Livonia, Michigan

Faith Formation News

Hello families! In today’s Gospel Reading Jesus’ promise of eternal life is a central element of our Catholic faith. Even though Easter is still two weeks away, our Gospel today invites us to acknowledge Jesus’ power over death, evidenced in the raising of Lazarus, and to anticipate Jesus’ conquering of death once and for all in his death and Resurrection. We sometimes use examples from nature to help describe this mystery of our faith. Jesus himself talked about the seed that dies when planted in the ground in order to produce new life (John 12:24). Using that image and others, we find hope and confidence in Jesus, the Resurrection and the life.

What would it have been like to witness Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead? Jesus was friends with Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. What do you think they talked about? Martha was a close friend of Jesus. What would it have been like to be a close friend of Jesus during his earthly ministry? Jesus loves you just as He loved Lazarus, and He wants to be your friend. Do you want to be friends with Jesus? Explain your answer.

Lenten Family Challenge-Remember a deceased family member in your prayers this week.

Liturgy Link-Which of the following gestures do we do when the Gospel is proclaimed by the priest or deacon – sit, stand, or kneel? Why do we do that?

Family Prayer-Springtime Prayer

Heavenly Father, Spring is a time of change. Some changes we eagerly await and some we fear. Some changes we plan, and others arrive uninvited. To all these changes, we ask the gift of your Holy Spirit to help us meet these changes with expectation, hope, and rebirth. May the sunlight and the rain be reminders that you are at work renewing the earth. As a God of renewal, you are ever at work in our lives, too. Open our eyes to the needed changes in our lives this spring. For this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Partners in Faith,
Phyllis Chudzinski

  • Monday 3/27/23- Mandatory confirmation Practice for students and sponsors, 6:30 pm at St. Valentine Parish, Redford.
  • Wednesday 3/29/23-Confirmation Mass @ St. Valentine Parish 6:30 pm Mass
  • Wednesday 4/5/23-Faith Formation Classes 5:30 -7 pm for K-8

**Training for altar servers will begin soon. If you have any children in 3rd grade and up who are interested, please contact the Faith Formation Office.