February 2017
Winter Break
There are NO RE Classes February 20th/21st. 

The RE Office will be CLOSED

First Eucharist Families
The families of children preparing for their First Holy Communion recently came together for a beautiful Candle Mass celebration.  
If your family missed the First Eucharist Parent Meetings held on January 30th and 31st, the books and information will be sent home with your child this coming week so be on the lookout for it.
Eucharistic Adoration
Grades 2-5 had the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in church this week. Deacon Bill Jamieson led them through a beautiful prayer service and provided an excellent explanation to the children.  
Eucharistic Adoration is held at St. Paul every Tuesday from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. Benediction. You are welcome to come and pray during these hours and to bring your children to spend some quiet time with Jesus. 
An hour of praise and worship before the Blessed Sacrament is held once a month from 7:15 - 8:15pm in the Church.   Confession, prayer teams and refreshments will be available. The next date is Sunday, February 19th. This is a beautiful Lenten opportunity for all families. See flyer below for details. 
8th Grade News
On Sunday, February 12th at 3:45 p.m. there will be a meeting for Confirmation candidates and their sponsors. If your child's sponsor is unable to attend, we ask that one parent accompany the student to this workshop. This session will be immediately followed by the Mass of Enrollment for students and their families at 6 p.m. in the church. 
All Confirmation candidates are required to write a 'letter to our pastor' requesting to be confirmed. Students will be given instructions about this letter during class on March 6th/7th. Each student will then be 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. Attendance is extremely important during these last months of class.

7th and 8th Grade Families 
Click here for a list of Service Opportunities. 

7th Grade News 
Seventh Grade Families ....your seventh grade son or daughter is invited to the NET (National Evangelization Team) Retreat scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Additional retreat information and Parent Permission Form will be mailed to your home mid February.   NET Ministries is an international youth ministry which aims to challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church.They have ministered to over one million young people and have led over 25,000 retreats since 1981.  "Teams" of 8-12 volunteers, aged 18-30, devote a year of their life to travel the country and lead retreats for junior high and high school aged youth. If you would like additional information about the NET retreat program, please visit their website at  http://www.netusa.org/.
If your family is willing to host 2-3 members of the NET Team for the night of Tuesday, March 21st, please call the RE Office at 885-7022.  

Parent Volunteers Scheduled for February

 Catechist Treat 
Hall Monitor 
 Crossing Guard 
Monday, February 13th
Lindsey Buhl
Emily Butkas 
Carrie Barbieri   Christina Losier 
Tuesday,  February 14th
Kate Walczy
Rebecca Wazny 
Kathy Kaspzyk 
Help is needed in this time slot. Call 885-7022 
if you can assist.
Monday,  February 27th 
Elizabeth Connors  
Jennifer Crane  
Katie Barraza-Tovar
 Brian Stidham 
Tuesday, February 28th 
Rebecca Wojan
Janice Baczkowski 
 Stacy Calcaterra   Tara Blake 
Parent Reminder About Early Pick-Up
If you must pick up your child before class is dismissed, please go to the school office where a R. E. secretary is on duty.  You must sign your child out and your child will meet you in the office.  We will not release children early unless you first sign them out in the office.   
Ash Wednesday
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. Masses will be held at 6:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Liturgy of the Word with distribution of ashes will take place at 4:30pm.
Stations of the Cross 
Stations during Lent are on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. in the church and on Good Friday, April 14th at 12:00 noon in church. Stations will also be displayed on the second floor of St. Paul School throughout Lent.     

Rice Bowls
Rice Bowls will be coming home with students on February 27th and 28th. Almsgiving is a traditional Catholic practice, especially during Lent. Please encourage your child to save a portion of his or her allowance for those who are suffering from hunger.
Homeless Week
Our annual outreach project to care for the homeless is just weeks away. Our guests will be at St. Paul from March 4th - 11th. Please see the flyers attached to this newsletter for details about how you and your family can participate. Thank you for your continued prayers for our guests.

Help is needed with extra hall monitors during Homeless Week.  We need two extra adults on Monday and Tuesday during class time.  Please call the R. E. office at 885-7022 if you can assist!
Upcoming School and Parish Activities:  


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