November
2016
Have you ever heard of a "living relic"? 
Gianna Molla is the daughter of St. Gianna who chose to give her life for her unborn daughter. Next Monday, November 7th, she is coming to speak at St. Paul during RE classtime.  Children in grades 7-8 who normally come to class on Tuesday, as well as all parents, are encouraged to attend.  Feel free to invite your friends.  Please see the flyer below for details.
   

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Monday, November 7th, RE classes will be held at the normal time

Tuesday, November 8th, Election Day,
there are NO RE classes


Thanksgiving Week: 
RE classes are cancelled on Monday, November 21st and Tuesday,November 22nd


8th Grade Parents - Confirmation Retreat - DEADLINE
The Confirmation Retreat is coming up on Saturday, November 12th - Sunday, November 13th.  Registrations and the PINK card letters, sealed in an envelope with your child's first and last name,are due in the Religious Education office by Wednesday, November 2nd. If your child is unable to attend this retreat, please call our office immediately.
 
Click here for upcoming service opportunities.This information, along with Service Reflection forms can also be found on the St. Paul Parish website.  
 
Grade 2 - First Reconciliation
First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Thursday, November 17th 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 on November 14th or 15th. 
 
All Parents - Reconciliation
All children in grades 3-8 will go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the first two weeks of November.
**If you have a child in grades 3-8 who has never been to Confession, please contact us ASAP so that your daughter or son is properly prepared.

All Parents - a Boost for Your Marriage and Family
Would you like to:
- move your marriage from stale to passionate?
- move you family from over-scheduled to grounded?
- move your hearts from angry and resistant to merciful and joyful?
 
Please come and hear Dr. Tim Hogan, Friday, November 4th.  Enjoy a free dinner and babysitting. Receive some encouragement, inspiration, and a little laughter!
See flyer below for details. 
 
Spiritual Bouquet  (from the Synod 16
Messenger
Friends or family may have asked you, "I'm not a Synod member but I'd like to be involved. How can I help?" With one month until the opening of Synod 16, Archbishop Vigneron, the Synod members, and all involved in this central element of our mission to transform the culture of the Archdiocese to that of a band of joyful, missionary disciples need prayers. We are assembling a spiritual bouquet of those prayers, Masses, and other spiritual acts which we will present to Archbishop Vigneron as part of the Synod.
Some may choose to pray the rosary daily until the conclusion of the Synod, some may choose to spend an hour or two in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, others may choose to engage in charitable works. No matter how big or how small, all prayers are needed and appreciated.

Please tell your friends and family that if they wish to contribute to this spiritual bouquet, they may tell us how they will be praying for the success of Synod 16 on the Archdiocese of Detroit Facebook page, or by reaching out to us on Twitter or Instagram. Additionally, if you have family and friends who wish to be part of an intercessory prayer group for the successful implementation of the New Evangelization, that the Church of Detroit bring all souls to Christ the Redeemer, and for unity, that all work together led by the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit, they can sign up here to receive occasional emails with intentions for which they can pray.
   
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.
 
Deadly 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 must 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  Meditations"

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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