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Wow…End of the first quarter already, this Friday, and then on to fall break!  Please check grades in the Jupiter grade book this week and contact me about any missing assignments or other grading issues.  None of the classes will have a journal due again until after fall break, but this week is a good time for students who are missing a journal to turn one in and improve their grades.

We’re on to a new month and a new Fruit of the Holy Spirit to work on, too – faithfulness.  This one is a bit harder to define than last month’s, isn’t it?  What I’ll be emphasizing in class is the idea that faithfulness in general means being true to someone; as a fruit of the Holy Spirit it means being constant, steady, and devoted in our love for God (shown by our worship of Him and our life of prayer) and our love for other people (shown by the way we serve them).

Here is this week’s update for each class…

6th Grade continues the Old Testament historical period 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.  This week we will finish a chapter on Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac, and will continue on to the story of Isaac’s sons, Jacob and Esau.

7th Graders have learned about Jesus’ birth and early life, and will now begin studying the three years between the time Jesus began His public ministry and the time He was crucified.  The chapter for this week focuses on the time Jesus spent in the desert, fasting and enduring temptations from the devil, as the Father strengthened and prepared Him for the role He would play in Salvation History.

8th Graders are still working their way through “The four marks of the Church: The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.”  This week, they will finish a chapter that elaborates on “The Church is One.”  By the end of the week, students should understand that the statement, “The Church is One” is a reflection of our unity in 4 different ways.  The Catholic Church is “One” (united) by our faith – all over the world, Catholics believe in the same doctrines; our worship – the Mass is celebrated by all faithful Catholics everywhere; our governance – the Pope and Bishops guide our entire Church throughout the world; and our charity – our Church is committed to loving all people everywhere with the love of Christ.