Holy Family's Religious Education Program is collaborating with our Respect Life Ministry to offer a five-day program focusing on a variety of pro-life themes this summer!
Children ages 7-11 will participate in hands-on projects. Concepts covered include:
Answers to FAQ:
For photos of the Summer 2019 program, see the slideshow on our main page or see the posts on our Facebook page.
Holy Family Office of Religious Education is collaborating with the Theology of the Body Ministry to offer a fresh experience this summer to kids ages 11-17. This program includes Theology of the Body, St. Pope John Paul II's landmark and revolutionary series of addresses, which has been reworked into a curriculum appropriate for older middle schoolers and all high schoolers. Kids will consider the question "Who am I?" and discover its answer-- each one's true identity, purpose, meaning of relationships, and effects of actions.
A Parent Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 7PM in the Parish Hall. This meeting is for parents whose children will be attending this program. Parents who haven't yet decided and want more information should also attend this meeting.
Our 10-day program is offered weekdays from June 10-21 from 10:00-2:00. Answers to FAQ:
Saint Pope John Paul II is well-known, respected, and loved by people of all ages, nationalities, and religious affiliations because of his honest bearing that exudes thoughtfulness and joy, holiness and piety, as seen in the photos included in the slideshow above. Before he was named a saint or chosen as a pope, Father Karol Wojtyla spent time with youth, teaching them and shepherding them on their spiritual journeys. Much of this time was spent outside doing something else simultaneously. He always aimed to make a connection first, whether it was between him and another age group, or his heritage and another culture. Inspired by this gentle approach to faith formation, we will supplement the structure of the Theology of the Body's curriculum with exploratory activities that allow participants to immediately personalize and put into practice the concepts covered in the chapter of the day. Our typical daily schedule will look like this:
9:45-10:00 = drop off ~~ parents must walk pre-teens and teens into the building
10:00-11:30 = Theology of the Body Middle School Edition DVD, workbook, discussion, activities from Teacher Manual ~~ one chapter a day
11:30-12:15 = Salsa instruction (dance), learning and practicing how to interact within a group of peers, how to treat members of the opposite sex, acceptable touching and body language
12:15-12:45 = lunch break
12:45-1:15 = Supplemental activities related to the theme of the day, opportunities to start practicing the concepts we've learned (examples include discovering "my" unique qualities, pinpointing my fashion style and learning to adapt it (if necessary) according to the concept of modesty, analyzing lyrics in light of love vs. using, how to read body language)
1:15-2:00 = Reflection, goal-setting, prayer
2:00 = pick up~~ parents must come into the building to pick up their kids
Registration opens March 4, 2019. No registrations will be taken from 4:00-7:00.
Read the revised Parent Handbook carefully and make note of important changes.
Fill out all required forms and return with tuition as soon as possible but no later than May 11, 2019. You will need:
-accurate names and phone numbers for emergency contacts and authorized pick-up contacts
-accurate phone numbers and addresses for children re-enrolling
-personal updates such as custody or guardianship paperwork
-tuition in check or cash (exact amount - receipt will be issued)
No names will be placed on attendance roster until all required forms have been returned and tuition has been paid.
Registration is accepted during regular office hours EXCEPT at class arrival and dismissal. Please visit us during regular office hours; an appointment is strongly recommended.
Tuesday 1-5pm and 6:45-8pm
Wednesday 1-5pm and 6:45-8pm
Thank you for making every effort to follow these guidelines. Tuition payment plans are available upon request. If there is another reason why you need to re-register after May 11, please discuss this with Mary or Kelly.
**Distribute the invitation to 2 families you recognize but do not know really well in our parish by March 31.
**Pay the Retreat Fee of $30 if you haven't already; it is now past due.
**Mark your calendar: you promised to volunteer for the Retreat!
*****Mary and Kelly will contact you closer to the date to remind you what role you volunteered. Right now, you can mark your calendar to come on April 13 from 9:30-2:30 (although your hours will probably be shorter).
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Moses' tabernacle: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/The-Tabernacle
Moses' ark: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Ark-Of-The-Covenant
Scanned pages from The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism: file:///C:/Users/macevedo/Downloads/The%20New%20Saint%20Joseph%20First%20Com%20-%20Kelley,%20Bennet,%20C.P._5807.pdf
The meaning of the word host: https://aleteia.org/2016/05/22/why-is-the-eucharist-called-a-host/
Types of unleavened bread slideshow: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/10-unleavened-breads.htm
The Real Presence, especially John 6:35-69, but read the full context: http://www.usccb.org/bible/john/6
Meaning of receive: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receive
Meaning of take: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take
Chewing and even "gnawing" the Host: https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/protestant-objections/the-eucharist-is-the-real-presence-biblical.html and https://www.patheos.com/blogs/prayergardens/2015/08/devouring-christ/
Attacks on our Catholic belief in the Real Presence: https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2011/08/06/the-eucharist-a-cannibalism/
Do not share Communion with your children: http://www.dailycatholic.org/spioxbio.htm
Mortal sin: http://www.saintaquinas.com/mortal_sin.html
Holy Family Catholic Church works with other organizations when possible and when we feel it is beneficial to our registered families. One organization we work with is Hispanics in Action, which organizes classes to help immigrant families learn English. Most classes are for adults, and all classes are open to immigrants from all countries. All volunteers and programming are associated with Hispanics in Action, not with Holy Family.
English as a Second Language classes are given in Holy Family's classrooms after all children have exited the building. Currently, Beginner and Low Intermediate classes are offered at 7PM on Mondays beginning September 10 and continuing through at least May 2019.
Classes in other languages are offered, too.
Are you a native English speaker? Do you want to teach English to foreigners through Hispanics in Action?
Or maybe you have family members who speak French, Italian, Spanish, or some other language and you want to learn their language.
Maybe you will be traveling overseas soon, or maybe you regret that you let the language skills you once had deteriorate.
Do you want to learn another language without the pressure of tests, grades, deadlines, and massive amounts of homework? Hispanics in Action offers Beginning level classes in Spanish at Holy Family on Mondays at 7PM in the Parish Hall.
Other languages are taught at other locations throughout Martin and St. Lucie counties. Hispanics in Action even offers classes in other content areas such as computing and art.
All questions regarding available languages, registration, locations, times, textbooks and other materials, teachers, volunteering opportunities, and so on should be directed to Mr. Nelson Merchan-Cely.
These points will be discussed in much more detail during the mandatory February 2019 Parent Meeting:
**Your child cannot be absent during the entire month of April 2019.**
$30 Retreat Fee per First Communicant is due no later than February 26/27/28, 2019
We can only accept check or cash in the exact amount.
The proper dress code for boys:
The proper dress code for girls:
PARENTS SHOULD DO THIS OFTEN, ESPECIALLY THROUGHOUT THE 2018-2019 YEAR
We've entered upon a busy season! Here is the December 2017 and January 2018 schedule for levels 1-6:
Class will be held: December 5 and 19, and January 9, 16, 23, and 30
No class on: December 12* and 26, and January 2
Class will be held: December 6, 13, and 20, and January 10, 17, 24, and 31
No class on: December 27, and January 3
Class will be held: December 7, 14, and 21, and January 11, 18, and 25
No class on: December 28 and January 4
Everyone is invited to attend the Mass on December 12 at 7 PM in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is a wonderful bilingual family Mass to experience -- it's very joyful!
For Confirmation (Levels 7-8-9), please see the Confirmation Calendar page.
Special Days this month (see the bulletin for times):
All Saints Day, Nov. 1: No classes on this Holy Day of Obligation; Masses are at 8am, 10am, and 7pm
All Souls Day, Nov. 2: Classes will be held; this is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but Mass will be held at 5:30pm
Days this month there will be no classes:
*Wednesday, November 1: All Saints Day
*Tues-Wed-Thurs, November 21-22-23: Thanksgiving Break
*Holy Family Parish office is closed on Friday, November 10
*November 7-8-9: All children in levels 1-6 will attend 5:30pm Mass in the Chapel during class time. Parents and members of the public are welcome to attend this Mass also. Children will sit with their catechist and classmates.
*November 14-15-16: All children in levels 3-6 will have the opportunity to go to Confession during class time.
We welcome all families back to Religious Education! Classes began on September 12 this year.
We start this year with a special prayer, or challenge, posed by Mother Teresa~~you'll find it on the back of the calendar your children will bring home this month. It's called "Do It Anyway." Please be sure to ask your children at the beginning of every month for their calendar so that you are aware of special requirements and class schedules. This is what we've got scheduled for October 2017:
Special Days this month:
*October 24, 25, 26: Again this year, children will be going to Mass once a month accompanied by their catechist and classmates. Parents are welcome to come to 5:30 Mass also.
Required meetings this month:
*October 29, Sunday: Parent Meeting 1:00pm, Parish Hall - Parents of all children preparing for First Holy Communion.
Other special parish activities this month (see the bulletin for more details):
*October 1, Sunday: Pancake Breakfast 7:30am - 11:30am, Parish Hall- Children under 12 eat free!
*October 3, Tuesday: Healing Mass 7:00pm
*October 6, Friday: Movie Night 6:00pm, Parish Hall- Children must be accompanied by parents; presented by the Knights of Columbus and the Black Catholic Ministry.
*October 7, Saturday: Blessing of the Animals 11:00am, outside at the gazebo- Bring your pet for a special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Children and pets must be accompanied by parents.
*October 8, Sunday: Catechetical Sunday 12:00 noon Mass- Everyone is invited to witness our catechists being commissioned for their ministry.
*October 13, Friday: Mass 5:30pm -100th Anniversary Fatima, Portugal