November 28, 2022

Feast of St. Catherine Laboure

Dear RE Family,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and break!  We come back this Monday to the homestretch of Religious Education before Christmas.  It sure is packed with lots of events and sacraments!  

First, we celebrate our 8th graders who will be Confirmed this Saturday, December 5!  They have been working toward this since January and finally their big day is nearly here.  They have completed 15+ service hours, researched their saint, wrote letters and went through interviews, and studied through the diocesan curriculum.  They are READY!  We congratulate all 92 of our candidates from St. Charles parish, 14 of them being Religious Education students.  Please keep them in your prayers on their big day.  Feel free to join us if you like on our livestream of the Mass at 10am this Saturday using the link:  https://youtu.be/niFGdakvH44.

Secondly, we celebrate our 2nd grade class and their upcoming First Reconciliation on Saturday, December 10.  They have studied and have been practicing the Act of Contrition and script non-stop for the past couple of months.  They are ready this Advent season to get their sins wiped away!  We congratulate them on their upcoming special day.

It is with great sadness that I pass along some news to our Religious Education family.  Alicia Eaton, sister to our 8th grade teacher Keith Heimann and mother to RE students Brian (6th grade) and Joey (3rd grade) Eaton, passed away on Friday, November 25 after her 6 year battle with cancer.  Please keep the Eaton/Heimann  family in your prayers as I know they will feel the warmth of love from their RE family.  May eternal rest be granted unto her and let perpetual light shine upon her.

I hope Advent has started out well for you all.  One purple candle is lit and 3 candles to go as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.  As was mentioned in the homily of the Mass I attended this weekend, this is the longest Advent season possible....4 full weeks!  Prepare the way for the Lord!

Blessings,
Amy and Cindy

December 2022 Calendar
November 28: Regular Class Night
                        2nd Grade Class Visits Confessionals/Church
December 1:   Confirmation Practice 7pm 
December 3:   Confirmation Mass 10am
December 5:   Regular Class Night
                        Advent Reconciliation Service for Grades 3-8
December 10: First Reconciliation 10am
December 12: Regular Class Night
December 19: Regular Class Night
                        Progress Reports Sent Home
Christmas Break December 26 and January 2
January 9:       Regular Class Night/Class Resumes

Progress Reports
Reports will be sent home on our last class before Christmas Break on December 19.  We send progress reports home twice a year on how the students are doing in class.  Grades are not given, but rather it is based on satisfactory completion of the grade's standards set forth in the diocesan curriculum.  At this midway point, we have covered just about half of the grade level content.  We feel this is a great communication tool between the teacher and home.  

Eucharistic Revival and Advent
This month with the start of Advent, the Eucharist Revival site has a great resource for families to bring the season of Advent alive with the overarching theme of the revival.  Check out this site for ideas to bring Advent into your home.  There is a great resource on the Jesse Tree with corresponding readings from the Bible.  A great evening family activity as the days countdown to Christmas!

Catechist Spotlight:  Mr. Keith Heimann
Mr. Heimann has been with the RE program for a number of years and he has always been an important part of the Confirmation preparation of our candidates.  As we get closer to Confirmation Saturday, it only seemed fitting to shed the spotlight on Keith!  Learn a little bit more about him below.
Favorite Teams:  Colts, Reds, Notre Dame
Favorite Food:  Grilled Steak
Hobbies:  Playing Drums and Video Games
Favorite Color:  Green
Favorite TV Show:  The Curse of Oak Island (History Channel)