Blessing of College Students ~~ Feast of the Assumption of Mary - Wednesday, August 15 ~~ Ministers of Care and Alden Nursing Center Ministry Training ~~ Protecting God’s Children Training ~~ Calling all Young Adults! ~~ Religious Education Classes and Catechists’ Formation~~
Blessing of College Students
On the weekend of August 4/5, there will be special blessing for all college students at all Masses. Some will be going away and others will commute from home to campus.
All degree levels are included, from Associate to Doctorate. Please come forward to let your parish family bless you as you begin another year of studies.
Assumption – Wednesday, August 15
(Holy Day of Obligation)
8:15 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. Mass
Protecting God’s Children Training
Protecting God’s Children is an awareness program and training session that deals with the topic of Child Sexual Abuse and how to prevent it. It is a requirement that all those who volunteer or work for the Catholic Church receive this training and undergo a background check. Background Checks must be resubmitted every 5 years. Protecting God’s Children Certification and Background Checks are required for all Catechists, all volunteers over age 18 and drivers for Harvest Sunday. If you are planning on volunteering or if you are interested in learning more about this problem and how to be part of the solution, you must register online at: www.virtusonline.org.
Two sessions will be held at St Elizabeth Seton:
· Saturday, August 25, 2012: 9:00am-11:45am – Registration begins at 9:00am. Program begins at 9:15am. No one will be admitted after the program has begun.
· Wednesday, October 17, 2012: 6:30-9:15pm – Registration begins at 6:30pm – Program begins at 6:45. No one will be admitted after the program has begun.
Ministers of Care and Alden Nursing Center Ministry Training
“For I was… ill and you cared for me.” Additional ministers are needed for both ministries, bringing Holy Communion to the sick. Ministers of Care bring Holy Communion to the Catholic patients at Edward Hospital on Wednesdays, on a rotating basis, with each minister visiting once every four to six weeks. Alden Nursing Center Ministers visit Alden Nursing Center on Thursday mornings. They arrive at Alden Nursing Center at 10am and have a Mass or Communion service, pray the rosary, and then distribute Holy Communion to the Catholic patients in their rooms. Both of these ministries are in need of more volunteers. If you are interested in joining either ministry, there will be a training session on Wednesday, August 29 at 7:30pm in the lower level of the church. If you would like more information about the Ministers of Care ministry please call Linda Hill at (630) 527-9045 . If you would like more information about the Alden Nursing Center Ministry please call Betty Torson at (630) 983-5331 . Please let Linda Hill (630)527-9045 know if you are planning on attending the training session.
Calling all Young Adults!
There will be a new young adult ministry group starting here at St. Elizabeth Seton called Spirit and Truth!
The group will include a speaker, Eucharistic Adoration, worship music, food and fellowship!
The group will start on Tuesday, September 4 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Church and will meet every Tuesday night from 7:00-9:00 pm after that.
ALL young adults between the ages of 18 and 39 are welcome.
It is a great opportunity to meet new people and grow in faith!
For more info or if you would like to help with the initial planning, please contact Jason Novak e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year of Faith
Any family who has not registered for Religious Education for 2012-2013, please do so as quickly as possible. There is a $25 registration fee at this time. Please take the time to fill out your registration form and return to our office. At St. Elizabeth Seton we make every effort to assist you in passing on the faith to the children. Please do NOT let financial difficulties keep you from enrolling your children into our program. Call us and we can assist you. It is so important that all be given the opportunity to be educated in our faith and fully prepared for sacraments. If your child has missed a year or several years, we will work with you on getting your child caught up.
Catechists are needed! Catechist registration is also included in each packet. Catechists will receive quality training and support. This year, the Diocese of Joliet is requiring that all catechists meet certain standards of formation annually. This is an opportunity to strengthen your faith and deepen your understanding of Catholicism. Several training sessions will be held here at St. Elizabeth Seton. (see below). There will be many opportunities to acquire credit hours throughout the year.
Please pray and consider being a catechist for this upcoming year. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of our children. If you need more information or have any questions, call the RE office at 630-416-1992 .
All Catechist Formation:
Tuesday, August 28th 7:00 – 9:00 PM (Required for 1st time catechists)
Understanding Students and Leading Them to Christ:
This is a Diocesan workshop: Foundations of Faith. It is a wonderful program with 2 hour credit for Catechist Formation. Email your RSVP by August 21. email@example.com to register.
Grades K – 6
· First Time Elementary Catechist Meeting: August 28 workshop (see above).
· All Elementary Catechist Grades 1-5 Meeting will be on Sunday, August 26 at 7:00 pm.
· Kindergarten Catechist meeting will be on Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 pm.
· 6th Grade Catechists will meet on Sunday, August 26th at 11:30 am.
Junior High – Grades 7 and 8
EDGE Training For Catechists and High School Leaders:
Monday, August 27, 6:30-8:30pm
8th Grade: Monday, September 10 – 6:30-8:30pm
7th Grade: Monday, September 17 – 6:30-8:30pm
High School – Grades 9 and 10
9th Grade: Tuesday, August 21 – 7:30pm
10th Grade: Sunday, August 19 – 7:00pm
Catechetical Sunday and Opening Religious Education Mass for all levels:
September 9 – 8:30am and 10:00am Mass.
Reception after Mass in Great Hall
ALL CLASSES BEGIN: The week of September 9.