Dear Religious Education Families:
Due to rising COVID concerns and out of an abundance of caution to protect the safety and health of our parish families, especially your children, all sessions for Religious Education will be home-based with virtual sessions for January and February.
For Parents of Children in our Family Program (Grades 1- 8):
The January 9 Parent Session will be on ZOOM this Sunday, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and will help parents work with all children in Grades 1-8 with Unit 3 on the Church in the Finding God workbooks.  Please connect to this zoom link before 2:00 pm so we can start on time. Zoom invitation will be at the end of this email.  If you do not have a viable internet connection, please contact me by return email and I will send you instructions for joining the session by phone call or make other arrangements for you to receive the material.
Please bring your questions, concerns, and success stories about your home-based faith formation to this discussion on Sunday.
For parents of children preparing for First Communion this Spring:
Our First Communion Parent Meeting will also be held virtually on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2:00 – (no later than) 3:30 p.m. Use this link to connect to the Zoom meeting for FIRST COMMUNION Prep before 2:00 pm on Sunday, Jan. 23.   If you need to join by phone, as instructed above, please contact me by return email.
For parents of High School Students (Gr. 9-12):
There will be no in-person sessions in January.  Ed Jones will contact parents about home-based work and any planned virtual sessions.
Note for Catechists in our In-Person Sessions:  We encourage you to connect with your class by Zoom for a 30-45 minute check in with your students in January and February, using material in your scheduled chapter.  Please contact me (Margie) for help in scheduling and setting up your Zoom time.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.  
Let us all join in prayer for our country and our world.
May God strengthen and support all those who are working to protect and heal all people from illness and death.  May God help and heal all who are sick and all those caring for them, especially those in our own community and families.  
God of all that is Good, we ask you for protection and healing.  
Help us to share your light in our world .  We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.