ST. ALPHONSUS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
   
MARCH CALENDAR
To access our RE Calendar which includes events for the month of April, click Here

         

OUR 3-TRACK SCHEDULE
 

We offer our sessions on 3 different days at different times to accommodate families' busy schedules. Even with the 3 tracks, it is still difficult for families to fit the religioius education sessions into their schedules.

 

To get parish perspectives on the challenge, read this article with comments and advice from directors of religious education from around the country.        

 
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 HOLY WEEK IN 2 MINUTES
 
    
Holy Week in Two Minutes
Holy Week in Two Minutes
 
GRACEFUL PARENTING WORKSHOP
. ROBERT BARRON
 
National author, Susan Vogt, will present a workshop for parents on May 29th that will...
 

  Address how families deal with issues of Integrity, Busyness, Materialism, Ecology, Media, Sexuality, Fighting, Global Awareness, Diversity, Service, and Faith.

 

  Offer 10 Take Home Nuggets to simplify and enhance your parenting with children from 1 to 18.  

  • Be interactive and practical with enough inspiration to remind you why you so wanted to be a parent.
See the flyer for more details
 
 
TAKE A (SPRING) BREAK... FOR KIDS
When we do the things God does, we feel refreshed and recharged. Over the remainder of Spring Break, you can recharge your spirit and become more like God by practicing creativity and kindness. Try one or both of the following activities. Have fun!

 

 

     

 

 

NOAH: THE MOVIE

 

   

  

Darren Aronofsky's cinematic re-telling of the story of Noah has certainly stirred people up.  While quite a few reviewers, both religious and non-religious, have given the film high marks, many Christians, both Evangelical and Catholic, have registered a far less than enthusiastic reaction.  One prominent Catholic blogger and movie reviewer opined that "Noah" is "embarrassingly awful" and "the stupidest film in years."  Most of the religious critics have complained that the film plays fast and loose with the Genesis account, adding all sorts of distracting and fantastic elements to the well-known story.  In the midst of all of this-and no doubt in part because of it-"Noah" took in $44 million on its opening weekend.    

 

 

Read Fr. Robert Barron's take on how we can take a midrashic approach in viewing the movie. Fr. Barron points out that "The midrashim-extremely popular in ancient Israel-were imaginative elaborations of the often spare Scriptural narratives.  They typically explored the psychological motivations of the major players in the stories and added creative plot lines, new characters, etc.  In the midrashic manner, Aronofsky's film presents any number of extra-Biblical elements."  

 

Fr. Barron identifies significant truths that the movie portrays... even, perhaps, unintentionally.    

April Parent eNewsletter
Greetings!
 
 
Spring Break is upon those of us in the Lemont school districts, and there is budding hope that Spring will actually arrive!  We were fortunate to have one of our good-weather days for Confirmation on March 22nd.  It all came together very well... the confirmandi, sponsors, Bishop Gorman, Fr. Brian, Deacon Dan, choir, liturgy coordinators, catechists, teachers, altar servers, Knights of Columbus... all carried out their roles to create a beautiful celebration.   Preparations have begun for our next sacrament celebration... First Communion on April 26th. Please keep our 2nd Graders in your prayers.
 
 We only have 3 sessions left, and it will be a busy few weeks to close out the program year.  The highlight, of course, will be
Holy Week and Easter.  We will do our part in helping your family prepare and enter into this highest point in the Church calendar, and center of our faith... the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Savior. 
  
Final Assessments will be taken the week of April 13th.  
Progress Reports will be handed out at the final session.
Registration packets will be handed out to the youngest in each family the week of April 13th. Families who have an outstanding tuition balance at that time with no payment plan in place will be asked to contact the RE Office to arrange a meeting with me in order to register.
  
It has been an excellent journey this year.  We have a wonderful group of volunteer catechists.  I find myself at times in awe at their dedication, their desire to serve and give back, their resiliency in bouncing back after a tough session, and their passion for this ministry.  Let us show them our appreciation during these remaining few sessions.
  
It is my hope that your child and your family has experienced growth in your faith over this past year because of your participation in this program.
  
God's bless you this coming Easter season,
  
 Kevin J. Cody, DRE 
 
Where are you on your spiritual journey?
 
             
Are you wandering aimlessly like a tourist? Have you stopped or lost your way? Or are you heading straight for your destination? Pope Francis reflected on these questions recently during his homily at Mass in Casa Santa Marta.     Reflecting on the day's readings from Isaiah and St John's Gospel Pope Francis distinguished between three different types of Christians and how they live their spiritual lives. Before God asks anything of us, the Pope said, He always promises us a new life of joy, so the essence of our Christian life is always to journey in hope and trust towards those promises.
  

But there are many Christians whose hope is weak and while they believe and follow the commandments, they have come to a standstill in their spiritual lives. Pope Francis said God cannot use them as a leaven among his people because they have stopped and they are no longer moving forward.

 

Secondly, he said there are those among us who have taken the wrong turning and lost our way. Of course, the Pope continued, we all sometimes take the wrong road, but the real problem arises if we don't turn back when we realize that we've made a mistake.
The model of a true believer who follows the promises of faith, Pope Francis said, is the royal official from today's Gospel reading, who asks Jesus to heal his son and does not doubt for a second when the Master tells him the child has been cured. But unlike that man, the Pope said, there are many Christians who deceive themselves and wander aimlessly without moving forward.

 

These people, Pope Francis said are perhaps the most dangerous group because they wander through life like existential tourists without a goal and without taking God's promises seriously. But the Lord asks us not to stop, not to lose our way and not to wander through life. He asks us to journey on towards his promises like the official who believed what Jesus told him.

 

Despite our human condition as sinners who take the wrong turning, the Pope concluded, the Lord always gives us grace to turn back. Lent, he said, is a good time to consider whether we are journeying forward or whether we have come to a standstill. If we have chosen the wrong road, we should go to Confession and return to the right way. If we are a theological tourist wandering aimlessly through life, we must ask the Lord for grace to head off again on the journey towards the promises of our faith.

Source: VIS/Vatican Radio

              

CONFIRMATION 
          
  
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CONTRITION, CONFESSION, SATISFACTION    
  
Whether this is a refresher or an introduction, this short video creatively walks through the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a way that will stick with you.
 
           
Contrition Confession Satisfaction
Contrition Confession Satisfaction