Generations of Faith intergenerational sessions incorporate real-life application of learning by engaging people in the life of the parish community, and helping people apply their learning to daily living as Catholics. That's why it's important that parents attendwith their children each month. During the sessions, participants experience new ways to practice their faith, promoting the transfer of learning from the session to participants' lives as individuals and families.
Although every year includes a review of Liturgy and Scripture, Church Life and History, Moral Living, Sacraments, and Catholic Social Teaching, we always explore that through a certain lens. This year, our focus is Responding in Prayer. Here's the schedule of our intergenerational gatherings for 2016-2017:
Sunday, May 21: Praying the Scriptures
This Responding in Prayer session explores Scripture as the basis for many Catholic Prayer forms. We will look at various prayer forms and devotions, the Scriptural roots, and ways to connect the Scriptures to our lives. Pope Paul VI noted that "Today it is recognized as a general need of Christian piety that every form of worship should have a Biblical imprint" (Marialis Cultus, 30).
Comprehend how popular devotions are a journey through Scripture.
Value and appreciate devotions as meditative and contemplative prayer.
Know how to pray Scriptural devotions.
This Responding in Prayersession explored the Catholic call to prayer, what the Catholic Church defines as prayer in our lives as disciples, and some of the rich paths of prayer that enable us to spend time with Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit (the Holy Trinity). As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "'Great is the mystery of the faith!' The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles' Creed (Part One) and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy (Part Two), so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father (Part Three). This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer" (2258).
Comprehend prayer as a vital and personal relationship with the living God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Value the role of prayer in living the Catholic Faith, and its ongoing call to conversion.
Practice prayer as a part of the discipline of discipleship.
Sunday, October 23: Praying Through Advent & Christmas
WELCOME TO NAZARETH! You won't want to miss this exciting Intergenerational Gathering, where we'll visit the town of Nazareth, including a visit to Mary's Garden and Joseph's Workshop, where we'll hear firsthand accounts of angelic visits. We'll also visit Elizabeth's Flower Shop, and learn how to make an Advent Wreat for our home, as well as Gabriel's Inn, and try your hand (feet?) at winemaking. At the Tree of Jesse, you'll learn about another home Advent custom, and you can stop by Joachim & Anna's Pitas for lunch! You might even have time to visit Shepherd's Field, and pet some of the live sheep! Finally, we'll end with a journey with Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, LasPosadas style, and a festive reception in Sullivan Hall! Note: be sure to dress appropriately, as we'll be outside most of the time.
This Responding in Prayer session explores the manner in which we are taught to pray during the Advent and Christmas seasons. In her consent to the angel Gabriel, Mary models for us the way to respond humbly in prayer to God's initiative in our lives when she says, "Let it be with me according to your word" (Lk 31:38). Referring to the Canticle of Mary, the Catechism states, "Before the incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer cooperates in a unique way with the Father's plan of loving kindness..." (2617).
Understand that the Advent and Christmas seasons call Catholics to pray in a unique way as we prepare to celebrate the first coming of Christ, anticipate his coming at the end of time, and welcome his presence in our lives now.
Value and appreciate what Scripture and tradition teach about praying through Advent and Christmas.
Learn creative and traditional ways of praying through the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Sunday, December 4: St. Nicholas Celebration
This annual celebration continues our exploration of the Advent and Christmas seasons begun in October. As we prepare for the feast day of the Patron Saint of charity, we'll engage in some activities that help us understand the true meaning of Christmas. Who knows? Maybe the good St. Nicholas will make an appearance!
Sunday, January 22: Catholic Prayers & Devotions
This Responding in Prayer session focuses on treasured and traditional ways of Catholic prayer and devotion. The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of prayer, including Eucharistic adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, novenas, and prayers to patron saints. All of these prayer paths lead us to intimate communion with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and all call us to be Christ-like in the world. "in the living tradition of prayer, each Church proposed to its faithful, according to its historic, social, and cultural context, a language for prayer: words, melodies, gestures, iconography. The Magisterium [cf. DV 10] of the Church has the task of discerning the fidelity of these ways of praying to the tradition of apostolic faith; it is for pastors and catechists to exzplain their meaning, always in relation to Jesus Christ" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2663).
Comprehend the Trinitarian nature of Catholic prayers and devotions.
Value the importance and potential of Catholic prayers and devotions, both communal and individual.
Practice Catholic devotions and prayers as part of the discipline of discipleship.
Sunday, February 26: Praying Through Lent & Easter
This session explores the manner in which we are taught to pray during the Lent and Easter seasons. No other season or feast throughout the year calls for deeper, more heartfelt prayer than the Lent and Easter seasons. Lent calls us to pray as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, offering humble obedience to the will of the Father. And the Easter season calls each of us to consider prayerfully how to fulfill one's baptismal promise of discipleship.
Understand that the Lent and Easter seasons call Catholics to pray in a unique way as we prepare to renew our baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil, and then strive to live them each day.
Value and appreciate what Scripture and Tradition teach about praying through the Lent and Easter seasons.
Learn creative and traditional ways of praying through the Lent and Easter seasons.
Sunday, March 26: The Lord's Prayer
This Responding in Prayersession explores the Lord's Prayeras the perfect prayer for disciples of Jesus. We will study what the prayer requests of God, the Scriptural basis for the prayer, and ways to connect the Lord's Prayer to our own lives. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "the Lord's Prayer 'is truly the summary of the whole gospel.' [Tertullian, De Orat. 1:PL 1, 1155.] 'Since the Lord...after handing over the practice of prayer, said elsewhere, "ask and you will receive." and since everyone has petitions which are peculiar to their circumstances, the regular and appropriate prayer [the Lord's Prayer] is said first, as the foundation of further desires.' [Tertullian, De Orat. 10: PL 1, 1165; cf Lk 11:9]" (2716).
Comptrehend that the Lord's Prayer is the most perfect prayer because it was given to us by Christ himself.
Value and appreciate the Lord's Prayer as means of petitioning God for what we need in the appropriate order.