Monday, September 10, 2007

A Hint of Fall

There is definitely a hint of fall in the air here. Yesterday it never made it out of the 60's and today promises to be the same way. It's overcast and cool, I love it! To celebrate I'm making a big pot of potato soup. I'm going to put it in my crockpot, I'll let you know how it turns out.

Yesterday the girls started faith formation for the year. Em will be studying to receive her sacraments. I pretty sure at this church she will receive both First Communion and Confirmation. I am not a big fan of this, but it has sort of become the new tradition. As Catholics we take certain faith steps throughout our life starting with Baptism. This usually happens as an infant is officially welcomed into the church. Then in 2nd grade children prepare and receive the Eucharist, the Body of Christ and go to Reconciliation. When I was a child we didn't receive Confirmation until we were in the eighth grade. Confirmation is when you accept for yourself the commitment your parents started when you were baptized into the Catholic church. This is why it is difficult for me to imagine my second grader making this decision at seven. I found this article which I believe does a much better job at explaining the sacraments than I can. Regardless, this is an exciting step she is taking in her faith and I look forward to watching her as she continues on her faith journey.

Soph attends the Good Shepherd Atrium for her faith formation. We had this at the day school I worked at. I love it!! It is very hands on and everything is scaled down to their age. They even have their own altar, podium etc. that is their size. Small children in church are sometimes overwhelmed when they look up and see how big everything is compared to themselves. This program allows children to learn about their faith on their level, in all aspects! Both girls seemed to have a really good first class.

Scott's MRI showed foreign bodies floating in his knee so he will be having surgery at the end of the month. Please keep him in your prayers. He has been suffering with this for about a month and I know he hates being slowed down by it. Well, it hasn't slowed him down that much because he refuses to let it, so now I just worry he'll injure it worse or mess up his other knee!


Kara said...

Mmm, potato soup sounds yummy! It's gotten cooler here too, makes me want to curl up in a blanket with some hot chocolate and a good book :) Good luck to Scott with his surgery.

Anonymous said...

The soup was delicious! Hot potato soup on a cool, overcast day hits the spot!

Sasha said...

I tend to agree with you about Confirmation. We Anglicans don't have First Communion, but do have Confirmation, and it usually around the age of 11 or 12 - 7 does seem very young to be understanding the commitments being made. But it is great that they have a good preparation class and hope all goes well for the big day!