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Unit 5: Morality

God bless our children who are preparing for their First Holy Communion! Here are some engaging in their retreat!

Some of our PREP kids reflecting on the beauty and mystery of Lent with their Family Lenten Bags!

Lent

End of Year Reminders

Thank You

Thank you to all the families who worked so hard this year to ensure their child/ren received a great religious education at home. Thank you for taking the time to use the family activities that were sent home and sharing those adorable pictures with us! You are first and foremost the primary catechist for your children and you did a wonderful job!

Missed Work and Registration for Next Year

For families who had difficulty finishing the work this year, in order for your child to move on to the next level, all work needs to be submitted by May 31, this includes quizzes, Flipgrids, and for grade 6 the Confirmation google forms and Flipgrids.

There will be no "summer make-up" available. Please do not register for next year until all work has been completed. Thank you for your cooperation. Please feel free to contact the PREP office with any questions or concerns.

Registration for Next Year

Registration information will be sent out as soon as it is completed. Stay tuned!

We will be offering in-person classes Sundays 8:50-10:05 am and Tuesdays 4:30-5:45 pm as well as our Whole Family Catechesis Model (similar to this year's model minus the Flipgrids). Sunday and Tuesday classes will be limited and once classes are full they will be closed for registration.


We need more catechists and assistants for Tuesday in order for Tuesday classes to run. Please consider taking on this very special role. If you volunteer as a catechist you will receive free tuition for all of your children in PREP. Assistants will receive 50% off.


All families will be asked to attend our two faith formation events and a Lenten activity. Also, Whole Family Catechesis families with children in grades 2 and 6 will need to bring in their children for sacramental preparation (stay tuned for details).


A final note: Please be aware that all of this is contingent on the health conditions of our community. We are now prepared to go fully virtual if needed. The health and safety of our children and catechists will always be our top priority!

Parent Reminder: Please make sure your children have turned in Unit 1, 2, 3, and 4 Quizzes (chapters 1-4, 6-9, 11-14, 16-19) and the Unit 1, 2, 3, and 4 Flipgrids

Some Highlights of Unit 5

  • Being like Jesus, virtues

  • Making moral choices, the 10 Commandments
  • Our conscience
  • Following Jesus…the Beatitudes
  • Caring for God’s creation
  • Being Peacemakers

Family Faith Sharing

Dinnertime Conversation Starters:



  • Talk with your child about the effect on others of compliments, praise, and kind words. As a family, make an effort to say one positive thing to each other daily.
  • What commitment to God would you and your family like to make? Will you promise to attend Mass every Sunday, to give a portion of your income to poor people, to provide for daily family prayer time, or to make some other family commitment to growing closer to God?
  • Discuss with your child ways he or she can treat others fairly. Do any prejudicial attitudes at home or school call for change?

Activity Ideas for Unit 5

Putting our Faith into Practice at Home

1. Keep a spiral notebook in a location that is accessible to all. Encourage family members to make entries regarding ways they have modeled the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments in the course of their daily lives. Share the entries regularly and praise each other for living what you believe, even when it is not an easy choice.

2. During dinner invite family members to share stories and problems from their day. Invite other members of the family to express what they would do in each situation. Relate the experiences to the Beatitudes and build on the discussion to teach lessons in morality.

3. Make a Framed Family Motto with the directions provided below.

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Each day we are faced with situations that test our faith and challenge us to live it. Spend time discussing how your behavior reflects what you believe. Then together design a family motto expressing how family members live their faith both in and outside of your home. For example: Treat others always with love and respect. Display the motto prominently in your home. Encourage family members to share it in both their words and deeds.


Directions

1. Write a family motto together.

2. Have a family member write the motto on cardstock or paper using decorative lettering.

3. Invite each person to help decorate the motto using symbols that have meaning for your family.

4. Have all family members sign their name to the finished product.

5. Frame the motto and hang it prominently in your home.

Click below for a Unit 5 Saint Stations Activity for each Level

Focus on the Saints!

The first session of each Unit focuses on a saint. Spend some time talking about these great saints!


Level 1-- Saint Ignatius

Level 2- Saint Martin of Tours

Level 3--Saint Monica

Level 4--Saint Francis Xavier

Level 5--Saint Isaac Joques


Click on the saint's name to learn more about them!

Upcoming Dates

Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5:

May 22--Unit 5 quizzes (sessions 21, 22, 23, 24) and Unit 5 Flipgrid Due


Level 2:

April 15--All four First Holy Communion Pages due

April 25--9:15 am First Holy Communion practice for 11:00 am Mass group

April 25--11:15 am First Holy Communion practice for 2:00 pm Mass group

May 1--11:00 am and 2:00 pm First Holy Communion Masses


Level 6:

April 17--Confirmation Lesson 7 google form and Flipgrid due

May 1--Confirmation Lesson 8 google form and Flipgrid due

May 22--Confirmation Saint Paper Due--email to saintaprep@gmail.com

LEVEL 6 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION- click below to see the Confirmation webpage containing important information

Do you have more than one child in PREP? Click on the link below for great ideas for teaching more than one child together!

Please work with your children on their prayers. Below is a list of prayers and Mass responses each child should know by grade level

Please follow PREP on social media--a great way to stay connected!

Contact Michele Gordon, DRE

The best way to reach me this year is through email. mgordon@stalphonsusparish.org