May 2017
 

Dear Religious Education Families, 

Next week we will celebrate the completion of an especially good year in
Religious Education with a May Crowning prayer service honoring Our Blessed Mother. May 13 marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's first appearance to the three children at Fatima, so we will acknowledge this Feast Day at our May Crownings. 

The catechists and staff thank you so much for sharing your children with us and for the support you show to the program. We hope and pray that every member of your family has grown closer to Jesus Christ over the past nine months.

For those whose youngest child will be headed off to high school in the Fall, our
prayers go with your child and we will miss you! Encourage your high school children to stay close to their parish family by participating in the Spirit Youth Group, serving at Mass in whatever liturgical ministry they were trained for, and participating in other parish events. Continue to be good role models for your children by being faithful to Sunday Mass and remembering to pray as a family every day. Know that even though you may not have a child in our program, our Religious Ed staff is always here to answer questions and help your
family in any way that we can.

For those with children who will be returning next year, we will look forward to seeing you again. 

May God bless every parent and child in our parish family and may you have a safe, restful and awesome summer!

In Christ's love,
St. Paul Religious Ed Staff 

Discounted Fees for Religious Education
Discounted fees are available until May 31st. If you need a special payment plan, just talk to us and we will work with you.  If you are not certain about what class time will work best for your family in the Fall, you can always change it without penalty. Register now! Click here for 2017-2018 Registration Schedule and Fees.
 
Vacation Bible School
St. Paul runs one of the best Vacation Bible Schools in the area for a minimal cost and children from Pre-K (four-year-old minimum) through Grade 4 absolutely love it!  Vacation Bible School will be held the week of August 14th -18th this year. Click here for the VBS registration form.  Entering seventh graders through high school students, click here to sign-up as a helper.

First Communion
Congratulations to our children who will celebrate their First Holy Communion this coming Saturday, May 6th, and to all of their families who prepared them so beautifully for their special day.  Remember that practice is Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm in the Church! 

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

7th, 8th Grade and High School Families
Remember to bring your son or daughter to our forum on "What Do Catholics Really Believe About Homosexuality?" on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym.This will be a respectful and compassionate presentation which is designed to bring light and clarity for all. For more information, call the Religious Ed Office at 885-7022. 
 
Confirmation Practice 
Confirmation practice will be held on Thursday, May 11th from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Church.  This is a mandatory practice.  If your child is unable to be present at the rehearsal, it is REQUIRED that the confirmation sponsor or a parent  be present.  If the sponsor is unable to attend the rehearsal with the child, it is strongly recommended that a parent stand in for the sponsor during the rehearsal.

Have you ever considered becoming Catholic? 
Or, do you have a spouse, other family member or friend who may be interested in learning more about the Catholic Church?  This is the perfect time of year to inquire about your next steps. See flyer below for contact information.
 
CYO Sports 
If you have a child in grades 5 - 8 interested in playing fall sports, open enrollment begins may 15th.  Check the St. Paul School website for registration information.



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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