Saint Joseph Church Religious Education
February 11, 2021
Dear 11th Grade Class,
SPONSOR CANDIDATE MEETING
I first want to let you know that if you or your chosen sponsor did not attend the Sponsor meeting, I have re-scheduled a make up meeting, so that both you and your sponsor has the materials for do the Faith Sharing at home. This meeting is set for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, FROM 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. We encourage you to come with your sponsor to the 9:00 a.m. Mass and just come to the Church hall immediately after for the Sponsor Candidate meeting.
PENANCE SERVICE FOR GRADE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, SPONSORS AND PARISHIONERS.
A reminder that we will have our Lenten Penance Service on Sunday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. Sponsors are encouraged to attend the Penance Service with their Candidate.
Our Confirmation Retreat is se for Saturday, March 20 from 8:30 – 2:30 p.m. Please remember to clear you work schedules etc. to have this time free. The confirmation retreat I designated as a must before receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. Please mark your calendars. A bus for transportation will be provided.
READ YOUR BOOK – Rediscovering Jesus
Since we have missed so many classes, I continue to remind you to read the book Rediscovering Jesus, which I gave you at the January 17th Class. If you did not receive your book yet, please contact me and I will make arrangement to get it to you.
If you have missed several sessions of Religious Education, please remember that I prepared folders for you to do your classes at home. They were left in the vestibule of the Church. If you did not yet pick yours up, please do so as soon as possible so that you can keep up with your classes.
Thank you for your kind attention to the announcements above.
God Bless you,
RECONCILIATION SERVICE FOR GRADE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARISHIONERS will be held Sunday evening February 28, at 5:00 p.m.
St. Joseph parish has met its goal for the 2020 Catholic Ministries Drive and has gone over the goal by $8,590 dollars. The $8,590 dollars was returned to the parish. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
ARISE SMALL FAITH SHARING GROUPS will once again be established for Season Five of Arise, but not during the Lenten Season. Small Faith Sharing Group will meet during the Easter Season beginning the weeks of April 11, 18, 25, May 2, May 9 and May 16. We will have Sign up during the First and Second weeks of Lent to allow us sufficient time to order materials.
WE ARE SEEKING SMALL GROUP LEADERS If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please contact Sr. Linda as soon as possible to set you day of the week and the time so that sign up sheets can be prepared for sign up during the Lenten Season.
Doing our Small Groups during the Easter Season allows us to have more time for people to get their vaccine and to hopefully secure the safety of participants.
We will celebrate the Closing of Arise Together in Christ at an Outdoor Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies at 7:00 p.m. on June 6. Please mark this date on your calendars and plan to attend. Also, please pray for good weather.
REMINDER: Junior High and High School Students will have class today from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The 11th Grade Class and their Sponsors will have a Sponsor Candidate Session from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Social Hall with Social distancing and while wearing a mask.
STUDENTS NOT ATTENDING CLASS DUE TO COVID Concerns should pick up their folders with the class booklet to do their lessons at home and to write a paragraph highlighting that which they learned from the session.
Grade School students who are not attending Religious Education due to Covid concerns should contact Sister Linda to obtain their lesson booklets to complete at home. After completion of each lesson, a paragraph highlighting that which they learned from the session should be written and handed in to Sr. Linda.
WHEELCHAIR, WALKER AND CRUTCHES – A parishioner is offering a wheelchair, walker, and crutches to anyone who may have need of them at this time. Please contact Sr. Linda if you should want to inquire.
2020 TAX STATEMENTS are now available from the office. Please put a note in the collection basket, call the office at 742-7075, or email a note to Alison Amato at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your name and whether you want the statement mailed or emailed to you along with your address or email address. Thank you.
GRADE AND JR. HIGH/HIGH SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES will be held this morning for Grade School and this evening for Junior High and High School students.
If your son or daughter is not attending Religious Education Classes in person, we ask you to pick up their folders in the vestibule and to do their lessons with them at home.
ATTENTION CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES:
Please share the following dates and information with your Sponsor.
Sponsor-Candidate Meeting – Sunday, February 7, from 6-7:00 p.m. in the Church basement
Confirmation Rehearsal for Candidates and Sponsors – Friday, April 9, from 6-7:00 p.m. in the Church
Sacrament of Confirmation – Saturday, April 10th at the 4:00 p.m. Mass, at Saint Joseph Church, Bellwood.
10th Grade Religious Education Class – All 10th Candidates for Confirmation should begin to think about whom they will choose for their Confirmation Sponsor as well as the Confirmation Name they will choose.
HOLY HOUR FOR TEENS – Our Teen Holy Hour for grades 7,8 & High School Students will be held next Sunday, January 31, from 6-7:00 p.m. All students should meet in the Church Hall by 5:30 p.m. so that we have an opportunity to explain the meaning of Eucharistic Adoration and how to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.
A PENANCE SERVICE FOR BOTH GRADE SCHOOL, JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL will be held on Sunday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m. in the Church.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION STUDENTS WHO DID NOT ATTEND CLASS ON SUNDAY, JAN. 17, ARE ASKED TO PICK UP A FOLDER WITH THEIR NAME ON IT IN THE VESTIBULE TO COMPLETE THEIR LESSON AT HOME.
Thank you! The Bellwood-Antis Council of Churches would like to express sincere gratitude to all who helped in any way with this’s year Christmas Basket Program. The amount of donating and volunteering that occurred from so many places and so many people safely in the midst of a global pandemic can only be explained by the fact that we serve a Sovereign God Who uses His people to accomplish His benevolent purposes. This year the program brought tangible expressions of God’s love and care to approximately 262 persons in 122 homes. There were at least 77 children ages 1 to 14 years old who also received toys, gloves, hats and more.
This year our Christmas Season was a little bit different in more ways than one. Now that it comes to an end, a sincere thank you is in order to all of you for your active participation in our Christmas liturgies, especially our music minsters, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, readers, hospitality ministers, ushers, and other ministers. Thank you also to all those who helped with decorating and cleaning of our church and all volunteers of any age who so graciously offered their time and talents to make the Christmas Season enjoyable and spiritually nurturing. Let us carry the spirit of this joyous season throughout the New Year so our Saint Joseph Parish family can continue to grow and fulfill its mission in proclaiming the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ.