Ed, May, 2015

Education Commission Minutes

May 2015


Religious Education (JoAnn Bonahoom)

     The main focus of our Religious Education program for April/May was the preparation for First Holy Communion.  Five students received their First Eucharist on Sunday, April 26, at the 11AM Mass.  Our formal First Eucharist Mass was held on Saturday, May 2, at a special 10AM Mass.  Fourteen students received First Communion on that day and a reception followed in the social hall.

      On Thursday, April 23, the religious education and youth ministry group hosted an AOD presentation on “Passing On the Faith” for parents.  About 22 attended.  Our speaker was Laura Piccone Hanchen from the office of youth ministry.  Parents were very enthusiastic about the topic and are in the stages of starting a parent support group around the idea of “how to pass the faith onto our children”. 

      May 4th was our last Monday night class for grades 1-8 and we celebrated with a May Crowning in the church.  Families were invited. Children were very reverent and receptive which was a fine note on which to end our year.  After the service, children enjoyed an ice cream treat and initiated the new play area (except the areas sealed off in orange).

      On Monday, May 11, catechists met for a wrap-up meeting and dinner.  We reviewed the program and discussed our successes and challenges during the formation year.  Our catechetical team was excellent and Spirit-filled.  We pray they will return to us next year.

      Sunday, May 17, will be our last Sunday preschool gathering during 9:30 and 11AM Masses.  The children wanted to check out the new play structure to celebrate their last day.  Thank you to our high school students Karen Crile and Reilly Carr for their service to our young ones.

       Monday, May 18, parents of Confirmation students will meet with religious education department to discuss summer initiatives for students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in November 2015 at   7PM.

Family Life

Family Fun Fridays:  (Quarterly, Friday 7pm): next event will take place in June, TBA Vacation Bible School:  (7/13-7/17/15, 9am-12noon)

Setdesign with Shrine has begun the theme is “Everest”.  We are in need of refrigerator boxes, carpet tubes, donated hiking equipment/props and volunteers interested in paper cutting activities and sewing rod pockets on small base camp flags.  Registration set for June.

Good Friday Bible School:(4/3/15, 12-3pm):                                     

This year was well attended with 30 participants & 12 volunteers.  Projects and activities were related to theme:  “Forgiveness”. 

Youth Ministry: (Elaine Cervera)

May 17th: Youth Meeting 5pm-7pm (8th Grade students welcome)

May 24th: Youth Field Trip @ Fr. Solanus Casey Center

Young Adult Group: (Kaitlin Popielarz)

Theology on Tap …..in The D Friday, May 8 6:30 - 8:30 PM Traffic Jam and Snug. Almost 100 young adults gathered for an evening of faith, fellowship, fantastic speakers, and food. May featured a panel of religious to discuss The Year of Consecrated Life. On May 10th, the Young Adult Group had an informal gathering after the 9:30 am and 11:00 am Masses as a great opportunity to say hello, network, and meet other young adults in our parish community.