Be A Saint Everyday
Sundays from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the Klauder Hall Gym
BASE is our middle school (6th through 8th grade) youth group that meets on Sunday nights from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the Klauder Hall gym. The first half hour is community time spent playing board games, improv games, basketball, volleyball, or something of the like. The last hour is spent together in more structured time. This usually consists of our saint spotlight of the week and a discussion and/or activity based on one of our four program cornerstones: community, spirituality, service, or social justice.
Matthew was a tax collector in the city of Capernaum, where Jesus was living. He was a Jew but he was working for the Romans, who had conquered the Jews. For this reason, his countrymen disliked him. They would not have anything to do with these "public sinners," as tax collectors like Matthew were called, but Jesus did not feel that way about Matthew. One day, Jesus saw Matthew sitting in his office and he said, "Follow me." At once, Matthew left his money and his position to follow Jesus. Matthew gave a big supper for Jesus with other friends like himself to meet Jesus and listen to him teach. Some people found fault with Jesus for sharing a meal with those whom they considered sinners. However, Jesus had a ready answer: "They who are well do not need a doctor; the sick do. I have not come to call the just, but sinners to repentance." When Jesus went back to heaven, St. Matthew stayed in Palestine. He remained there for some time to preach about the Lord. We are familiar with the Gospel of Matthew, which is the story of Jesus and what he taught. St. Matthew presents Jesus to his own people. The Lord is the Messiah whom the prophets had said would come to save us. After preaching the Gospel to many people, St. Matthew ended his life as a glorious martyr for the faith. When we start to label people as "bad" or as "sinners," it's time for us to say a prayer to St. Matthew. We can ask him to help us avoid labels. We don't want to imitate the wrong things people might do, but we don't want to look down on them either. We just say no to sin and we leave the judgment of people up to God.
Excerpt from www.WJPBR.com
Car Ride Conversations
It can be hard striking up a conversation about BASE with your children. Much like when you ask how school was, you will get a generic answer like "good", "fine", or "fun" and the conversation ends there.
This is a resource for parents that will hopefully yield some fruitful discussion on the way home from BASE about our activity and session from the night. Check here every week for updates.