I am so excited to welcome everyone back from our long Easter break! Classes start back THIS Wednesday 4/13 & Thursday 4/14 at our regular times. The schedule for the remainder of the RE year is:
April 13 & 14 CLASSES RESUME
April 20 & 21 classes
April 27 & 28 classes
May 4 & 5 classes (year 2 Communion classes both days will have rehearsal during class time)
May 11 & 12 classes
May 18 & 19 LAST DAY OF CLASSES FOR THE YEAR (May 19th– Jr High group finale is a concert in the hall from 6-8pm)
April is Child Abuse prevention month and each year our parish’s Safeguard the Children Committee sponsors an evening for parents focused on various strategies to keep our children safe. This year our event is Wednesday, April 27th from 6:30-8:00pm in the Parish Hall and our Guest Speaker is Sandra Brown, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy with years of experience in educating parents on a range of topics related to keeping children safe. Don’t miss out on this very informative talk. (This will be the final parent Faith Growth Opportunity for the RE year. Attending counts as a Faith Growth opportunity for RE parents of year 1 & year 2 Communion students. One is required each year.)
Year 2 Communion Student RETREAT: ALL of the children in year 2 Communion classes on Wednesdays & Thursdays will have their 1st Communion Retreat THIS Saturday, April 16th from 8:30am until noon. They will also be joined by the 2nd year Communion students from SLDM school. This retreat is a required part of the process for all receiving the sacrament of Eucharist. Parents all signed up for a volunteer role the day of the retreat. Please contact me if you have questions about your role at the retreat.
FIRST COMMUNION PRAYER PARTNERS for Year 2 Communion Students: On posters that will be hung in the church, we will invite the parish to sign up to pray for our First Communicants as they prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. The children need the support and prayers of the parish community. We are requesting ONE 2×3 PICTURE OF YOUR CHILD. The FINAL deadline to turn in the picture is First Communion RETREAT THIS Saturday 4/16.
1st Communion Rehearsal for Thursday classes: Thursday 5/5/16 @ 6:15-7:15pm in the church (during class time)
1st Communion Rehearsal for SLDM school: during school day the week of 5/2/-5/6/16 with Mrs. Fuller & Mrs. McLoughlin
1st Communion Mass for Thursday classes & school: Saturday 5/7/16 @ 10:00am in the church (children arrive at 9:00am)
1st Communion Rehearsal for Wednesday classes: Wednesday 5/4/16@4:00-5:00pm in the church
1st Communion Mass for Wednesday classes: Saturday 5/7/16 @ 1:00pm in the church (children arrive at noon)
PARISH PICNIC: Sunday, April 24th at Pioneer Park. ALL are welcome. Bi-lingual Mass begins at noon followed by BBQ.
EARLY REGISTRATION TIME for Religious Education classes & Junior High group: Parents can register their children early for the 2016-2017 classes which being after Labor day. Registering early makes it easier to choose the day of week you want your children to go to classes, gives you one less thing for your summer to do list and you receive an early bird discount of $5.00. The last day for early registration discount is June 3rd. The RE Office is open for registration every Tuesday from 4:30-6:30pm, Wednesday from 3:00-5:30pm and Thursday from 5:00-8:00pm. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacation Bible Camp: Registration has begun for this summer’s VBC “A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer”. Camp will be held the week of July 18th-22nd from 9:00am-noon each day and is open to children from 4 years old through entering 6th grade. Volunteers are needed to support this awesome event, to register a camper or volunteer please contact email@example.com
Thought for the week: “We love our children because they are children, not because they are beautiful, or look, or think as we do, or embody our dreams. A child is a child.” –Pope Francis (Amoris Laetitia 10)
Tip of the Week: Last week a new document written by Pope Francis was released. Our local Bishop, Bishop Robert Barron, shares his initial thoughts on the Pope’s new exhortation about marriage and the family called “Amoris Laetitia”. http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/first-thoughts-on-amoris-laetitia/5134/ You can also find more sharable graphics from Pope Francis’ new exhortation at http://TheJoyOfLove.com
Blessings to all,
Director of Religious Education
Junior High Ministry
St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church