The Almighty has done great things for Mary. “He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.” (Luke 1: 49 RM)
The above verse is from the Magnificat, Mary’s hymn of praise to God when she visited Elizabeth. Jesus did not honor Mary during her earthly life and at times seemed even to ignore her. Mary’s life here below may be described as ordinary and even insignificant. Mary was probably known to a handful of disciples and her relatives. Then one day she died and then the cult of Mary burst on the world like a nuclear force.
Consider a few of what happened after Mary died:
#1. Basilicas, Cathedrals, Churches, Universities, Institutes sprout up all over the world in her name.
#2. Prayers and intercessions began simultaneously everywhere in her name.
#3. The Holy Rosary believed to be a gift from God to the Church began to be used as a popular devotion around AD 1000 and rapidly spread everywhere. Today probably some 20 Billion Hail Marys are said round the clock all over the world every day.
#4. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ (Christology) becomes illuminated when seen through the mystery of Mary. New doctrines and dogmas were defined to honor Mary.
Some people ask: Don’t you honor Mary too much? Her children rush to answer without hesitation: NOT ENOUGH for the Mother of our God and Savior. Is our God a faithful God?
Remember: the best is yet to come for you. God has reserved the best wine to the last. (Cf John 2: 9)
“He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.” (Luke 1: 49 RM)
Please join the youth ministry team and our Envelop Mission Partners as we pray for all the participants of the Diocese of Phoenix Multi-Parish retreat this coming weekend, February 24-26, 2017. And, to especially pray for all of the teens and chaperones attending from Christ the King.
We’ve prepared an Our Lady Undoer of Knots novena to be prayed everyday from Saturday, February 18 through Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Novena Prayer (Sat., Feb. 18 —Sun., Feb. 26, 2017)
Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon us and see the snarl of knots that exist in our lives.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of His children, I entrust into your hands the ribbons of the adults & teens attending the Diocesan Multi-Parish retreat. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take the ribbons away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Holy Mary, you untie with a motherly heart the knots of our life, we ask you to receive into your hands,
especially, the knots which are binding our teens Kevin, Dominic, Andres, Ashley, Alondra, Lupita, Ximena, Fatima, Adriana, Reyna, & Alyson; and our adults
Felipe, Grace, Rosa and Deepa.
Our Lady, through your grace, intercession, & example, deliver them from all evil and untie the knots that prevent them from being united with God. So that being free from these knots, they may find Him in all things, have their hearts placed in Him, and serve Him always. Amen.
Tonight’s class was a review of the last 8 Apostles classes. Only a few teens were missing tonight (( Mitzi E. and Ashley G. )).
Make-up for missing January 11, 2017 Apostles class is as follows:
your Make-Up work is to go to one of the following Life Teen Bible Studies:
Begins with Mass at 6:30 pm (sit with Deepa) and continues in Youth Room until 8:30 pm on one of the following Wednesday’s:
Saint Essays were due tonight (January 11, 2017, page 9-10 in Apostles booklet) for RCIT: Apostles. The following teens have not turned in their saint essay:
Anna T. received after class before midnight
Narciso Z.received after class before midnight
Teens, you have until midnight tonight (January 11) to either email me or screen shot your saint essay to firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-331-5286. After midnight, you will incur a 10-point deduction on your final exam.
Can’t wait to read the rest tonight!!! I’m already loving the thought and effort you’ve put into choosing a saint!!
Through EDGE, Life Teen, and RCIT, the Christ the King Youth Ministry team aim to raise young growing disciples in love with Christ and His Church, transforming their homes, schools, and communities by lives lived in and for the love of God. With over 50 teens already active in our programs and hundreds more to reach, we asked two questions:
What would it mean in the lives of over 1,000 teens in our parish family?
What would it look like for our parish family to join us on this mission reaching out in support of our youth every day of the year?
Beginning January 2017, we will set up an Envelop CTKLT 2017 board in the gathering space. The board will have the mission partnership amounts each corresponding to a day of the year beginning January 7, 2017. We invite you to consider investing in the spiritual lives of our parish’s teens by choosing a mission partnership amount between $1 and $365.
As a CTKLT Mission Partner in 2017, you will receive:
- A specific teen to pray for throughout the year
- Quarterly emails of youth ministry highlights to see the fruit of your investment
- Prayers for your personal intentions on the date corresponding to your mission partnership for our teens
- Novenas to pray with and for us leading up to the weekend retreats and/or Communion/Confirmation Masses.
PUTTING IT TO USE
If our parish family steps up to envelop CTKLT in partnership all year, we will be able to support our CTKLT youth ministry goals:
- Life Teen (high school) and EDGE (junior high) nights
- Discipleship and leadership development
- Purchase personal bibles/catechisms for RCIT candidates, as well as, a ‘classroom’ set
- Partial scholarships for trips and events so that no teen is ever turned away for financial reasons
- Make it possible for our teens to attend Fall and Spring retreats, Steubenville West, and leadership conferences
- Ongoing training and development of our Youth Ministry CORE Team
- Renovation of our CTKLT space to make it more teen friendly
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US!!!
Donations are tax deductible and can be made in honor of your own children or other loved ones. You may also choose an amount corresponding to an important anniversary, birthday, or other meaningful date.