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Here is an update on the schedule for CCD for the rest of this year.

We will not have a regular class for the next two weeks (February 3 & 10) due to the parish mission and Ash Wednesday. However, we consider these two events a part of our CCD program. Please bring your child to the mission on Wednesday, Feb 3rd at 7 pm. We hope parents and siblings will stay also.  The mission should be over by 8 pm.

On the following week, Feb 10, Ash Wednesday Mass will be celebrated at 7 pm. Again, we hope our students will attend with their family.

Here is the tentative line-up of topics for the remainder of the year.

Feb 17 – Ten Commandments 1

Feb 24 – Ten Commandments 2

March 2 – Forgiveness (Ch 15)

March 9 – Penance (Ch 16)

March 16 – No Class

March 23 – Anointing of the Sick (Ch 18)

March 30 – Matrimony (Ch 24)

April 6 – Holy Orders (Ch 25)

April 13 – Prayer (Ch 12)

April 20 – Overflow date

April 27 – Last Class

As you can see, we are fairly well booked. Frankly, the second half of the year has some of the more interesting and engaging lessons. As always, parents are most welcome to sit in. I have one date open (April 20). I expect something will occur to shift the schedule to occupy that date. I’m not worried. We may have a CCD Penance Service that may fill one of the earlier dates and cause everything else to shift down. That is still up in the air as of this writing.

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There are several important items for parents to be aware. Our regular schedule will be all turned around until after the Christmas holiday break.

The CCD next week (Wednesday, November 20) will be an Advent family program for all grades, parents, siblings, etc. in the Parish Center.  Please join us with your entire family.

There will be no CCD class during Thanksgiving week (November 27).

Our class will meet as usual the first two weeks in December (Dec 4 and 11), but our activity will be focused mostly on preparation for the Christmas Pageant program. See more on that below.

The program for last CCD Wednesday before the Christmas break (Dec 18) will be a Christmas Pageant in the church. Again, we hope you can attend with your entire family. See below.

The Christmas Pageant

For the second year, the fifth grade has been asked to provide the narrators/readers for the Christmas Pageant. We hope everyone in the class can participate in one or both of the presentations. The pageant will be presented twice, once during the regular CCD class time on Wednesday, December 18, and once during the 4 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.

We will have rehearsals during the regular CCD class session on Dec 4 and 11. We will also PROBABLY have a Saturday morning rehearsal, most likely on Saturday, December 14. Exact details on the Saturday session TBA.

We hope all our students would like to participate, but it is not mandatory. We won’t force anyone to get up and read in the church if they really don’t want to do so. For anyone who does not want to read, we will assign them a non-speaking role in the production.

We have 13 students and nine reader roles. So, if things go well, we will have slot for everyone to read at least once, and some students to read in both productions. I will be asking the students for volunteers at the class session after Thanksgiving.

VERY IMPORTANT!!! —  Parents, we will assume, unless you tell us otherwise, that your child will be available to participate on December 18, during the regular class time. However, the program at 4 pm Mass on December 24 is much more uncertain. We know alternate family plans may prevent your child from participating. Please let me know via email, telephone or note if your child will be able to be part of the Christmas Eve Mass program. We can divvy up the roles and, hopefully, satisfy everyone, if we know what we are working with.

Call or email with any questions. Contact info under the “About” tab at the top of this page.

Thanks!

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