Faith Focus of the Month
May is the month in which Catholics all over the world participate in special devotions and celebrations for Mary, the mother of Jesus. In order for Jesus to be born, God wanted to prepare a special mother for him. From the moment that Mary was conceived in her own mother’s womb (St. Anne), Mary was without the stain of original sin. Throughout her entire life, Mary never sinned and was always a faithful servant to God. This is why Mary is called “full of grace.” God granted her every blessing he could to help prepare her to become the mother of Jesus.
God wanted to prepare Mary for a special task — but only if she was willing to accept it. Because God allows each of us to make our own decisions (free will), he left it up to Mary to decide if she wanted to become the mother of Jesus. And so Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)
Mary, with the help of St. Joseph, taught Jesus many skills and lessons, just like your parents do. The Bible tells us that Jesus, “went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient” to Mary and Joseph (Lk 2:51). In fact, Jesus did not even start his public ministry until his mother asked him to!
At the wedding at Cana, when Jesus was about 30 years old, Mary told Jesus that there was no more wine to celebrate the occasion. Because Mary asked Jesus to help, Jesus decided to perform his very first miracle: turning water into wine. Since that day, Mary has been a great intercessor for us. She will tell Jesus about our prayers, and she will pray that we come to know and love him more.
Family Faith Resources for May
Faith Formation for May
& Make-up Lesson
🤲🏼❤️ Catholic Social Teaching ❤️🤲🏼
Jesus calls us to love one another, and in answering this call we build up the Kingdom of God here on Earth. Our Catholic social teaching is a response to that call. Rooted in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for the poor and called God's people to a covenant of love and justice, it is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came "to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind"(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with "the least of these," the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor that we find in the Gospel.
Parent Focus: Social Teaching | Catholic Central
Child Focus: Social Justice
More on Catholic Social Teaching
Breaking In The Habit: Br. Casey
Click on any of the images below to access the printable PDF
Handouts For Home
7 Themes or Pillars
7 Pillars Worksheet
Keys to Justice
Two Feet Poster
Family Discussion Questions
As a family, take time to explore your faith through meaningful discussion!
How can our family engage in Catholic Social Teaching more often each day?
What is each family member most drawn to about Catholic Social Teaching?
Which pillar does our family adhere to the strongest? Give examples.
Which pillar is the hardest for our family? Why? What can we do to work on this pillar over the next year?
Missed the in-person session? Complete and submit your make-up lesson here!
Watch the "Parent Focus" video on your own & then the "Child Focus" video with your child.
Print each of the handouts, and choose a minimum of two activities to do together as a family.
As a family engage in the discussion questions, and explore where your family's faith formation can go next!
Complete the activities you have chosen, and complete the worksheet below. Email the worksheet and pictures of your family participating in the faith formation activities to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive credit for the make-up lesson!