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Catholic News

Handy tips for preparing for confession

VATICAN CITY - As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.

After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession - "because we are all sinners" - the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to "confess well."

The questions include: (partial list)
- Do I only turn to God when I'm in need?
- Do I take attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?
- Do I begin and end the day with prayer?
- Am I embarrassed to show that I am a Christian?
- Do I rebel against God's plan?
- Am I envious, hot-tempered, biased?
- Am I honest and fair with everyone or do I fuel the "throwaway culture?"

For a complete list, read more

Bring Lent Home
 

This weekend, Jesus reminds us that "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me."  Take the Scriptures and Bring It Home by giving up forty minutes of meal time this week. Deny
yourself one meal and take up the cross of those who will go hungry.  At the end of the week, take what each lost meal might have been worth in your household and donate to a local charity the supports those hungry in your community.

Parish & Community News

NEW Lenten Series for 2015

Lenten Study Series For Adults: This year we will be doing Fr. Robert Barron’s brand new study titled Conversion: Following the Call of Christ. Join us each Sunday evening beginning this Sunday, February 22, at 6PM in the Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

In this film and study program, Fr. Robert Barron illuminates six biblical stories of conversion, demonstrating how six ordinary people, just like you, were met by Jesus where they were and called to a better life through him.

Penance Service-Tuesday, March 10, 7:00PM. Several priests will be available to hear confession immediately following the service.

There will be Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm. All are invited to attend. 

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence: Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, who are in good health and not pregnant or nursing, are obliged to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (April 3). Fasting means eating only one full meal; two smaller meals (not equaling another full meal) are permitted. In addition, all Catholics 14 years and older abstain from meat on all the Fridays of Lent (the period between ash Wednesday and Easter). The eating of eggs, fish and milk products is allowed.

MEN's Formation/Bible Study:
The men's formation/bible study group is now forming.  The group meets the first and third Thursday each month.  We begin in the chapel at 6:30 for rosary followed by study and discussion from 7:00-8:30. Please come out and join us - all are welcome. Please contact Matthew Moucha at mbmouch@yahoo.com or 410-913-4212

CATHOLIC MEN'S FELLOWSHIP ANNUAL CONFERENCE"THIS IS ONE DAY CATHOLIC MEN SHOULD NOT MISS"  Special pricing for Conference & Bus Transportation $45 Register now for the Catholic Men's FellowshipANNUAL CONFERENCE, Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00 AM to 4 PM at the Calvert Hall College High School Auditorium in Towson, Md., featuring: George Weigel, Dr. Edward Sri and Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Closing mass with Archbishop William Lori, Celebrant. For more details or to register at, cmfofwilmington@gmail.com , or call John Micek443-988-2064 or Al Wyllie 302-363-0878. Space is limited, register now.

Christian Community MeditationA new prayer group has just begun at St. Christopher's! We will learn and practice the ancient tradition of meditation moving us toward Contemplative Prayer. During Lent, we will be introduced to this method as we meet each Friday morning. CCM will gather in the Little People's Church and start promptly at 9:30 till 10:30. Everyone is welcomed! We will follow the QACPS recommendations for inclement weather. If closed, we will not meet. If delayed, we will meet from 11:00-12:00. If you would like more information, please contact Bobbie Bell at 410-829- 9834.


Day of Recollection for Women will be held Saturday, March 21 at  St. Thomas More Academy, Magnolia, DE. The theme is "I Thirst for Jesus'love". The day includes St. Monica Tear Drops Devotional Mass, Reflection Stations, Reconciliation, Rosary and several speakers. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. The cost is $20 per person.  For more information, contact Maria at 302/655-3974 or email to 2374columbiettes@gmail.com. Register by March 14. Come "thirsty"for Jesus' love.

Upcoming Local Events - Are you thriving or just surviving? Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose - International Speaker Matthew Kelly is coming to our area: April 17 in Olney, MD, April 18 th in Severna Park, MD http://www.stjohnsp.org/matthew-kelly .  Tickets can be purchased at   http://dynamiccatholic.com/events/

 

WALKING WITH PURPOSE-WALKING WITH PURPOSE

 

"He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength." Isaiah 40:29



 


Monday Night March 2nd, 7pm:

Connect Coffee: Getting a Grip Through Simplicity

 

Thursday Morning March 5th, 9:30a

Field trip to Basilica in DC. Meeting at
        church at 9:30 and carpooling together.


 
(free Childcare available) 



We are still registering for our new course!  To register for 
 Keeping in Balance: Creating Order Within  go to  stchristopherski.org (we are on the Community Life Page)  For more information please contact Melissa Coligan:  melissaebert@msn.com; 301-343-8408  or go to  walkingwithpurpose.com.

 


FAMILY LIFE - March 6th -  Soup and Stations of the Cross - The Music Ministrygroup  is our sponsor for this week. Please join your fellow parishioners at 6pm in the Parish Hall for a Soup Dinner and fellowship before Stations of

 the Cross at 7pm.  This is a family friendly event with a craft  available for the children.  If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Celinda Carr 240-882-4694


March 10th - World Meeting of Families Planning
- You are INVITED to the meeting at 7pm in the conference room. Please let us know if you want to help plan by contacting Catherine Roach @ 410.739.5981 (text or VM).

March 10th  - Family Life Meeting, 7 pm in Parish Center – Conference Room.Meeting is open to all parishioners, NO RSVP necessary .  *** W 2 ISH ***   W itness, Welcome, Invite and SHare . (Family Life Motto)  

 

SAVE THE DATE - March 29th for BRUNCH with the EASTER BUNNY at Noon in the Parish Center Hall. If you would like to help with this event, contact Bridgitte at bridgittebailey@mac.com

 

OUTREACH- Jesus told the crowd and hisdisciples at Caesarea Philippi, "If any want to become my followers....take up the cross and follow me" (Mark 8: 34) " ..the body does not consist of one member but of many......Now you are the body of Christ...strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way." (First Corinthians 12: 14, 27, 31) What is it YOU will do today to "Follow" Christ???

 

 

 

Donuts After each Sunday Morning mass. In the Parish Hall

 

 

Religious Education

 

 

We would like to thank all of the volunteers from Walking With Purpose who helped with lunch for this year's Confirmation Retreat! We would especially like to thank Ginny Dauses for leading this retreat for our students & Fr. Jennings for always being available to the students throughout the year.

 

Congratulations to all of our students who received the sacrament of Reconciliation last Tuesday! The next round of First Reconciliations will be this Tuesday, February 24th  The final assignments for both First Reconciliation First Holy Communion have been emailed out and are posted on the parish website. If you have any questions please contact Katie Lewis.

 

 

Confirmation Reminder:  

This weekend, Sunday, March 1st, all 8th grade students will be going to Mass together as a class. If your child attends the 8AM session their class will be attending the 9AM Mass. If your child attends the 9:30AM session their class will be attending the 11AM Mass. Students will be dismissed at the end of Mass. Sponsor Forms are due this Sunday. Please make sure that these forms are signed and sealed before turning in. Also, please make sure to check the Dress Code for Confirmation!

 

 

UPCOMING YOUTH

Brunch with the Bunny - March 29 at 12 noon. There will be crafts, an egg hunt, cookie decorating, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. It's fun for the whole family! Tickets will go on sale after the Sunday Masses this weekend. Tickets are $1/person and $5 max/family PLUS a cake for the cake walk.

Preschool News

             

 

PRE-SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP!

St. Christopher's Preschool is offering Summer Camp this year! There will be 2 sessions to choose from with fun themes.

June 1-5: Pirate Adventure     
June 8-12: Shark Week 

$75 per child per session. 9am-12pm
 

Ages 3-5 (Children entering Kindergarten in the Fall are welcome. Space is limited! Register in the Preschool Office.

TAX TIME INFORMATION-It is just about that time to prepare your taxes. Remember preschool tuition costs are considered a Child Care Cost-check for details with your tax preparer. St. Christopher's Federal Tax ID# is: 52-1108017  

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