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Religious Education Family Faith Formation Schedule and Themes

Old St Mary’s Children’s Faith Formation (RE)  2017- 2018    9:30am-10:30am

Mass Times:  Sat 5:00pm    Sun 8:00am, 11:00am & 6:00pm

Sept     10        RE Opening Lesson –A New Year  RE PARENTS AND CHILDREN BEGIN IN GYM

14        First Communion and First Reconciliation PARENTS ONLY Meeting 6:00pm-7:30pm

        16        OPTIONAL:  32nd Annual Hunger Walk JACKSON PARK 6401 S STONY ISLAND AVE

Save the date for Chicago’s largest annual anti-hunger rally! Families welcome in Jackson Park as we raise awareness for hunger in our community and support pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Dedicate your funds to St. James on Wabash Food Pantry.

17        FAMILY FORMATION PARISHWIDE- GYM (Replaces RE Classes in school bldg.

    PARENTS & CHILDREN in GYM

            “Guided by God, we walk as a Family in Faith?”  All Grades – learn ways to live your faith!  Families, Faith, Fun- games and prizes!  Come join us!

11AM CHILDREN’S MASS (Catechetical Sunday) – Just5Days Post Communion Reflection

JUST5DAYS Youth present their Service Trip stories and photos- 12:00pm Donovan Hall

19        “VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children” 6-9pm training IN Donovan Hall

ALL Adults who work with children MUST attend this informative session- ALL RE PARENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.

      23/24         Ministry Fair – after all Masses in Church Commons – find a way to volunteer!  We need you!

            24        Unit 1 Revelation -Ch 2  RE Students in school building- All grades  K-8

   30        Saturday Fun Option:  Free Family Fun Fest in the morning

Evening: Oktoberfest -Adults come join the fun! (Purchase tickets in advance or at the door)

Oct       1        Unit 1 Revelation -Ch 3   RE Students in school building

CHOIR Rehearsal 10:00am in Church for 10/22 Children’s Mass at 8:00am

 Children will be excused from the second half of RE class and escorted to the church at 10am

                        Parents pick up choir members in church at 10:30am

8        NO CLASS –Columbus Day Weekend /Chicago Marathon

15     FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PARISHWIDE Gr 6-8 (Service Opportunities) 9:30am-10:30am

  In the GYM: PARENTS &  GR 6-8 -OSM & RE   Grades K-5 have RE classes in school building.

RE Gr K-5 in school building   Unit 2 Trinity –Ch 4

        19        CONFIRMATION Prep Meeting ALL PARENTS & CANDIDATES 6:00pm – 7:30pm Van Buren Rm

20 or 21  “Holy Fire” Youth Rally at UIC Pavilion Gr 7-8 Encouraged to Attend (Fri OR Sat)

         22    8:00am CHILDREN’S MASS – 7th & 8th Graders presented Catholic Youth Bibles

                 7:30am CHOIR Call in Church for Choir Members – sing at 8:00am Mass

   Unit 2 Trinity -Ch 5   RE Students (K-8) in School Building 9:30am-10:30am

            26        Reconciliation Meeting PARENTS & CHILDREN  6:00PM – 7:00PM GYM

    29        FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PARENTS & CHILDREN Seasonal Lesson -All Saints/ All Souls

                        9:30-10:30am in the GYM – replaces class in the school Come learn about Saints & saints

Nov       5        Unit 2 Trinity –Ch 6 RE Students in School Building

12        Unit 3 –Jesus Christ Ch 7

                   CHOIR Rehearsal 10:00am in Church for 11/19 Children’s Mass at 6:00pm

  Children will be excused from the second half of RE class and escorted to the church at 10am

    Parents pick up choir members in church at 10:30am

16-18   National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis for high school youth

         19        FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PARENTS & CHILDREN GYM  9:30 – 10:30am  (Replaces RE in School)

                         Make a Family Advent Wreath for your home (RSVP Required to ensure enough supplies)

CHILDREN’S MASS 6:00pm – NCYC Youth- Post-Communion Reflection

5:30am CHOIR Call in Church for Choir Members – sing at 6:00pm Mass

Children’s Mass time changed to 11am 

   26        NO CLASS Thanksgiving Weekend

  30        FIRST RECONCILIATION SERVICE -PARENTS & CHILDREN PARTICIPATE 6:00PM – 8:00PM

                         (Simple Reception following Reconciliation Service)

Dec        3        Unit 3 Jesus Christ –Ch 8 /  Seasonal Lesson –Advent (1st  Sunday of Advent)

8        Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day – Join us for Mass in the evening

10       Unit 3 Jesus Christ –Ch 9  (2nd  Sunday in Advent)

                        CHOIR Rehearsal 10:00am in Church for Sat, 12/16 Children’s Mass at 5:00pm

Children will be excused from the second half of RE class and escorted to the church at 10am

Parents pick up choir members in church at 10:30am

16    CHILDREN’S MASS Saturday, 5:00pm – followed by “In Bethlehem Inn”

“In Bethlehem Inn” Dinner Theater   6:30pm – 8:30pm   BRING YOUR WHOLE FAMILY!

Interactive Dinner Theater Experience of Christmas for the Whole Family!

GR 6-8 & PARENT Volunteers Needed – Sign up required – some rehearsals

Can be used for Service Hours

17    RE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT GR K-8      9:30am-10:30am in GYM –(Replaces RE Class in school)

                                    Seasonal Lesson – Christmas           (3rd  Sunday In Advent)

24        NO CLASS –Merry Christmas         (4th  Sunday in Advent)

Old St Mary’s Children’s Faith Formation (RE) 2018

Jan   7        Class –Unit 4  The Church –Ch 10 -RE students in School building

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION 9:30AM-10:30AM Feast of the Epiphany -Three Kings Celebration

                        Grades K- 8  Replaces RE Classes in the school

14     NO CLASS –MLK Jr. Day Weekend

18       CONFIRMATION SESSION: CANDIDATE & SPONSOR (OR A PARENT) 6PM-8PM Option 1  Donovan Hall

21        Unit 4 –Ch 11 & Ch 12 RE Students in School building

                        CHOIR Rehearsal 10:00am in Church for 1/28 Children’s Mass at 8:00am

Children will be excused from the second half of RE class and escorted to the church at 10am

Parents pick up choir members in church at 10:30am

21   CONFIRMATION SESSION: CANDIDATE & SPONSOR (OR A PARENT) 1PM-3PM Option 2   Donovan Hall

28     NO CLASS – Catholic Schools Week

8am CHILDREN’S MASS

7:30am CHOIR Call in Church for Choir Members – sing at 8:00am Mass

Feb        4        Unit 5 Morality –Ch 13/14 – class in school bldg

10       CONFIRMATION RETREAT – CANDIDATES ONLY  12PM – 5:00PM GYM

                           Parents join Candidates for 5:00pm Mass

11        FAMILY FAITH FORMATION – Create Valentine’s for Catholic Charities and Senior Suite

14        ASH WEDNESDAY – Bring your family to receive ashes this evening. Lent begins.

18        NO CLASSPresident’s Day Weekend

25        Seasonal Lesson –Lent    Class in school

Family Lenten Project – Rice Bowls for Catholic Relief Services will come home today

Mar       4        Unit 5 Morality –Ch 15 Classes in school

CHOIR Rehearsal 10:00am in Church for 3/10 Children’s Mass at 5:00pm

 Children will be excused from the second half of RE class and escorted to the church at 10am

Parents pick up choir members in church at 10:30am

10     FIRST COMMUNION RETREAT:  SATURDAY- 2:30-4:30pm PARENT(S) AND CHILD -GYM

                        And then …Children & Parents are Presented at the 5:00pm Saturday Mass

5:00pm  CHILDREN’S  MASS – First Communion Children and Parents will be presented to the community at 5:00pm Mass

11        Unit 6 Sacraments –Ch 16/17/18  Classes in school bldg

16        STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR FAMILIES – Led by students in Gr 6-8

18        Seasonal Lesson –Holy Week / Triduum – class in School bldg

25        NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK

               30        GOOD FRIDAY

   Apr      1         EASTER SUNDAY – NO CLASS

 8         FIRST COMMUNION SESSION PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN GYM 9:30-10:30AM (BANNERS)

8          Unit 6 Sacraments –Ch 17 – Grades K-1 and 3-8 have class in school bldg

12        CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL 6:00pm in CHURCH

               13        CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION  7:00PM CHURCH

15        Unit 6 Sacraments –Ch 18

17        FIRST COMMUNION MEETING -CHILDREN AND PARENTS   6:00PM-7:30PM

22        Unit 7 Kingdom of God –Ch 19

26        FIRST COMMUNION REHEARSALS 6:00PM & 7:00PM

28        FIRST COMMUNION CELEBRATIONS:  10AM & 2PM MASSES

29        Unit 7  Kingdom of God -Ch 20   FINAL RE SESSION  – Parents and Students together GYM

Sacramental Celebrations:

First Reconciliation: Thursday, November 30 6:00pm-8:00pm Children & Parents

First Communion:    Saturday, April 28  10:00am one OSM School Class and

2:00pm Religious Education Class and one OSM School Class

(Rehearsals: 4/26 for 10am @  6pm &  for 2pm @7pm)

Confirmation Celebration: Thursday, April 12   7:00pm-9:00pm

(Rehearsal 4/10 6:00pm-7:30pm)

Catechists:

Kindergarten –  Su-Min Kim sumin.kim@yahoo.com and                                                               Rm 201

Grade 1 – Maggie Kairis  maggiekairis@gmail.com  and                                                                 Rm 202

Grade 2 – Liz Berry  davies_lizz@yahoo.com and Barb Spain  jspain6022@aol.com              Rm 203

Grade 3 – Liliana Barajas  lbarajas05@yahoo.com and                                                                   Rm 204

Grade 4/5 – Ursula Janikowski    rustyula@aol.com                                                                        Rm 207

Grade 6 – Helen Olaoye         hezeze@gmail.com                                                                             Rm 209

Grades 7/8/HS – Emmanuelle Rousseau   emmanuelle.ar@gmail.com and                              Rm 208

Stefan Bogdanowicz    przemek@bagadonutz.com

LRC / Rm 206  Available for Parent Meetings

Room 205 -open

Cathy Walz, Pastoral Associate for Children and Family Faith Formation

cwalz@oldstmarys.com  312-922-3444 ext. 26 (office)    312-343-5703 (mobile)