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