To access our RE Calendar which
incluces events for the month of October,
Children's Liturgy Of The
The 1st & 3rd weeks of
at the 11:00
Children PS - 4th are
dismissed at th beginning of Mass and process over
the the RE Bldg to listen to the readings, and
take part in prayer & ritual at their
level. They retun at the Offertory.
Young People's Mass
Grades will be
hosting Masses according to the schedule
below. Children will have an opportunity to
participate in the liturgy in a special way... as
Greeters, Ushers, Lectors, Gift-Bearers, and
Altar-Dressers. Parents will receive an
e-mail prior to sign-up.
Oct. 20th 11:00am 6th Gr. Nov.
9th 5:00pm 5th
Gr. Dec. 14th
500pm 4th Gr. Feb.
15th 5:00pm 3rd Gr.
Mar. 22nd 5:00pm
New Safety Procedures
We are in
the process of putting together a new building
safety and emergency plan. Following are
some of the steps we are taking at
room will have a map posted identifying the way
out for that class. Exit paths should be obvious
and kept free of obstruction.We will conduct evacuation drills.
~ The cloak
rooms in the RE Building are to be used in the
event of a lockdown.
Police squad cars will have a file with the
RE Session schedule, class lists, and contact
~ The doors
and windows on the rooms will be numbered so as to
be identified by emergency person.
~ There will
be only one entrance that will be used to gain
entrance to the two buildings... The East Entrance
of the RE Building, and the Walnut St. Entrance to
the Parish Center.
coming into the building during sessions, must
report to the RE Office.
leaving early must provide a note indicating who
will be picking them up. ~ Whoever is picking
them up must report to the office, and the office
help will retrieve the student from the
~ Make sure
when you enter or exit the buildings during
sessions that the door shuts completely and is
locked behind you.
~ Tell your
children that our building is safe because...
Don't open the door for strangers during the
session, and close doors completely.Anyone at the West entrance of the RE
Building or at the Parish Center entrance should
be instructed to go to the East entrance of the RE
Building.Tardy students may be
let into the Parish Center during
Following sessions on
Sundays! Pastries, coffee, juice in 4th
To help pass the
time between the end of the session and the
Alphonsus RE Program
Welcome to a new program year of parish
assistance in child and family faith
formation. Our theme this year is
"Strong Catholic Families = Strong Catholic
Youth". Accordingly, this is
a good opportunity to pause and ask yourself,
"What can we do right now and throughout this
school year to strengthen our faith life in our
home?" Are the 90 mins my
child spends in RE class 20 times during the
year enough for his/her faith
Studies have shown that families grow in
faith when they
TALK with each other about their
PRAY together in ways that are
comfortable & comforting
RITUALIZE the important milestones of
life... big & small
REACH OUT in service & support to
other in the community
The question becomes, where do we begin?
or, What else can we do?
have registered to an amazing website that
offers numerous simple ideas for families to
approach the 4 activities above... Vibrant
Faith @ Home. Click on the link in
the left column to check out the
has always been our policy to assign some homework
so that our chldren touch the subject matter
during the week. This year, the assignments
will include more activities for them to do with
you or with the family as a whole. It is our
hope that your family has fun with
am so very thankful for the good people who
stepped froward to volunteer to be catechists this
year. We had a lot of positions to fill this
year, and I'm happy to say that every lead
catechist and catechist-aide vacancy was
filled! Not only that but we had more
volunteers than positions. You can view a listing
of our catechists and their contact information by
Make a point of introducing yourself
to your child's catechist... You are now a
God bless you and your family in
this new program year!
faith formation program for Pre-K
Our first event will be an
All-Saints celebration on
The Benefit Of
Faith Is Positive for
It seems to be popular today, especially
amongst young people, to blame society's woes on
religion. Certainly, religious fanatics have
been a source of tension and conflict. But
religion has been a great influence on society
over the ages, and it continues to have a positive
impact today. Our young people have to be
made aware of the value of religion or they will
continue to turn their backs on it.
Following is an article from the Zenit news
in Egypt may well raise concerns again about the
role of religion in society. While extremism or
violence in the name of religion is certainly
deplorable, overall religion is a positive
was made clear in a book published late last year
by Rodney Stark, a former professor of sociology
and author of numerous books on Christianity's
impact on society.
his book, "America's Blessings: How Religion
Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists," (Templeton
Press), Stark insists that all the claims he makes
for the positive impact of religion are backed up
by reliable research.
is a substantial body of evidence that social
behavior is greatly influenced by religion, said
Stark. He put at 247 the number of studies
published between 1944 and 2010 that found a
positive effect of religion on reducing crime,
deviance and delinquency.
survey found that young people who never attend a
church are about four times as likely to have been
picked up by the police compared to those do go to
church. The positive impact of religion holds for
both whites and African Americans and across the
varying levels of education and income.