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Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.

-John 6:56


 

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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                                                                  March 26, 2017

The children were treated to a guided tour of St. Dominic Church by Theresa Eagan, Coordinator of Religious Education.  She pointed out all the areas of interest including baptismal font area that had formerly been in the back of church and is now a bride’s room, stained glass windows, stations of the cross and even the sanctuary and sacristies.  The statue on the far right side of church that depicts St. Dominic with our Blessed Mother was highlighted, as was the behind-the-scenes tour of the server’s sacristy and the priest’s sacristy.   Ask the children about the tour and see what you might learn from them about our beautiful church!

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




Blog Post 
March 19, 2017

In addition to talking about the third week of Lent, the children learned about the Church.  The Church is the community of people God gathers together in Christ.  The Church is the People of God, the Body of Christ, and the Communion of Saints.  Mary is the greatest saint and the mother of the Church.  All of the baptized have important roles to play in the work of the Church.

Talk about how your family lives as members of the Body of Christ and takes part in the work of the Church.  Jesus invites all of us to be his followers.  If Jesus were to spend a day with your family, what would you want to do and why?  Be sure to let everyone share their ideas.  Mary is the mother of the Church.  Use the Hail Mary as your family prayer this week.  Pray it before meals or bedtime.

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



Blog Post 
March 12, 2017

This past Sunday, your children learned “The Traveler on the Road to Emmaus:  A Scripture Story.”  It shows that our Church shares the faith stories that the Apostles and the first Christians told about Jesus.  These stories are found in the four Gospels.  The Gospel story of two disciples walking to Emmaus shares that Jesus was raised from the dead and is alive in a new way.  Jesus is with us in a unique way at Mass.  At Mass the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.  We receive Jesus, the Bread of Life, in Holy Communion. 

The Bible story in this chapter reminds us how important it is for us to share meals together.  Talk about ways your family can make everyday meals together special.  If possible, make a loaf of homemade bread and eat it together.  Talk about how the disciples recognized the Risen Jesus when He broke the bread and shared it with them.  Relate this story to the celebration of the Eucharist.  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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                                                                  March 5, 2017

 

This week the children prayed the Stations of the Cross, the first seven of them, in church as a group.  They had individual prayer books with the meditations on each station.  Also, they learned about The Last Supper and the connection between the Last Supper and the Eucharist.  At the Last Supper, Jesus took the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying, “This is my body.”  He took the cup of wine and gave it to his disciples, saying, “This is my blood.”  Then he said, “Do this in memory of me.”

At the celebration of the Eucharist, the Church does what Jesus asked.  We celebrate what happened at the Last Supper.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the words of the priest, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.  Jesus is really and truly present under the appearances of bread and wine.  Please talk about this with your children and help them to grasp the concept, as much as anyone of us is able!

After your family takes part in Mass this week, take time to visit the tabernacle.  The tabernacle is where the consecrated bread, or Blessed Sacrament, is kept.  Remind your child that what Jesus did at the Last Supper is part of the Eucharistic Prayer.  After Mass talk with your child about the Last Supper and 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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