Religious Education Parent Update 4/29/17

Hello everyone,

Saturday blessings! These next two weeks are busy and exciting weeks here at St. Louis de Montfort parish. We have our last two weeks of classes as well as First Communion Masses. I am emailing you a couple of days earlier than usual to give a few reminders.

  1. Confessions are offered EVERY Saturday from 3:15-4:45pm and 8-9pm (Bilingual). The sacrament of reconciliation is a beautiful opportunity to receive forgiveness and God’s mercy. For anyone who wants to receive the sacrament of confession BEFORE the First Communion Masses. This Saturday 4/29 and next Saturday 5/6 are your final opportunities.
  2. We have two weeks of classes remaining. The week of 5/3 & 5/4 and 5/10 & 5/11. I suggest a wonderful thank you gift your child could give to their teacher(s) and helper(s) is a handwritten thank you note. This would be such an awesome way to express their gratitude to them for their volunteer efforts all year. J

Year 1 Communion Parent Meeting is THIS COMING WEEK on Monday, May 1st 7:00-8:00pm OR Wednesday, May 3rd 7:00-8:00pm This meeting is REQUIRED for parents to attend (parents only attend the meeting please) to have your son/daughter advance from year 1 Communion to year 2. Only ONE parent needs to attend (both are welcome). Please attend on either Monday 5/1 or Wednesday 5/3. Father Aidan will be meeting with the year 1 Communion parents each year. Please email me with any questions. kelly@sldm.org

Year 2 Communion IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1. Reminder: The precious blood will be offered at First Communion Mass along with the precious body. Please notify me by email BEFORE May 5th if it is your desire as a parent that your child not receive the precious blood. At rehearsal we will practice receiving both species. Any child whose parent I have heard from regarding the precious blood will be given instructions differently. Please email me with any questions regarding this topic that was discussed by Fr. Aidan Peter at the parent meeting. Thank you.
  2. 1st Communion Rehearsal for Wednesday RE classes: Wednesday 5/10/17@4:00-5:00pm in the church (during class time)

1st Communion Mass for Wednesday RE classes & SLdM school: Saturday 5/13/17 @ 10:00am in the church (children arrive at 9:00am) 

1st Communion Rehearsal for Thursday RE classes: Thursday 5/11/17 @ 6:15-7:15pm in the church (during class time)

1st Communion Mass for Thursday RE classes: Saturday 5/13/17 @ 1:00pm in the church (children arrive at noon)

1st Communion Prayer Partners: Banners are in the church with pictures of each of the children receiving their First Communion on May 13th. We are asking parishioners to sign up to be prayer partners for the children. Thank you in advance for praying for these special young people receiving the sacrament.

Year 2 Communion Parents STAR PROGRAM*. Reminder: this program is for ALL children from Religious Education classes and the SLdM school who are preparing for First Communion in May*.  You and your child can attend ANY of the Masses in our parish on the weekend beginning with the Saturday 5:00pm Mass and ending with the Sunday 6:00pm Mass. There is a small basket of stars on the counter in the back of the church near the restrooms. The stars are divided by Wednesday/Thursday and school. They are in alphabetical order in their divided sections. Once you and your child find their star, then they walk up the middle aisle, bow just as they reach the altar area and then turn left and walk over to the basket near the foot of the Confirmation cross (left side of the altar below statue of St. Joseph and St. Louis de Montfort). If you have any questions, let me know.

*The star program will be in place for ALL children in the Religious Education classes and SLdM school starting in the fall.

Vacation Bible Camp 2017: Vacation Bible Camp: Registration has begun for this summer’s VBC “Camping in God’s Creation”. Camp will be held the week of Monday, July 30th through Friday, August 4th 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 kelly@sldm.org (registration form available by email or in the RE Office).

EARLY REGISTRATION TIME for Religious Education classes & Junior High group: Parents can register their children early for the 2017-2018 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.   We now accept debit/credit cards as a form of payment in addition to cash or check. The last day for early registration discount is May 25th. The RE Office is open for registration every Tuesday from 4:30-7:30pm, Wednesday from 2:30-5:30pm and Thursday from 4:30-7:30pm. Forms are available here: https://sldm.org/forms-for-religious-education-2017-2018/  If you have questions, contact kelly@sldm.org

Thought for the week: “If you sense that something is missing in your life, stop ignoring it. Start paying attention to it. God is trying to tell you something.” –Dynamic Catholic

Many blessings,

Kelly

Kelly McLoughlin

Director of Religious Education

Junior High Ministry

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church

Posted May 1, 2017