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Hard to believe we are already entering the last week of September!  We continue as a school to strive for PEACE as the Fruit of the Holy Spirit that we are working on this month.  Please pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and for an increase in all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in our school, in our families, in each individual, and in the world.  God answers prayers!!

 

Here is this week’s update for each class…

6th Grade has now completed the Old Testament period of “Creation and the Early World,” and this week we will begin entering notes under the binder tab of “The Early Fathers.”  This section, to be covered over the next few weeks, contains the fascinating stories of the founders of the Jewish religion (and the roots of Christianity, as well) – Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Esau, Joseph (of the coat of many colors) and Joseph’s jealous (and later repentant) brothers.  Many of the stories are familiar to us, but this unit will help students to understand how all of those stories are connected AND what they have to do with our lives today!  Reminder: 6th Grade journals are due every Friday.

7th Grade discussed the Christmas story last week – the infancy narratives from Matthew and Luke’s Gospels.  Of course everyone is familiar with the Christmas story, but we discussed some details – and the meaning of those details – which are sometimes overlooked.  This week we will spend a little more time on the babyhood of Jesus (how amazing that God chose to become a helpless human baby!); then we will talk about His childhood.  Students will realize that there is only one even recorded in the Bible between Jesus’ infancy and His adulthood, and they should be able to describe that event by the end of the week.

For the next few weeks, 8th Graders will study “The four marks of the Church: The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.”  As this unit unfolds, students will learn what each of those words means in the context of our faith and of the Nicene Creed.  We will probably also touch on the content differences between the Nicene Creed (which is prayed at Masses each weekend) and the earlier Apostles’ Creed (used during the Rosary), as well as the history explaining why the Apostles’ Creed was expanded to form the Nicene Creed.  Reminder: 8th Grade journals are due this Friday.