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The fruit of the Spirit for January is GENTLENESS!

Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!  On Tuesday of this week, all middle school students will be finishing up a Saint report that they started last week, as part of a New Year’s activity.  If a student does not finish the report in class on Tuesday, it will be homework due on Thursday.  As part of the New Year’s activity, students  also chose a virtue to work on, a mystery of the Rosary to think about, and a New Year’s resolution.

Here is this week’s update for each class…

6th Grade continues their study of Moses (there is a LOT of information about Moses in the Old Testament!  This week’s focus will mainly be on the Ten Commandments.  Reminder: 6th grade journals are due every Friday; the journal assignment will start up again this week.

7th Graders will begin a chapter titled, “The Message of Jesus: Choose Life.”  This chapter discusses several sensitive moral issues including abortion, suicide, euthanasia, violence, war, and capital punishment.  The focus will be on making sure the students understand what the Catholic Church teaches on these topics, and the students often have questions.  If you wish to preview this chapter, it is presented on pages 103-110 in the workbook.  It is always a good idea to ask at home what we are discussing in class, but this is especially true of this chapter.  Feel free to contact me if you have any concerns about the material being presented.

8th Graders are continuing their study of the history of the early Church.  This week the focus will be on Saint Paul’s conversion to Christianity and his subsequent ministry as a traveling missionary and the author of many of the New Testament letters (epistles).  Perfect timing, as the Feast of Saint Paul’s conversion is celebrated January 25!  We will also cover the first Church Council (the Council of Jerusalem), which determined that non-Jewish converts to Christianity must follow the commandments, but did not have to follow all of the other Jewish laws.  Reminder: 8th grade journals are due this Friday.