April 2017

The full Lenten and Easter Mass Schedules can be viewed at the bottom of  this newsletter.

Yes, there will be class this coming Monday, April 17th and Tuesday, April 18th! 

Stations of The Cross
All grades had the opportunity this week to participate in Stations of the Cross with Deacon Bill Jamieson.

First Communion Families
Please pray for all of the children in our parish preparing to receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 6th. Parents of these children are reminded that rehearsal is on Thursday, May 4th, at 6:30 p.m. We ask that each child come with one parent and no siblings.  This is a very large group, so please do not drop your child off at the church and leave.  Thank you for your cooperation.

It is important to continue working at home in the We Believe and Celebrate First Communion book.

8th Grade Confirmation Requirements 
Thanks to all of the families who have turned in their paperwork for Confirmation.  If you still have missing paperwork , please submit the forms to the Religious Ed office as soon as possible.               
All Confirmation candidates are required to write a letter to our pastor requesting to be confirmed.  Students were given instruction in class during the week of March 6th. Additionally, each student has been assigned an interview time with a member of the pastoral staff.  Interviews are scheduled during class time on April 10th/11th and April 24th/25th. Class attendance is expected through May 9th.  
Last Session for Grades 7-8
"What Do We Really Believe About Homosexuality?" 
A special session for Grades 7, 8, High School students and their parents
will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 7 pm in the gym. "What Do We Really Believe About Homosexuality?" will be the topic for the evening.  Look for more details in the mail.

Last Day of Regular Classes for Religious Education 
Monday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 9th will be the last days of class. May Crowning with a special blessing for the children will be held in the church at 6:45 p.m. on Monday and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  Parents are welcome to join us.
Registration for 2017-2018
Early Bird Registration, with discounted fees for Religious Education classes for 2017-2018 will begin at the end of this month. Registration tables will be in the main hallway of the St. Paul School building on:                                 
                                   Sunday, April 30th           9:45-11:15 a.m.
                             Monday, May 1st             6:15-7:45 p.m.  
                                   Tuesday, May 2nd           4:00-5:30 p.m.
                                   Monday, May 8th             6:15-7:45 p.m.
                                   Tuesday, May 9th            4:00-5:30 p.m.
Fees are discounted through the month of May to encourage you to register early.  Take advantage of our "Early Bird Special" while it lasts! Click here  for dates and fee schedule.

Parent Volunteers Scheduled for March
  Catechist Treat 
Hall Monitor 
  Crossing Guard 
 April 17th 
 Taara O'Shee
 Kris Scarfone 
 Lorena Gamero 
 Kristin DeVooght 
 April 18th 
 Stacy Jarvis
 Lory Josephs 
 Help is needed in this time slot. Call 885-7022 if you can assist.      Laurie Ptashnik 
 April 24th 
 Michelle Scinta
 Peggy Smith 
 Renee Jakubowski   Anne Jackson 
 April 25th
 Michelle Kado
 Kathryn Kasza 
 Help is needed in this time slot. Call 885-7022 if you can assist.   Help is needed in this  time slot.  Call 885-7022 if you can assist. 
 May 1st
 William Smith
Theresa Sullivan 
 Alexa McConaghy   Karlyn Jones 
 May 2nd
 Jessica Kocik
 Tracy Komas 
 Stacey Calcaterra   Katie Bingle 
 May 8th
 Tambre Tedesco
 Lisa Ulbrich 
 Carrie Barbieri   Christina Losier 
 May 9th
 Donna Liburdi
 Kristen McDonald 
 Maria Rodriguez   Anthony DeLuca 

Have You Thought About Being a Catechist?
Many of our catechists are parents like you. They are not professional teachers or "experts" in the faith. They do, however, have a heart for Jesus and want to help our children grow to know and love him. We have a great training program and have been very successful in helping ordinary parishioners to become great catechists. It is possible to team teach with a partner (possibly a friend or your spouse?).  It is also possible to start as a classroom aide to gain confidence.
Catechists enjoy either full or partial tuition scholarships (based on their level of commitment) for their children in the Religious Ed program. We provide free babysitting for children of catechists and aides during class on Tuesdays. For more information or help in discerning whether this would be a good fit for you, contact Judith Jones at 885-7022 or jjones@stpaulonethlake.org. 
Loving those who are away from their faith . . .
It was suggested recently that maybe those who are away from the Church need to hear that it is OK to come back. Yes, the Catholic Church wants them and would welcome them. Our God is a God of love and mercy! Maybe it would help if you personally invite someone in your circle of family or friends to come to mass with you or to join you in a Bible Study or one of the many activities taking place here at St. Paul. If someone you know or love has left the Church and is thinking about coming back, we want to provide support and encouragement. Call 885-8855 to speak to someone personally.

Also Happening at St. Paul School and  Parish.... 


Religious Education Department (313) 885-7022
Judith Jones, Director of Religious Education: jjones@stpaulonthelake.org
Katie Cook, Section Head for Grades 1- 4: kcook@stpaulonthelake.org
Tricia Kesteloot, Section Head for Grades 5 - 8: tkesteloot@stpaulonthelake.org