Parish-Home Faith Connection

Thank you for choosing St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for your child's religious education classes and/or youth groups. We are excited to help your family grow closer in relationship with our Lord.

The Catholic Church recognizes that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children, and your child's faith formation begins in the home. How you live your faith has a much greater impact and influence on your child than any one-hour program offered weekly in a classroom setting. In addition, attending Mass together each weekend teaches children more about the importance of praying together and the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith, than any textbook lesson. 

The goal of our parish Religious Education program is to assist parents by offering a quality program where children can experience and further understand the importance of their gift of faith and the incredible love of the Lord. We endeavor to proclaim and teach the Gospel of Christ as found in Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and to bring awareness of the richness of those Traditions and Catholic Doctrines. 

On this page we will post RE Class and Youth Group updates, along with links to faith activities and articles for your family.  

December

Welcome to the beautiful season of Advent! Are you and your family preparing for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ? Here is a link to the Advent calendar that was in our bulletin.

This season is a gift all of its own to our children; a time to reflect on all the events of our Salvation History that lead to the birth of our Lord and Savior!

One lovely option for helping our children learn this history in Advent is the tradition of a Jesse Tree.  The name comes from Jesse, the father of King David. Each day you reflect on a Bible verse, beginning with creation, and then add a corresponding ornament to the tree. The Jesse Tree can be as simple as homemade ornaments or paper cut outs that you put on a poster or as elaborate as buying detailed ornaments and hanging them on a special tree, here are a few related links for you to check out… Family Jesse Tree, Jesse Tree coloring pages, Jesse Tree readings.

This month we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, December 8, a Holy Day of Obligation. The Immaculate Conception means that our Blessed Mother was conceived without sin and completely “full of grace”, and therefore, chosen to be the mother of Jesus from the very beginning. We also celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12.

First Grade is learning the stories of the Annunciation, the Visitation and the Nativity.

Our second grade classes have learned about the Hail Mary prayer in greater detail and Mary being without original sin and full of grace. They are also learning about the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, including the Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity. They are looking forward to learning more about the Life of Jesus this month. Advent is a wonderful time to pray the rosary as a family. 

Our Third grade classes are learning about the Rite of Confirmation (which they are preparing to receive this coming spring). They have been discussing the Fruits of the Holy Spirit! Do you know all 12? Click here for Fruits-Virtues-Gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are also sharing these fruits by visiting a local assisted living facility to play board games and read books with the residents!

Through their continued study of what we profess in the Creed, our fourth and fifth grades are learning more about Salvation History and the words of the prophets, to understand why we need a savior and what led up to his birth. Mr. Koehler’s class put service into action by adopting a family from our parish giving tree.

Fr. Joseph met with the Middle School and High School youth groups to discuss Advent, and give them the opportunity for the sacrament of Confession. HSYG is using this month to talk about our Blessed Mother, her yes to God, and how we can hear and follow God’s will for our lives. MSYG is partnering with Meals on Wheels and will be putting together 250 little gift bags. Check the bulletin if you would like to help them with donations of the various items that will go in the bags.

Religious Education and Youth Groups will be on break December 18 through January 4. Prayers for all our families to have a safe and joy-filled Christmas season!

November

This month we commemorate the saints and all the faithful departed, and celebrate in thanksgiving all of God’s many blessings. 

Two Great Feasts: All Saints and All Souls

On the first two days of November each year, the Church commemorates two linked feast days: All Saints (November 1) and All Souls (November 2). (Read more here, and check out this link for family fun and simple ideas to celebrate the joy of heaven!

How to discern the will of God...National Vocations Week is Nov. 4-10, and in honor of the occasion, the archdiocese's Director of Vocations, Father Ryan O'Neill, shares insights on how we can all discern the will of God in our lives, and more importantly, how to hear his voice. Click here to read the article in the Denver Catholic.

Read more: November

October

Happy October! This is such a fun month in the Church and so much to celebrate.  Respect Life month (read also Archbishop Aquila's personal and profound 2013 Pastoral Letter on 40 years of the culture of death), the month of the Rosary (see more below), Feast of the Guardian Angels, Feasts of St. Therese of Liseux and St. Francis (and so many more!)  and of course, All Hallow’s Eve leading up to All Saint’s Day!

Additionally, our students are learning about creation, salvation history, the connection between Baptism and Confirmation, how to be a disciple, using our faith to make decisions, and fun and enlightening "q & a" time with our pastor, Fr. Joseph.

This October, Pope Francis invites all the People of God to join in a special time of prayer by praying the Rosary and the prayer Sub Tuum Praesidum for the intentions of the Church.  He also asks us to pray to St. Michael the Archangel so that he will defend the Church against the attacks of the Devil (use this link; scroll to bottom for Pope's request)

Read more: October