Parent Connect - September 29th
This week at Confirmation we talked about the existence of God and the implications this has on our lives. Teenagers will likely have a discussion with someone who does not believe in God or who challenges their belief in God at some during high school. This week we began to give teenagers some practical reasons why there is a Creator, and that Creator is God. We also challenged them to make an important distinction; we challenged them to ask if they just believed there was a God or they believed in God. Belief in God requires trust and self-surrender, whereas belief that there is a God doesn't necessarily require our response. Teens discussed how they lived their lives currently, and struggles they faced with living a life trusting completely in God. The question how fully we believe in god is an important one, and is worthy of further discussion after this session. Some questions you can use to continue this discussion with your candidate are:
- Have you ever been in a discussion with someone about the existence of God? What happened?
- If someone were to ask you why you believed in God, what would you tell him or her? (This is a great time to share reasons why you believe in God, and some of your faith experiences with your son or daughter).
Please pray for Mary Jane Wallace, mother of Jean Smith, who began hospice services at home in Ventura last week. In addition to being a grandma and a great-grandma to 5, she is a sister to Bill Blackstone (a Villanova alum) who, along with his wife Joyce, who are members of our parish. Mary's decline has been very abrupt. Please keep Mary and her family in your prayers.Read more
Please keep Art Coats, the brother of Martin Reid in your thoughts and prayers. Art is currently in the hospital with an undiagnosed illness that is requiring blood transfusions. Please pray that Art has a speedy return to good health. Pray also, for all his family and friends.Read more
We've been asked to storm the heavens with prayer for Christi Fontes. Christi will be undergoing surgery for a brain tumor on Wednesday, May 13th at USC.
Pray for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Keep her husband Bill and all of her family and friends in your prayers at this most difficult time.Read more