Grades 7-8

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


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2013-2014 Religious Education Registration

Message from the Coordinator…

The New Year will see us begin our safety sessions, in addition to regular class. Our social projects will continue – we will be supporting the Birthday in a Box program in the housing projects in Lawrence, making blankets for Project Linus and creating even more tasty sandwiches. We will also be leading the parish in a very special Taize Prayer Service as well as hosting a 9:30 Mass.

We are excited to have Matt Fradd  come for a special Chastity presentation “The Love that Satisfies” – for more details read below and click on Matt’s photograph at the right.

The Call to Faith series we use for Grades 7 & 8 and has been especially designed with the young adolescent in mind. This program promotes dynamic, age appropriate faith learning and life application for adolescents and presents the content of the Catholic faith by drawing on Doctrine, Scripture, People of Faith and Catholics Today, the very sources of catholic wisdom.

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 2013-2014

Grade 7 Sunday Grade 7 Monday
Grade 8 Sunday 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.

This year our program will feature Matt Fradd, a dynamic speaker who experienced a profound conversion at World Youth Day in Rome in 2000 and afterward committed himself to inviting others to know Jesus Christ and the Church Christ founded. As a missionary in Canada and Ireland, Matt proclaimed the Gospel to over ten thousand teens and young adults. He has served the Church through full time lay ministry in Australia, Ireland, Canada, and Texas. Matt has been a guest on the BBC, EWTN, ABC and Catholic Answers Live and a key speaker for the chastityproject.com.

We are inviting students in Grades 7 – 10, their parents, and anyone who wishes to know more about this subject, to attend this dynamic presentation on Tuesday February 4 at 6:30 in St. Augustine Church

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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