Updated: December 18th, 2018 12:45 am
The next weekly virtue will be in January.
Winter Virtue Lesson – Week Seven
Theme: Advent, a time of preparation
Scripture Verse: Luke 3:39-42
This passage is from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1, verses 39 - 42.
“During those days, Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’”
We are now in the third week of Advent. The scripture verses above are a part of the Gospel for this coming Sunday’s Mass. We have heard a lot from John the Baptist this Advent. He gives us very specific directions on how to prepare for the coming of Jesus. Now as we approach the fourth Sunday of Advent, we turn towards Christ’s mother. In this passage, Mary comes to visit and help her pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. As Mary enters her home, John leaps for joy at the sound of Mary’s voice. With the help of the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth knows that Mary is pregnant with the promised Lord and Savior. Both women rejoice and praise God together.
Mary is praised and honored for her devout faith in God. Mary reacted to the call to carry Jesus in her womb by promising to be God’s servant! She tells us that she is the handmaid of the Lord; a handmaid is one’s most loyal servant. Mary wished to serve God in any way that was needed even if carrying and raising His Son. She knows and understands the immense blessing she has received and asks for nothing else from God. She proclaims that her will is for all to be done according to God’s will. Mary is the finest example of humility and grace. Through her, we can grow closer to Christ Jesus. As Christmas approaches, take in Mary’s abundant love and mercy and let her pull you in close towards her Son, the long-awaited Savior.
Actions for the week:
We call out to you our Blessed Mother Mary. We know everything you do is of beauty and grace. Help us to be servants or handmaids of the Lord. Help us to be kind, patient, and charitable like you this Advent season. We ask you to take all of our prayers and present them lovingly to Jesus. Amen.
Say the Hail Mary as a team.
For Coaches & Parents:
“To succeed in your intentions, entrust yourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary always, but especially in moments of difficulty and darkness. ‘From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s will in things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ, her Son and the Son of God…Learn from her to be always faithful, to trust that God’s Word to you will be fulfilled, and that nothing is impossible with God.’”
– Pope John Paul II, Washington, D.C., 1979
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