"Become a saint, and do so quickly!" – JP2

Nov 2011

*ABOUT FAITH KICKERS 

1. THANKSGIVING, CATHOLIC-STYLE

Two things always seem to amaze me:

  1. How many of America’s most popular holidays are deeply Catholic
  2. How (judging by the way we celebrate these holidays) they certainly don’t seem like it

Case in point: THANKSGIVING

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with football, the Macy’s parade, or all the yummy fixings that we all look forward to each 4th Thursday of November, I’d like to suggest that we can all (myself included!) probably do a better job recalling and living out the Catholic realities of Thanksgiving. Here’s just 3 ways we can do that this year:

  1. Read about the Catholic/Garbanzo Bean Soup Thanksgiving that occurred 56 years PRIOR to the pilgrims’ feast we know so well (you can read about that HERE).
  2. Celebrate “Eucharist Day” (“Eucharist” literally means “thanksgiving” in Greek) by taking the family to Mass (most parishes have a 9 am liturgy). No, it’s not Sunday, and it’s not required, but could there be a better way to start a day set aside for giving thanks?
  3. Pray something more than just a “Bless us O Lord” before you feast. Need an idea? How about printing out THIS prayer or simply “count your blessings” as a family (go around the circle and have everyone share at least one thing they are truly thankful to God for).

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2. WHAT’S CHANGING IN THE MASS – AND WHY

This coming Sunday (November 27th) the use of the New Roman Missal will go into full effect. Curious about what’s changing and why? Check out the links and videos below.

High School Version (8 min)
Middle School Version (3 min)

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Side-by-Side Comparison Charts
The People’s Parts
The Priest’s Parts

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3. JUST FOR FUN: “KICKIN’ IT FOR CHRIST” (2-MINUTE SERMON)

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