Family Home Study Announcements

Join us December 24 for our annual Christmas Eve Family Mass. At 3:30 pm our Children's Choir will delight us in song, followed by a Nativity Pageant by our parish children. All children are welcome to participate, children Grade 2 and younger are welcome to come dressed as angels and shepherds, Grade 3 and up are welcome as narrators and others roles. Our children in middle school will take preference for more important roles. We will have our rehearsal Tuesday, December 19 in church from 6:00-7:30 pm. For more information contact us by email at jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching we encourage all families to participate in the Parish's Weekly Food Drive. Please bring non-breakable, non-perishable food items to the collection barrels at the entrances of our Church when you come for Mass. Suggested items are canned and powdered potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, canned (not jarred ) gravy, and canned vegetables. Donated items will be packaged into baskets and distributed to those in need. Please help make Thanksgiving a happier time for families in need.


November 2 2017

First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18. Children attending Saint Paul School, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart and Family Home Study will attend the 9:30 am celebration. Children attending Sunday PREP, Tuesday PREP, Hispanic PREP, and Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart will celebrate the sacrament at 11:00 am.

*Please note, you will not need to bring a photograph of your child.

The First Reconciliation Retreat is on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. All Children preparing for Reconciliation are expected to attend with one parent. We will begin the day with prayer in the Church, and then children and parents will break into their own sessions. The purpose of the day is to provide children an opportunity to become more comfortable with the sacrament of reconciliation. Parents will have their own opportunity for reflection and conversation on preparing their children for this sacrament.

Mark your calendars now for your required Family Catechesis Events! All families who participate in Family Home Study are required to attend 3 Family Catechists Events. In addition, students are required to attend a Family Life Day. Family Catechesis Events are on December 3, 2017; March 4, 2018 and May 5, 2018. Family Life Day for Grades 1-4 is February 24, 2018 and for Grades 5-7, March 11, 2018.

The Confirmandi, Grade 8, should attend the Family Catechists Events with their families, however they do not need to attend Family Life Day since the material will be covered during a One8 session.

St. Paul Parish is seeking to hire an administrative assistant to provide support for the Religious Education Office. Religious Ed provides classes to approximately 700 children, and prepares children for Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel,Publisher, and Word) with an eye for detail, and strong organizational skills. The position is a part time requiring 24 hours per week. There is some flexibility in the work schedule. If you wish to be considered please send a resume and cover letter as an attachment by July 14, 2017 to jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

Parents of children participating in the Family Home Study Program are asked to select their child's date for First Eucharist. The options are May 6th at 11:30 am, or May 13th at 9:30 am. Families may also choose to have First Eucharist during any Sunday Liturgy during the Easter Season (after Easter but before Pentecost). Please contact the Office of Religious Education with your selection by April 7.

All children preparing for First Eucharist are asked to attend a morning retreat on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 am– 12:00 pm. A parent is asked to attend with your child. We will meet in the school cafeteria, and children will be brought to their assigned classroom. Parents will attend their own session where we will answer all of your questions about First Eucharist. We will reconvene in the Church for Liturgical "Show and Tell" Unconsecrated "Taste and See" and conclude in prayer. We look forward to seeing you then!

Banner kits will also be distributed.

Please contact the Religious Education Office for more information at: jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org

Fifth through seventh grade children enrolled in our Parish Religious Education Programs will gather for their Family Life Day on March 11th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm . All Religious Education Students, Family Home Study, Traditional PREP, and Summer Academy are expected to attend this retreat . The program will begin in the Saint Paul School Gym. Only the children are expected to attend. Please contact the Religious Education Office for more information.

The lessons for children preparing for First Eucharist through Family Home Study for January are in Call to Celebrate Eucharist. Please make arrangements to pick up this book from the Office of Religious Education. You may email to schedule a time, or may alternatively come during either Tuesday Afternoon or Sunday Morning Prep sessions to pick up this book.

The next meeting of Family Home Study will be Sunday, December 4. We will begin our day at the 11:30 am Sunday Mass and then gather in the school gym. The theme for this season will be Advent: Ready to Welcome of the Lord. A reminder that those who participated in Summer Academy this past summer are expected to attend this family session in accordance with revised diocesan policy.

Mark your calendar! The first meeting of Family Home Study is quickly approaching. Family Home Study will meet as a group on September 11, 2016 beginning with the 11:30 am Mass, and then will move to the Spiritual Center for orientation, to receive books, and to discuss the program for year to come. If you have any questions, please contact the Religious Education Office. We look forward to working with you this year!

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