Updated: Tuesday, March 19th at 11:45 am
Spring Virtue Lesson – Week Three
In Honor of Tessa Thompson
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers [and sisters], about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not proceed those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an arc angel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus, we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.
Because of our love for one another, our minds, hearts, and emotions are greatly affected when someone dies. We often feel very sad. We may feel confused or even angry. Sometimes we want to spend time alone in our rooms. Sometimes we want to cry and cry heavy tears. This is because we have real relationships and we care about our family and friends. We care about our classmates, our teachers, and the people in our community. We care about people across the world and feel sad when we hear they have died from a sickness or a natural disaster. God made us this way. He made us to love one another deeply as we are one body in Christ. We are to pray for the deceased, those who have died. We pray for their families and friends who miss their presence here on earth. We honor those who have died and remember all the kind and loving things they did for us.
Lent is devoted time for us to remember that Jesus suffered and died for us so that by believing in Him, death is not final. Death is not the end. Our faith is based on the truth that Jesus died and rose from the dead on the third day. The death of Jesus frees us from our sin and opens us the way to a new life, one filled with God’s graces. Jesus’ death also gives us our own future resurrection so that after our death, we will have new life in heaven with God. Through prayer and meditation, we can spend time with Jesus praising him for this amazing gift and asking Him to comfort our sorrows on earth.
Coaches & parents, can read any of these possible questions:
1. Grade 4: How are you feeling today? Are you feeling sad? What are your favorite memories of Tessa?
2. Grades 5-8: Did any of you know Tessa Thompson? What are your favorite memories of her? Have any of your close friends or family died? Who was it?
3. Any grades: How will you pray for Tessa and her family and friends this week?
4. Any grades: Jesus suffered and died for us so that our death on earth is not the end. We will have new life again in heaven. How will you show Jesus your gratitude this Lent for His suffering and death on the cross?
Team or family prayer option:
I lift up our friend Tessa to you. I trust that she has new life at home with you, with Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, with Joseph, and all the angels and saints. I know she is in your warm embrace. I ask you to hear our prayers for comfort, hope, and peace. In you, I will take refuge. In you, I will not be afraid. In you, I will not lose hope. For all my life is found in you. Amen.
Prayer for coaches or parents- for those mourning (response is Amen):
Lord God, you are attentive to the voice of our pleading. Let us find in your Son comfort in our sadness, certainty in our doubt, and courage to live through this hour. Make our faith strong. Through Christ our Lord.
Lord, Tessa and her parents are gone now from this earthly dwelling, and have left behind those who mourn their absence. Grant that we may hold their memories dear, never bitter for what we have lost nor in regret for the past, but always in hope of the eternal kingdom where you will bring us together again. Through Christ our Lord.
Oh Lord, whose ways are beyond understanding, listen to the prayers of your faithful people: that those weighed down by sadness at the loss of our sweet friend Tessa may find reassurance in your infinite goodness. Through Christ our Lord.
May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless and console us and gently wipe every tear from our eyes: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Additional prayer option: Intercessory prayer to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Lord God, you blessed Elizabeth Seton with gifts of Grace; as wife and mother, educator and foundress, so that she might spend her life in service to your people. Through her example and prayers may we learn to express our love for you in love for our fellow men and women. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, we cry out to you so that through your intercession, we may find comfort and peace during our time of sorrow. Amen.
(Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, also known as Mother Seton, is the patron saint of grief from the death of a loved one. She experienced the deaths of many loved ones in her own life – including her husband and two of her five children and other difficult losses as well. Each time she went through the grieving process, she chose to move closer to God rather than farther away from him. As a result, God worked through her life to use her grief to accomplish good purposes. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton ended up founding the first Catholic schools in the United States, establishing the sisters of charity religious order to help poor people, and becoming the first American Catholic saint.)
Each team that participates with the St. Susanna Athletic Boosters Ministry is required to complete a service project. Through working on the project with their teammates and coaches, we hope that each child will grow in their love for others and Jesus Christ. These projects not only help the children in acquiring the personal attributes of courage, respect, commitment and selflessness, they also help them to be formed in the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and Charity- thus fulfilling our promise to love and serve the Lord as a part of our Catholic Faith.
Each team picks a project coordinator (parent) to assist with organization of the project. This parent volunteer communicates the team’s project information to the Boosters service project coordinator as soon as the project is selected.
Find a project that is a good fit for the team! Please pick dates to include coach’s availability.
Please include: Date of project, project name, and then once completed- pictures if possible.
For questions regarding projects not listed, please contact the Boosters service project coordinator and she will discuss with Father Eric for approval.
Service Project Coordinator: Julie Connell firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on links below for approved service project ideas!