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Advent--the most stressful season of all?

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 11/29/17

Advent, the four weeks prior to Christmas, should be a time of preparing ourselves to meet our Lord and King, Jesus the Christ. Instead, for many of us, it is a time of shopping, concerts, tournaments, decorating, parties, commitments, and maximum stress on individuals and families.

How do we ... Read More »

Baskets, and movies, and Thanksgiving! Oh, my!

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 11/09/17


The hustle and bustle one usually associates with the Christmas holidays has already started, and it is not even December!

Baskets: The Formation Office is filled with wonderful baskets of goods for Annunciation Catholic School’s Evening Under the Stars. Wow! Baskets range in value, but each and every ... Read More »

Building the Kingdom

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 10/25/17

Our Building the Kingdom Fall Festival was a really fun parish event. There were so many gathered, it tickled the cockles of my little heart. You know what Deacon Bill says, “The parish that plays together, prays together.” It really was a night of the parish as spiritual family. ... Read More »

All Hallow's Eve

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 10/19/17

Halloween as we know it developed over time as marvelous mix of ancient Celtic practices, old Roman rituals and festivals, European folk traditions, and Catholic religious practices.

 The ancient Celts would ward off any wandering ghost with bonfires and carved vegetable lanterns. If they had grievously harmed someone in ... Read More »

I'm So Excited!

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 9/07/17

I am so excited for this catechetical year. Why? We have so much going on.

1. Symbolon, First Friday Adult Faith Formation. The Symbolon program was created to help Catholics understand the faith they profess in a deeper, more profound way. In ten video/discussion/prayer sessions, Symbolon takes us through ... Read More »

Girl's might just want to have fun, but Adults want to communicate (don't they?)

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 8/16/17

One of the big factors in preparing lessons for adults is that there MUST be time for the participants to communicate. When adults don't get a chance to express their thoughts and feelings the probability of retention goes way down.That is why we have a schedule of programs designed ... Read More »

Power of Prayer

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 7/26/17

It seems rather easy to dismiss the awesome power of prayer in daily life, but seeing it work really makes an impact.

Let me confess that I sometimes do not pray as much as I should. I believe in the Jesuit ideal of "pray always." Still, I don't find ... Read More »

Finding Faith--at an amusement park?

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 6/07/17

Recently, while on the St. Gabriel Universal Studios Hollywood trip, I had a big awakening

Despite the rather large number of “OMG’s” heard on the various thrill rides, the amusement park is not a place one generally thinks of encountering Christ, or even a twinge of thoughts of their ... Read More »

Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday

Posted by Roxanna Clower on 5/15/17

This year's Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday we welcomed 7 persons into the Church through Baptism, and 6 through completion of the Sacraments of Initiation. RCIA is a process whereby those who are unbaptized or are baptized but uncatechized are brought into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. ... Read More »