Sacrament Program News for Confirmation
  The next Family Mass is November 16
St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket Parishes
November 12, 2019
Dear Families,

I don't think any of us expected to have January this month, but here we are.

I find it necessary to make a comment about excessive absences and students being pulled out of class.  Obviously, if your child is ill, don't come to class.  If you have 102 degree fever, don't get out of bed to drive your child.  If there is an urgent family emergency, don't come. I had call from a mom last year three hours after she delivered baby number three to see if her son could miss.  If you just gave birth, don't come. (Our absence policy is designed to account for these situations.)

Other absences, however, have a huge impact on the continuity and quality of what your child and the rest of their class learns.

For example, if a catechist prepares a lesson on an important feature in the curriculum, and finds half the class absent for a sports or school activity, they might have to scrap the lesson at the last minute (because how else will they include all those absent) and then do something peripheral to fill the class time.

Continuity is also very important in a program that meets only once a week.  I find, being in the classroom myself, the blank looks and frustration from a child who missed one or two classes and now feels quite left behind.  Remember that we cover about a week of regular class time in a class period of 75 minutes.  It is, by necessity, concentrated.

Our policy is that a student miss no more than 3 classes a year.  That is 11% of our time together.  A comparable percentage in the regular school year would be 21 class days - more than a month of school.  As you can see, if a student missed that much class time their progress to the next grade might be affected. Each class in Religious Ed is the equivalent of about 6-7 school days.

Please do your part to minimize Wednesday absences so that we can deliver the best Religious Education possible to your child.

The Baby Bottles were due back last week.  You can still bring them tomorrow. The funds go to women and children in great need, so we hope they come back heavy with spare change.  (And anything else you'd like to throw in.)

We had a great Back to School Night last year and we're glad to welcome families back again.  Please check out the details for November 20.

If we needed any other reminder, this last week has shown us that Chicagoland weather is not dependable - or rather we can depend upon it to complicate our lives.  Please check out our winter weather notification process , so that you don't make any unnecessary trips.

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. 
Family Mass
Join us on November 16 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 next Family Mass is Saturday, November 16 at 5:00 PM.  This mass will be Enrollment mass for the seventh and eighth graders preparing for Confirmation.
backtoschoolBack to School Night
Join us on November 20 

We would like to invite you to a  Back-to-School night in Religious Ed on November 20. 

We will have 20 minute periods for you to observe what happens in your child's classroom (and enough time to circulate if you have more than one child.) 

The catechists and the students are eager to welcome you, so that you can get a taste of what is happening in the classrooms each week.  We hope that you can join us and discover a bit more about what the kids are learning.

We'll let the classes have a few minutes to get settled in before welcoming you into the classroom. Please note that dismissal will take place as usual.

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 Event
For both Seventh and Eighth Graders 

Confirmation is a two-year preparation and important dates are coming up for candidates for 2020 and 2021.
  • The Enrollment Mass for both the 2020 and 2021 candidates is Saturday, November 16 at 5:00 PM.
  • Please contact Cathy Crino if your candidate would like to read at the mass.
All the information about Confirmation preparation can always be found on the website.

winterEmergency Closing Information
Know how to be informed

We hope that all our Wednesdays are sunny and dry, but it is Chicago and we realize that winter weather is no joke.

If we find it advisable to close, we will send a blast email to all families that day.

We will also post any closings at the   Emergency Closing Center.  Please check there to make sure.   You can also sign up there for email alerts that tell if and when the Religious Education program is cancelled.

Dates to Save
  • November 16 at 5:00 PM - Enrollment mass for both seventh and eighth grade Confirmation candidates
  • November 20 - "Back to School Night" - visit your student's class
  • November 27 - No class - Thanksgiving break
Quick Links
St. Emily Parish
Catherine Crino, DRE
St. Thomas Becket Parish
Renata Sosin, CRE