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"No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

-Matthew 6:24


 

2nd Grade PSR Blog

Are you perhaps wondering who these women are that you are entrusting your children to each Sunday morning?  Karen and I are both long-time parishioners of St. Dominic who are mothers of five children each and grandmothers of many!  We love the Lord with all our hearts and want to share that love with your precious little people.  We are looking forward to getting to know them better each week and count it a special blessing we get to help them prepare for two very special events this year—the sacraments of

First Reconciliation coming up on November 7 and then First Holy Communion
in the spring!  Please check out this blog weekly or as time permits.
We truly remember how very hectic life is with young children!

We are off to a great start in PSR (Parish School of Religion) land!
We look forward to getting to know your children and sharing with them God's love! Hoping this blog will be fun and helpful to keep us in touch about what we're doing in class and what they're learning of our faith!

Our class has been blessed with a wonderful helper, Ms. Ione Klekamp.  She has taught PSR at another parish and has graciously volunteered to help with the 2nd graders.
What an enormous light she brings to the classroom!
So please say hello to Ione when dropping off or picking up your child.
As a reminder, we will dismiss at 11:25 so 11:30 mass attendance
will be possible without being late.

--Ms. Joyce and Ms. Karen

If you have any questions, or comments about what we are doing in class, please email Joyce at gerdesjoyce@gmail.com

 


     

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                                                               February 26, 2017

This past Sunday, your child learned about John the Baptist.  (I hope they gave you the quiz they took to see how much you know!)  John the Baptist was the last of the prophets who prepared the way for the Lord Jesus.  John prepared the way of the Lord by his preaching and his baptizing.  He pointed to Jesus as the Savior of the world.  As John the Baptist did, all Christians are to make Jesus known to others and invite them to become followers of Jesus. 

John the Baptist was different from most other people of his time.  Talk about how every person is different and unique.  Each person is a wonderful work of God’s creation.  Reading Bible stories helps us listen to God.  Read the story about John the Baptist as a family one more time.  Draw a picture of what you heard.  Talk about what John the Baptist told people about Jesus.  Invite each family member to share what they would tell others about Jesus.

For more ideas on ways your family can live your faith, visit the "Faith First for Families" page at FaithFirst.com. 




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February 19, 2017

This past Sunday, your child learned that Jesus is the Savior of all people.  Our salvation flows from God’s initiative of love and mercy.  Because God loves us, He sent the Son of God who freely died to free all people from sin.  We call this saving event the Crucifixion.  God raised Jesus from the dead to a new and glorified life.  We call this event the Resurrection.  We too shall live after we die.  God invites us to live an eternal life of happiness with Him and with Mary and all the saints.

The crucifix reminds us of God’s love for us.  Talk about how your family reminds each other about God’s love.  When you go to Mass this week, pay close attention to the Memorial Acclamation.  Use the acclamation you sang at Mass for family prayer at home.  Have a great week!

For more ideas on ways your family can live your faith, visit the "Faith First for Families" page at FaithFirst.com. 



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February 12, 2017

This past Sunday, your child learned about the Mass.  The Mass is the most important celebration of the Church.  We lift up our hearts to God the Father, through Jesus, in the Holy Spirit.  We listen and respond to the word of God.  We are made sharers in the life, suffering and death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus.  The Mass begins with the Introductory Rites during which the the worshipping assembly prepares itself for the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  During the Liturgy of the Word, we listen to God’s word and make it part of our lives.  We profess our faith and pray for the living and the dead.

Sunday is called the Lord’s Day.  It is a day that Catholics take part in the celebration of Mass.  We also spend time with members of our family.  Talk about how your family keeps Sunday, the Lord’s Day, holy.  Talk about the ways your family joins with the assembly and participates in the Mass.  As First Communion comes closer, try to take your child to mass regularly so he/she can truly learn the responses and how to participate in the celebration of the Mass.

For more ideas on ways your family can live your faith, visit the "Faith First for Families" page at FaithFirst.com. 




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February 5, 2017

This week your child listened to the scripture story of Jesus teaching the disciples to pray.  The disciples learned to pray from watching Jesus pray.  When they asked Him to teach them to pray, Jesus taught the disciples the Our Father.  The Our Father is also called the Lord’s Prayer.  It is the prayer of the whole Church, of all Christians.  The Church prays the Our Father every day.  We pray it as a Church community at every Mass.

Perhaps this week you would enjoy making a puzzle to help your child become more familiar with the Our Father.  Write the Our Father on a piece of paper.  Cut the paper into smaller puzzle pieces.  Next assemble the puzzle to help your child learn the Our Father.

We can pray anytime and anywhere.  Talk about your family prayer.  Use these and similar questions:  What do we pray for?  Who do we pray for?  What do we tell God about?

When you take part in Mass this week and pray the Our Father, remember that Catholics all over the world pray the Our Father with you.  

For more ideas on ways your family can live your faith, visit the "Faith First for Families" page at FaithFirst.com. 


 

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