Religious Education Program 2016-2017
(First Classes - October 8th, 2016)
This month our focus is on Rosary so we ask that children make a rosary out of fruits of the season. This should be not a parents homework but a children activity with the assistance of parents. Some suggestion for using the materials to do this project could be acorns, wild rose fruit, corn, beans or rolled leaves, small pine, or chestnuts, let your child use their imagination. We are also working or our prayers of Hail Mary and today we concentrated on Our Father, Please let your children do the activity pages that they bring home. The children are asked to say a decade of Rosary if possible daily for this month, make that a family minute and say the decade with your child.
November is a month of reflection as the nature prepares for winter, it is time for us to reflect on and remember, many of our loved-once and think how we live our life and what can we do to improve daily. Just few days ago we celebrated All Saints Day. One of the great gifts of our Catholic tradition is the remembrance of and prayer with the saints. It is important to show saintly people as a models for our children. This week homework is to stop at our church and see what statues of saints we have in our church, let see if we can find them all, once you found them, try to find something about them that impressed you, or a trade that you could follow in your life. Also say a daily prayer for all the souls that need help to get to heaven.
Homework for week 11/12/2016
This week we are working on Beatitudes chapter II in our books. Please do chapter quiz page as a part of your homework, do the work in your notebook, do not write in the books, please.
Let see if we can live the Beatitudes in our daily life, children have a page that they need to look at every night, reflect on and just check if any of the eight Beatitudes were present in their day.
We are still talking about our Saints, if you did not do your research last week on the statues of saints in our church this is your chance, and remember all who died in our daily prayers.
If you have not hand in your hand made rosary, please do so.
Homework for week 11/19/2016 (Grade 3-4)
We are approaching Thanksgiving so in that spirit let us count our blessings, please have your child write what they are grateful for; keep a daily log of blessings, or the child may write a list of what they are thankful for, it could be anything that they feel appreciative of. The purpose of this is to realize how blessed we are, please help your child to see that in everyday life.
This weekend we also attend our monthly Mass, and there will be a special guest and a very special gift waiting for your child, so I hope that we all can meet at the 12 o’clock Mass on Sunday.
We are making thank you cards to express our gratitude to the person who sponsored the gift that will be distributed during the Mass on Sunday.
This week we are also hosting a Thanksgiving dinner in our church, please have your child involved in this event.
Homework 12/03/2016 for all grades
The preparations for Christmas have started, but let’s not lose focus of what Christmas is about, we would like to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus into our hearts. When a child is born we bring gifts to welcome the baby, as we wait for Jesus to be born, we would like to prepare gifts for him, let us do good deeds often and daily. They can be simple acts of kindness that we show to others, maybe cleaning up after dinner, or helping a sibling with homework, sharing a cookie with someone who needed a smile and a friend. We will write our good deeds on strips of colorful paper making a chain. The chains will be collected and they will become a part of our church decorations for Christmas. This is something that will be done for the next four weeks, let’s put some effort into this and show everyone that we are disciples of God.
Homework class 3-5 for week 12/10/2016
We continue to prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we will welcome him with our gift - chain of good deeds that we continue to make this week. In class we are examining our conscience, please have the children review each night how was their day and if they made good or bad choices. This also should help them recognize the good they did for the day and the Christmas chain of good deeds will grow even more. They should work on memorizing the Act of Contrition.
Homework for 12/17/2016 class 3-5As Christmas is near, let us work that much harder on our good deed chains, only one week left. Please bring them to church next week and there will be a little treat waiting for all children that participated. If you have not started there is still time. Thank you for putting such good effort into this, I had a chance to see some of the chains and I was so impressed with the work and I am sure that it will be the best gift that Jesus ever got, as he sees the difference that you made and how wonderful your heart is prepared for his birth. We will not have classes for the next 2 weeks, so I would like to have children to say prayers daily, include act of contrition in the evening prayer, and choose a morning prayer from the blue pamphlets. On December 30th, 2016, we would like prepare little pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York City. Please let us know who would be interested in this idea by writing confirmation of going with us. Write e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Rectory Office: 914 963 1254. To all children and families: We wish you a blessed Christmas may your hearts and homes be filled with love, peace and joy of newborn Christ.
Homework Grade 3-4
Week January 21, 2017
This week we started Unit 2 of our books, and we are working on learning and living the 10 Commandments. As we focus on the first four, please make sure that the children go to Sunday mass and say prayer daily.
Homework Grade 4-5 for week 2/4/2017
This week we continue working on our 10 Commandments. Last week the children were asked to draw a road and put signs that were given to them along the road. In the beginning of the road they were asked to place the easiest to the most difficult commandments to keep for them. They were also given a reflection to do with their parents.
This week homework is to keep a track by doing daily account of the day, going over each commandment and see what commandment did we keep that day. Each child received a daily log.
Homework 03/11/17 3-4
This week we focus on ways to honor our parents, the children are asked to do all that they can to show love and respect to their parents and adults that care for them. Today every child received a pamphlet. Please go over the instructions make a commitment that would be a spiritual gift to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa, take a picture, fill out the form and bring it to the next class, or you may sent it electronically. You may want to do this as a family or individual. Remember to practice daily prayer and almsgiving. Stations of the Cross are on Friday please attend.