Updated: Monday, November 11th, 11:35 am
Weekly Virtue Lesson
WINTER SEASON: Week Two
Theme: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Scripture Verse: Proverbs 14:31
Those who oppress (or mistreat) the poor revile (or go against) their Maker (who is God), but those that are kind to the needy honor Him.
In the month of November, we pray for those who have died and remember and honor the saints. Last week, we discussed St. Martin of Tours, a soldier for Christ. Today is his Memorial. This Wednesday, November 13th is the Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Frances was born in Lombardy, Italy in 1850. At the age of 18, she began teaching at an orphanage. At the age of 27, she made her vows to God and became a nun, and later founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals. In 1889, Sister Frances Xavier came to the United States to help the Italian immigrants, those who had come from Italy to start a new life in the United States. In her lifetime, she founded 67 different hospitals, schools, and orphanages. She actually did some of her work here in our own city of Cincinnati. Sister Frances died in 1917, so just over 100 years ago. She was the very first U.S. citizen to be canonized as a saint in the Church. St. Frances Xavier followed God’s will for her to help the poor children in our country. Learning about St. Frances reminds each of us of our own duty to answer God’s call to serve the needy. “Whoever despises (hates or neglects) the hungry, comes up short, but happy the one who is kind to the poor!” Proverbs 14:21.
Let us all follow the lead of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini by serving Christ through serving the poor.
Just like St. Frances, each of us can become saints through prayer and devotion to the needy!
1. How do you feel when you make or donate something to the poor?
a. Possible answers = happy, good inside, like I’m doing what God wants me to do
2. Do you have any ideas for our team on a service project that would help the poor or needy?
a. Possible answers = gather food for the poor, deliver food or clothing to a shelter, make meals or food bags for the hungry, make cards for sick children, deliver gifts to hospitals
1. What are some service projects that you have been a part of either through school, family, or a sports team?
a. Let the players have a chance to discuss some previous projects
2. What ideas do you all have for a service project for our team to participate in this winter season?
a. Let the players throw out some ideas, encouraging them to think of ideas they haven’t done yet and ones that require them to go outside of the St. Susanna community; coaches pass these ideas along to your service project parent coordinator
Closing Prayer: a player may read
God our Father,
Who called Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy to serve the immigrants of America, by her example, teach us to have concern for the stranger, the sick, and all those in need, and by her prayers help us to see Christ in all the people we meet.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Magnificat, November 2019.
Catholic Online, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
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!