October 4, 2021
Feast of St. Francis Assisi

Dear Religious Ed Families,

October is here, the leaves are changing, the air is crisper, and we are just getting back into the RE groove on Monday nights!  It has been so great to see the students back and the energy they bring....it is contagious!  

Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Francis Assisi, a well-known, popular saint, who our current pope is named after.  St. Francis gave of himself tirelessly to help the poor and lepers that most cast aside.  While probably known best for being the patron of animals, Francis also started many religious orders which are still very large in number to this day!  Leading a simple life dedicated to God is parf of their mission, and I think we can all learn to take that to heart ourselves.  Slow down, pray often, and simplify!  St. Francis, pray for us!

We have a lot going on this month, especially for those in sacrament years.  Please make note of the dates in the calendar section.  Bring on Fall!

Amy and Lisa

October 2021 Calendar
October 4:  Regular Class Night
                   Reconciliation Parent Meeting #1 at 6:45pm in Parish Hall 
October 6:  Reconciliation Parent Meeting #2 at 3:30pm in Church
October 9:  Confirmation Retreat 5-9pm 
October 11:Regular Class Night
                  Safe Environment Talks in grades 1-3
                  Confirmation Letter Explained in Class
October 18:Regular Class Night
                   Safe Environment Talks in grades 4-6
                   Confirmation Letters Due
October 25:Regular Class Night
                   Safe Environment Talk Grade 7
                   8th Grade Confirmation Interviews During Class
November 1:Regular Class Night
November 3:Confirmation Practice at 7pm
November 4:Confirmation Night, Mass at 7pm

Safe Environment Talks
The diocese requires annual safe environment talks each year.  The materials and information can be found on the diocesan website.  The website outlines what will be discussed.  All students participate in these talks, unless a parent returns an opt-out form.  If you do not want your child to participate in the talks, we will pull them down to the office during that time, but we do need an opt-out form on file.  Mrs. Sarah Robinson, St. Charles School Counselor, will be conducting the talks in grades 1-6 and Amy Johns will do the talks for 7th and 8th grades.  In addition to the dates listed above in the calendar section, the 8th grade will have their talk on November 8.

Reconciliation Parent Meeting
As a reminder, parent meetings for Reconciliation are being held this week.  We offer two meetings to help accommodate parent schedules.
Option 1:  Monday, October 4 (during RE Class) at 6:45pm in the Parish Hall.  Park in the lot at Reed and Trier and enter at door 13.
Option 2:  Wednesday, October 6 at 3:30pm in the Church.  Park in the Church lot and enter through the gathering space.

Confirmation Information
Parents of those to be Confirmed in November, we have a lot of events coming up in October related to Confirmation.  Please look at your updated timeline sent home the first class night and the emails.  It is going to be busy, but a lot of fun as we do the preparation for this most awesome sacrament.
October 9:  Retreat Night 5-9pm (Parents and Sponsors invited to Mass at 8:15pm)  Refer to the note sent home.
October 18:  Confirmation Letters Due (outline given in class on October 11)
October 25:  Confirmation Interviews
November 3: Confirmation Practice at 7pm in Church for candidates and sponsors (a parent should fill in if a sponsor can't come)
November 4:  Confirmation Mass at 7pm

RE Fees 2021-2022
Thank you to those that have already paid fees for this year.  If you have not yet or paid a portion of them, we will be sending out bills this month with the amount due.  The cost for RE has remained the same for the past several years, thanks to the generosity of our parish!  Payments can be dropped off in the RE office or sent in with your child.
1 Child = $70
2 Children = $130
3+ Children = $190