Parent Update 1/19/16

Parent Update 1/19/16

Greetings everyone,

There are great things about 3 day weekends…and then there are not so great things about 3 day weekends. Not so great is having a Tuesday that feels like a Monday until you realize tomorrow is Wednesday. Anyone relate?  Sorry for the late weekly update…as you may have guessed, the 3 day weekend is my excuse for being tardy.

We have classes this week: Wednesday, January 20th  & Thursday, January 21st. We will have classes every week through February 18th. We will then have a week off of classes on February 24th & 25th.

Upcoming events:

First Confession Service: THIS Saturday, January 23rd

9:30am-10:30am Thursday RE year 2 Communion classes & SLDM school

o   11:30am-12:30pm -Wednesday RE year 2 Communion classes

o   Please be in the church by 9:15am and 11:15am (depending on time of service)

o   Dress: It is not necessary to be dressed in their Sunday best but, not sloppy either.

o   Parents & siblings are welcome to go to confession after the children have gone

o   Children can leave once they have completed confession and their penance

o   Please contact ASAP with any questions or conflicts.

We ask everyone to pray for all of the children receiving the gift of this sacrament of forgiveness and mercy for the first time.

Chapel to Church ½ Marathon Run/Walk: NEXT Saturday, January 30, 2016. You can register at and for more information go to: This run/walk will benefit Catholic Charities of Santa Maria Valley.

SLDM Run – Chapel to Church Half Marathon

About Catholic Charities . Catholic Charities of Santa Maria provides assistance to low-income, jobless, or otherwise disadvantaged persons who receive aid on basis …

Lenten Parish Mission: Mark your calendars for February 1st, 2nd & 3rd at 10:00am and 7:00pm in the church. You won’t want to miss hearing Fr. Aidan Peter (our Pastor) speak to us about Mercy and the Mass. (attending one of the talks counts as a Faith Growth opportunity for RE parents of year 1 & year 2 Communion students.) ALL are welcome to attend!

Year of Mercy: Month by month. Each month has a specific focus and theme during the year of mercy. You can view the monthly theme as well as many details about the year of mercy here:

Benefit BBQ for Lexi Brown (SLDM School student & Jr High group member): THIS Sunday, January 24th there is a Chicken BBQ from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Elks Lodge at 1309 N Bradley Rd. The dinner includes BBQ chicken, beans, salad, bread and drink for $10.00. I have tickets available for advance purchase here in the Religious Education office during any of our weekly class times. You can also purchase a meal onsite at the BBQ. There will be a bake sale & raffle items available the day of the BBQ. The BBQ is being held to help the family defray the costs of cancer treatment and other expenses. For more information or to purchase tickets, email: or stop by the office.

Bald for Lexi 2016 TWO months from today/March 19th:  St. Louis de Montfort Parish & School has an effort underway to CONQUER CHILDHOOD CANCER! One of our parishioners, Jr High group member & SLDM School student, Lexi Brown, was diagnosed with cancer over 18 months ago & is about to undergo chemo treatment #3. Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes. Only 4% of US Federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation exists to fill the funding gap. The organization does ONE thing, fund childhood cancer research!


A person can help in 1 of 3 ways….1. shave in solidarity 2. donate $$$ to a person shaving their head or a volunteer or 3. sign up to volunteer at the event. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions or assistance with signing up or navigating the event webpage.

The direct link to the event on March 19th is: This link will make it easier for you to join our event.

There is a Facebook page as well: Please like the page and share it with other people to help spread the word.

Parish website: Our parish has a website and efforts are currently underway to improve the website. I have begun to work with our webmaster to boost the Religious Education section of the website. The weekly updates and calendar are posted in the RE section of the website. You can access it directly at: Check it out anytime. There is also a link to the Facebook page for Religious Education on the website.

Thought for the week: “We have learned to fly the air like birds & swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven’t learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tip of the week: Here is a link for some Catholic family ideas for the remainder of January and into February.

January/ February – Strong Catholic Family Faith

Martin Luther King Day Activities (PBS) Some children and young people today may not even know about the impact that Martin Luther King had on our country.

Many blessings,


Kelly McLoughlin

Director of Religious Education

Junior High Ministry

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church


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