The following was written by an 8 year old from Chula Vista, CA, for his 3rd Grade homework assignment. The assignment was to explain God:
"One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth.
He doesn't make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way, He doesn't have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk; He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.
God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times besides bedtime....God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.
He hears everything so there must be a terrible lot of noise in His ears, unless He has thought of a way to turn it off.
God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting His time by going over your mum and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.
Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any who come to our church.
Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified Him. But He was good and kind like His Father and He told His Father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said OK.
His Dad (God) appreciated everything that He had done and all His hard work on earth so He told Him He didn't have to go out on the road anymore, He could stay in heaven. So He did. And now He helps His Dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones He can take care of Himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary only more important.
You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to hear you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the times.
You should always go to Church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God. Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong! And, besides, the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.
If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared in the dark or when you can't swim very good and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases. And that's why I believe in God."Fr Peter Glas
Dates for your diary:
First Friday Devotions - 5th Sept 9am – 12 noon in Sacred Heart, Fareham
First Saturday Devotions - 6th Sept 9.30am – 1pm in St Mary’s, Gosport
Fr Peter's prayer group Thursday 4th Sept 7.30pm St Paul’s, Paulsgrove
FILIPINO MASS - Saturday 6th September at 11am
in St John the Evangelist Church, South Place,
Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9AS
This Mass will be celebrated by Fr Claro Conde.
Saturday 6th September: A Farewell Party for Fr John Humphreys, Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham & Gosport, will follow the 6pm Vigil Mass
– Everyone is welcome. …
there is also a ‘bring and share’ party on Sunday 14th September after the 10am Mass – this is mainly for the people of Lee & Stubbington to say farewell.
Both events are in Stubbington.
The 'Catholicism' Course continues in Stubbington & Lee during September, October & November. Each of the DVD sessions ‘stand alone’ so you can come along to one or all the sessions (and do not have to have been to any of the previous sessions). The Course is led by Fr Robert Barron (author, speaker and theologian, founder of the global media ministry: Word on Fire www.WordOnFire.org which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.)
"‘Catholicism’ could well become one of the most significant efforts ever to advance what Pope John Paul II called ‘The New Evangelization.’ "
George Weigel, Biographer of Pope John Paul II
“The Communion of Saints” - Thurs 11th Sept at 7.30 in Stubbington ( repeated Wed 17th Sept at 1pm in Lee)
Southampton Celebrate Weekend 2014
Celebrate is a family conference for Christians of all ages. Our vision is to offer a faith-filled and fun event which combines good Christian teaching, inspirational speakers and celebration of the liturgy, where young and old alike join together in a vibrant atmosphere to celebrate the love of God. Saturday 27th September 2014 9 am - 9 pm
to Sunday 28th September 2014 9 am - 5.30 pm
The Southampton team are looking forward to welcoming you once again. If you haven’t been before, why not give it a try? The theme is ‘Jesus, the hope of all the world’. Contact & Details: Lynda and Peter Szymanski
Phone: 02380 292058 Email: email@example.com
We ask for your prayers and support for Fr Paul Leonard from Leigh Park who’s undertaking the gruelling 12 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle course on behalf of CAFOD this autumn & training hard for it at the moment. Good luck Father Paul! www.justgiving.com/Paul-Leonard11
YOUR CATHOLIC LEGACY
The charities involved in this scheme save and change lives every single day. Whether helping people who are homeless, seafarers, prisoners, children with disabilities and low income families here in the UK or providing practical survival solutions and sharing God’s love with communities around the world. Find out more via 020 7095 5367 or yourcatholiclegacy.org.uk
Fr John Cooke is planning to lead a 12-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land [Travelling Sun 14th- Thurs 25th Feb 2016]
Information regarding this awesome experience can be obtained from: St Margaret Mary’s Church, Middle Rd. Park Gate, SO31 7GH (01489 572797 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Framework for Collaboration - Formation for Mission Team
This Diocesan Team, led by Fr. David O Sullivan, is responsible for advising, training and developing catechetical resources in the Diocese.
Why is this important? We are all concerned with the transmission of our faith to the next generation, as parents, grandparents and as church members. Good catechesis does really help this process.
We have parish catechists. There are many wonderful and committed parish catechists all over the Diocese. However, they are not usually experts in catechesis and rely on published programs. In addition, there are rarely resources within the parish for monitoring of and training in the delivery of programs. The Formation for Mission Team will be able to fill this gap.
The Formation for Mission Team needs the input of parish catechists. We need 5 parish volunteers to form each of the following central teams: children’s liturgy, baptism preparation, first communion preparation, confirmation preparation, RCIA, Courses & events (30 volunteers in total). We need people who can use their experience at parish level to help and encourage others to develop excellent catechetical programs at all levels.
Time Commitment? About 6 Saturday meetings a year, with a few hours individual work in between. Some may choose to offer more time.