To God We Give Thanks
Monday, November 6th: 
RE classes will be held at the normal time 
Special Presentation for ALL 7th and 8th grade students and parents from
6:30 - 7:45 p.m. in the Gym.  (Tuesday students attend this presentation instead of regular class on Tuesday.) 

Tuesday, November 7th: 
Election Day,
RE classes for grades 1 - 6

Thanksgiving Week: 
No RE classes on Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st

First Reconciliation (children preparing for First Communion)
First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Thursday, November 16th promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the Church. We ask that only the First Reconciliation child attend with his or her parents.
Be sure to bring some spiritual reading for your child and yourself to fill the time while you are waiting for individual confessions. Please review the
We Believe & Celebrate First Penance book with your child to prepare him or her for this sacrament. The completed books should be brought in for review by your child's catechist the week of November 13/14.  

Grade 7 
Seventh grade students and parents will meet in the St. Paul School gym on Sunday, November 12th at 4:00 pm.  There will be an informational meeting and workshop for students preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation followed by the Mass of Acceptance at 6:00 pm in the church.

Grades 7 and 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 Monday, November 6th from 6:30 - 7:45 pm in the gym. "What Do We Really Believe About Homosexuality?" will be the topic for the evening.  Look for more details in the letter that was sent home. 
Seventh and Eighth Grade Families 
Click here for a list of Autumn Works of Mercy and Service Opportunities.

F ood Drive for Thanksgiving
The food drive is underway and so far the pantry is pretty bare. If you have not already sent in food, please help! The parishes who have asked for our assistance are really depending on us. Donations may be placed on the tables located outside of the school office.   
Life Threatening Allergies
Because there are children in our program as well as children in the school who have deadly allergies to nuts - especially peanuts - we remind you to never send anything with nuts as a snack for your child or his/her class. If your children eat anything with peanut butter or nuts right before class, please make sure that they wash their hands before coming into the school. We had a couple of "scares" around Halloween because of all the peanut candy making its way around the school. A child who suffers from these allergies can even be sickened by contact with a wrapper from a product that contains nuts. Please be very aware of this so that we keep all of our children safe and healthy!

Safety After Class Is Over
We have a volunteer crossing guard on duty at the end of class and a staff person in the playground area to help with safety after your children are dismissed. Please help us to keep your children safe by picking them up promptly and instructing them to not leave the playground until you arrive. We will close the playground area and take any children who have not been picked up back to the R. E. office 10 minutes after classes are dismissed. At that point, you must come to the R. E. office to pick up your child. As a reminder, there is no parking or standing allowed next to the orange cones.  Please remind your children that they must exit through the gym doors.  
Thanksgiving thoughts . . .
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for difficult times, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they become your blessings.
- Author Unknown
Taken from:   "Silent Insight - Daily Catholic 

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Upcoming School and Parish Activities - 


Please mark your calendars for February 10-13th, 2018 for our upcoming parish mission with Father Dave Pivonka, TOR. Father Dave is a Franciscan priest from Steubenville Ohio, and is an internationally popular speaker, spending much of his time helping others come to know God's love for them through speaking, writing, CD's and other spiritual outreaches. Father Dave is well known to youth conference attendees from San Diego to Nova Scotia.  Our mission will include programming for children in grades 1-5 through adults. We will also offer babysitting. Please stayed tuned to the "Reporter" and to our website for additional details to follow and volunteer opportunities.
UNLEASH THE GOSPEL DISCUSSION GROUP - We invite you to join us the evening of Thursday, November 9th from 6:30 - 8:45 p.m. in the Canfield Education Center (St. Paul School) for a discussion on Archbishop Vigneron's Pastoral Letter, "Unleash the Gospel". The document can be found on our parish website,, or you can pick up a printed copy in the Parish Office. Pray as you read the letter, and come prepared to answer these four questions:
  1. What is the Holy Spirit saying to me personally?
  2. What is the Holy Spirit saying to me in my role as a member of St. Paul on the Lake?
  3. What is the Holy Spirit saying to me regarding families?
  4. What is the Holy Spirit saying to me regarding our parish?
Come join this lively discussion, and experience being part of this grace-filled opportunity with fellow parishioners. Please RSVP to the parish office by calling (313)885-8855 or email Anne Graves at  Snacks and beverages will be provided.
CATHOLIC WOMENS' FELLOWSHIP GROUP - Come join other Catholic women as we gather in fellowship and grow deeper in our faith through prayer, reading of Scripture and reflection, a short teaching and praise and worship music. No registration necessary. Meets from 9 - 10:00 a.m.  November 14th , 21st and 28th  in the Church Assembly Room off of the gathering space of St. Paul on the Lake Church. If you have any questions, please email Anne Graves at



Religious Education Department (313) 885-7022
Judith Jones, Director of Religious Education:
Katie Cook, Section Head for Grades 1- 4:
Tricia Kesteloot, Section Head for Grades 5 - 8: