Mrs. Radigan (Grade 1, 2:30 PM & 4:30 PM)
With Lent right around the corner we will start talking about Ash Wednesday and the 40 days of Lent, preparing for the great feast of Easter.
We just started Unit 3 which includes Chapters 9 through 12. Chapter 9 talks about Jesus, the Son of God and Mary his mother. In Chapter 10 we learn about the Last Supper and the Eucharist. We will explore this in more detail during Lent. Chapter 11 is all about forgiveness and sin. Chapter 12 teaches up about the Gospel and Psalms.
Remember that classes meet every Wednesday during Lent. I look forward to seeing your children each week.
Mrs Urciuoli (Grade 2, 2:30 PM)
The children are preparing for First Reconciliation, this will be the first but not the last. It’s natural that they are a little nervous. During our class time together we’re working on five steps to making a great Reconciliation.
Step 1: Examination of Conscience
Step 2: Confession
Step 3: Penance
Step 4: Contrition
Step 5: Absolution
We will be practicing these steps together. This is a new experience for children this age, please take a moment and share thoughts about your First Reconciliation. It’s a perfect opportunity to reinforce our class lessons.
Mrs. Burnett (Grade 3, 4:30 PM)
Happy New Year! We are off to a peaceful, prayerful start this year! After a joyful group celebration of the Epiphany, including games, gifts and treats, we have focused on the importance of prayer and forgiveness. Ask your child if they can name the four different types of prayer or how many times Jesus tells us to forgive others.
We have discussed how prayer is a special time to talk and listen to God and how God, along with trusted family and friends, are sources of comfort and support in our daily lives.
rs. Vandel (Grade 3, 2:30 PM)
Wow, can you all believe it? Half the Religious Ed year is already over, but we still have a lot to cover in our 3
grade class. To recap what we already did cover; we learned the importance of prayer using
The Lord’s Prayer
The Hail Mary
as our examples; how using the prayers properly can make a strong connection between us and The Father, and how when we ask for something in our prayers, God gives us what we need every time. We also remembered how our two most important holidays are Easter and Christmas, and how Christ came to earth to be born as a human, so that he could give Himself on the cross to save us from our sins.
Because God gives us what we need just as a parent would as we grow, so within the next week or so we will be doing something fun that will also say thank-you to our parents for all they do. While we do this activity, we will also be learning that the Church IS Catholic because it is a Church for everyone, so we will be talking about things like being welcoming and compassionate, and we will also be discussing our Lent Service Project, which will hopefully revolve around doing extra chores around the house, to earn food donations that at the end of Lent, we will all bring in to gather the items and bring them to the Parish food pantry. For this purpose, within the next few weeks, I will be sending home a “contract” for both the parents and children to sign as an agreement that for each chore the child does, they can earn one food item that they can bring to our collection. An example might be that if they make their beds, then they can earn a box of pasta to put in the collection, or some other item that you all can agree upon.”
Mrs. Levesque and Mrs. Navin (Grade 8)
Eighth graders are working to recognize the Works of Mercy in real life after watching a video on everyday random acts of kindness. Students were given ‘Show Us Your Face’ prayer to use as a prayerful reflection to help them identify needs around us and which needs they feel called to fill. With a heightened sensitivity to need, we will choose our service project in early February. Please ask your child about the Works of Mercy to see if there is a sense of a calling toward a particular service project for our class this year.