March 27th, 2019: We had a wonderful family night! We shared in food, conversation, and some fun! We reviewed the year so far and got the chance to make some really cool Easter eggs.
March 13th, 2019: This week we discussed the Stations of the Cross. In one of the pictures below you will see a cross with nails in them and some hammers. In order to hammer thumbtacks into the cross of wood- the children must do unsolicited acts of kindness or helpfulness (without being asked).
February 27th, 2019: This week we talked about Feed My Starving Children a little more- had a great discussion about that! We even got to discussing service and many ways we can help the community- both local and worldwide. We also started talking about Lent and all the things we can do during Lent. Ask your kids what those things are. We also sent home the 40 Day 40 Items challenge for you to do as a family starting next week on Ash Wednesday. You can find a link to the challenge here: lenten_challenge.docx
January 23rd, 2019: In connection to last week’s Beatitude about Mercy (forgiveness), we learned about the Beatitude of mourning and being comforted. We discussed them in earthly AND heavenly terms. Such as looking at mourning as how deeply sorry we are when we sin (or make bad choices) and ask God’s forgiveness (mercy), but how He comforts us with the eternal joy of salvation. Your children equated earthly mourning and comfort with paying attention to others who may be hurting, and try to make them happier. We discussed how to listen to our “conscience” and played the Choice game where a tossed quarter got them moving up the ladder toward the Finish line-representing heaven. What you can do, to reinforce the lesson, is talk with your children about having a conscience and how to make things right with God when we make a bad choice. By “changing direction” with the sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation, we receive God’s mercy. This week’s Bible verse was- Psalm 139:23-24- “Look deep into my heart, O God. You know my deepest thoughts. See if I am going in the wrong direction, then lead me back to you.” We will finish making our Beatitude posters next week when our friends (Tilly, Beckett, Wesley, and Elizabeth) join us again.
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.