OCTOBER activities for Catholic Families This one page print out offers 12 things to do during the month to celebrate the fall season and the saints.
On October 1st, we celebrate the creation of our earth, we offer this prayer
A Prayer for Our Time and for the Earth:
Dear God, Creator of the earth, this sacred home we share; Give us new eyes to see the beauty all around and to protect the wonders of creation. Give us new arms to embrace the strangers among us and to know them as family. Give us new ears to hear and understand those who live off the land and to hear and understand those who extract its resources. Give us new hearts to recognize the brokenness in our communities and to heal the wounds we have inflicted. Give us new hands to serve the earth and its people and to shape beloved community. For you are the One who seeks the lost, binds our wounds and sets us free, and it is in the name of Jesus the Christ we pray. Amen.
“In our own day, hope motivates so many of our brothers and sisters forced to leave their homes in search of a better life, but also those who welcome them, “sharing the journey” with them and trusting in a better tomorrow. Hope is especially the virtue of the poor.
Pope Francis, General Audience, Sept 27, 2017
October 2nd Feast of Guardian Angels
The Hebrew scriptures offer the first stories of angels. The word angel means "messenger" Bible stories portray angels in many ways.
Abraham welcomes three angels into his home who over dinner, tell him of the birth of his son, Issac. Another angel comes later to keep him from sacrificing this child
Jacob wrestles with an angel.
Samuel is awaken by an angel
Joshua meets an angel
The young man, Gideon encounters an angel.An angel comes to Mary telling her she would bear a child named Jesus.
A host of angels announce the birth of JEsus to the shpherds.
Angels protecat Jesus in his infancy
Angels attend to him in the dessert
Angels gave Jesus strength in the Garden of Gethsemane
Jesus says of the children:"See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say unto you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father. Matthew 18:10
Things to do to celebrate:
Compose a prayer to your guardian angel.
Gather a Choir of angels: Put all angel items (figurines, pictures, books) together at the dining room table, on the mantle, or the top of a book shelf.
Share Angel stories Has an angel ever touched your life? The angels are signs of God's loving and protective presence.
Make Family Angels: Go to a craft store for a kit or search the internet for ideas. Share them with others.
Be an angel write each family member's m\name on a piece of paper. draw names and become an angel for that person by doing things secretively.
Make Angel Cards: Decorate homemade cards with the message "Your Guardian Angel is Loving You."
Learn the traditional prayer: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here.Ever this day be at my side to light and guard to rule and guide. Amen.
10 Activities for the Feast of the Guardian Angels
October 4th is the Feast of Saint Francis