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. 

Happy October!  

October 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)

If you don’t regularly pray the Rosary, or if you have not yet begun to pray a family Rosary, October is a great month to try it!  Here are some ideas from Rob and Kim Morgan, our fourth grade Wednesday catechists, to help get your family started:

  • Commit to praying just one decade of the Rosary every day to begin. This is about a 3 to 4 minute commitment.  What a beautiful way to start the day.
  • The Rosary (or a decade of it) is lovely to incorporate into couple prayer time.
  •  Enjoy technology? Check out the Laudate app (free Catholic app).  Under “Rosary and Chaplet” there is a “pray interactive rosary” link.  Everything you need is right there (all prayers and mysteries for each day and you won’t need a physical rosary).
  • Consider ending dinner with the Rosary to establish it as a family prayer. 
  • Is the entire chaplet too long for the attention spans of your littles? Instead of 10 Hail Marys shorten it to 5 or 3.  Or pray just one decade of the 5 each evening.
  • Have active kiddos?  Consider taking a Rosary walk or hike.  Our teens LOVED this and often would go on Rosary walks in the evening.  The Respect Life display on our parish grounds is a great place to try this out as well!
  • Some of the best advice we received as parents was not to fret if our children couldn’t make it through our Rosary prayer time.  It takes practice and maturity.  Surely every attempt is pleasing to God.

 Discuss how we can place ourselves inside the mysteries by asking ourselves:

  • How would Mary see this?

  • What would Jesus have thought/felt/done?

  • What did it look, feel, sound, smell like?

  • What stands out to me? Why?

The purpose is to encourage our children to move beyond simply reciting the prayers of the rosary (which are very good and powerful prayers!) and begin to learn to meditate on the mystery of each decade through the repetition of the prayers.  It is a skill that needs practice, but we find that children’s imaginations are great tools in helping them to meditate.  And often they can do this more easily than us adults (with all of our “to do” lists running through our heads).