Maronite Faith Formation- New Bedford
This week we began our Maronite Faith Formation program for the 2013/2014 year at Our Lady of Purgatory Maronite Church in New Bedford. Our theme this month was the Season of the Glorious Cross and the message of forgiveness. Jesus in lovingly giving his life for us on the Cross teaches us to love, pray for and forgive those who hurt us. Pictured are some of the children with their decorated cross activity and the pastor, Abouna Jack. Our upcoming monthly classes for 2013 are: October 12; November 23; December 14.
Catechist Workshop- Worcester
On Saturday September 7 we were invited by Father Gaby Hoyekas to give the catechists at Our Lady of Mercy Maronite Church in Worcester a catechist workshop from 2:00PM to 6:00PM. In our introductory workshop we covered the following key ideas through visual media, video and interactive discussion: what catechesis is, how is it done, what are the source documents for catechesis. Furthermore, we explored the vocation and essential qualities and skills of a catechist; how to keep children engaged in the classroom; tips in preparing the learning environment; and how to use the Faith of the Mountain Catechetical series in developing effective lessons for the children.
The catechists found the sessions to be useful, refreshing and encouraging in their mission and service to the Church in guiding the children closer to our Lord Jesus by their Christ-like witness and love for our Maronite heritage. If you would like the Maronite Servants to visit your parish and present a catechist workshop please call (508) 996-1753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessed Mother’s Guild Afternoon Retreat- Dartmouth
On Sunday September 8 (the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) we facilitated an afternoon retreat for the Blessed Mother’s Guild from St. Anthony of the Desert, Fall River. We had 15 ladies attend our reflection afternoon of Marian presentations, Lectio Divina, silence, sharing, Rosary, Ramsho, supper and fellowship. Chorbishop Kaddo, pastor of St. Anthony of the Desert joined us for Ramsho and supper. The ladies were glad to have attended and found this time of reflection with Mary to be a great blessing of peace, strength and joy.