Introducing: ICF Spotlight
Beginning today, we will feature a resource, post, or other item from the Cincinnati-based Institute for Christian Formation, Inc., (ICF) every Monday at The Catholic Beat.
Based on the idea of “full-immersion Catholicism,” the ICF helps Catholics celebrate and hand on the faith by connecting them with the liturgical calendar, Scripture, and sacraments. The ICF’s daily social media posts, printable materials, and website help families, parishes, schools, small groups, and individuals live their faith the way Catholics have always lived it: through the Church’s authentic feasts, gestures and devotions, rituals, and prayers.
Developed by Dr. Sandra Chakeres, Director of Faith Formation at the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Clifton/Cincinnati), the ICF makes its materials free to Catholics all around the world for family, personal, group, and parish use.
Look for posts from the IFC’s vault here every Monday; “like” them on Facebook for regular updates on Catholic saints, traditions, links, daily readings, and more; and see their website for online and downloadable materials on traditional saint day recipes and celebrations, liturgical seasons, and other resources.
Today: How to Make a Morning Offering
Do you pray this simple prayer? Every morning on its Facebook page, the ICF posts this prayer composed by a 19th-century priest with a different devotional image. Pray it with people all around the world and dedicate your day to God and the mission of His Church:
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day
for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.
(Fr. François-Xavier Gautrelet, 1844)
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