February 2018
Parish Mission 
There are NO RE Classes
February 12th/13th.
Please plan to attend the Parish Mission with your children! See the flyer below for details.

Winter Break
There are NO RE Classes February 19th/20th
The RE Office will be CLOSED the week of

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 29th and 30th, the books and information will be sent home with your child this coming week so be on the lookout for it.
4th Grade
Catechists Leslie McMillin, Pam Webb and Julie Granger (not pictured) presented socks filled with toiletries and basic care items for the homeless to Dr. Chad Audi, president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. This was a Christmas Outreach Project for 4th Graders who attend Religious Ed on Tuesdays.  The children also made specially crafted cards full of love, hope and prayer.

Eucharistic Adoration
Grades 6-8 had the opportunity to participate in a beautiful prayer, praise and worship session before the Blessed Sacrament in church this week. Fr. Craig Marion and Deacon Bill Jamieson led the services and "Surrender," the St. Paul praise and worship band, provided stirring music.  The children participated with enthusiasm and many commented about how much they enjoyed this opportunity.
Eucharistic Adoration is held at St. Paul every Tuesday from 12:00 noon until 7:00 pm 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 with music by "Surrender" is held once a month from 7:15 - 8:15 pm in the Church.   Confession, prayer teams and refreshments will be available. The next date is Sunday, February 25th. This is a beautiful Lenten opportunity for all families. See flyer below for details.  
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 15, 2018. Additional retreat information and the 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 14th, please call the RE Office at 885-7022. 
Ash Wednesday
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. Masses will be held at 6:30 am, 8:15 am and 7:00 pm.  Liturgy of the Word with distribution of ashes will take place at 4:30 pm.
Stations of the Cross 
Stations during Lent are on Tuesdays at 7:15 pm in the church and on Good Friday, March 30th 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 5th and 6th. 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 3rd - 10th. Please see the flyers below 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!

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 RE 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.    

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