Here is this week’s update for each class…
6th Grade will take a break from Moses and the Exodus story to begin a “Jesse Tree” project connecting Old Testament stories to aspects of the life of Christ. Each student will make an ornament with a symbol for a particular Old Testament figure, and will give a brief presentation to explain how that Old Testament character foreshadows Jesus in the New Testament.
7th Graders will again turn their attention from the life of Christ to His gifts to us today, the sacraments. They will be studying the Sacraments of Healing, which are Reconciliation (Confession) and Anointing of the Sick. Since we had the school penance services last week and are studying the Sacrament of Penance this week, it seems like a good time to show one of my favorite movies, a 1952 Hitchcock film called “I Confess.” It is the story of priest who hears a murderer’s confession, then is accused of the murder himself. He cannot reveal what he knows because of the seal of confession, and is willing to be convicted himself rather than violate that seal. It is a great illustration of the fact that a priest can NEVER reveal what he hears in confession. If you want to know more about the movie, visit http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/78777/I-Confess/ and click on “read the full synopsis.”
8th Graders will spend most of their class time this week polishing their storytelling skills and preparing for the “Collaboration of Generations” presentation on Monday, December 19. Details are still being worked out; I will share them as soon as they are available. Students will be traveling to Franklin Meadows again on Thursday, so another permission slip will go home on Tuesday. Please notify me if a student has a cold or other minor contagious illness; we will not want to take any germs over to the nursing home.