Christian Education Meeting, March 2015

Education Commission Minutes

March 2015


Religious Education (JoAnn Bonahoom)

         In Religious Education classes, we have been focusing on Lent and the Catholic traditions surrounding the season.  We are working on the practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Students are participating in CRS Rice Bowl and families have been very generous. We are discussing giving up distractions that keep us from prayer rather than food items.  

     On Monday, March 16, families will be invited to gather for Stations of the Cross at 7PM.  Students will have class from 6 - 7PM and then will gather to participate in the Stations led by their teachers.  Our final week in March will be spent learning about Holy Week and Easter. Three of our students will be baptized this Spring, two of them at the Easter Vigil.  Classes will not be in session March 30 or April 6.

     First Eucharist preparation is also in progress during March.  Parents are catechizing their children to prepare them for the sacrament of First Eucharist.  Parents met with Father on March 5 and will meet with our staff on Tuesday, March 10 and Saturday, March 28, along with their students for prayer, preparation and Eucharist-related activities.


Family Life (Malisa Burt/Beth Gooch)

Elementary/ Liturgy of the Word For Children(11am Mass):

Rotating parent/teen leaders can use SignUp Genius or contact Beth Gooch.

Family Fun Fridays  (Quarterly, Friday 7pm):

The next event will take place in May, date TBA

Vacation Bible School:

Setdesign with Shrine has begun, the theme is “Everest”

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

Planning is underway.  This year’s theme will be “Forgiveness”.  We will follow the summer VBS template, with a set rotation schedule.  Registration, activities, veneration and snack will all remain the same In parish registration will begin, March 15. Out of Parish March 22, Registration will close March 29th.  All participants must pre register

Youth Ministry:  (Elaine Cervera)                                                                        

            March 8th- Had our bi-monthly meeting with teens.  The teens made posters for the upcoming World Water Day event with A Vision for Clean Water.  The teens will be helping at the event along with the teens from the youth group at St. Mary’s. One of the posters made by the teens will be selected as a “winner” and will be used by AVCW as the new logo for the non-profit group. 

            We also held a meeting for teens and parents to share information regarding the upcoming National Catholic Youth Conference held in Indianapolis in November of this year.  We have 6 teens that have confirmed attendance.

            Mar. 22nd:        Vision for Clean Water event held from 12:15-2:30pm Teens can earn                                                service hours at this event.

            Mar. 22nd:        Field Trip-Laser Tag 5pm-7pm Location still undetermined.

            Mar. 27th:         Field Trip-Lenten supper & Concert with Jackie Francois

                                    @ St. Fabian Church