1st Grade Changes AGAIN + NO NURSERY
A little something for everyone
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Greetings! First of all, the Nursery will be closed this Sunday. We apologize for the inconvenience, we weren't able to find coverage for it with Megan being gone.

Parents of 10am 1st grade kids, we're doing some reshuffling of the classes again. Please make sure to check the new class lists to find out what classroom your child is in and who their teacher will be. For all grades - we've had some difficulties with behavior the last couple weeks in some of the classes. Please remind your child to be respectful to the teacher and the other students, just as they would be expected to do in school. Disruptions in class make it difficult for our catechists to get through the material and prevent those who want to learn from having a good experience. 

For our featured topic this week, we're actually not going with one topic, but pulling a little something for each grade. And as always, you'll find our upcoming schedule and our FORMED feature.

Peace, Jenna Ripp
Check out this video on the POWER OF PRAYER.  It's from Jason Simon, who is the Executive Director of The Evangelical Catholic. The EC is a national organization which was founded at St. Paul's University Catholic Center and is still based out of Madison. (You actually have to click on the link, not the picture)
Topics cover by Grade level this past Sunday...
  • PreK - The Good Shepherd. They learned about Jesus as the Good Shepherd and how he cares for his people. On FORMED check out the Catholicism Series, Episode 1: Amazed and Afraid or from Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 5: Who is Jesus?. Lastly, check out Jesus of Nazareth by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI).
  • Kindergarten - God's Promise to Noah. They learned how God made a promise to Noah and through him to all humankind. God promised to care for all people. The rainbow is a sign that God loves and cares for us and hasn't forgotten his promise. Check out A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture by Scott Hahn. Or if you want a video, on FORMED, check out Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 3: The Bible.
  • 1st Grade - God, Our Father and Creator. They learned that God created the whole world out of love and that every person is created in his Image and Likeness. I'm actually simply going to refer you to last week's eNews. Tons of suggestions related to the topic on there.
  • 2nd AND 5th Grade - The Holy Trinity. They learned that The Trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The 5th graders dove deeper to discover that Jesus Christ revealed that teaching. For a video, on FORMED, check out Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 1: The Journey of Faith. If you want to read a short document, Pope Leo XIII wrote a short letter to the faithful about The Holy Spirit, with the first part focusing on the Trinity, called Divinum Illud Munus. Don't worry, it's not in Latin. This is from 1897, so he refers to the Holy Spirit as the Holy Ghost. Lastly, you can check out Handbook of Catholic Apologetics by Peter Kreeft.
  • 3rd Grade - Mary Trusted God. They learned how God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus and that Jesus is the Son of God and the son of Mary. Scott Hahn's Hail, Holy Queen is one of my FAVORITE and easy to read books on Mary. Please check it out! Also, please check out on FORMED, the Catholicism Series, Episode 4: Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast. And finally, Saint John Paul II wrote an encyclical on Mary, called Redemptoris Mater, or Mother of the Redeemer.
  • 4th Grade - God's Promise. They learned how God created everyone to be happy and to eventually be with Him forever in Heaven. He also promised to send a Savior to save us from our Sins, Jesus, His Son. Check out our eNews from back in September that focused on Salvation History - God's plan for our life and eternal happiness.
2016-2017 Schedule
Schedule Notes
  • October 23 - Class + NO NURSERY
  • October 30 - No Class + Nursery is open
  • November 1 - All Saints Day, HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
  • Lesson Focus: Read above for those based on grade level.
  • Happiness. We all desire happiness because that's what we were made for! Especially if you're the parent of a 4th grader (because it's similar to their theme this past week), check out the first lesson, The Four Levels of Happiness, in the Happiness series. It's found in the Special Topics category. 
  • Saint Focus: Saint John Paul II was the Pope from 1978-2005. He is the Church's second-longest serving Pope and he did so much to teach the Church and the world about the true meaning of love, peace, humility, and so much more. JPII's feast day is October 22nd. Check out the movie Pope John Paul II. It's found under the Male Saint movie category.
  • Sunday's Scripture: Check out Opening the Word for a reflection on 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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