“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever, humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3-4
As we are called to be disciples to follow Jesus Christ, we first must be children to truly know Him. Wherever, you are in your journey with Him now know that He is at your side. With the beginning of Advent, let’s draw our focus on the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. This preparation is a time to direct our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.
Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent by leading our focus on the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. On Sunday, December 3rd at both parishes let’s rejoice and celebrate by creating devotions to remind us of the meaning of the season including: Advent wreath, Advent calendar, carols, and more! Advent Joys will be teaching about these traditional Catholic devotions to help you fully prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ with the WHOLE family during elementary religious education classes. Missed out on this event, no sweat! Take a look at the Advent Joys Take Home recap and activity.
Due to lack of registration through the Diocese, this event has been canceled.
Keep Christ In Christmas
The Knights of Columbus has introduced the Keep Christ In Christmas poster contest. This program will allow young people to engage their creative talents and imaginations while understanding the true, spiritual meaning of Christmas. Open to all between the ages of 5-14. Poster must be 11×17 in size with title or theme “Keep Christ in Christmas” on the front. In addition, poster must be submitted with Poster Contest entry form with the name and age of the person entering the poster should be included on the back of the poster. Posters will not be returned. Deadline is Wednesday, December 3rd. For more information contact Mark Sanford at 320-279-9441 or on Youth Events page.
Respect Life Essay Contest
The Diocese of Duluth strives to promote the ability of middle school students as well as high school students to articulate the argument for respecting life. Contestants are to write, type and provide an original respect life essay on the theme, “Be Not Afraid”. Must be 250-300 words in length and typed double spaced. Only 6 entries may be entered from our parishes in grades 5-12th and are due Wednesday, December 6th to Rebecca Becker. Further contest details are on Youth Event website. Contact Betsy Kneepkens at 18-724-9111 or email@example.com after overlooking contest details.
Soul On Fire: YDisciple Follow Me
Will you choose to follow Jesus and at what cost? Come watch and discuss this at Soul On Fire this upcoming Wednesday night before religious education at 5:15 PM. All families are encourage to join in the meal and the Follow Me series to feed your physical and spiritual hunger. Bring a side dish to share if possible. Volunteers in Need: for anyone that would like to prepare the main course. Please sign up on the Youth Bulletin Board in St. Patrick’s basement.
A reminder that Children’s Mass is on Sunday, December 10th at St. Luke’s Church. All grades are highly encourage to participate in this opportunity! Please try to adjust your schedule so that they have an chance to have an active role in the church.
Nativity Scene Program
Once upon a time in a little town of Bethlehem . . . . Be a part of the true Christmas story! A great way to get into the spirit of the Advent season. Through the children participating in this nativity scene after Mass, listen to Christ’s story and sing along with them to live on this holy day. St. Luke’s Nativity Scene Program is Sunday, December 17th with practice the week before on the December 10th during Religious Ed. Contact Kayla Nelson for questions at: 612-741-2287. St. Patrick’s Program is Sunday, January 7th (Epiphany) with practice the day before on Saturday, January 6th at 10 a.m. Contact Christina Keller for questions at: 320-515-9601. Youth must participate in practice in order to be either pageant.
Youth Cookie Bake
Let’s celebrate and spread the Advent season with cheer on Wednesday, December 20th! Partake in the baking of some classic Christmas cookies to share with the community. Along with sharing our time to sing a few classic carols with others. What a great way to share and demonstrate one of the true meanings of Christmas with the Youth Cookie Bake. Volunteers in Need: for anyone that would like to join in the caroling or cookie baking. Please contact Rebecca Becker.
I look forward to seeing you at the next upcoming youth event or sooner. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
In Jesus Christ,
Call or Text: 320-249-1266