January 16th, 2019: * The "Holy Angels" talked about the Beatitude of Forgiveness, connecting it with "RESENTMENT" and "BITTERNESS" and how, when we "forgive and forget" those who have hurt or wronged us, we love them as God does. Ask your child if he/she remembers what these new words mean. * The Bible verse read and discussed was Luke 6:27-28 & 31; the children correctly identified it as "the Golden Rule". * We moved to the rug where we got comfortable with popcorn and the story: Accidentally, On Purpose by Charles Swindoll. Ask your student to tell you about Chelsea, Paula, Goldie and the yellow jacket, and how it compared to the story of Joseph, his brothers, & the beautiful coat of colors. *THIS WEEK, if you could share Psalm 32:1-2 (from the Contemporary English Version Bible) with your student* Oh Lord, you bless everyone whose sins you forgive and wipe away. You bless them by saying, "You told me your sins, without trying to hide them and now I forgive you." If you can remind your child that if someone hurts their feelings or wrongs them, they will be acting Godly to forgive the offender and forget the offense. (Then they will be prepared to share their experiences with us next Wednesday.)
November 7th, 2018: This topic this week was "Community". Seminarian Joseph joined the children in building a Lincoln Log community. As we "played", we discussed how our family is our FIRST community, along with others (OLP, school, sports teams, clubs, neighborhood...). Then we sat down, leaving our beautiful community standing, and learned how the Apostles were the first community of Christ-followers and how they were called to spread the Good News through kind deeds and proclaiming His lessons. I asked the children if they thought we, as Catholics, could belong to a world-WIDE community, even if we were never all together in one place. This led to very interesting questions and conversation!! Brainstorming ways in which 3rd graders can also spread Jesus' love and Good News, they paired up and presented skits that exemplified how they can do this in their other communities! (These were serious in nature, yet very entertaining in execution!!) THIS WEEK: Ask your child what the "5-for-5" prayer is and be sure to praise them when you "catch" them doing/saying something kind, helpful, or strong in character,without being prompted. Thank you to Ms. Renee, who is joining us as assistant teacher, after a very serious surgery. God is wonderfully merciful!!
October 3rd, 2018: This week we got to know one another and discussed how the class would like to direct their new year in Religious Ed.
They began by sharing what they would like to learn this year about their church and how to increase their faith.
Then they discussed-and decided-what three rules would best fit their group: Listen, Respect, Have Fun.
They brain-stormed and chose their group name: The Holy Angels!
Finally, they played a funny ice-breaker to learn each others' names.
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