Classroom Notes: 2019-2020

Kick-Off Catechist Meeting
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 15th. Dr. Jean Marie Weber, director for the K through 8 program at St. Therese, has been preparing the catechists and aides. The beginning of a new year of religious formation is a good time to remember the role that each of us, as baptized Catholics, is called to fulfill in the handing on of our faith.


Children's Liturgy of the WordChildren’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
CLOW takes place during the Sunday Mass. The words of the Bible are read. Then these words come alive with the help of the teacher. In this lesson, the children considered how hard it was for Jesus to carry His cross and spread His message of love and forgiveness. They placed their own hand prints next to the cross to show that they have decided to join with Jesus in His work.We would be pleased to talk with you about joining CLOW as a catechist. Talk to Heather in the Parish Office.


AngelSecond and Third Graders Study Angels
Angels are part of both Catholic scripture and Catholic tradition.  The angels are servants and messengers of God.  The second and third graders have been studying and honoring them.  The Feast Day of the Archangels is September 29th and the Feast Day of the Guardian Angels is October 2nd.  Everyone benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels.
The Children are asked to memorize and pray the Prayer to our Guardian Angel.



Superpower of Prayer
The Church invites the faithful to regular prayer and the Catechism calls it a vital necessity. The youngest classes are being encouraged to explore to power of prayer. When they feel in need of help, or wish to offer help to others, calling on God can be their superpower.




Presentation by Dr. WeberPresentations for the Whole Community
Dr. Jean Marie Weber, Cardinal Stritch University liaison to the Catholic community and former educational director for the St. Clare Center for Catholic Life, is a parishioner at St. Therese and coordinator of preschool through 8th grade catechesis. Her adult education presentation on the Mass, given in Miriam’s Corner on January 26, was an excellent refresher on what we understand as Catholic Christians. Dr. Weber is well-versed in her topic, but also appreciated is her gentle, loving manner and humor as she guides her audience through the material.


Preschool - Fishing

Preschool Learns to Fish
The preschool class in the catechesis program listened to the Gospel of Jesus calling fishermen to be his disciples. They thought about what fishing means and how you go about fishing.Then they committed to helping Jesus in his work.




God is with UsLearning At Home During the Pandemic – Family 1
The parents were asked to explain why they selected this as their symbol of Sharing of Our Catholic Faith at Home: We selected this chalk art because since homeschooling began and the stay at home order was put in place,there were so many questions that came to be and not so many answers. Information changed all the time so it was hard to keep up. Our lives had changed overnight and our tomorrows became uncertain. So, we tried to concentrate on what we did know. We knew we had a house to keep us safe.We knew we had food and water. We did not lose our jobs. We were healthy. We had God to talk to and to pray to. We had to trust in him to keep our family safe and to look after everyone in the world. God is with us.