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November 2013
 
GREAT FAMILY RESOURCE 

 

  

  

Halloween can be a scary time for young children. Masks on otherwise familiar people and scary decorations in the neighborhood or in stores can make this fun holiday a fearful time for little ones. Remind them that the light of God is always with them with this activity.

 

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 MANNA

Orders are due 11/13.

Cards can be picked up

the following week.

If you would like to participate contact Tricia at

tlatz@st-als.org

630-257-2371

For information on the Manna program,

click here
    
NOVEMBER CALENDAR

To access our RE Calendar which incluces events for the month of October, click Here 

   

Children's Offertory Envelopes
We handed out envelopes last week and this week to students who had been absent.  You can contact the RE Office if your child did not receive envelopes.
 
We ask parents to have their children use the envelopes as an example of stewardship and as an indication of their attendance at Mass.

 
    

 


Encounter Middle School Bible Study
Our 7th Grade has started the
Encounter: Experiencing God in the Everday
DVD-based series with Mark Hart, and our 8th Graders will experience it dhuring the 2nd half of the year.  It is an adaption of the popular Great Adventure Timeline Bible study for adults by Jeff Cavins.  We are excited to offer this engaging way to gain an understanding of the Bible from fthe perspective of salvation history and the action of God in our lives.
View the following short video to get an to get an overview of this unique series for young people.
Encounter by Mark Hart (Teaser)
Encounter by Mark Hart (Teaser)
  
Laughing With God
 

Laughing With God

 

40 Ways To Foster Prayer In Your Home
If you are like most Christian parents, you realize how important prayer is to leading our children into relationship with Jesus, and to engendering a sense of peace and joy in their lives. To give you ideas for incorporating prayer into your busy home llife, your youngest child will receive a booklet with 40 such ideas next session . 

 

        

St. Alphonsus RE Program
Parent Newsletter
Greetings!
 
This is a month when we pause to give thanks... for the example of holy people who went before us, for loved ones we remember, for our family, for God's love & protection, etc.  I give thanks for parents who would rather stay home on Sunday mornings, but who make the effort to come to Mass for the sake of their children's faith development. I give thanks for the women & men with busy lives who still answered the call to be catechists... to touch the lives of children. I give thanks for a supportive pastor, staff, and faith community. The Eucharistic liturgy is all about giving thanks.  You can check out this month's calendar in the left column for the special liturgies for All-Saints Day, All-Soul's Day, and Thanksgiving. 
 
Our faith formation for children in preschool & kindergarten takes place during our Little Tykes for Christ events.  Our next event will be the feast of Christ The King on the 23rd. It's an opportunity for parents to spend some special play time, prayer time, story time, and social time with their children.  Parrticipating in our LTC events helps children to feel part of this faith community. 
 
Most families are doing a good job of following our new safety procedures.  Please remember to let us know if your child will be leaving early, and come to the RE Office to have your child retrieved from their classroom.  ALSO... When dropping off your child, make sure you are not blocking vehicles from entering and exiting the parking lot.
 
May you have many blessings to recount on Thanksgiving Day!
 

Kevin Cody, DRE

 
Little Tykes for Christ
An event-based faith formation program for Pre-K children

 

 Join our Christ-The-King celebration on
Saturday, November 26th
10:00 - 12:00pm in the RE Building 
 
Contact the RE Office to register 
 

   

The Joy of Family
A MessAge From Pope Francis (10/28/13)

Dear families, you know very well that the true joy which we experience in the family is not superficial; it does not come from material objects, from the fact that everything seems to be going well... True joy comes from a profound harmony between persons, something which we all feel in our hearts and which makes us experience the beauty of togetherness, of mutual support along life's journey. But the basis of this feeling of deep joy is the presence of God, the presence of God in the family and his love, which is welcoming, merciful, and respectful towards all. And above all, a love which is patient: patience is a virtue of God and he teaches us how to cultivate it in family life, how to be patient, and lovingly so, with each other. To be patient among ourselves. A patient love. God alone knows how to create harmony from differences. But if God's love is lacking, the family loses its harmony, self-centredness prevails and joy fades. But the family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it naturally. That family is the salt of the earth and the light of the world, it is the leaven of society as a whole.

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How can you authentically live out your faith in your daily life? How can you stay aware of the presence of God through challenges and discouragement? This four-week online retreat will help you reflect on Christ's presence with you, right where you are.
  
To learn more and to register, click Here
 
SHOP & SHARE FUNDRAISER
                 Last Saturday, we had a successful fundraiser for our Catechist Appreciation Fund that also helped the home businesses of some of our parishioners, and provided convenient shopping for great gifts for those who happened to stop by the RE Building.  Thank you to all who came by to support our catechists.
            
 
    
Photos ...Children Learning, Sharing, Growing...
                
       
  
 

SCHEDULE CHANGE

No sessions the week of 11/24
(Thanksgiving Break for schools)
 We WILL have sessions the week of 12/1