Fall Seasonal Spotlight

The Fall season features resources focused on the events of parish life that occur during the months of September, October, and November, leading up to Advent. For the topics listed below you will find intergenerational programs, peer learning sessions, home activities, and ideas for the individual to live his or her faith in the wider community.

Faith Themes

Communion of Saints

We believe in the communion of saints.... We hold in common "God's holy gifts for God's holy people." How are the living and dead united in a mysterious offering of support and encouragement which builds up the church?

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Proclaiming Hope

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Thanksgiving Tables

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to think about the tables we gather around and the tables Jesus gathered around, and the implications of those gatherings. These resources can be used in conjunction with Thanksgiving or anytime you want to teach about justice and service.

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Seasonal Events

November Faith Festivals • Faith Festivals

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October Faith Festivals • Faith Festivals

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September Faith Festivals • Faith Festivals

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Autumn Social Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for social activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Saints Alive • Gather Us In

Family Day Activity

This activity forms an excellent opening for a religious education program, whether in family or classroom. It can also be used as an All Saints' Day celebration, a Holy Family Sunday celebration, or a closing activity at the end of the religious education year. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Home Activities

Fall • Celebrate Family

Family faith sharing resources for the months of September, October, and November

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Fall: Connecting with Family • FamilyFaith@Home

Non-Gathered Strategies for Effective Ministry

This resource provides simple ideas for helping families connect faith with everyday life throughout the fall. • By Christina Semmel

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Fall: Family Faith-Sharing • FamilyFaith@Home

These resources are designed to help families share faith together for the fall season.

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Fall Prayers • FamilyFaith@Home

These resources are designed to help families pray together for the fall season.

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First Steps for Families

November First Steps for Families • First Steps for Families

These are all the resources for First Steps for Families for the month of November.

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October First Steps for Families • First Steps for Families

These are all the resources for First Steps for Families for the month of October.

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September First Steps for Families • First Steps for Families

These are all the resources for First Steps for Families for the month of September.

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Service & Justice

2021 Fall Weekly Justice Challenges

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Place these justice challenges in your bulletin or on your website to encourage parishioners to embrace just living.

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Autumn Service Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for service activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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