Bridget Rao 978 475-0050 x28, email@example.com
The season of Advent 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.
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.
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 by Jay Cormier, Liturgical Press Curriculum
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
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.
Please contact me by phone or e mail if you have any questions.
Bridget Rao DRE
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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 launched a chastity education curriculum for Middle School and is developing one for High School.
Recognizing that parents are the primary educators of their children in matters of faith and morals, the program begins with a parent information session. The last one was held on December 5th.
This information session focuses on the necessity of a chastity curriculum for their children, bringing real life examples into the presentation. It educates parents on the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences and benefits of Catholic teaching regarding chastity, relationships, responsibility and love, it providing parents with the tools to begin these sensitive conversations at home first. Finally, the information session will offer an overview of the content that will be covered during the student program, including some of the video clips that will be shown.
For more information and to preview some of the material please go to the Boston Respect Life Education Website: www.respectlifeeducation.com, and follow the Middle School Curriculum menu.
For Students—Middle School
The second part of the curriculum is the student/teacher section, taught in 7th and 8th grade. This is a three hour session which will be taught by a team of curriculum specialists certified by the Archdiocese. The program presents church teaching on love & relationships as the appropriate framework for understanding the gift of human sexuality through age appropriate activities, video clips, presentations, and Q&A.
The parishes of St. Michael, St. Augustine and St. Robert Bellarmine, are coordinating their efforts on this program in order to offer additional options and greater flexibility to our families. Click here for a registration form.
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.