Flexing Our Faith

As the Apostles showed us, it is important to learn about Him Who is Love inside a loving community.  The Education Commission mentioned to me that I should let everyone know how we bend, stretch, and flex this concept of community to meet the individual needs of our students.  After all, some folks may wonder why we pay a (rather minimal) salary to 8 staff people for the purposes of educating our parishioners.  Others may need to better perceive this range of grace so that they can see how they, too, could be included.  So off the top of my head, here’s a partial listing of situations we are managing this year:

  • Athletes who attend one long home-class in October, rejoin community in November
  • Two options – and connections to even more – for Confirmation retreat
  • (Working on) a Spanish-speaking First Communion class
  • Sacrament “boot camp” for a small group of special-need students
  • Make-up sessions for missed Confirmation classes
  • Very private reception of first sacraments
  • Full and partial independent home studies
  • Annulment/Canon Law help for some RCIA folks
  • At least two time options for everyone in grades 1-8
  • Permission to attend earlier/later time on specific days
  • Multiple Bible, book, and prayer classes
  • New students & late registrants
  • Class section switching in cases of genuine need
  • Students on full or partial scholarships
  • Parents who remain in the classroom to assist their child
  • Sibling/family involvement in the Children’s Catechumenate
  • Students baptized/sacramentalized in different Rites
  • Teens who alternate between RCIA and 9th grade every other week
  • Varied social, service, and faith-based opportunities for all ages
  • Students with ADD, ADHD, Autism, chronic diseases, anxiety, allergies, and other conditions
  • Possibility for families with preschool through grade 5 students to attend simultaneously
  • (Working on) Participation in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Thank you for your support as we continue to strive with open hearts to meet each person where he/she is and move forward together toward the Mercy Seat.  Let us all continue to pray for each other!

Parents of our 4th/5th graders – I will see you with your students in the Davidson Center for an interactive Circle of Grace session this week.  (Yes, you can bring little siblings!)  Middleschoolers:  Remember to do your home study… Happy All Hallows’ Eve!

Your Pickle,
Marian Bart
Parish Catechetical Leader