For many weeks you experienced Mass from home, and now many of you are venturing back to church. This week, whether you’re still watching on video, or are back in church for live Mass, we’d like to invite you to enrich your Sunday experience with the Dynamic Parish “At-Home Activity”. Visit SundayExperience.us and download the Sunday Plan template that corresponds with your situation, either celebrating Mass at home or in church. On the Sunday Plan, you’ll see three different categories: Preparation (before Mass), Participation (during Mass), and Reflection (after Mass). Each of the three categories will have a few suggestions of things to do during that period of time, to make your entire Sunday experience more powerful. Read through the suggestions and select one from each category to commit to. Give it a try and see what surprising things can happen if you truly make yourself available to God.
- Headphones are an optional purchase.
- Families will still need to purchase backpack and St. Peter’s pencil bag (for 1st-8th graders; many students are able to reuse from the previous year – these will be available at Packet Day in August).
- Paint shirts for art are NOT included in pre-packaged supplies.
- Kleenex/Tissues, Clorox Wipes, hand sanitizer, and paper towels will need to be purchased separately this year due to high demand and COVID-19 shortages. We encourage you to purchase these supplies as you find them available.
- The deadline to order is June 30.
Is there someone in your life who could use some encouragement? Someone you believe in? Or someone who has believed in you? This week’s At-Home Activity is to stop for a moment and write a letter to that person. Visit DynamicLetters.us, watch a short video, and then use the letter template provided to get started!
Parents, here’s a virtual event for teens 13-18. Nathan Crankfield, our Dynamic Parish consultant, will talk with teens about dealing with pandemic anxiety, despair, and anger. It’s Wednesday evening at 7 pm (central time) on Zoom: http://ow.ly/FtX750zJToh.
St. Peter’s next blood drive is Wednesday, May 20, 12-6 p.m. in the gym. Blood drives were suspended for some time so the need for donations is great. All donors are asked to wear masks to their appointment. Temperatures will be checked at the door and social distancing protocols will remain in place. We cannot accept walk-ins at this time; donors, please register here.
What are you grateful for? Something as simple as making a gratitude list can remind us that there are good things happening all around us. We invite you to visit MyGratitudeList.us to find reflection videos on gratitude brought to you through Dynamic Parish–there’s one for adults and one for the kids. Then get busy on your list, or make one with the family!
The school year is almost over and our PTA would like to thank the teachers for doing an amazing job! They have set up a gift fund–Zoom, There It Is! The Big Thank You for Distance Teaching!–for the school staff. If you would like to donate, you can use the GivePlus app or give through our website here: http://ow.ly/oKAL50zCT3S.
The Diocese of KCSJ has 24 seminarians, and the cost of seminary education is among its largest expenses. You can help by giving to the Tomorrow’s Priest Fund. Normally, we would take up a second collection at Mass but this year you will receive a mailing from the Diocese, asking for your support. Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be submitted online here.
Please save the date for St. Peter’s next blood drive on Wednesday, May 20. The drive is tentatively scheduled to take place in the gym; that will give us plenty of space for appropriate socially distancing. We will be complying with all state and local orders regarding public gatherings and will have enhanced hygiene practices in place. We cannot accept walk-ins at this time; donors will have to register. Watch next week for details and a link to sign up.
We invite you to a special virtual event, where we will reflect on what prayer is, how to do it, and what holds us back from praying. Visit DynamicPrayerEvent.us to watch an exclusive, online Dynamic Parish event: Prayer with Matthew Kelly, available on demand throughout the month of May.