Coordinator, Janice Zackular, 978 475-0050 x27, firstname.lastname@example.org
“By praying we fulfill the desire we have as human beings to know the God in whose image we are made. Something in us wants to know God. ‘Our hearts are restless’, Saint Augustine says ‘until they rest in you.’ By praying, we rest in God. As our children learn to communicate with God, they too find this special place of rest.” V. Hoagland, C.P.
Attending Mass is vitally important – “Catholics gather in church to attend Mass because worshiping as a group strengthens and professes their faith as Christians”. I hope to see you all at Mass with the family!! We have a 9:30 am Mass every Sunday that is especially for families with young children. Faith begins at home.
Each grade level uses the “Call to Faith” books.
Each chapter in their book consists of an activity, words of faith for the children to learn, a class prayer of praise and a “Review and Apply” page. The children will learn more about God Our Creator and His many gifts in each of the chapters. It is important that the children in first grade learn the “Sign of the Cross” and prepare to learn the “Lord’s Prayer”, “Hail Mary” and “Glory Be” before entering second grade. Each prayer is in the first grade book on page 230 and 231.
There are two second grade books. The first half of the year we will focus on “First Reconciliation” during which the children will learn about making right and wrong choices. They will be prepared to receive their First Reconciliation in January. The second half of the year we will focus on “The Eucharist” during which we prepare them to receive their First Eucharist in May.
They should know their prayers (Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and the Glory Be) . I encourage you to practice with them frequently at home – for many families, bedtime seems to work especially well.
It is extremely important that the children do not miss their weekly religious education class unless they are very ill. We practice receiving unconsecrated hosts and prepare them to receive their Communion every week.
Each chapter includes words of faith, class prayer of praise and “Review and Apply”. The children will learn about the Church being our family, the mission of the Church, and the importance of prayer in our life. The third graders will receive their Reconciliation in February and will go to the church as a class with their teacher.
Schedules for the 2016-2017 year will be posted in mid-August.