What’s happening with Christian Formation?

How fast January flew by and Epiphany is flying along with it ….but we are hearing some great lessons in our chapel that are teaching us how to act like Jesus in our everyday life.

During Lent, we will talk about focusing on what we can do better, rather than sacrificing or giving something up.  The kids will be asked to set a goal for themselves for the next 40 days.  We will also spend time learning the 10 Commandments.  Blueberry will continue on his adventures, please be sure to email pictures of your kids with him so we can add them to our Instagram Wall.

We hope that everyone has been enjoying our monthly Children’s Breakfast with Father Kevin, as it is a great opportunity for the kids to learn about the church and be able to see things up close and personal inside the church.  Our next breakfast will be on Sunday, February 11th at 9:30am.

We have started training some new acolytes this month.  Acolytes are the torch bearers, crucifers and thurifers that serve on the altar during the 10:30am mass.  This program is open to any children 3rd grade or higher.  The children are typically scheduled once a month to serve.  It is a great way for the kids to further their involvement with the church.  It is not too late to join, If your child is interested in this please let me know.

February is a busy month for us at Ascension as we get ready for Lent.  Sunday, February 4th will be our parish annual meeting.  We will have one service at 9:30am, there will be Sunday School that day starting at 9:30am.  There will be a luncheon, followed by the annual meeting.  If you are new to the parish, the meeting is about an hour and it is great way to learn about the different things the parish has to offer.

On Tuesday, February 13th at 6pm we will have our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner, a parish favorite to kick off Lent.  There will be a sign up sheet in the parish hall, make sure to sign up early!!!

Wednesday, February 14th is Ash Wednesday, there will be 3 services: 7:30am for ashes, 6:00pm is a Children’s service and 7:30pm will be a regular mass for ashes.

Beginning Thursday February 15th and continuing every Thursday in Lent, at 6pm the Pilgrim course is being offered.  This course reviews different bible readings, and is great way to share experiences with fellow parishioners.

Beginning Sunday, February 18th and continuing every Sunday in Lent at 9:00am, Father Kevin will host a book discussion.

Beginning Wednesday, February, 21st and continuing every Wednesday in Lent, there will be soup and bible study.

Stay tuned to all the announcements and emails from the parish about upcoming events.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Lisa Chiara