It's a Miracle!

     I've been hearing that expression quite a bit lately. Beginning with the story at Christmas; "Medical miracle: Colorado mother, newborn son revived after dying in labor on Christmas Eve". And certainly through the early weeks of the disaster in Haiti with headlines like  "Miracle amid Haiti ruins: Boy, 4, buried alive for 3 days pulled to safety, reunited with mother". But how do we recognize a miracle? Who decides the who, what and when? The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has this definition of a miracle: "a supernaturally (divinely) caused event - an event (ordinarily) different from what would have occurred in the normal ("natural") course of events".  Webster's Dictionary defines miracle this way: 1) Any amazing or wonderful occurrence, 2) A marvelous event manifesting a supernatural act of God. However you define it, I'm fairly certain you don't invite one in the manner suggested in a recent email I received. Below a kinetic image of a rainy road the prompt was: "This is a Thomas Kinkade painting. It's rumored to carry a miracle! They SAY if you pass this on, you will receive a miracle". Seriously?  I didn't pass it on basically because I don't know who "they" are or maybe because I don't particularly care for Robert Kinkade artwork. 
     For the children in our Church School Primary Grades, the introduction to the miracles of Jesus began with the story of the wedding feast at Cana. Following this Gospel reading, the children enjoyed a magic show. While they did have some things figured out, there was still the element of surprise and wonder. How did he do that? Much like what the guests at the wedding feast must have felt.  Levitating Norah was the highlight of the show!  It was a good lesson to compare and contrast the differences between miracle and magic and to invite the children to look for the miracles in their lives. One child said in chapel that "a baby being born is a miracle". I agree!
     However you define a miracle and whether or not you think you may have experienced one (or more) in your life, I choose to apply the Webster's Dictionary definition in my life. Each week the amazing and wonderful occurrence of being with these children is a marvelous event manifesting a supernatural act of God.  We come together to share God's love and learn  the stories about the miracle of His son, Jesus.

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These students have begun their training to serve as acolytes, torch bearers and crucifers. They will assist with lighting and extinguishing the candles, participate in the procession and assist with the presentation of the bread and wine, our Eucharistic elements. For the past several years, these students have learned these roles from John Quigley and Charlie Wise. We are very appreciative of the time and attention they give these students in their preparation.

We begin the second half of the year with the presentation of the exodus story. A professional story teller will share this narrative from it's original text, the Bible. There are so many references and examples in our every day lives, in our pop culture, and in our world. Providing this foundation and original context for the students is a valuable lesson for all.

SAVE THE DATES
February 16: Pancake Supper, these students set the tables and serve the meal         April 23: LOCK-IN at Holy Comforter from Friday evening to Saturday morning

Junior High School

Through our winter session, we will examine our faith through the exploration of Biblical stories and Christian tradition, questioning and culture, prayer, service and community formation. Students will also identify their focus for the outreach project they will manage.

The focus of the lessons in February is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Students will have time to identify and discuss all the characters in the story and then produce a video of their own version of the parable.

SAVE THE DATE 
February 16: Pancake Supper, these students prepare the meal for the parish

All Things Bright and Beautiful

The first phase of registration for the 2010-2011 academic year has closed. From the large number of applications received, classes will be determined and placements offered beginning the first week of February.
The three year old classes are collecting mittens again this year to present to the Good News Children's Program for Valentine's Day. Our Junior Kindergarteners are collecting socks to send to Mrs. Mary's nephew, a Marine serving in Afghanistan. This project coincides with "O" week in Jr. Kindergarten and is an opportunity to explain and experience what Outreach means.

Chaplain Margo Browne read the Gospel
about the wedding feast at Cana. Like a
birthday for Chris or Katie.
Jesus performed a miracle, Mr. Gary
.....performs MAGIC!

Chaplain Margo Browne read the Gospel

Chaplain Margo Browne read the Gospel