Preparing for Our Mercy Experience – Permission Forms, etc.

rmhcLogoTonight, before taking the kids to church for their monthly Mass, we will focus on our upcoming Mercy Experience (formerly known as service projects!). On April 21, we will be going to the Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL, to prepare and serve supper for about 30 people currently residing there. Kudos to my DRE, Deb, and to St. Cajetan for strongly suggesting that EVERY grade of religious education be involved in some type of service!

Ronald McDonald House is a guest house for parents and families of critically ill children being treated at
nearby hospitals. All meals are prepared and served by volunteers which makes it an excellent opportunity for young people in religious education programs to participate in a mercy experience, both corporal and spiritual – a particularly appropriate experience for younger children who may not be mature enough to experience a soup kitchen, etc.

Tonight, we will go over all the details of the experience, have the children sign up for the dish they will be bringing, and send home the permission form for parents to sign and return. I’m providing you here with the permission form used by the parish (tweaked for this particular event) along with a fact sheet about the event and a sign up sheet for bringing food.

Mercy Experience Permission Form – Fact Sheet – Sign Up Sheet

After this, we will take the kids to church for their monthly Mass, an opportunity to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation! Only 9 months to Christmas! Mary teaches us today that the future is shaped by the choices we make today. May all our choices be life-giving!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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