Rev. Cyprian P. La Pastina, Pastor                Charlene C. Prisinzano, Director of Religious Education
phone: 203 869 9250                                                              email: [email protected]

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Upcoming 


Friday, Feb. 2nd at 7:30 PM Procession and Mass for the Feast of the                            Presentation of the Lord with blessing of the candles


Monday, Feb. 12th at 6:00 PM Devotions to Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary by                       candlelight with Benediction


Wednesday, Feb. 14th Ash Wednesday   Lent begins


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From the Desk of the DRE

What Happened to Christmas?


What Happened to Christmas?As we all know, Jesus has been relegated to the back burners of our collective lives. The focus this time of year is not on the Nativity but on a generic “holiday.” Christmas trees are “Holiday

trees,” Carols have been all but eliminated from the airwaves.  Finding a religious Christmas card is like the search for the Holy Grail. An elf named Gus replaced the Advent calendar. Kids are afraid Gus will see them misbehaving instead of behaving better than usual in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.


My hope is that as Catholic families, we turn the focus back to the reason we celebrate “the holiday.” The only reason for it is Christmas, the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of all of us. A rather simplistic way of seeing this great feast is: Jesus came to open the gates of heaven which were closed due to the sin of Adam and Eve.


The reality is that we all inherited original sin. We are enslaved by Adam and Eve’s sin. In His goodness and infinite love for His creatures, we humans, God sent his Son, Jesus, to free us from the enslavement of sin. He became man for us and for our salvation, to take away our sins and to make visible the love of God and to invite us to follow Him and become sharers in the divine nature. Jesus Christ was born, suffered and died so we might attain eternal salvation. (A Concise Companion & Commentary for The New Catholic Catechism 456)


As Catholics we should be taking back the celebration of the birth of Jesus, not caving in to the calls of our secular society to abandon our beliefs. Send Christmas cards with a religious theme, say Merry Christmas, observe Advent and go to Mass on the fourth Sunday of Advent as well as Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

We wish you a blessed Advent, and a joyful and Merry Christmas

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Attendance

Because we have so few classes, we will require a doctor's note if a student is absent more than three times. Please see your handbook for complete information.
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Drop off and Pick up

Please drop your child off no earlier than 5 minutes before class. There is on one to supervise early drop offs. PLEASE!!! Make sure there is class before dropping off.

Please pick up your child promptly. The DRE cannot  be expected to supervise late pickups. Please consider  traffic when picking up. 
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 Classes

 

Grade 1                                             Mondays                                                4:15 -5:15 pm

First Eucharist                                  Tuesdays                                                 4:15 -5:15 pm*

Grades 3, 4, & 5                                Alternate Sundays  check calendar!       8:50-11:00 am

Grade Six                                          Mondays,                                                4:15 -5:15 pm

Grade 7 and 8                                   Wednesdays,                                         4:30 ~ 5:45 pm

Confirmation                                     Alternate Sundays     check calendar!    3:30 -5:00 pm

* new dismissal time


All students in grades 3,4 & 5 will receive assignments to be completed during their "off" week.  .  Completing the assignments is required for the child to remain in good standing. Students in all other grades will be expected to complete homework as assigned by the teacher.

 

Upper Grades Receiving First Eucharist

Students who are in grades 4 and up who are preparing for First Eucharist are required to attend class on Sunday afternoons in addition to their regular class. Please see your calendar for exact dates. This class will begin in January

Students in the Bridges to Faith Class

Students in grades 5 and up who have either had no formal Religious Education classes or who have missed two or more years of formal Religious Education classes are required to attend the Bridges to Faith class on Sunday afternoons from 3:45-5:15pm in addition yo their regular grade level class. This class begins in September and ends in December.

 

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 CELL PHONES

Cell phones are to be kept OFF and out of sight.  Phones may be used ONLY after dismissal and in the lobby.  Anyone using a cell phone at any other time will be required to leave it in the office.