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October 1, 2018

Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux

Dear Family and Friends, 

Happy Fall!  I hope the season has treated you all well so far!  Fall is a busy time for us in the Religious Education office.  We are getting ready for our Confirmation Retreat next weekend, Reconciliation Parent meetings this week, Confirmation interviews, and Safe Environment talks!  We never stop with the learning and growing!  Please take special note of the calendar and important dates this month.  

Just a reminder, if you have a student absent on a given Monday night, be sure to check your email for the chapter/lesson that was missed.  The email is sent out that same night of the missed class.  We do have a tight pacing chart to keep in order to get all our lessons in and complete the curriculum within the context of our class schedule.  If your child is absent, please be sure to go through the chapter that was listed in the email before class the following Monday.  The catechist will check the chapter the following week, including the end of chapter review, for completion.  We truly appreciate your help in this!

We hope you all have a wonderful fall!

Amy and Lisa

October Calendar

October 1:  Regular Class Night

                   Reconciliation Parent Meeting at 6:45pm in Parish Hall (option 1)

October 3:  Reconciliation Parent Meeting at 3:30pm in Room 7 (option 2)

October 6:  Confirmation Retreat, starts 12:30pm in Church

October 8:  Regular Class Night

                   Confirmation Letter Writing Outline Night in Class

October 15:  Regular Class Night

                     Confirmation Letters Due

October 22:  Regular Class Night

                     Safe Environment Talks for Grades 1, 2, 3, and 7

October 29:  Regular Class Night

                     Safe Environment Talks for Grades 4, 5, and 6

November 1:  All Saints Day-a holy day of obligation

November 2:  All Souls Day

November 5:  Regular Class Night

                      Confirmation Interviews (during class)

Safe Environment Talks

As per diocesan policy, each year we spend time reviewing and relearning the procedures around having a safe environment.  As stated on the diocesan website, "In age appropriate lessons, the children will learn about God's love for them; personal space; treating ourselves and others with respect and care; safe and unsafe touches; and how to get help from a trusted adult if needed."  We welcome back Mrs. Sarah Robinson to teach the lessons to our children in grades 1-6.  She is the school counselor for St. Charles School and has volunteered her expertise in these lessons for our Religious Education children.  Amy Johns will be spend one class night with the students in grades 7 and 8 to cover their lessons.  For more information on the program you can go to the diocesan website to preview the lessons at http://www.diocesefwsb.org/Safe-Environment-Training-Children-and-Youth.  If you would prefer that your child not participate in the lessons, we will pull them from class during that time and a parent refusal form must be filled out.  That form can be found on the website above, just scroll down to "Parent Refusal Form".

Fee Notices

On October 8, any family that has not paid the fees for the 2018-2019 Religious Education year, will get a notice about the amount due.  We would like to have this squared away by November 19.  If you need assistance with the fees, we can work out a payment schedule.  Just contact Amy or Lisa in the office.  SCRIP is accepted as well, just attach your voucher to the notice.  The fees stayed the same as in years past.  For 1 child=$70, 2 children=$130, for 3 or more children=$190.  The fees pay for all supplies and textbooks for the year!

Confirmation Prep

We have a busy October full of Confirmation preparation items.  All candidates are expected to attend and participate in the Confirmation Retreat this Saturday, October 6.  We will start in the Church at 12:30pm and finish in the Church with 5pm Mass and the Rite of Enrollment.  Candidates will be dismissed following Mass.  We encourage all families and sponsors, if possible, to attend the Mass and watch the Rite of Enrollment as the candidates stand up in front of their Church family to publicly state their desire to be Confirmed and to show their commitment to the preparation for this most holy Sacrament.

The following Monday, October 8, the students will write their letter requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation.  An outline of the letter will be done in class and the candidates will have a week to complete the letter, typing it out and signing it.  The letter is due back Monday, October 15.  This will allow the interviewers (parish staff members) time to read through their set of letters in preparation for the interviews.  Interviews will take place on November 5 during class time.  An email will be sent to all parents outlining the contents of the letter on October 8.

October Family Fun Activity 

While thinking about all the wonderful feast days this month (Feast of the Guardian Angels, Halloween, Feast of St. Francis, to name a few), it was hard to just come across one great activity.  During my searches, I came across this website that has various activities that follow the liturgical calendar by season.  It has some great, easy ideas throughout the whole year.  It is my hope that you can find something in the Fall section that might help bring your family a little closer together during this wonderful season!  Visit https://faithandfabricdesign.com/2013/06/activities-for-catholic-families.html for a list of all their wonderful ideas!

October Family Prayer from catholicfamilyfaith.com

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. 

As we embrace these autumn months,

May the earlier setting of the sun

remind us to take time to rest. 

May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet

remind us of the brevity of this earthly life. 

May the steam of our breath in the cool air

remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life. 

May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds

remind us that you call us to follow your will. 

We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.  Amen.