September 2014 Rel. Ed Newsletter

Hello and Welcome back from the Summer.   Parish School of Religion (PSR)  opening Mass will be September 10th at 7pm.  Students will not have regular class.  All parents and students are invited to come to Mass at 7pm and we will registration/enrollment in the cafeteria after Mass with cookies and drinks.  Students need to have an adult with them at Mass at 7pm. High School and 8th grade classes will go to 8:30pm this year to give more time for materials.  All other classes will go to 8pm.  Regular classes will start on 9/17 at 7pm and  Kindergarten through 5th grade will meet in the school and 6th through 8th will meet in the Parish offices. The High School will meet in the school cafeteria.  Please enroll your student if you haven't already.  Forms are available in the office, to be downloaded from the website, or fill out the form online at  I am in need of K-6 grade catechists and also more High School team members.  Pray and consider helping with this important ministry. 

Attention all Catechists:  Grades K-8th catechists will meet Sept. 2nd at 7pm in the upstairs of the Parish offices to hand out books and review materials.  We will be offering a PGC (Protecting God's Children session) on Sept. 21st for all those who need it.  I will have the specific time soon and will put it on the website.  If you ever want to work with children and youth, I highly recommend attending this session.
The High School planning meeting for catechists and those who want to help will be at 8pm on Sept. 2nd in the upstairs room of the Parish offices.  We will be brain storming and planning the High School curriculum for the year.
The Fall Catechist ITV (Interactive Television) Formation is offered Wed. Sept 3rd from 6-9pm in the Church basement (off the alley) or Saturday Sept. 6th from 9am-12pm in the Church basement.  Wednesday night we will offer a light supper and will have coffee and donuts on Saturday morning.  The title of the session is "How Do You Save Your Own Soul While Saving Others?"by Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt.  We will commission all Catechists at the Sept. 21st Sunday Mass at 8:30am.  This is a special blessing of Catechists for the year.
All 8th to 11th grader students, Do you want to go to NCYC in November of 2015?  If so please let Erin know and bring your parents to the NCYC interest meeting during High School PSR class on Sept. 24th in the school cafeteria.  This will be a sign up meeting and information too.    This meeting will replace the High School and 8th grade class for that night. 

Sacraments:  In October we will have meetings for all First Communion students (2nd graders) and all Confirmation students (8th graders).  Please watch the October Newsletter for those.  Also if you have a  student who needs First Communion and/or Confirmation that is not in the regular grades, please let me know, so I can coordinate a class for this. 

Adults Religious Education:  We will using a study of the Gospel of Matthew for this year as our Adult education.  It is a 24 week study.  Please let me know if you are interested, so we can schedule a night during the week to meet.  Also, please let me know if you need the sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation, I am putting together a sacramental preparation class for adults this year. 

Have a blessed September.  Erin Crouch, Director Religious Education