Religious Education: Eighty-three students from grades 1-8 meet for classes most Sunday mornings of each month, and are taught by 13 parishioners who serve as volunteer catechists, aides and substitutes. The students attend the monthly Family Mass, and several have served or participated in these Masses as altar servers, first time lectors and gift bearers. The Faith and Life series, published by Ignatius Press, is used as the primary teaching tool at all grade levels, and the curriculum is rounded out by a number of additional activities, including:
- Confessions during the seasons of Advent and Lent
- Stations of the Cross during Lent
- An All Saints Day Assembly, where each grade presented group projects describing the life of a Saint, including song, skit and story boards (see the parish website www.sacredhearttroy.com for pictures and a brief narrative).
- Simple service projects, including: assistance with the Social Justice Committee’s Sock and Underwear drive; creation of greeting cards for local Veterans on Veterans Day and Christmas; and creation of ornaments which were hand-delivered with cookies and a greeting card to twenty home bound parishioners by students, teachers and several Communion ministers. One of the students who participated in the Homebound Parishioner project had this to say about her experience:
“My class went to people’s houses. We may have gone to eight houses. We brought ornaments, cards and cookies. It was a lot better than I thought. one lady was 92 but looked like 80.” (Kaelin Pogue, 6th grade).
For more information about this program, or to share your time, talent or suggestions, please feel free to contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory.
Next week a report on Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation efforts.
Religious Education Class: this Sunday (Feb. 7) followed by attendance at the Family Mass at 11:15am. Classes resume on Sunday, February 28.
Confirmation Class: for FEBRUARY 7 is cancelled, HOWEVER students’ attendance at one of the following two events was required. If you didn’t attend the Holy Hour on February 5th you will be expected to attend the Speaker Series on February 13th. (the attendance sheet can be found in the back hallway of the church).