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Joyful Advent!  All classes will be talking about Advent as the beginning of the new year in the church calendar (which begins with preparation for Jesus’ birth and continues through His life, death, and resurrection) and as a time of spiritual preparation for the coming of Christ.  At Mass, the readings for the first two weeks of Advent focus more on the second coming of Christ at the end of time, while the last two weeks focus more specifically on the birth of Christ in history.  We will spend some time discussing the fact that the season of Advent (the 4 weeks before Christmas day) is distinct from the Christmas season, which begins on Christmas day.

Here is this week’s update for each class…

6th Grade will continue the story of Moses, the 10 plagues, and the Passover.  This is the most important period of history for a Jewish person.  The crossing of the Red Sea and the Passover, particularly, are mentioned often throughout the Bible as a reminder of the power of God and the way He always rescues His people from trouble.  Because it is so important, we will be in this section for the next several weeks.  Reminder: 6th grade journals are due every Friday.

7th Graders return to their study of the life of Christ.  Last week, students did a great job writing original parables with a modern twist, and they will continue sharing their stories in class this week.  This week they will also focus on the miracles Jesus performed while on earth, and the lessons He conveyed through them.  7th grade will also be planning this Thursday’s Mass. 7th grade journals are due this Friday.

8th Graders begin a new unit this week.  They just finished two units on the Church in general, and will now start a unit on Church history.  They will also begin receiving some details about a special upcoming project called “Collaboration of the Generations,” in which a professional storyteller will help them learn to share someone else’s stories verbally.  More details on this next week!