Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent Update

Here we are already in the 4th Sunday of Advent, hard to believe! In the final week of Christmas  preparations, I hope you can take some time out for yourself to relax in the quiet of God's love.

Sometimes, Christians are the ones who forget what Christmas is about.  I know I have had my moments, (especially when the kids were little), but as I grow older I realize that all of that frenzy actually got in the way of my own Christmas journey if I didn't take time to rest and remember what this is about.

It's all about the story. Our spiritual story. The story of God's great love for great that he chose to live like us so that we could connect with him on the deepest level possible. We know it really happened, we know that Jesus lived and walked the earth, and with faith we know that it was God's greatest gift to us.

I hope that as Advent comes to an end and as Christmas comes that you enjoy that whole season too. Don't shortchange yourself by thinking Christmas ends on the 26th, it is just beginning. The star shines more brightly to announce the birth of our Lord.  I hope you get a chance to see it and to know that just as the shepherds and the wise men were chosen to greet Christ, so are you!

Classes for Grades 1-10 tomorrow Sunday, December 18th. 
Confirmation students should have session 1-3 completed.

On a side note, today is Pope Francis' 80th birthday! WE are so blessed to have him as our example!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Update 12/9/16

 Grades 7-10 Service Date 12/10/16

We had a great turnout for last week's food sorting and the kids really did well. Thank you so much for that. Tomorrow the next crew will fill all of the boxes so that they can be picked up by our families this week.  This is such an important service and I have found that our kids really like being part of making someones Christmas brighter.  If you can, ask them about it, we are trying to help them make the connection between what they learn and how we apply it as Catholic Christians.

Please have your kids meet in the front of the church at 9am.  

Be advised, it is also the Toy Store and First Reconciliation so the parking will be tricky if you are planning to park.  Either way, there will be a lot of people around!

Grade 2

Tomorrow is First Reconciliation! 

Kids should be at church at 9:45am.

Classes for Grades 1-6 on Sunday!  

Advent is such an important season, please help us to help our children to understand it!

Confirmation Students have Sessions 1-3 due by 12/16/16. If you have not completed any of your work and are having difficulty, please contact me asap. Use the contact form on the homepage of this blog.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Update for 11/18 to 12/4

We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent!  I can hardly believe it! With that in mind, I will not be updating next week so this will stand for the next couple of weeks!


Grade 2 meeting tomorrow (Sat, 11/19) at 10am in the Parish Center. This includes Reconciliation Prep which is required by the Diocese. 

Grades 1-10 have classes on Sunday 11/20. Please be advised that part (not all!) of this time will be used to cover Circles of Care (Safe Environment) training for all classes. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me!

Grade 10 should have Session 2 completed on the Power of One website linked above.

There are no classes next Sunday (11/27) because of the Thanksgiving holiday break!  We hope you enjoy a safe and joy filled weekend! Thanksgiving Mass is at 10am on Thursday!

Give thanks to God for He is good!! 

Please note!  December 3rd is a service date for grades 7-10. Students will sign up this weekend for their chosen date.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Happy November!

There are classes for grades 1-10 tomorrow!  

Grade 10 should have completed Session 1 of the Power of One online content.

Please remind students in grades 7-10 to go upstairs to the 9th grade classroom preferably though the front door as the Remembrance Mass reception will be downstairs in the main room.  

Please note!  Grade 2 Reconciliation meeting has been changed from Saturday, November 12th to Saturday, November 19th. Reminders have gone home.

November 13th is Youth Mass!  No classes will follow but this is counted as class time so all students are asked to attend. Please sit with your teachers and classmates. 

I hope you are enjoying the first week of November.  Remember to go and vote on Tuesday! Let us pray for unity and understanding!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

BOO! Or Update 10/28/16

Classes as scheduled for Grades 1-9 on Sunday, Oct 30th. 

Confirmation students need to complete their Session One assignment by 11/4. As it stands, almost half the class has completed them which is FANTASTIC!!

Thank you so much to all of the parents who made sure their kids attended the event at Notre Dame!  I hope that they took something away from it!  We have some great footage of our own Jorge Hernandez that will be up later! What a good sport and what a great message:

The Holy Spirit will never leave you, no matter what!

Halloween is also called All Hallow's Eve, for the eve of  All Saints Day on November 1st. November 2nd is ALL Souls Day. The kids will be hearing about this at class but I just want to remind everyone that All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. If you have lost someone in the past year (or ever), it is a great way to honor their memory by attending Mass.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Eastern Region Youth Event 10/23!

Please accept my apologies for not updating the blog last week and for the mistake in the calendar for the upcoming week!  The Eastern Region Youth Event is on Sunday, 10/23 from 4-6 at Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School. (The date in the calendar is incorrect it should read 10/23 not 10/25!) Again, my apologies!  This Event is considered class-time and all students from grades 7-10 should attend.  Tho Le will be the acting Youth Minister as I will be away on retreat for the weekend. Please check in with him at the door.

Classes for grades 1-6 will be as usual from 9:50-10:50.  If you need assistance with anything on Sunday, please ask either Tho or Marybeth Harrod our second grade teacher.  They will help as they can.

We are off to a great year and attendance has been wonderful! Thank you also to all of those people who have offered help with the program!  I genuinely appreciate it and you will be hearing from me! I am always overwhelmed with the generosity of spirit of the people of St. John's.

If you were not able to attend the 9th or 10th grade parent meeting or the 2nd grade parent meeting, please contact me.  The diocese has reaffirmed its expectation that students will attend  two years to prepare for sacraments.

Enjoy this beautiful month!

Friday, October 7, 2016

No Class Sunday

We had a great turnout for the Meet and Greet and for the early session classes last Sunday!  Please remember to let us know if your child will be missing a class as teachers prepare for a specific number of students and it is a courtesy to let them know if there are changes. All of our teachers are volunteer and I ask all parents to respect the time that they put into creating the best possible lesson plan for your child by sending your child when they have registered or by letting us know that that they will not be there.

Thank you for entrusting us with your children!

There are no classes this Sunday, October 9th, because of Columbus Day weekend.  Have a great weekend and watch how God works in your life!

See you next Sunday!