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Rejoice in Hope, Be Patient in Tribulation,
Be Constant in Prayer.

ROMANS 12:12

LIVE STREAM - 9AM SUNDAY MASS

Live stream will begin approximately 5 minutes prior to Mass beginning and end shortly after Mass has concluded.

Join us on Sundays at 9:00AM via our StreamSpot venue page or via Facebook LIVE.

COMING SOON: Watch live stream Mass from your Roku / Amazon Fire devices – More details coming soon!

RECENT HOMILIES

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Parish Updates & Commuication

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 Easter 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.

The Time is Now...

Have you, or has someone you know expressed any interest in learning more about Jesus and the Catholic faith?
Do any of these statements apply to you or someone you know:
  • I have never been baptized.
  • • I am baptized but have had little or no faith formation.
    • I am baptized and have had faith formation in another religious tradition.
    • I am baptized Catholic, but have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):

The RCIA is a process that helps adults discern if the Lord is calling them to a journey of faith in the Catholic Church. A new group of inquirers into the Catholic Faith is forming. Perhaps you are, or someone you know, is searching for a way of life that will help you or them be connected to the life and grace of God through the Catholic Church. All are welcome.

Sessions are beginning this month.

For further and more detailed information, please email Andrea Parker or call 937-898-3542 ext. 109.

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…
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.
 
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.
  
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.
Need to contact us? Click here to submit a general question.
We are still publishing a Sunday bulletin to keep you informed!
Click here to submit a prayer request or to be added to the prayer chain group.
Visit our school website.
Visit our preschool/childcare website.

Local Volunteer / Job Opportunities

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. 

Latest Post from the Food Pantry: The Vandalia Butler Food Pantry will remain open during the COVID-19 crisis for as long as we can maintain volunteers. *Please continue to call and leave your information on your message machine and our volunteers will get back with you to set up an appointment for you to pick up food. Due to rationing, we are only able to provide a gift card to Kroger to allow you to pick up meat butter milk and eggs. We are still providing all of the other non-perishable items.*  Thank you.

To volunteer, please email:   director@vbfoodpantry.com

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