As we begin another school year, everyone is facing many challenges as a result of our current status in dealing with and ultimately living with the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers are adjusting to virtually presenting lessons to their students who are not in the classroom with them. Parents are also learning more about virtual education, and in some situations need to even learn this new technology called “Google Classroom.” On top of this, our students are adjusting to virtual learning and being isolated from their classmates and friends. Good!
As the first few weeks of this school year have passed, there has been other adjustments in the education cycle. Besides dealing with the virtual classroom, parents, students and teachers are now learning another educational format; the hybrid class schedule. I believe this format can be the most challenging since it involves virtual teaching as well as in person teaching on a rotating schedule.
As everyone is actively adjusting these new styles of teaching and learning, there is still one more educational format that we must address. This is the religious education of our children who are not attending a Catholic School.
Every week when we recite “Our Family Prayer,” we recite the words, “Bless parents that they may form their children in faith.” This statement is a constant reminder to each person, that it is our responsibility to “form our Children in faith.” This is best accomplished by our own positive expression of faith, through our prayer life and the way we live and practice our faith values daily. However, it also involves that formal passing on of knowledge to our students. For this to occur, our children need to be registered and attend religious education classes regularly.
Our Religious Education Program is scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 11th with the Commissioning of Religious Education Teachers at the 8 a.m. Mass. We are requesting that all our students be in attendance for this Mass. After Mass they will go to their classes in the school. As in previous years, classes will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Due to the pandemic situation, our teachers are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our children and themselves. This includes wearing of masks, or face coverings and temperature checks. I do realize this is a challenging period. It is important for our mental health and our children, that as a community of faith we attempt to return to some form of normalcy.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Religious Education program, please contact me so that your concerns can be heard and resolved.Thank you
Fr. Peter Weiss, S.S.J.
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
We bless your name, O Lord,
For sending your own incarnate Son,
To become part of a family,
So that, as he lived its life,
He would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you Lord,
To protect and watch over this family,
So that in the strength of your grace
It members may enjoy prosperity,
Possess the priceless gift of your peace,
And, as the Church alive in the home,
Bear witness in this world to your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.