13 May 2020

Hello SKD Family

First, thank you to all the people who sent in pictures for our weekly picture project. We will be taking a break this week, but we will be back next week. If you submitted a picture already, don’t worry, you will be included in next weeks. If you haven’t, be sure to send one in. Many of you have expressed that you enjoy seeing all the faces, but we are missing your face too. If you live alone, don’t be afraid to take a selfie, or ask a neighbor to take a picture of you at an appropriate distance with their device and then send it to you so you can turn it in. We really want to see everyone’s faces.

Youth Ministry News

This past week we played Scattergories with high school and just yesterday we had a virtual escape room experience with our middle school group. We had a great time with both groups. Tonight, we are planning on playing “Psych” with high schoolers and next Tuesday we will be playing “Mafia” with middle school. Right now, both group nights go as follows; We do a quick check in. We see how everyone is doing. What are some struggles and some accomplishments? We then spend most of our time playing a game and then close out with a prayer. The idea is to connect with other catholic kids, have fun, and be able to support each other during this difficult time.

Social distancing is especially hard for teenagers, so the idea is to just have that human connection and see Christ through those whom we are sharing that game. If you think your teen might want to join in feel free to let me know and I will send you more information on how to join us. If you would like to know how to support our youth ministry feel free to contact me as well. I am happy to share more about what we need at this time.

I am looking for ideas on how to honor our graduates. For now, only high school and college graduates (associates and beyond). If you are a parent or a grandparent of a high school graduate please let me know the following: Their name, the school they are graduating from, and what are their plans after graduation. If you have a child, grandchild, or spouse who is graduating with an associates or higher please also let me know their name, their degree, what school they are graduating from and if you wish any future plans.

Did You Know?

This past Sunday my husband, Daniel Owens, said that as they were getting ready to live stream mass for the first time, he prayed that all the technology would work well. Little did he know that there is a saint for that! I first learned about St Isidore of Seville when we did a national day of youth training last September. Churches form across the country hosted other churches and through a live video everyone got to have the same experience. Six churches were chosen in the Archdiocese of Baltimore to be a host, and we were one of them! I had never done anything like this, and as far as I knew our church had never attempted anything quite like this either. It was our intern at the time, Samantha Sutterman, who told me she would pray for the intercession of St. Isidore to make sure everything worked smoothly. Despite having a few setbacks, the night before and even that morning as we work diligently to make sure we would be ready to start, everything went off without a hitch! After I was able to take a deep breath, I decided to look this St Isidore up.

 St Isidore, who died in the year 636, tried to record everything that was ever known. This encyclopedia would eventually be published well after his death. For a long time, this was the book that people would own and read if they wanted to know everything about the world. It contained religious information but also information about mundane things like cats and women’s clothing.  It was used much like the internet is today. As a result, Pope John Paul II declared him the patron saint of the internet in 1997. So, if you are in that really important meeting and your computer freezes, or you are trying to facetime the grandkids but it’s just not a good connection, or if you are trying to live stream mass and are a little nervous, send a little prayer and ask for St Isidore of Seville’s  intercession.

I hope you all have a great week and I hope to see many of you online.

God Bless

Ana Maria Alvarado

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