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! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Youth Mass and Meet and Greet!

Just a reminder that this Sunday at the 9 a.m. Mass we will open our Faith Formation year with our students leading the Mass!  

Immediately following will be our Meet and Greet and open registration in the parish center! 

Come and meet your teacher, fill out your registration forms, pick up your calendar and have a refreshment! 

Ask us questions about our program! Bring a friend! 

 All are welcome!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It's Coming!

The new Faith Formation year fast approaches!  Are your children registered? If you didn't receive a registration packet in the mail they are available right here (on the sidebar) to download and print out.

We will officially kick off our year with a Youth Mass on Sunday, September 25th at 9 a.m. Thank you to those children who have already volunteered to take part in the Mass.

Our first class will be October 2nd!

Please note that there will be a meeting for parents of 9th and 10th graders after the 1st class.  The meeting will last about a half hour but is required.

Please email me if you have any questions!  I look forward to seeing everyone!

Sunday is Catechetical Sunday, if you see a Catechist this Sunday please take a moment to thank them for the time they dedicate to our children as they help them know Jesus and our Catholic faith.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What I Did This Summer Vacation!

Welcome back to our blog!  We hope you use it often! 

I hope that like me, you relaxed and refreshed over the summer vacation!  It is always hard to see the sleepy days of August go but I am always excited that it means a new year with this great group of kids! 

I also hope that everyone is gearing up to participate in the:

Volunteers of all ages are needed and I count this as part of the Faith Formation year since it is a whole community event!  I also count it because this is what our parish is about, working together to support those in need in the name of Jesus Christ! This also helps fund several of our Faith Formation activities as well as Vacation Bible School.  

At our parish both of these programs are free which is unusual these days!  Any way that you participate matters but volunteers and donations are both needed right now! If you would like to volunteer call the rectory at 724-6159 and donations (except for Trash and Treasure)  can be left in the church or at the rectory. 

We hope that either way you get to come down and experience what is so special and extraordinary about our community!  It promises to be a great time! 

God is so GOOD!

Saturday, April 16, 2016


There are classes tomorrow for Grades 1-10,

Grade 10 should have Sessions 1-6 completed online. All paperwork is due tomorrow including letter to the Bishop.

Grade 2 should meet at Mass and sit up front with their teachers. This Mass is to help them be comfortable before as we start to practice for their First Communion

There is no class on 4/24/16 due to Spring Break but we will meet back on 5/1/16 for our final class.  If you are going away and will still be away on 5/1/16 please let me know as there is end of year assessments and paperwork that we need to complete.

Practice for First Communion is Monday 5/2/16 and Tuesday, 5/3/16 at 5pm in the church.  An additional practice on Friday, 5/5/16 will take place only if Fr. Buehler feels that the kids are not ready.

Please contact me with any questions!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Happy Easter!! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Happy Easter!!  God be praised!  What a gift we have been given in our faith and our faith family.

I hope this finds you ready to get back into the groove for another month!  There is a lot going on in April so mark your calendars!  It is hard to believe this year is coming to a close!

April 3rd: Classes for  Grades 1-10.  Grade 10 should have Sessions 1-5 completed.

April 9th:  Meeting for First Communion parents and children at 10 am in the Parish Center. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact me and we will schedule another time that you and your child can meet with us.  This is an important and expected part of the First Communion process.

April 10th:  Classes for grades 1-6 ONLY

April 10th

Confirmation Students are expected to attend the 11am Mass where they will be presented to the congregation.  We will then proceed to St. John the Evangelist in New Hartford where we will join St. Anthony's parish for your Confirmation Retreat.  Your retreat leader will be Cheryl Smith the person who created The Power of One.  Retreat ends at 4:30pm.

Retreat is required to complete Confirmation preparation.

April 12th:  Reboot! Live with Chris Stefanik!  Kids and Families Grades 7-10.  I have tickets for anyone who is interested, it is going to be an outstanding event!

April 15th/16th
Mickey McGrath!  Renowned artist and speaker is coming to Syracuse! Reserve your seats!