Traditionally, we believe Christ was conceived on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. We will watch the parallel development of “Chris” in the womb from March 25 to December 25.
(Week 21)“My tongue is fully formed now. I’m practicing giving people a raspberry! I can hear noises from the outside. Some loud ones scare me. I know mom’s voice and like the music she listens to. I now have fingernails and fingerprints. I’m not as little as I used to be just a few weeks ago. Now I am about 10 inches long if I could stand up straight!"
Mom is waiting to find out if Chris is a boy or girl.
“and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:11
(Week 20)“ Hair is starting to grow on my head. I wonder what color it is? I am 20 weeks old now, and in another 20 weeks I will be born! My legs are getting stronger, so soon mom will really feel my kicks. I like sleeping in the same position now. I’m over 6 inches tall when I stretch out, and I weigh over 10 ounces.”
Mom can distinguish two heartbeats if she lies quietly and flat on her back, locates her own heartbeat by finding her pulse, then lays her hand on her belly. Chris’s heart pumps about six gallons of blood every day.
"For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:44-45
As summer comes to a close, you may be interested in evaluating your stewardship of time. We would like for you to look at the Bereavement Ministry by joining us in Stewardship Hall on Saturday, August 23rd. Traditionally we break bread together and enjoy brunch which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Please check your calendars and reserve that morning.
We are challenging more parishioners to come and visit with us. This is a vital ministry that has been a part of the Church from its beginning. Biblically, the book of Tobit tells us to bury the dead. The Bereavement ministry’s goals are to support and aid our Pastor or priest at the time of a Parishioner’s death and to offer prayers, support, and hope to the grieving Parish family.
Involvement in the Bereavement Ministry is sporadic. There may be months when all one needs to do is remember the souls of the departed in prayer. Then when a parishioner dies we are called to ‘arms’. A Bereavement Minister commits to pray the rosary at the vigil or at home for the repose of the soul of the deceased and their family; and/or attend the funeral Mass. Our Parish offers transportation and baby-sitting as needed and house sitting when wanted. We coordinate the vigil receptions and funeral dinners. As grieving takes time, we stay in contact with the families for one year after a death with letters, cards, and masses. Ministers may choose to be trained to visit with the bereaved family. We make ‘memory bears’ and ‘comfort candles’. We sponsor special liturgies during the year and the Mass at Ascension Cemetery on Memorial Day. We also try to provide workshops for understanding and handling grief and end of life issues. As you can see, there are several and varied ways youcan be involved in Church of the Resurrection’s Bereavement Ministry.
You are invited to come on Saturday, August 23rd at 9:30 am and lend a needed hand in stewardship to your Parish. An RSVP is not necessary but if you wish more information you may call Barbara Knapp @ 683-1743, Greg Burge @ 652-7772, or leave your name with the church secretary. All are welcome!