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“The Church is bidden by God and by events – each of them a call from Him – to renew her trust in catechetical activity as a prime aspect of her mission. She is bidden to offer catechesis her best resources in people and energy, without sparing effort, toil or material means…”
This is where you will find a vast amount of resources for growing your Catholic Faith and growing in your Catholic Faith…and helping others grow in theirs.
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Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Pocket Post | Pentecost in 2 Minutes
ENGLISH: Sunday 9:40AM
SPANISH: Sunday 11:40AM
Stream Mass below during Covid-19
We prefer streaming Mass from St. Anthony Marie Claret in Kyle, Texas. See the schedule to the side for when Sunday, Daily, and Spanish Mass is celebrated, and when Rosaries are prayed. The priests and deacons are very active in providing everything possible online, including daily reflections and “hangouts.” Click on the video below to see all of the previously recorded videos, too.
Remember Mass All Week
Below are links to Mass and celebrating the Word at home on Sundays. Use HOO’s “This Week’s Free Thing” to continue the Faith Formation throughout the week during dinner or anytime during the day by bringing Jesus into the conversation with this handy and free, easy-to-use guide.
The link to “This Week’s Free Thing” will open in a new tab so you can stay on this page and go to the sources below without losing your place.
Celebration of the Word
Can’t stream Video or don’t want to involve facebook? We understand!
Here is a “Celebration of The Word” which can be done at home, including a Spiritual Act of Communion. This is liturgically correct and allow a family to pray together in a familiar form and similar to Mass.
This can also be used in a faith formation classroom setting.
Family Faith Formation
What is a Family?
As the Church or your Parish sees it, a Family is a registered entity at the parish, a person or group of peoplle who can receive an envelope that they can put their donation into and send it in.
That sounds a bit crass, but it does help us identify who the Church has called a family since the beginning. A family can be one person or many, and the Church simply recognizes that those who live together, or alone, constitute the Domestic Church, It’s a little more complicated than that, but for our purposes at Holy Owned and Operated, a Family is that which you, as the visitor to this web site, represent. Yourself, your spouse and kids, or your lover. We want to give you the tools of The lord where you are. Let’s sort out the rest later…
Lessons For Everyone
Parish Faith Formation Learners
Some parishes are working in different ways to stay in contact and offer Faith Formation remotely; many have not followed suit. With the cancelation of in-person classes, parents have been tasked with using digital resources, or maybe the textbook, to complete lessons at home. This may be more than what a parent is capable of taking on, at least at the surface. Our purpose is to work as a supplement to parish programming, and during this COVID-19 crisis possibly a temporary replacement. We are not affiliated with any particular parish or diocese. We appreciate and experience the loss of physical contact with our parish deeply and can empathize with your own feelings of loss. We desire to help continue the excellent faith formation that Beth has provided to her local parish over the last 10 years with those families and many more to join our community here at Holy Owned and Operated
If you are a Parish Catechetical Leader and need help getting in touch with your own parish families, we’d love to visit with you and help you overcome the obstacles. If you are a catechist working to send lessons to the families of children in your classes, we can help with that, too.
If you are a parent, just wanting a way to teach all of your children together, instead of 2, 3, 4, or more different lessons, click on “This Week’s Free Thing” and get started! These lessons are particularly geared toward families learning and growing together in Faith.
Elementary Faith Formation
RCIA Adapted for Children
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Whether you are a parent (the first educator!) or a catechist or DRE, or looking to expand your horizons on your own and for yourself, here is where you start. Bookmark this page for easy and quick access as we feverishly work to put over 50 years’ worth of experience and practical teaching online!
The Lord has given me the tongue of those who are taught… Is 50:4
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So do we! And we’ve shepherded thousandds of public, private, parochial, and home school kids from Pre-K to College through their first prayers to First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation on into Adult Formation and RCIA and RCIA Adapted for Children. If it is Catholic Faith Formation, Catechesis, Theology (including Theology of the Body), Adult Formation or Bible Study, we’ve got over 50 years of experience loving you and your kids through it all!
Want to meet? Looking for some one-on-one faith formation, catechesis, or apologetics? Need that home schooler up to speed on Theology? Our rates are really just meant to put food on our table, so sometimes we’ll meet you for lunch if you’re buying! Whether it’s person-to-person in person or speaking to your group over live video or on stage or in the conference room, we’re glad to help out! Watch this space for information on how to book us for your next event, or just for those burning questions you’ve always had. We’ll post that information here on May 1, 2020.
Letters Home: Our Weekly Message and More
The sacred role of women in the Church goes back to the time before Jesus came to Earth – way before!
In this episode, we talk about that – after a short disclaimer from my lovely bride – and how there is an important significance to women being in the Church and the role they play in salvation history.
We claim that the first Catholic was Mary (a woman, BTW!), and share who “the first Apostle” was, as well as “the Apostle to the Apostles” – both women!
But it is way more than a title, and these women were not ordained by Jesus as were the Twelve – which is significant, and a true blessing for women and the Church!
And, yes, we answer THAT question, along with the question of why women are integral to the survival and thriving of the Church.
And I get a little snippy about men and how they handle their responsibilities in the Church.
But what’s new? -Kristofer
“Prepare the Way of The Lord” is an urgent call not unfamiliar to us. But how do we do that? What exactly is “the Way”? Is this something we do on our own?
We look into this familiar yet mysterious calling we all receive from John the Baptist in this week’s Mass readings, and we recognize the call in the first reading from Baruch, Psalm 126, and Paul’s letter to the Philippians – so it must be important!
And it is most appropriate to look into this as Advent gears up. The Lord is coming, and amidst the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, this is the time for a gut-check to learn how to prepare the way of The Lord all year, and to kickstart that renewed effort now.
One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric.
So says the Supreme Court of the United States, and, coming from that secular view, I begin with the answer that, “Yes, some music is bad.”
But there’s a BIG but – and we’re not talking Bobby Jimmy and the Crickets!
Though this topic is right up my alley, DJ Duck doesn’t go too far down that road, but Beth and I use that as a springboard to talk about why some music is bad, while that same music is good.
While some music may not be art in the ear of the beholder, where does music – and lyrics – lead us? -Kristofer