April 25, 2018: We reviewed the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and some ways he can use them.
April 18, 2018: Read the Bible with your children. Help them learn the Memorare and Hail Holy Queen.
April 11, 2018: Jesus chose Peter as the leader of His Holy Catholic Church. The Church's Papal leadership authority can be traced all the way back to Peter.
March 21, 2018: We prayed the "Stations of the Cross" as we climbed the hill (stairs) to Calvary. Each student was given a small wooden cross to celebrate the Easter Triduum in the home. (See the little paper bag.) Students also talked about Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
March 14, 2018: Tonight we visited Feed My Starving Children in Eagan and helped to package over 101 boxes of food- enough to feed 60 children for a year!
March 7, 2018: We had our second Child Safety Matters course this evening. Then we talked about the eight Beatitudes which Jesus gave us to show us the way to true happiness.
February 28, 2018: We listened to soft music and Mitzi and I led the students in an examination of conscience in preparation for their celebration of Reconciliation tonight.
February 21, 2018: Thank you for joining us for our Family Night! It was great to have fellowship with you tonight and to share a class with you.
February 7, 2018: Our theme tonight was Reconciliation, we worked on an activity to share with you on February 21st at our Family Night! Students also attended a Protecting God's Children class this evening.
January 31, 2018: Our theme tonight was making good choices. God has given us free will, reason, and a conscience to help us make good choices so that we may grow closer to Him.
January 24, 2018: We encounter Jesus and His grace in the 7 sacraments of the Catholic church. The sacrament of the Eucharist is at the heart of Christian life. God's forgiveness is offered to all who are truly sorry and seek it in the sacrament of reconciliation. How often does your family celebrate these two awesome sacraments? Homework: pp. 252-254
January 17, 2018: The eighth commandment calls us to live in the truth. The seventh and tenth commandments call us to be generous and have the right attitude toward material possessions. Ask your child what these commandments are! Next week we will talk about the 7 sacraments. Review page 314 with your child. Happy New Year!
December 13, 2017: The theme this week was respecting life. All human life is sacred because it comes from God. Every human life is sacred from the moment of conception until the time of death. We also recorded, "Of Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel" for you! Merry Christmas from the Fourth Grade!
December 6, 2017: Our theme tonight is Advent. We talked about the purpose for the season of Advent, we also talked and prayed about the Advent wreath. Candles were sent home with any student who wanted them. We started a "Jesse Tree" and sent home a booklet for you to read about the tree. We also played a game that focused on ways to give to others.
November 29, 2017: Ask your child why obeying their parents is important to God.
November 15, 2017: Ask your child what the first three commandments are about. (Answer: How you act toward, think about, and worship God.)
November 8, 2017:We are all made in God's image. Students played a game to reinforce what types of actions are involved in living a moral life.
October 25, 2017: You are in God's image and likeness and you are made to live in and love in community.
October 11, 2017: The Ten Commandments tell us how to love God and others. We learned about Moses and played a Ten Commandment Game!
October 4, 2017: We sat in a circle on the floor and talked about God's unconditional love and faithfulness. He is always loving us, no matter what.
September 27, 2017: Hello, My name is Valerie Martin and I will be teaching 4th grade Faith Formation this year along with Mitzi Speranzella. We are excited to be a part of this awesome ministry at OLP and look forward to sharing our faiths with your child and helping him or her grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Church. This weeks main themes were: God loves and cares for all creation and has a plan for the world. Everything God wants you to know about Him is contained in scripture (Bible) and in the Tradition of the Church. You can ask your child to tell you the Bible story of creation in their own words. Help your child to complete the chapter review on page 62 in the text. (Feel free to take a peek at some of the upcoming themes). Please remind your child to bring their text to class next week. Blessings, Valerie and Mitzi
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