More than 30 children and parents visit the petting zoo as part of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish’s Littlest Disciples Ministry Sept. 22 at the Medford church’s Emmaus Center. The ministry held “The Story of Creation,” an opportunity for youngsters to learn about God and the Bible in a fun way. Georgiana Francisco photos
Youngsters and their families received a hands-on lesson in creation as more than 30 children rubbed elbows – and a few ears and chins – with farm animals after a lesson on Genesis.
“There are few channels for the little ones to learn about Jesus and hear stories from the Bible unless parents take the time to teach them,” said Father Roy Aris B. Ballacillo, parochial vicar in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford. “Our Littlest Disciples Ministry is a wonderful way to bridge the gap from infancy to Holy Communion, serving not only as a source of fellowship, but also as a way of introducing little children to the love of Jesus in a safe and enjoyable setting.”
The first step to counteracting the culture of divorce is to get newly married couples involved in the life of the Church.
That was the message heard by about 40 priests, deacons and marriage preparation coordinators from about 18 parishes in the Diocese of Trenton and nearby dioceses who gathered Sept. 9 in St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton Square, for the Witness to Love certification training program.
Co-sponsored by the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Life and Family, the Catholic marriage preparation ministry was presented by its founders, Mary-Rose and Ryan Verret.
There was joyful chatter and lots of cheer in the air in the grassy park across from Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport, as children gathered around a small tent to get their freshly minted red or blue “I Like Being a Catholic” T-shirts before choosing teams for a game of kickball. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Littlest Disciples Ministry of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish and School, Medford, will present “The Story of Creation,” an evening of prayerful reflection, storytelling, and activities for children and their families. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, will hold two programs for boys and girls ages kindergarten through second grade from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept 15 in Sacred Heart Family Center, 103 Fourth Street. Children from all parishes are welcome. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
The parents of a 3-month-old recently wrote to The Washington Post food critic’s online chat to ask about dining etiquette in a city where many restaurants are inaccessible to strollers. The critic responded by complaining about “strollers the size of Zipcars,” but then admitted he wasn’t the parent of an infant and invited readers to discuss the topic.
Reader comments varied and expanded the topic to include people who use walkers. The chat provided much food for thought on the many ways that we can welcome those whom others might consider burdensome while we are out and about at restaurants, churches, parks, on transportation and in public. Our loving welcome may help others soften their hearts and change attitudes toward families with young or elderly members.