This year has been busy!
In October, the week before Holy Hours, Father Mike taught all of our PREP students about Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.
Also, the students attended a Fire Prevention Assembly and we conducted a fire drill, with more to follow for both Sundays & Mondays. On October 14th, our catechists attended “Catechists Night Out”. This was the first time being held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Doylestown. The purpose was to learn about the newly revised “KIDTALK ” lessons which are taught for one class in January. These lessons are based on all types of trauma children may be exposed to in their young lives. Our catechists were pleased with the revised lessons instituted by the Archdiocese Department of Child and Youth Services.
In November, all of our parish staff, catechists and aides participated in “Dangerous Intruder” training. We all gained a wealth of information on safety and security in our parish buildings. Several new security measures have been addressed, thanks to Father Mike, Father Kelly, Mr. Jack James and our catechists in their respective classrooms.
Our Level 2/Grade 2/ Sac. II parish children received their First Reconciliation on Wednesday, February 12. On March 7th, they also participated in their retreat in further preparation for First Communion, on April 19 or 26th.
Our Level/Grade 7/ Sac. II parish children have been preparing all year for their reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 9, 2020.These students are being taught using a pilot program called “Chosen” and they also are involved with Youth in Action, every 4th Sunday or Monday of each month. They are led by Mrs. Amy Knorr and Ms. Sharon Koob with the assistance of other adult volunteers. Some months they invite speakers in to share their knowledge and experience on current issues facing today’s youth. These students also perform service projects and enjoy other fun activities creating essential camaraderie among them. It allows them to socialize with one another and to be away from their phones for a while. A little friendly competition is always a good thing.
We arranged for a Parent Workshop for the parents of our Confirmation candidates, on March 4th and a Confirmation Retreat for the children on March 25, both conducted by Retreat Master, J.P. Kasperowicz, from Ministry of the Single-Hearted. These candidates also receive assignments in their “RED FOLDER” containing research of the Saint whose name they have chosen, interviews with their sponsors and parents and other requirements. Parents are also asked to write a personal letter to their child to be read at the end of their Retreat
We are confident that all of our children that have received Sacraments this year were very well prepared by our dedicated and faith-filled catechists/teachers and aides. God bless all who have participated.