St. Mary’s, Blessed Sacrament, and St. John Paul II will be collaborating as we
move forward to create a new vibrant CCD Program. This collaboration will allow
us to bring the children of the three parishes together, allowing for more interaction,
discussion, and growth of our faith. The new program will be for Grades
Kindergarten through 12 th grade and all youth will be invited, including those
students currently enrolled in our Catholic school system. Kindergarten through 8 th
grade, understandably will be more of an instruction-based class as children are
prepared for First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. New this
year, Grades 9 through 12 will be a continuation of catechesis with reflections and
prayer. The idea is that our faith education does not stop with Confirmation.
Parents have always been their child’s first teacher of faith, and so parents,
godparents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and older siblings who have already
graduated from high school are welcome to join an adult conversation based on
reflection and sharing of our faith and how we invite Christ into our homes. In this
way, we too, continue our education of our faith.
Another change this year is that classes will no longer be held on Sunday morning
at the individual parishes. As we move forward into collaboration, we also are
looking back to a time when Sundays were strictly family days. Church and
gathering with families was the structure for the day. While our busy lives may not
allow for this structure, changing the CCD meeting day and time will allow for
families…children and parents… to attend Mass together. CCD will now be held on
Tuesday evenings, from 5:30PM to 7:15 PM, at Blessed Sacrament where the JFK
Lower Campus classrooms are available. The evenings will start with a light meal
to be shared before beginning the religion classes for Grades Kindergarten through
12 th , and the Adult Reflections and Sharing. Please understand that currently, those
are approximate time estimations. This is a work in progress and may be adjusted as
we see how this evolves.
As individual families, we understand that there will be many schedules for you to
consider and choices will need to be made. St. Pope John Paul II said, “Time given
to Christ is never time lost, but is rather time gained.” As we move forward into this
new collaboration, we need your time.
Please call the Rectory