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Out of Focus

Adapted by Amanda Hinson

This week, we're talking about The Church. Photo above-- we were at the Newsboys concert. Remember that!? That was such a beautiful time of the Church getting together. Missing that now. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Church is us, the Church is you and me. We can still be the Church today. The next month, this happened to be on the schedule for us to talk about. Now, we're in a unique situation to learn it! The next few weeks, we'll highlight our various 9th grade Catechists who will be posting to this private blog.

O almighty and eternal God! May the Church be what you've called her to be.

Let us be a sign and instrument of communion with God and of unity among all men. 


Before you start this lesson, let's try a word association challenge. Try it with the people in your household. I'll give you the word, you give your impression. I want emotional responses—not just word connections. For example, if I say “broccoli” and you say “green,” that isn’t much fun. If I say “broccoli” and you say “gross,” then I get an idea of how you feel about broccoli.

» Apple

» School

» Lebron James

» Soldier

» Coronavirus

» Frozen

» Monster

» Authority

» Priest

» Church

» Mass

» Holy

 Archbishop Fulton Sheen (pictured right) once said, “There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church.” 

What do you think about that statement? Watch the first episode of The Church with Father Leo Patalinghug at the link below. Click on the link below found at If you don't yet have an account, all you need to do is sign up with an email that you can access from a computer or phone. Type in you're from St. Mary of Mount Carmel in Long Prairie, zip code 56347. You'll be sent a link to start watching. Simple as that! You can contact your Catechist or Amanda Hinson if you are having trouble.

Did you watch the whole thing? That's great! Please share your comments below about what you think about this topic. Do you see the Catholic Church doing something positive today? Tell us about it below!

There are many misconceptions in the world today about the Church, and many different ways in which our views of the Church can become skewed. One of the best ways to avoid these “distractions” and come to a better understanding of the beauty and goodness of the Church is to learn more about why the Church does what she does and teaches what she teaches, especially in the Mass. This week, observe the Mass on Sunday Online. Pick out something in the Liturgy that you do not understand, and then find out why it is part of the Mass. Find out what a specific gesture, vestment, or prayer means. Ask the pastor to answer your question, or find the answer from another source.


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