September 12, 2022

Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear RE Families,
WELCOME BACK!!!  It is my sincere hope you all had a wonderful, restful summer and that the new school year is off to a great start!  I can't wait to kick off this new Religious Ed year learning more about our Catholic Faith and growing closer in a relationship with God.  It is going to be a fantastic year!

For those new to the RE program, my name is Amy Johns and I am the Director of Religious Education at St. Charles.  I believe this is my 14th year in this position.  It is a privilege getting to work with all the families and the best part of the job are the sacraments!  During the day, I work as the Assistant Principal at Bishop Dwenger High School, but I couldn't get St. Charles out of me....so I am lucky to be able to continue in this role for my parish that I love so much!  I look forward to this new school year.

First, I would like to let you all in on a change in our RE office. Lisa Schleinkofer has made her big move to Georgia this summer.  She moved to be closer to her daughter and family who live there.  While we miss her much, we do welcome Cindy Stults as our new Assistant Director of Religious Education.  Cindy comes to us with many years of being a catechist, most recently last year she taught our 7th grade class.  She brings a great love for her Faith and desire to pass it along to children.  She looks forward to meeting more of our students throughout our Monday night classes.  If you see Cindy, please introduce yourself and welcome her to this new role.

I have our awesome catechists and assistants to share with you all.  This group of people are a joy to work with and we are so blessed that they have a love for God to pass along to our young ones.  Let's get to know them!

Grade 1:  Mrs. Lisa Stritmatter, assisted by Mrs. Darlene Simpson
Grade 2:  Mr. Jared Hoy, assisted by Rebecca Eifrid ('22 RE Grad)
Grade 3:  Mrs. Jan Hoy, assisted by Mrs. Judy Diagostino
Grade 4:  Miss Alexis Jackson ('15 RE Grad)
Grade 5:  Mrs. Kathy Johns, assisted by Mrs. Cece Dunderman
Grade 6:  Mrs. Kathy O'Neil
Grade 7:  Mr. Jordan McClead
Grade 8:  Mr. Keith Heimann

With it being the start to the three year Eucharistic Revival, it only seemed appropriate to have that be our theme this year...."We are One Body in Christ".  This most holy of all meals is our spiritual nourishment.  This year we will focus on the Eucahrist and how special it truly is.  Each year as our young ones receive Jesus for the very first time, it reminds me just how special the Eucharist is....the excitement in their eyes as they go up is what we should all feel each time we are so blessed to receive Jesus.  

All of us have prepped and are ready to get this RE year started.  Please feel free to reach out to me or Cindy anytime.  We look forward to working with you this year!

Blessings,
Amy Johns

September 2022 Calendar
September 12:  1st Class Night
September 19:  Regular Class Night
September 26:  Regular Class Night
October 3:  Regular Class Night
                   Reconciliation Parent Meeting 6:45pm in Parish Hall

Fees for 2022-2023
I am so thankful that while the price of everything around us goes up, we are able to keep our RE fees for the 22-23 year the same!  We have such a generous parish.  If you haven't paid yet and would like to get this taken care of, please send in a check, cash, or scrip voucher to the office.  If not paid by October, formal bills will be sent out in October.
1 child=$70.00
2 children=$130.00
3+ children=$190.00

Sacrament Prep Years
If you have a child preparing for a sacrament (current one in the 2nd grade room or 8th grade room), we have sacrament timelines being sent home tonight.  Please keep the dates/times in a safe spot and mark them on your calendar.  

Weekly Class
Each week, your student should bring his/her textbook and folder to class.  All other supplies will remain in the rooms/bins for them to use.  Students in grades 6-8 should also bring their bible with them each week.  The bible was handed out in grade 6.  

Absent from Class
If your child won't make it class, feel free to send us an email or call the office to report them absent.  We will send out a Monday night absent email to make sure that you know what chapter/class content was missed and you will need to work with your child throughout the week to complete the missed work and come back the following Monday ready to go!  Catechists will check the activities in the missed chapter to ensure that the content was covered.

Join the 11am Sunday Choir Group
Calling all students in grades 5-8 interested in singing at Mass, the 11am choir group is looking for more members.  If interested in joining, please contact Karen Hope at khopestcharles@yahoo.com.  Karen will be in to talk to the students in grades 5-8 on Monday, September 19 as well

Catechist Spotlight
Each month this year, we want you to get to know our catechists a bit better with some fun facts about them.  See some fun facts about MRS. JOHNS (5th grade catechist) below!  Teacher by trade and in retirement she is still putting her teaching skills to practice by being a catechist.  And yes, she is my mom! :)

Favorite Color=Yellow
Any Pets? =Yes, 1 white mutt dog named Izzy
Favorite Food=anything chocolate
Favorite Season=Fall
Unknown Fact=She decorated cakes for many years while being a stay at home mom before going back to teaching.  Taking classes at Country Kitchen to learn the craft, she had a really good side business going on for many years!