October – Mary’s month; the month of the Holy Rosary. On the last Friday of October (October 28), the middle school will present a Living Rosary after the 8:30 Mass, using a giant paper mache Rosary that the 7th graders helped to build. Parents and parishioners are of course welcome to join us.
We are still focusing on faithfulness as the October fruit of the Holy Spirit – 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).
November is just around the corner, and November 1 is the Feast of All Saints…a couple of items to mention about that. First, please remember that All Saints is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, meaning that it is a day when Catholics must go to Mass. Mark your calendar and plan ahead now to be sure all family members get to Mass on that day (or to the vigil Mass the night before)! Second, all middle school religion classes will participate in the annual Saint party…each student should bring a simple costume representing his or her favorite saint on that day, but should not tell other students who his/her saint is. Students will put the costumes over their regular clothes for religion class and will give a brief presentation for others to guess. Everyone has enjoyed this in the past, and we have had a variety of saints represented from the well-known (Mary, Joseph, Nicholas, etc.) to the rather obscure (some whose names I don’t remember because I had never heard of them!).
Here is this week’s update for each class…
6th Grade continues the Old Testament historical period of “The Early Fathers” – 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 and next we will continue our journey through the Old Testament by learning about the story of Isaac’s sons, Jacob and Esau. Reminder: 6th grade journals are due every Friday.
7th Graders continue to study the three years between the time Jesus began His public ministry and the time He was crucified. The chapter for this week and next is about Jesus’ followers, especially Mary and the Apostles. 7th grade journals are due this Friday.
8th Graders are still working their way through “The four marks of the Church: The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.” This week and next, they will cover “The Church is Holy” because JESUS (who founded the Church and remains in it) is holy, because the faith of the Church is holy, and because the Sacraments are holy. “The Church is Holy” does NOT mean that every individual within the Church is holy at any given time; throughout history the Church has always been a hospital for sinners as well as a refuge for saints.