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This will be a short entry, as there isn’t much to say that I haven’t already said. Last night, we had our second rehearsal for the Dec. 18 Christmas Pageant. We have ten students who are narrators and four who are shepherds, angels or biblical royalty.

No class next week for Thanksgiving.

The parish Advent Penance Service will be held on Dec. 4 at 6:30 pm. (That is the correct time.) Please, come with your child(ren). If you want to sit with us, Mrs. Hanzel and I will be up near the choir. Last night, we did spend a few minutes going over the procedure for a confession. I distributed some “cheat sheets” with the step-by-step process and the Act of Contrition. I collected them back,however, and will bring them on Dec 4.

Dress rehearsal will be Dec. 11. Drop off and pick up at the church.

Christmas Pageant on Dec. 18. Please have your child at the church by 6:15 at the absolute latest. Students coming in late and sliding in under the tag just causes chaos for all of us, including the other students.

Mrs. Hanzel and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and we’ll see you in two weeks.

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We started rehearsals for the CCD Christmas Pageant last night. Before we did that, however, Mrs. Hanzel had a short quiz on the material about the sacraments we have been discussing for the past several weeks. We were a little disappointed about the poor retention. We were somewhat surprised at how many of the students could not name either one of the two priests at our church. (“I don’t know who they are because I don’t ever go to church.” What? Seriously!)

As in year past, we are providing the narrators for the presentation while the third grade provides the “actors.” We have nine or ten speaking parts depending on how we divide it up. Last night we had eight volunteers to read and two who preferred to abstain. There were four students absent last night. I suspect we will pick up one or two readers from that group next week.

The class did very well. We have a few who need to speak up, but generally they did well. And they were so well behaved that Mary Zimmer, the music director who was preparing for choir practice, came over to compliment them.

So here is what our schedule looks like for the next few weeks.

11/20 – Drop off and pick up at the church.

11/27 – No Class

12/4 – Parish Penance Service. Attend with family.

12/11 – Dress rehearsal. Drop off and pick up at the church.

12/18 – Christmas Pageant. Please have your student at the church no later than 6:15 pm.

12/25 and 1/1 –No class

1/8/2020 – Back to work.

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I skipped last week’s summary, but it was real simple. Mrs. Hanzel taught a lesson on the rosary, and we prayed a decade. Had a wide ranging discussion and answered a lot of questions.

Last night, we had a combination class. For the first half of the class period, we discussed the church/liturgical calendar and the seasons (Lent, Advent, etc.) We compared it to other ways of tracking the year, such as the calendar year, a school year, sports seasons and so on. We emphasized the Easter Triduum (three days) which lasts from Holy Thursday evening to Easter evening. The events of these three days are the basis of the Christian/Catholic religion and without those events, we would not be Christian. We also discussed how and why Easter moves around on the calendar.

During the second half of the class we had a quiz bowl. The idea was to challenge the students to try to recall what we have been teaching, and hopefully reinforce some of those lessons. Mrs. Hanzel divided the class randomly into three teams (3-3-4). I had prepared a bunch of questions on slips of paper, which each team pulled out of a bowl. Some of the questions were real easy and some were tougher. Not surprisingly, there were some serous “duh” moments. We also had some pleasant surprises. On at least two occasions a team answered with a response I wasn’t looking for, but was also correct. Although he teams were picked randomly, one team consisted of three of our four boys. They cleaned up and won by a wide margin.

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