Archive for March, 2011

We had a good class last night. As planned earlier, we covered the Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony. We finished up by going over the procedure for Reconciliation / Confession. Here is what it is all about.

We began by talking about the concept of making a promise or commitment. We asked the students to write down one or two promises they have made to others, and we talked about them.

We discussed the concept of a vow, making a promise, not just to another person, but to God. We compared it to taking an oath in court (like they see on TV.) We emphasized that the two things both these sacraments have in common is that the involve service and making a serious commitment.

Holy Orders came first. We discussed the priesthood, deacons, diocesan priest, religious orders, monks, brothers and more.

The discussion of matrimony was a little easier, since all the students have some experience observing it. However, we did try to tread lightly in some sensitive areas, knowing that some of the students have also experienced their parents’ divorce. We discussed the differences between a civil wedding and a religious wedding.

We finished up with a review of the proper procedure for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (See below.)

Next week, Mrs. Hubert has arranged for a Reconciliation Service for CCD grades 5-8. We strongly encourage you to promote this to your child. We did the best we could last night to “talk it up,” and get the students in a good frame of mind for it. We pointed out that no one would force them to receive the sacrament, but they should attend and give it a shot. We emphasized that Reconciliation really isn’t the negative/embarrassing experience may children this age think it is.

“Just do it! You’ll see it isn’t that big a deal, and you’ll feel great when you are done.”

Please help on this.

The following week will involve some similar experience, TBA. Perhaps a Stations of the Cross service. That’s a good idea for Lent.

This will probably be the last posting in this blog for this year. We still have two more regular class sessions and the end-of-the-year finale, however I will not be there. Last summer, I was presented with the opportunity go join my brother on a two-week WWII history tour of Europe. I will be back for the final session of the year on April 13.

In the meantime, Mrs. Rudolphi will handle the class.

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After two weeks off, we are back with class this Wednesday, March 23.

We will be covering the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders — usually  a fairly interesting session.

See ya then!

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We had a good class last night, but not what we expected.

We had just started talking about the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders when we noticed Father Mariuz in the hallway outside our door. We invited him in and he accepted. We had several questions pending from last week for which I did not have good answers.

If God is so merciful, what about the souls in Hell?

What about Satan?

Fr. Mariuz spent most of our class time talking with the students about these issues. One of his main points was that the things we do during our life result in what happens to our soul at death. Talking about the story of Noah, he described it as “building your Ark,” to save your soul from drowning.

Fr. Mariuz also made a strong point to the class that none of us know how long our life will be. We may live to a ripe, old age, or our life may end tomorrow. None of us know.


1.) There will be no class next week in honor of Ash Wednesday. We encourage you to bring your family to the special Mass next Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

2.) There will be no CCD the following Wednesday (March 17) in honor of St Patrick’s Day.

3.) We will be back on March 23rd and will cover Matrimony and Holy Orders.

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