April 8, 2019

Feast Day of St. Julie Billiart

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope your Lent has been a positive time, drawing you ever more closer to our Lord!  We are nearly to the end.  We have all the services/Masses of Holy Week coming up, not to mention Easter!  I hope you and your family will take part in this special season by attending the Masses and allowing your children to participate!

Holy Thursday Mass on April 18 at 7:30pm (This is a special Mass where 12 of our parishioners get their feet washed, just like Jesus washed feet at the Last Supper.  This is neat Mass for students!)

Good Friday Service on April 19 at 12:30pm.  We also have Stations of the Cross at 3:30pm and 7:30pm.

Easter Vigil on April 20 at 7:30pm

Easter Mass on April 21 at 7:30am, 9:00am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm

Students in grades 1-6 will be reading the Resurrection story "Benjamin's Box" with Amy the next two Monday nights for the end of their class.  This is a great story about Jesus' Resurrection as seen through the eyes of a little boy at that time.  While reading the story, eggs are opened to reveal an item inside that goes along with the story.  The students remember the story and LOVE opening the eggs!  Students in grades 4-6 will listen this Monday night, April 8 and students in grades 1-3 will listen on April 15.
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As shared with our catechists, we are in he homestretch this Religious Education year!  We have so many events going on these last few weeks.  Highlighting this time of year is that over 100 of our parish students are set to make their First Holy Communion.  So exciting!

Thank you again for the gift of your children and the dedication you give to your child by having them attend Religious Education.  They are the highlight of our Mondays!

Blessings,
Amy & Lisa

April/May Calendar
April 8:  Regular Class Night
April 12:  Parish Fish Fry
April 15:  Regular Class Night
               Holy Week!
April 22:  Regular Class Night
April 23:  Bread/Banner Making Night at 6:00pm (Last names A-M)
April 24:  Bread/Banner Making Night at 6:00pm (Last names N-Z)
April 29:  Regular Class Night
               First Communicants will practice in reception in Church
May 2:  First Communion practice for all students and at least 1 parent at 7:00pm
May 5:  First Communion Mass at 2pm
May 6:  Regular Class Night with May Crowning
             Progress Reports Go Home
May 13:  Closing Mass at 6:30pm with Reception to follow--We will recognize our graduating 8th
               graders and wish them well as they move on to high school!

Vacation Bible School 2019
We invite all children PreK through grade 3 to join us for VBS June 10-13 from 9:00am-12:00pm.  Our theme this year is Saints!  Each day we will learn about another saint and his/her life.  The registration form is attached or you can find it online at https://www.stcharlesfortwayne.org/vacation-bible-school.   If anyone would like to volunteer to help out these 4 days, the volunteer form can also be found at the link above.  Volunteers need to be grade 7+.

Registration for 2019-2020
Have you returned your blue registration form?  In order to plan and purchase enough supplies for next year, we would really appreciate all returning students in grades 1-7 return their registration form to the RE office.  No fee is due at this time, but we would like to plan with accurate numbers in mind.  If you lost the blue sheet that was sent home in March, another one can be found on the parish website or use the attached registration.  Simply send back with your child or drop it off in the office.

First Communion Reminders
First Communion students will be coming home this Monday, April 8 with a note regarding the dates, times, and seating chart for First Communion Mass.  Please look for this and keep it handy!  There are a lot of things coming up in April and the first of May to get us ready for May 5.

Family Activity
Another Catholic religion textbook company is Sadlier.  We used their texts previously and they have some wonderful ideas to bring the Easter season to life in your home.  Some facts that you may not know and some wonderful activities, including a mobile!  Check out the ideas at:  https://www.sadlier.com/religion/blog/catholic-easter-resources-for-families

Family Prayer
What could be better with our last family prayer this Religious Education year, then to have one for the family.  Enjoy and say this prayer together as a family this month!

We bless your name, O Lord,
for sending your own incarnate Son,
to become part of a family,
so that, as he lived its life,
he would experience its worries and its joys.

We ask  you, Lord,
to protect and watch over this family,
so that in the strength of your grace
its members may enjoy prosperity,
possess the priceless gift of your peace,
and, as the Church alive in the home,
bear witness in this world to your glory.

We ask this thought Christ our Lord.
Amen.

—from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

**Check the other portions of the website for the VBS registration and the Religious Education 2019-2020 Registration form.