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Keep Holy the Sabbath

Join us for Liturgy of the Word from St. Christopher Parish with Fr. John posted every Saturday at 5pm.

Catch Up on Homilies

Daily Mass, Sunday Mass , Holy Week & Easter Masses

Staying Connected

Be sure to check your email frequently as that will be our primary form of communication for you with vaulable information during these next few weeks. In addition to emails, we are committed to updating our website and all other media resources to keep you connected to our parish and growing in your faith. 
How can I get the myParish app?  Click on the church icon above – it will either open up the app if you already have it or it will take you to the app store on your device and prompt you to download it. The App features many icons including:

Parish Liturgy of the Word Videos  |  Homilies (Past and Present)  |  Prayer Aids  |  Link to the Bulletin  |  Links to Live Mass and Daily Mass  |  Daily Readings  |  Link to our Parish Lent 2020 page  |  Link to this St. Chris Cares page  |  Parish Calendar of Events (once things resume)  |  Links to Inspirational News and Articles  |  The option to join various groups for communication in the future

It’s a GREAT tool for parish connectivity that we plan to utilize beyond the COVID response.   If you need help with the app, download our myParish App User Guide.

Parish Response Letters

UPDATE as of March 26, 2020: Blessed palm branches will not be available, nor will they be distributed per the most recent guidance received from the Vatican.

 

PARISH Q and A. 3.25.20

Volunteer Needs

We are in the process of creating a process to check on the needs of our home-bound parishioners.  We may be in need for a few healthy, non-risk adults willing to respond to various needs that may arise. 

 

If you are willing to help, please contact Mary Lauterbach at the parish office, ext. 124.
The Vandalia-Butler Food Pantry could use some volunteers. This would be a great opportunity for any adult who is NOT a health risk. A great opportunity for any college students that are home for the time being. 

 

To volunteer, please email:   director@vbfoodpantry.com

Family Faith Formation Resources

We know that families are working hard to keep up their academic work from home these days.  Our prayers are with you.
This section is dedicated to the many ways we can keep our children focused on their faith and the reassurance of Jesus in all of this.  Without the Sunday masses we have even more responsibility to purposely set Sunday aside for our spiritual development.  Inside the walls of your home is your church.  May it be vibrant and faith filled…
St. Chris Sunday Liturgy of the Word with Fr. John every Sunday: We wait for the day when we can gather together for Mass.  Until that joyful day, Fr. John will be providing us with the Liturgy of the Word on video.  Beginning Saturday, March 21st, the Sunday readings and Fr. John’s homily will be posted at 5:00pm and updated each week on Saturday at 5:00pm with the current week’s lectionary readings and reflection.   View the video posted at the top of this webpage.
Gospel Weeklies “Seeds” The publishing company used by the St. Christopher Center for Children to teach religion is opening up all their resources for parents during this time of the pandemic.  Go to www.pflaumweeklies.com . Log in. Use your email address as a user name. Then enter the passcode: 2020814
 
Children’s Worship BulletinsWe can email a bulletin page with coloring and puzzle activities appropriate for ages 3 and up using this Sundays Gospel as the theme.  There is a “secret code” and website on the bottom of the page to unlock more games online surrounding the Gospel.   If you want to receive this weekly in your inbox, please email esas@stchristopheronline.com
 
Catholic Icing – Catholic Crafts and Activities Galore!  Check out this site for ideas and inspiration  https://www.catholicicing.com/
 
Want More Ideas? Contact St. Christopher Dir. of Religious Education – Elise Sas
Discover: Finding Faith in Life! – This is the curriculum used by the Wednesday night GIFT program for grade 1-5.  All students are welcome to use these resources.  They include home guides, music and video resources.  GIFT parents are welcome make an appointment to stop by St. Chris and pick up their child’s folders containing each week’s booklet and borrow the accompanying Bible.  The link is here: https://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/series/16/
 
Growing through the Gospels Together as a FamilyThis is a St. Chris “in house” page put together to simplify your Sunday devotion to one page.  The page includes this Sunday’s Gospel, a reflection, a couple of discussion questions for the family, a suggested project and a prayer.  If you are not already on a mailing list receiving this page, please Elise at esas@stchristopheronline.com or click on each link below to download the Sunday Gospel reflection page.
Gospel for March 29  |  Gospel for April 5  |  Gospel for April 12  |  Gospel for April 19
 
Children’s Worship BulletinsWe can email a bulletin page with coloring and puzzle activities appropriate for ages 3  or a page for ages 7 and up and up using this Sundays Gospel as the theme.  There is a “secret code” and website on the bottom of the page to unlock more games online surrounding the Gospel.   If you want to receive this weekly in your inbox, please email esas@stchristopheronline.com
 
Free Printable Activity Worksheets for students: Click on the links below to access printable worksheets.
Rejoice in the Lord Always  |  Jesus Keeps You Strong  |  God Our Dwelling Place  |  God Cares for Us  |  Fruit of the Spirit  |  Faith in the Son of God  |  Do Not Worry
 
Look to Him and be Radiant: The author of this site has many many resources for Catholic Faith Formation including lessons, crafts, activities and so much more to inspire you.  Give her site a look: https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/
 
Want More Ideas? Contact St. Christopher Dir. of Religious Education – Elise Sas
Catholic Central: An AWESOME resource for any at home Catholic tween/teen faith formation.  Their Motto: Entertaining and Informing – and they are true to that! They have short and sweet videos that hit a bunch of great faith topics for teens to help them understand their Catholic faith better. After viewing the video together, scroll down the page for some reflection questions, a short suggested activity to follow the lesson, and some additional resources regarding the topic video. This is a personal favorite of mine (Elena Pope) for some excellent at-home faith formation with your teens! I love it!
 
Life Teen:   This is a tremendous site written directly to teens.  It’s worth a view by you, the parent to see which one you think best speaks to your child.  In the absence of the Sunday Masses, we suggest this weekly podcast reflecting on the Sunday readings. Check out their Parent Life site directed to parents of teens for some helpful relational resources to help you talk with and understand some common teen topics and issues.  
 
Busted Halo’s Lenten Calendar Like an Advent calendar, but for Lent, Busted Halo offers a reflection and micro-challenge for each day of Lent. 
 
The Bible Project: Want to take advantage of a GREAT way to understand and explore the Bible together? Check out my FAVORITE Bible resource. This one does not disappoint for any teen to adult age viewer. If you’ve always wanted to read the Bible, but struggle for any reason…this is the website for you! (They have an OUTSTANDING app as well!)
 
Spotify YM Playlist created by our Parish Youth Minister, Elena Pope – songs are frequently being added
 
Want More Ideas? Contact St. Christopher Dir. of Youth Ministry – Elena Pope 

We Are Here For You!

Please continue to support our parish during this COVID-19 Response period.
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Parish Events Still Happening

Don't forget to check out our Lent 2020 page to help you through your Lenten journey.

Pray for our recently deceased, their family and friends:

Henrietta M. Brookey-Blue died 3/14/20
Matthew Charles Martin died 3/18/20
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