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

Homestretch!

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!




Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Lent Update!

Hello!  I hope that you are setting aside time this Lent to deepen your prayer life and your relationship with God.  It is always such a struggle in this fast paced world.  Check out our Facebook page for links to enhance your Lenten experience!

Schedule 3/6-3/12

Sunday 3/6

Grades 1-6   Regular class time

Please remember that as part of our Lenten Almsgiving, we are collecting for the Kino Border Initiative. This is completely free will and not in conjunction with the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl campaign. Any funds collected will be sent to help supply basic self-care needs like shampoo, soap, socks.  Because the Kino Border Initiative has a relationship with Amazon.com we will be able to make a bigger impact.  This is part of our Year of Mercy initiative.  A way of opening our hearts and minds to the plight of migrants in our own country.  Mercy begins at home.  

Grades 7-10   Practice for Living Stations of the Cross from 4-6.  This is our final run through and dress rehearsal.  We only have an hour to get through our part, at 5pm Mrs. Nassar will come and we will practice with her. Please be on time and get into your costume immediately.  You have been so great through this whole process and Fr. Buehler, the teachers and I want to thank you!  As a show of appreciation, after Living Stations we will have a party at the parish center from 8-9. 

Friday 3/11

Living Stations of the Cross  7 p.m.

Students arrive at 6:15 pm and assemble downstairs in the grotto.  Please do not be late.

After-party!  You have earned it!! From 8-9 in the parish center

Please let me know if you have any questions!








Saturday, February 20, 2016

Update 2/20/16

Hello Everyone!  I hope you enjoyed your break!

Just an update for tomorrow!

Youth Mass at 9am!  

No classes to follow but there will be practice for grades 7-10 from 4pm-6pm for Living Stations.  We will meet in the church.  If you are unable to make it please contact me as our practices are limited and this is OUR MOST IMPORTANT service project of the year.  It is so important you do everything you can to be present.

Please remember that the Season of Lent calls us to give of ourselves, to inconvenience ourselves and to serve others.

It's all about Jesus. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Important Reminders and Calendar Highlights!

There is so much going on in the coming weeks and with Lent in less than two weeks the calendar is looking goofy!

First!  This weekend there is Circles of Care training for all grades.  Letters were sent home either with your child last week or in the mail.  This is our Safe Environment Training required  every year by the diocese.


Pancakes, sausage, fruit cup and choice of beverage


Second!  Next week (February 7th from 9:30am12:30pm) is our Pancake Breakfast!  This is such a fun event and is for a GREAT CAUSE! All proceeds go directly to the Historic St Johns Scholarship fund.  Grades 7-10 are your servers with kids from grades 11 and up as your hosts!  This is a multi-generational event! We look forward to serving you!

Because of the breakfast, there are no classes that day.  Grades 7/8 have the 9-11 shift and grades 9/10 have the 11-1 shift.  Tickets will be on sale after the masses and are $5.00 Adults, $3.00 Children, Family of 5 or over $20.00 while children 3 and under eat free.

If you have a child in the Sacramental program for either First Communion or Confirmation, it is very important that they attend classes regularly.  Since we follow the school calendar and because Easter is early this year, actual class time is limited.  It is very important that your child make it to whatever classes are left so that they understand and are comfortable with the sacrament that they are receiving.  This has been a challenging year for attendance and I ask you to please make this a priority.

As Lent starts in 10 days, we will be sending home some paperwork this weekend.  Please encourage your children to follow the Lenten calendar and weekly lessons.  Part of this will be a Gospel Weeklie assignment for grades 2-6.  This gives you and opportunity to see what your child is learning and to share in their experience. In addition, we are asking the children to consider sacrificial "tithing" which will benefit the Kino Border Initiative.  The older students collected used backpacks throughout Advent, (and we are still accepting donations because the need is ongoing) for these migrant/refugees.  We are asking that they do this as a Corporal Work of Mercy during this Year of Mercy.  This is completely voluntary as we want it to come from their hearts.  However, any donations will be accepted.  All donations will be used through Amazon.com so that basic self care needs can be purchased.  Please follow the link to find out more about the Kino Border Initiative. 

February 14th there is no class due to Winter Recess.

February 21st at 9am is Family Mass.  Grades 4 and 5 are leaders.

Thank you so much for all of your support in how we try to bring the faith of our church and the love of Jesus Christ out into the world.  The Year of Mercy challenges us to open our hearts to all of God's people and this parish never disappoints.  Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Update!

There are classes this weekend for Grades 1-8.  There is a make-up class for Confirmation students who owe work or have missed a class.

Students will be bringing home a letter this weekend.  This is time-sensitive. Please read immediately.  Thank you!

Hope you are enjoying the snow!