April 2013 Rel. Ed. Newsletter

Hello and Happy Easter to you all.  This is our last month of PSR till in the fall.  It has been a good year.  I would like to invite all the wonderful catechists to our Cathechist appreciation dinner on May 1st at 6PM at the Knights of Columbus building. Spouses are welcome as is the Religious Formation Commission.  It will be a potluck.  So bring your favorite dish to share.  If we get all deserts that is fine.  I can't thank each of you enough but you have my deepest gratitude for all the hard work you put in this year. 

Our regular PSR classes are on the 3rd, 10th, and 17th of April.  We will have Mass during PSR on April 3rd.  Our end of the year parties are on April 24th.  The plan right now is for the K-5th graders to go to the skating rink from 7-8:30PM, the Middle school students (6-8th) to go to the Teen Center and bring finger food, drinks will be provided.  The High School will come to the school. 

Our big event for April and early May is our First Communion.  Parents and student are invited to the First Communion centers activity on April 7th from 9:30-10:30AM, right after Mass, to learn together more about the Eucharist.  Then on May 3rd at 4PM in the church all First Communion students have practice for the sacrament.  On May 4th at 10AM is practice for parents and students.  Then during 8:30AM Mass on May 5th we have our First Communion.  We will have a photographer to take pictures during the sacrament and also after the Mass. 

This year the week of June 24-28th we are inviting in a Totus Tuus team from the Wichita Diocese.  The 1st-6th grade (2013-14 grade) will go from 9-3PM Monday through Friday.  The Youth (7th-High School) will meet from 7:30-9:45Pm in the evenings Monday through Thursday.  The 7th/8th grade will meet separate from the High School. I will still need volunteers for during the day.  I need 4 adults for each day during the week and also 1 or 2 to help in the kitchen.   I will need host families to feed the team each evening Monday to Friday.  We would like to do a potluck on the 22nd (Saturday) with the parish after Mass to meet the team.  If you would like to help in any way please contact me.  Parents be on the look out for enrollment forms.  This should be an exciting opportunity.  Cost will be $10 per child or youth.  

NCYC discount cards are still available to purchase through me.  We would also like to request anyone willing to sponsor a bus seat or part of one for $170 please let Erin know.  We are taking 40 people this year and at $600 per person,  it is a lot of money. 
We will have a NCYC youth gathering on April 28th here in Pratt from 2-5pm at the school.  All youth and sponsors attending are invited.  This is an effort to make this a journey of prayer and pilgrimage and not just a cool trip.  

Have a wonderful Spring.  God Bless.