Updated: Monday, January 14th 11:30 am
Virtue Lesson – Week Nine
Theme: Understanding, one of the seven gifts of the
Luke 3:16, 21-22. Jesus
was baptized in Luke’s Gospel this past Sunday!
“John [the Baptist] answered [all the people] saying, ‘I am
baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to
loosen the throngs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and
Fire.’” After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized
and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in
bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.’”
In the Gospel this past Sunday, we are introduced to the Holy
Trinity; God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father
speaks from the heavens and declares Jesus to be the Son of God. The Holy Spirit comes down upon Jesus, and the
disciples who witnessed this saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. It is important that we see that the Holy
Spirit is present here. When you were
baptized, Jesus Christ, through the priest, baptized you with the Holy Spirit. And you became a child of God and a
member of the church family!
As the Holy Spirit lives in you, how often do you call upon the
gifts of the Holy Spirit? Last week we
spoke about the gift of understanding. By
using this gift, our minds are enlightened and we can understand things as God
understands them. Through prayer, we can
grow closer to God and our gift of understanding will grow too. If we call on the gift of understanding while
we read the Bible, we will truly understand God’s words. Jesus wants all of this for us, which is why
he sends down the Holy Spirit at Baptism and again at Confirmation. The Holy Spirit opens our minds and our hearts
so that we can understand God’s plan for us and for our salvation in
1. 1. (Grades 3-5) If you could have any super power in the world,
what would it be?!?
a. Possible answers = fly, stop time, jump 10 ft in the air and dunk
a ball from half court, do 10 front handsprings in a row, run faster than a
2. 2. (Grades 3-5) God is offering you super powers. He tells us we can have the gifts of the Holy
Spirit, so that we can see and understand things like He does. How could you or what could you do to get
a. Possible answers = pray to Jesus and ask for them, read the Bible,
sit quietly in my room and think about these gifts, ask God for the gift of
understanding when I feel sad or hurt
3. 3. (Grades 6-8) As we get older, we start to realize how truly
valuable the gifts of the Holy Spirit are. Wisdom and understanding help us to see God’s
plan for us. How could you best receive
these gifts into your mind and heart?
a. Possible answers = Spend quiet time with God, ask Jesus for
these gifts in prayer, spend time reading the Bible and a devotional, ask Mary
for her help in receiving them, pray during Mass for these gifts, and by
developing a personal relationship with Jesus
4. 4. (Grades 6-8) Think to yourself about a time in the last few
months that was really tough. You felt sad or angry or hurt or lonely. How do
you think understanding God’s plan could have helped you? Think quietly about
how God’s understanding could have comforted you.
Just as you sent down the Holy Spirit upon Jesus at His Baptism
in the Jordan River and upon the disciples at Pentecost, you sent down the Holy
Spirit upon me at my own Baptism. Please
help me to grow closer to you so that I can better use your gifts of the Holy
Some parts of this virtue lesson were taken from Pope Francis’
talk on the gift of understanding given in St. Peter’s Square in Rome on April
MagnifiKid. January 13,
Each team that participates with the St. Susanna Athletic Boosters Ministry is asked 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 unselfishness, 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 person communicates the team’s project information to the service 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 service coordinator and she will discuss with Father Eric for approval.
Service Project Coordinator: Julie Connell email@example.com