Grades 7-8

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

Message from the Coordinator…

(Updated 11/19/14)

Thanksgiving is almost here and the students have been busy in their classes and with our special projects.  Dozens of bulbs were planted in our Prayer and Meditation Garden, prayer cards were made and special Halloween Bible Candy Bags were filled for the residents of Academy Manor. We will soon begin making sandwiches for Lazarus House and Christmas gifts for the clients of Bread and Roses and residents of local nursing homes.

This week 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.

Grade 7 Monday students will be leading the parish in a very special Taize Prayer Service on March 16. Additionally Grade 7 Sunday students will be hosting 9:30 Mass on December 21 and Grade 8 Sunday students will be hosting 9:30 Mass on March 1

“Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today and tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us. ” (From The Catholic Prayer Book compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley)

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.

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.


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, 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.