December
2016
 
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Merry Christmas from St. Paul Religious Education!


Dear Families ,

We are already into Advent and our preparations for the great Feast of Christmas! It is a time to acknowledge our many blessings. Please know that you and your children are a blessing to us. All of us are on the journey to become the people God made us to be - the best version of ourselves. This is our path to happiness. This is our path to holiness. This is our path to sainthood! It is our privilege to be on this journey with you. Know that we keep you in prayer and wish nothing but the very best for you and everyone you love at Christmas and always.

~The St. Paul Religious Education Staff
Christmas Break

The last classes for Religious Education before Christmas break will be  Monday/Tuesday, December 19th/20th.

Classes will resume Monday/Tuesday, January 9th/10th.


Seventh Grade Families
Seventh grade students and families will meet in the St. Paul School gym on Sunday, December 4th at 4:00 pm.  There will be an informational meeting and workshop for Confirmation followed by the Mass of Acceptance at 6 pm in the church.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Families
Click here for a list of Winter Service Opportunities!
 
The Feast of St. Nicholas
The first graders are in for a real treat! Deacon Bill Jamieson will be visiting the first grade classrooms (in costume) on December 6th/7th to share the story of St. Nicholas' life and generosity.   

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 am, 8:15 am and 7 pm. This feast day is a Holy Day of Obligation and we encourage all families to attend one of the masses held at St. Paul Church.

Reconciliation
Grades 3 - 8 will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during RE class time during Advent.

Communal Penance Services with Individual Confession will be held as follows:

Monday, December 19th: 

1:00 pm, St. Germaine Campus of Our Lady of Hope
28301 Little Mack Ave
St. Clair Shores

7:00 pm, St. Joan of Arc
22412 Overlake St.
St. Clair Shores

Confessions are available here at St. Paul every Saturday before Christmas at 3:45 pm.


Join us for an Advent Encounter on Sunday, December 11 at 7:15 p.m.  Pete Burak, Director of i.d. 9:16, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries, will give the third and final talk on Encountering Jesus Anew. Pete is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is working toward a Master's in Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.  He is a frequent speaker at youth and young adult events, and is the camp co-Director of Pine Hills Boys Camp.


Your Child's Catechist
Your child's Catechist may be a Mom or Dad like you, a single person, a grandparent, or even a religious Sister. From all walks of life they come to St. Paul on Mondays and Tuesdays as volunteers to teach and share their faith with your child. These catechists appreciate your support and encouragement. Please remember your child's catechist with a note or a card during the Christmas season!

Catholics Returning Home
This is the time of year when many who are away from the Church feel that "nudge" in their hearts to come back to mass, especially on Christmas. Chances are there is someone in your family or among your friends who has not been to church in awhile. Jesus expects each one of us to reach out to those folks. Be an encourager and an inviter. Besides Christmas mass, think of the many programs and activities going on at St. Paul and other churches around us. Is there something that might appeal to someone you know? As a parish, we are committed to helping anyone who is not practicing their faith to find a comfortable way to return. Different people have different needs. Members of our Pastoral Staff are prepared to answer questions, calm anxieties, and help individuals find their way back to Jesus and his Church. For more information, call 885-8855.

Adult Programming for Winter 
Our winter offerings will begin in early January. There are many opportunities to choose from and we encourage every parent to try something and invite a friend.

CHOSEN (Part I)  
Cost: $20.00         Level: Beginning
Description: This life changing experience helps to discover the Catholic faith in all its riches & vitality. Dynamic presenters in visually stunning fast-paced videos will capture your attention & present the Christian faith in new & unexpected ways.
Monday     1/09/2017       6:30pm-7:45pm     St. Paul School Library
Tuesday    1/10/2017       9:00am-10:30am   St. Paul Church Assembly Room
 
FOLLOW ME GOSPEL OF JOHN
Cost: $20.00        Level:Beginning/Intermediate
Monday      1/9/2017        12:00noon-2:00pm  St. Clare Fellowship Hall
 
LETTER TO THE HEBREWS (MEN'S STUDY)
No Cost             Leader: John Shumaker       Level: Intermediate
Description: This men's study will conclude their journey through the Gospel of Mark with Chapter 15 and will move into the Letter to the Hebrews.
2nd, 3rd, 4th Tuesday of each Month
1/10/2017            7:15pm-8:30pm                   St. Paul Church Assembly Room 
       
CATHOLIC MEN'S FELLOWSHIP (MEN'S STUDY)   
No Cost           Level: All Men 
Description: Come join other Catholic men for engaging talks and discussions along with fellowship while exploring various topics on the Catholic Faith. For additional information, please contact Tom Graves at Thomas.graves@yahoo.com.
1st, 2nd, 3rd Thursday of each Month
1/05/2017            7:00am-8:00am                 St. Paul Church Assembly Room
 
UNBOUND HEALING AND FREEDOM IN CHRIST (8 Weeks)   
Cost: $15.00        Level: Intermediate
Description: A scriptural study that will help participants to see themselves and their life experiences through God's eyes. It will identify areas of resistance to Jesus or areas of bondage that limit our free response to his love for those who seek to follow Him. This study is recommended for anyone looking for help to move out of bondage to any sin or any limiting life pattern. At the conclusion, individual prayer appointments will be available.
Mondays        1/09/2017      7:00pm-8:45pm    St. Paul Church Assembly Room
Wednesdays  1/11/2017      9:15am-11:00am    St. Paul RE Library
 
ISRAEL'S STORY PART II (MEN'S STUDY)
Cost: $15.00             Leader: Tim Reaume            Level: Advanced
Description: This book/discussion group will study some of the most memorable teachings of Jesus that were delivered as parables found in the Gospels.
1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month
1/07/17          9:00am-10:30am               St. Paul Church Assembly Room 
   
ENCOUNTER, SPEND A LITTLE TIME WITH JESUS
No Cost          Level: All
Description: Eucharistic Adoration - Praise and Worship - Powerful Messages! Dynamic speakers, confession and prayer teams available.
Usually the 3rd Sunday of the Month
1/22/2017       7:15pm-8:30pm                St. Paul Church and Gathering Space 
 
FRESH START, DIVORCED AND SEPARATED GROUP  
Cost: $10.00        Leader: Deacon Bill Jamieson        Level: All
(New people welcome in 2017)
Description: A ministry that brings hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. A place where practical advice meets pastoral care.
2 Thursdays a Month
1/12/2017      7:00pm-8:30pm    St. Paul School Faculty Lounge or Canfield Center 
 
Lost and Found
If your child is missing an item of clothing or something else that they brought to Religious Ed, those articles
are kept in the classroom lockers. Check with your child's catechist.


Upcoming School and Parish Activities - 


 

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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