


Opening Prayer

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

 Children’s Worship Bulletins

Jesus Raised Lazarus -  (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.

I first heard Sr. Miriam James Heidland speak at NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) in 2017.  She was outstanding and you could hear a pin drop during her talk. This link HERE has one of her keynote talks that she gave at the 2018 Life is Very Good evening prayer. Check it out and feel free to Google other themes that she shares, especially her testimony that she shares on You Tube and at the Steubenville Youth Conferences.  The Steubenville Youth Conferences have a wide-range of fantastic youth speakers, speaking about a variety of topics and are all available to listen to online.

Levels K-8

Saint Story

St. Peter NolascoHERE

Lenten Passports

  • Family Adoration was originally scheduled for April 1/5. In place of this event, please watch the two links below as a family and then Initial passports for April 1/5 once the videos are complete. Note: The second one is rather lengthy, especially for younger kids, so plan accordingly.
  • How to Actually Make a Holy Hour: Fr. Mark-Mary and Mother Clare share a little bit about what Adoration is and what to do during it. HERE
  • Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour (October -2017) – You Tube (1:33 minutes). Have a Rosary and a handkerchief or cloth napkin ready to participate. HERE
  • Easter Egg Hunt: two options to choose from in order to complete and Initial the April 4th Parish Easter Egg Hunt box:
  • Easter Scavenger Hunt: Read the clues and fill in the answer sheet for completion.  

Closing Prayer

Please include the following Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity (taken from the USCCB):

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
          We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
          We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
          We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
          We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
          We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
          We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision makers,
          We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
     Grant peace.
     Grant comfort.
     Grant healing.
     Be with us, Lord.


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

                      THANK YOU to Ainsley & Sydney for sharing their beautiful artwork that they made after watching the Youth Living Stations performance and to DJ for sharing his Awesome Lenten project with us as well!!

In the midst of being socially isolated, let us still be spiritually united as one parish family. Please continue to email me pictures of your family doing some of these faith-based activities or of your family’s “Sacred Space,” through the week. We’d love to see and share them!

Here is a “Hello” from my family. This Noah’s Ark floor puzzle was one of their favorites when they were all younger. We had to get it out and take a walk down memory lane…time well spent, that’s for sure!

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)