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Here are the class plans for this week:

6th Grade will return to their study of Moses and the Exodus this week.  We began a chapter this week about the Israelites’ complaints in the desert, followed by God’s discipline – they were bitten by snakes.  When they repented, though, and asked Moses to pray for them, God allowed them to be healed by making a statue of a snake and looking upon it.  We will tie this in with our own repentance from sins in the sacrament of reconciliation.  We will also discuss the serpent “lifted on a pole” (John 3) as a prefigurement of  Jesus on the cross, and the spiritual healing that can occur when we behold a crucifix. Reminder: 6th grade journals are due every Friday.

7th Graders will begin a new unit this week: “Jesus Christ the Life.”  This week’s chapter is about Jesus as prophet – those times when Jesus looked into people’s hearts and told them exactly what they needed to hear.  We will cover the stories of Nicodemus (John 3) and The Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4).  Students will apply these lessons to their own lives by learning about virtues, especially the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity and the Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance.  Reminder: 7th grade journals are due this Friday at 11:00 (because of honors day at 2:00).

8th Graders have been assigned parts for Mary’s Way of the Cross!  We will be practicing about once a week for the next few weeks.  Make plans now to join us for this presentation on Good Friday, April 14.  The 8th graders will continue their study of Church history also, this week moving into the later middle ages:  the Great Schism of 1054 (the first split within Christianity, when the Orthodox Church separated from the Roman Catholic Church), the Crusades, and the Inquisition.