Religious Education | Week of 02/19/17

A NOTE TO ALL TUESDAY STUDENTS AND FAMILIES: There will be no classes on Tuesday, February 28th at either the 5PM or 7PM sessions in order to accommodate the Carnival set-up .
A NOTE TO ALL WEDNESDAY STUDENTS AND FAMILIES: Ash Wednesday is on March 1. A paraliturgy will be held in the church at 4PM that day; therefore, regular Religious Education classes will not be in session that day so that all of our students can attend with their families. Please DO NOT drop off your Wednesday class student on that day. Instead, join him/her at the church for the prayer service and dispensation of ashes. The Tuesday session students will also be expected to observe this holy day. Families are encouraged to attend either this paraliturgy or the mass of their choice – please refer to the bulletin for the complete schedule.
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CONFIRMATION STUDENTS & FAMILIES:
A REMINDER TO PARENTS OF STUDENTS RECEIVING CONFIRMATION ON MARCH 31, 2017:
Remember FEBRUARY 21ST! This is the date for our Sacramental Catechesis which will take place in the church at 7PM. Parents, sponsors and students are invited to attend, but it is mandatory for at least one parent as well as the student. Please arrive early to sign in. This catechesis will be the weekly lesson for these students, therefore, the Confirmation classes of Mrs. Rodriguez and Mrs. Saul will not be held at 5PM on that day. All other grade levels will be in session as usual at 5PM and 7PM.

Whether you are a first or second year Confirmation candidate, your sponsor forms are past due. Please submit this paperwork as soon as possible or contact our office if you have any questions or issues with compliance.
Students receiving the sacrament this March are also past deadline to submit their saint name and corresponding saint report. And please note that the letter to Father Jimmy requesting the sacrament is due on February 21st.

Confirmation Parents: Last week, a confidential and important communication was sent home with your child. The contents are for parents only regarding the upcoming Spirit Day retreat and has a time-sensitive responsibility. If you did not receive this letter, please call us or email us or stop by the Religious Education Office during your child’s session to get a copy.
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ST. MARK CARNIVAL IN THE RANCHES: Week Three of Raffle Sales!!
Just a little over ONE week to go until the Saint Mark CARNIVAL IN THE RANCHES is here on March 2nd through 5th!! This Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21 and 22 will be FEEL THE TEAL DAYS: All of us who have earned our tee shirt will be wearing our gorgeous TEAL designer tee shirts to show our St. Mark Pride. You too may join us by achieving your personal goal to sell 5 books ($50) of raffle tickets. Don’t forget to put the size of the tee shirt you want on the proceeds envelope! And, the sooner your child brings in his /her completed stubs and money, the greater the chances that he/she will have to win in the weekly drawings for additional incentive prizes. Every book sold gets an entry into these weekly drawings. Our classroom goal is based on a $30 per child minimum number of tickets sold and each class that achieves that will be treated to a pizza party. Since there are no classes on February 28th and March 1st, we have this one last big push to be awarded a tee shirt, earn a pizza party, have a chance on a prize in the weekly drawings and help our parish. Please help your child do his/her part for our church. Every dollar counts. We are 800+ strong and we can make a difference!!

AND NEW THIS YEAR… Online Raffle purchase is here!!! For those of you who dread filling out stubs, or would like to pay by credit card or who would like the ease and security of supporting St. Mark in this fashion…. Go online to www.carnival.stmarkparish.org
Distributed last week were the order forms to purchase Advance Session Passes and Event Bracelets at a discount. There is a time limit for this money-saver… so, get the order forms and payments in as soon as possible! The Religious Education staff is available to sell the passes and bracelets during all sessions. Or they can also be purchased online at the above site.

CHILDREN’S CATECHUMENATE PROGRAM
A reminder for families whose children will be receiving sacraments at Easter Vigil 2017: Please keep an eye on your Calendar of Events for the Lenten Rites beginning March 5th.

RCIA The topic for this Monday, February 20th will be a presentation on the Gift of God’s Mercy and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. See you at 7PM in Room 114!