October 28, 2019

Feast of St. Jude

Dear Family and Friends,

We hope your fall season is going well!  We are entering a fun week of feast days in the Church.  Starting with All Hallow's Eve, followed by the holy day of obligation--All Saints Day, and then we round out the feast day trio with All Souls Day, the day we can remember those who have passed.  

In addition to those feast days, we also celebrate our parish's feast day, the feast of St. Charles Borromeo on November 4.  November 4 also happens to be the night we have 101 of our students getting Confirmed!  These students have worked hard preparing for this most special sacrament and we are excited to welcome Bishop Rhoades to St. Charles to be our celebrant!  Since we do have Confirmation on November 4, a Monday night, we do not have our regular Religious Education classes meeting that night.  Keep our candidates in your prayers!

We do want to thank you all during this month of thanks for all you do to support your child and the Religious Education program. Giving of your time to make class a priority and instill the teachings of the Faith in your child(ren) is a very important job.  Thank you for all you do!

Amy and Lisa

November Calendar
October 28:   Regular Class Night
                      Safe Environment Talks grades 4-6
November 1:  All Saints Day--Holy Day of Obligation
November 3:  Confirmation Practice at 6:15pm--Meet in Cafeteria (Door 9/10)
November 4:  No Class
                       Confirmation Mass 7pm
November 11: Regular Class Night
                        Safe Environment Talk to Grade 8
                        2019-2020 Fees Due
November 18:  Regular Class Night
November 25:  Regular Class Night

Looking Ahead
December 1:   First Weekend of Advent
December 2:   Regular Class Night
                        Hoy's Halos Visit the Confessionals
December 7:   First Reconciliation at 10:30am in Church

Fees for 2019-2020
Earlier this month, notices were sent out to those families that have a balance on fees for the year.  Please be sure to pay those for this year by November 11.  Thank you to all of those that sent your fees in too!

Confirmation Reminders
Some reminders to our candidates and families--Practice will be Sunday evening, November 3 at 6:15pm for all candidates and his/her sponsor.  If the sponsor cannot attend, a parent should attend in his/her place.  We will start practice in the cafeteria, enter at door 9 or 10.  We will finish up practice in the Church.  It should last about 1 hour.

On Confirmation Monday, November 4, all candidates and sponsors should arrive in the cafeteria by 6:30pm and the procession will start at 6:50pm.  Mass will begin at 7pm sharp!  After Mass, there will be a reception in the cafeteria and all candidates will have the opportunity to take pictures with Bishop Rhoades.  

There will be a professional photographer taking a picture of each candidate when he/she is being Confirmed.  They will be available for purchase in the gathering space immediately following Mass.  The pictures come in a frame at the cost of 1 for $15 or 2 for $25.  Bring some money with you to keep this memento of the big day!

Textbooks to Class
We have had several students in the past month forget to bring books to class.  Please help your child remember to grab their book each night for class.  It makes it difficult to teach the lesson without the text.  If you lost your text and need a new one, please contact the office.  A replacement text is $20.

All Saints Day Comes Alive for your Family
While looking for some fun ways to bring this holy day of obligation into your home, I came across the following blog.  Elizabeth Clare is a Catholic homeschooling mom who shares some ways she bring this feast day alive.  Some of the ideas are great--from food to dressing up to a little bit of research on a favorite saint!  Check it out and try one!  Go to:  https://www.elizabethclareblog.com/16-ways-to-celebrate-all-saints-day/

November Family Prayer--Prayer to St. Charles
As we celebrate our patron saint, St. Charles, it seemed perfect to have our family prayer this month be to him.  Below is the Prayer of St. Charles. 
 Almighty God, you have generously made known to human beings the mysteries of your life through Jesus Christ your Son in the Holy Spirit.
 Enlighten my mind to know these mysteries which your Church treasures and teaches.
 Move my heart to love them and my will to live in accord
 with them.
 Give me the ability to teach this Faith to others without pride, without ostentation, and without personal gain.
 Let me realize that I am simply your instrument for bringing others to the knowledge of the wonderful things you have done for all your creatures.
 Help me to be faithful to this task that you have entrusted to me. Amen.