Friday, December 4, 2020

Let you Light....Shine!

Calling all children ages 6-12 to...

Let Your Light....SHINE!

How is it that you can glorify Jesus through your talents this Advent? A friendly competition that joins Young Disciples all over the world to let the light of Christ shine BRIGHTLY through you.


Theme: "Preparing to receive Baby Jesus this Christmas"

Deadline: December 12th, 2020 9pm CST

Ages: 6-12 years 

Division 1: 6-9 years

Division 2: 10-12 years

Categories:

 * Literature (Essay, Short Story, Poem & Song writing)  

 * Music (Singing, Instrument, Music Composition)

 * Photography

 * Video production

 * Speech

 * Visual arts (Drawing, painting, digital artwork)

How to Participate

1. Read the contest rules here https://www.anointingfire.org/shine-rules

2. Create your artwork based on the given theme in any one of the six categories

3. Register and submit your entries here https://www.anointingfire.org/events

Winning entries will be recognized and featured on our Social Media including Instagram, Young Disciples YouTube channel, Little Evangelist Magazine, Little Evangelist Blog and more! 

If you have any questions about this contest, please email : afcym.youngdisciples@gmail.com

Come, Lord Jesus! - The season of Advent

Advent is a time of preparation and waiting for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent is also a time for Christians to renew their desire for Jesus' second coming. The season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent is also the beginning of the Church year. Celebrating the season of advent will put the focus of Christmas on Jesus and not on Santa Claus and presents. Here are three ways for children and families can celebrate this wonderful season.

1. Make an Advent wreath

Check out this video to learn about the advent wreath and make one!


2. Use an Advent calendar or make your own!

Advent calendars help you discover ways to prepare yourselves to receive Jesus into your hearts. Create your own calendar or make it a fun family activity. 

Advent Calendar

Click here for a pre-made one

Click here for a template to make your own


3. Find ways to help others. 

This is the season of giving. You can give your time, talent or treasure to others in need. 


  • Start with doing kind deeds for your family members. Doing chores without being asked, giving compliments, making people smile are all good examples of the small ways you can be kind to your family
  • Churches usually organize food drives or giving trees where you can donate groceries or other gifts for families who are in need. 
  • Soup kitchens look for supplies and volunteers
  • You can donate toys and gifts to shelters and hospitals
  • You can write a card with a cheerful and hopeful message to sick children who are in hospitals 
Make this Advent a blessed one for you and your family.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Thanksgiving

 Young Disciples share about Thanksgiving in the Catholic culture.



Click to download Thanksgiving Prayers printable

Click here to download "I am thankful for" printable

Sunday, November 1, 2020

All Saints Day and Halloween

On November 1st, the Holy Catholic Church celebrates All Saints Day! It is a Holy Day of Obligation. There is no exact date of origin, but after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. 313, there have been commemoration of the saints, especially martyrs, throughout the Church in the West and the East.

Saints in heaven

Traditionally, the commemoration of all saints was commonly celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost. The primary reason for establishing this commemoration was to honor the vast number of martyrs, especially during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian because under his rule were the worst persecutions. There were not enough days in the calendar to honor each martyr and many martyrs died in groups, so it seemed appropriate to have one day to commemorate all saints. Over time, November 1
st became the feast of All Saints’ Day, especially when Pope Gregory VII mandated November 1st to be the day of celebration of All Saints’ Day.

Although the world celebrates Halloween embracing the pagan culture, within the Catholic Church, Halloween can be translated into All Hallows’ Eve. The word “hallow” means “to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate.” We say this word every day in the Lord’s Prayer, “Hallowed be Thy Name”. Just as how we have Christmas Eve, we also have All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve. This day was to prepare for the feast day of All Saints’ Day. 

So how can we celebrate both of these days?

  • Go to Holy Mass both days to join the celebration of the Great Sacrifice with all of the saints in Heaven. Pray the Litany of Saints
  • Dress up as saints to show the world that we are all called to be saints.
  • Organize a Holyween party with family and friends. Check out this video!


From this feast day of All Saints’ Day to next year’s feast of All Saints’ Day, choose a saint to be your patron for a year. Ask intercession from this saint each day, learn about this saint, and allow this saint to guide you to holiness for a year.


By Tina Makkanal


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The feast of our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows with seven arrows piercing her
Pic Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

On September 15th, the Holy Catholic Church celebrates the feast of our Lady of Sorrows. The title “Lady of Sorrows” is given to our Blessed Mother Mary, which focuses on the intense sufferings and trials she had endured, especially from the moment of the Birth of our Lord Jesus. This feast honors the Seven Dolors (Sorrows) that Mother Mary that she endured which were: 
    1. The Prophecy of Simeon 
    2. The Flight to Egypt 
    3. Search for the Child Jesus in Jerusalem 
    4. Mother Mary Meets Jesus Carrying His Cross 
    5. The Crucifixion of Jesus 
    6. Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross 
    7. Jesus is Laid in the Tomb 


What do we learn about our Blessed Mother during this feast? 

Our Blessed Mother’s sorrow exceeds anyone else’s because she is the Mother of Jesus, who was not only Her Son, but Her Lord and Savior; she truly suffered with Her Son. She teaches us how to respond to suffering; our Blessed Mother received the suffering with courage, love, and trust in the Lord. In these moments, she was still saying “Yes” to God’s will, just as how she said “Yes” during Annunciation. Even in the midst of suffering, she knew that God had a greater plan, she knew the suffering of our Lord Jesus is the plan of salvation of all souls; she held onto great hope, knowing God will give His goodness. We do see His goodness; our Lord Jesus has risen from the dead, defeating sin and death! 


Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of our Lady

The Church meditates on these Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother Mary through the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. 


Our Blessed Mother revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden of seven promises that will be fulfilled in souls to those who pray and meditate on Her tears and sorrows daily wholeheartedly. These are: 

  • I will grant peace to their families. 

  • They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries. 

  • I will console them in their pains and will accompany them in their work. 

  • I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls. 

  • I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy, and I will protect them at every instant of their lives. 

  • I will visibly help them at the moment of their death; they will see the face of their Mother. 

  • I have obtained this grace from my divine Son: that those who propagate this devotion to My tears and sorrows will be taken from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven, and My Son will be their eternal consolation and joy. 


I invite you to pray with your families this Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of our Lady daily! 


Here are the instructions on how to pray this rosary: 

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of our Lady 


By Tina Makkanal