Coordinator, Bridget Rao 978 475-0050 x28, email@example.com
We are almost halfway through our Religious Education year! We have been very fortunate in the number of catechists who have come forward to teach our very enthusiastic and respectful group of students.
We have been busy in class and with our social projects. Hundreds of sandwiches have been made and sent to Lazarus House, Christmas gifts for the clients of Bread and Roses have been created by our students and received with gratitude. Our Christmas Project for Bread and Roses is going really well – thanks for the tooth brushes and toothpaste from Grade 7 and bath towels from Grade 8.
The New Year will see more of safety sessions, in addition to regular class. Our social projects will continue – we will be supporting the Birthday in a Box program, making blankets for Project Linus and creating even more tasty sandwiches. Grade 7 students will also be leading the parish in a very special Taize Prayer Service.
I would like to wish you all a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.
“Lord God, may we behold the joy of your birth with the humbling gratitude of the shepherds. May the grace of your Christ who comes to shepherd us help us to care for one another; may the good news we hear in our struggling Bethlehems bring joy and hope to all our mornings; may your coming to us as one of us inspire us to lift up one another in the dignity of being your sons and daughters”
Excerpted from Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas, Jay Cormier, Liturgical Press, Inc.
Grade 7 – Alive in Christ
Alive in Christ provides an authentic and comprehensive presentation of the Catholic faith. Its focus is on the life, mission, and saving work of Jesus Christ. Each lesson encourages a personal and ongoing relationship with God. This grade will focus on Jesus Christ and the New Testament.
Grade 8 – Call to Faith – The Church
This year we focus on the Church, and how every one of us is called to be a disciple of Jesus and join in the tradition of the Church. Evangelization, using personal gifts, salvation, the role of the clergy and being part of the parish community are all discussed
No formal assessment of the students takes place however there is a review at the end of each class that allows us to reinforce the content of the lesson.
Every student – through class discussion and written comments- is given the opportunity to evaluate the program at the end of the year. This allows me to appraise how we teach the faith to this group of students and how effective these methods are.
Young people need to see their faith in action to fully appreciate its value and so there are opportunities throughout the year to work on specific social projects – including making sandwiches for the homeless, blankets for sick children, making placemats for Bread and Roses and Nursing Homes residents and sponsoring birthday parties for children living in the housing projects in Lawrence.
Arts and Crafts
Most lessons involve making crafts, which incorporates another way to teach in the classroom. Some of these crafts go home with the student but others are distributed within the Parish and to outside organizations.
To encourage our students to worship on a regular basis there will be opportunities for them to lead some of the 9:30 Masses.
Each grade is given the opportunity to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation once during the year.
Prayer & Worship
The students will be introduced to different forms of prayer and will lead the Parish in worship by means of these prayer styles.
One of the most important gifts we can hand on to our youth is the importance of the virtue of chastity in developing lifelong emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. To that end, the Archdiocese of Boston has said that chastity education needs to be an integral part of the Religious Education programs for Middle School and High School students.
Every year we offer a special program to our students. James Orrigo, a graduate of Austin Prep and James Madison University came to St. Augustine on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 with a presentation “Lifestyle Choices – Continuing the Conversation”. After suffering from a life threatening brain injury James found his passion of using music to help others. His goal is to encourage others to pursue passion and service, and to realize the importance of making positive life choices.James had a profound impact on those who attended.
For more information please contact Bridget Rao, DRE
For more information please visit www.respectlifeeducation.com, and follow the Middle School Curriculum menu.
Chastity is a moral virtue … which allows us to give the gift of our very selves to others. … All Catholics are called to chastity whatever their age or state in life, whether single, married or consecrated religious. … Chastity contributes to the psychological and spiritual growth and stability of teens by encouraging temperance, self-mastery and the true integration of the powers of life and love as God intended.