Sacrament Program News for Confirmation
St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket Parishes
October 1, 2019
Dear Families,

October is traditionally the Month of the Rosary.  As a parish, we'll have the opportunity to pray the Rosary together on Sunday, October 13 after the 7:30 and 9:30 AM masses.

Of course, you don't have to wait until then.  Fr. Presta is sending home a Rosary leaflet with each student tomorrow night.  Please use it to pray at least a decade of the Rosary each day as a family during this month.

Another family prayer opportunity is the Family Mass this Saturday at 5:00 PM.  It will be the first mass of the season for our Children's Choir.

We have an opening for a aide in a First Year classroom.  If you would like to explore this opportunity, please let Cathy Crino know.  (Aides receive a break on tuition.)

absenceThe easiest way for you to report an absence is to   fill out this online form.  You can do it from your phone, it takes only a second.  Of course, we hope that your student is not absent, as continuity is very important for a class that only meets weekly.

photosWe have ID photos of students in our parish data base, which helps us to match names and faces.  If your student is new, or in fourth or sixth grades, we will be taking new photos in the next weeks.  If you would like to opt out, please let Cathy Crino know.

Please remember that Alpha is continuing this Wednesday .  After you drop off your child in the gym, you are welcome to join us in the school faculty room. Don't worry if you missed last week .  Come anyway. 

petblessingPlease join us for the blessing of the animals .  Friday, October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis and in honor pets can be blessed.  Gather at 3:00 PM in the garden to the east of the school building.
Come to Alpha
Join us on Wednesdays at 6:15 PM 
to find the real answers to questions

Come to Alpha.  

It can't be simpler.  Drop off your kids in the gym and come into the school faculty room to explore the answers to the big questions of life - faith, meaning, God, purpose.

Wednesdays at 6:15 PM in the fall.

Join us!

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Important Confirmation Preparation Events
For both Seventh and Eighth Graders 

Confirmation is a two-year preparation and important dates are coming up for candidates for 2020 and 2021.
  • There is a mandatory orientation for 2021 candidates and parents on October 17 and 19 - both in Hajdu Hall at St. Emily.  The RSVP form is here.
  • The Confirmation pilgrimage for the 2020 candidates will be on October 9.  All the information is in this recent newsletter.
  • The Enrollment Mass for both the 2020 and 2021 candidates is Saturday, November 16 at 5:00 PM.
All the information about Confirmation preparation can always be found on the website.

Family Mass
Join us on October 5 at 5:00 PM

Family Mass is a great opportunity to not only worship together, but to minister together.

Each month, different families sign up to be the greeters, readers and gift bearers for our community.

The first mass of the year is Saturday, October 5 at 5:00 PM.  You can sign up here.
  • The greeters will welcome parishioners upon their arrival to mass and hand out bulletins as they leave. 
  • The readers will read the first and second readings, as well as the intercessions.
  • The gifts of bread and wine can be brought to the altar by the whole family.

St. Thomas Becket Fiftieth Anniversary
Dinner Dance on October 12

St. Thomas Becket is celebrating its Golden Anniversary with some special events. Come to the D inner Dance on October 12. 

Come to Holy Ghost Bingo
Friday, October 18 at 7:00 PM

Holy Ghost Bingo is brought to you by the same creative mind who developed Late Nite Catechism.

This fun, interactive play will be in the St. Emily Gym.

Knights of Columbus Essay Contest
Open to all eighth graders

Mount Prospect Council 6481 again is sponsoring the Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. The essay contest is a creative way to encourage young people to become citizens who are firmly grounded in the Faith.

Theme: The meaning of Virtue and how I live and embody the virtue of Charity.

In an essay of 500-750 words, consider the meaning of virtue and think about ways in which you exemplify the virtue of Charity to glorify and reflect the nature of God. This could be at home with your families or in your communities, as you enrich the welfare of others.

Entries are due on October 11.  All the details are here.

tuition2Paying tuition and fees

If you have not yet paid tuition for St. Emily , please note three options:
  • You can, of course, pay in full any time now that classes have begun.  We accept checks or cash, or you can pay via eGiving;
  • You can choose to pay half of your tuition by the beginning of classes, and then pay the balance at mid-year.  You may also do this by cash, check or via eGiving;
  • The easiest option is to set up a monthly payment via credit card or bank draft in eGiving. Please set up the payments so that they are completed by April 1.
St. Thomas Becket families should pay at your parish.  Contact  Renata Sosin  if you have questions.
Dates to Save
  • October 9 - Pilgrimage for eighth grade Confirmation candidates
  • October 17 and 19 - Parent and candidate orientation for seventh graders hoping to be confirmed in 2021.
  • November 16 at 5:00 PM - Enrollment mass for both seventh and eighth grade Confirmation candidates
Quick Links
St. Emily Parish
Catherine Crino, DRE
St. Thomas Becket Parish
Renata Sosin, CRE