Grades 7-8

Coordinator
Bridget Rao 978 475-0050 x28, brao@staugustineparish.org


2014-2015 Registration  Message from the Coordinator | Program Information | Class SchedulesChastity Program Information

Message from the Coordinator…

The Religious Education year is over and what a great year we had!!! Thank you to all of you, students and catechists, for making my task of coordinating your spiritual education so rewarding. Soon the summer vacations will begin and I hope all of you are able to rest and relax in anticipation of the beginning of the Religious Education year in September!! I will be spending the summer months planning for the New Year and will be making some changes as a result of the catechist and student evaluations.

Registration details were emailed to all families on May 16, class schedules will be posted online in August and all Grade 7 & 8 families who have registered will have received e mail confirmation of their class placement in September. If you cannot locate your original email you will find everything you need by going to the opening Religious Education page on the website and clicking on the Registration link. Please register online or complete the form and return to us with payment through the mail or by bringing it to the Religious Education office.

A special thank you goes to those of you who offer to teach. However we are always in need of more teachers so I am asking you all to consider becoming a catechist. Training will be available and you will be supported at all times. Grades 7 & 8 meet less often than the younger grades and if you team teach it is just a once a month commitment! If you would like to discuss this further please contact me by email me or phone.

Grade 7 Call to Faith – Kingdom of God

The seventh grade will learn that the Kingdom of God is a kingdom of peace, justice, and love. Being followers of Christ requires us to share the good news with others and to work towards ending everything that denies the dignity of the human person.

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

Evaluation

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.

Social Projects

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.

Sunday Liturgy

To encourage our students to worship on a regular basis there will be opportunities for them to lead some of the 9:30 Masses.

Sacraments

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.

Please contact me by phone or e mail if you have any questions.
God Bless
Bridget Rao DRE

Grade 7 & 8 Schedules for 2014-2015

 Grade 7 Sunday  Grade 8 Sunday
 Grade 7 Monday  Grade 8 Monday

Chastity Program Information

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 is coming to St. Augustine on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:45pm with a presentation “Lifestyle Choices – a More Personal 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’ presentation is directed towards students in grades 7-10 but all ages are welcome.

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.

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