Weather Update: Look here for the status for PSR Wednesday evening sessions due to weather!!
See more weather cancellation information at the bottom of this page.
May the Christ Child enter your hearts and lives ever more deeply and remain with you through the New Year.
There will not be Liturgy of the Word for Children during the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1) holy day Masses.
One of the traditions that we have enjoyed on Wednesday nights is Questions with Father. Father White visits each classroom for a few minutes. Questions are usually prepared ahead of time by each class, but some of the spontaneous ones are fun too. Father White will visit us next month on January 16. What questions do you have for Father?
On Tuesday, January 22 we have a Winter Meeting for confirmation; confimandi, parents and local sponsors. We will start at 6:30 in the school. Please notify me if you are unable to attend. Arrangements will need to be made if your family is unable to attend this meeting.
On January 23, January Family Night, we will welcome the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese, Father Schmitmeyer. A couple of years ago he spoke to the children at St. Mary’s School and was a big hit. This year he will speak to the school children during the day and return for our Wednesday evening session. He will speak twice in the evening, first to the junior high and high school students and then to the lower elementary grade students. Parents are welcome to come and hear this delightful and entertaining priest.
Serendipity by Sarah will be setting up shop at our parish again this year on February 6. This pop-up shop brings handmade First Communion dresses, rosaries and religious gifts. The seamstresses of Serendipity by Sarah will also be taking orders for appropriately modest and stylish Confirmation dresses. I will have more details after the holy days.
Find them on Facebook: Serendipity by Sarah: Religious Clothing for Children
Coming up this month we have the ACRE for fifth, eighth and twelfth grade students in both St. Mary’s School and St. Mary’s Parish School of Religion. This assessment provided by the National Catholic Educators Association (NCEA) is required by the Archdiocese for fifth and eighth graders in parish and school catechetical programs. Twelfth graders in Catholic school are also required to complete this assessment. This will be the first year our twelfth graders will be taking the assessment.
NCEA Assessments are designed to strengthen catechetical education programs. The Information for Growth Assessment for Children/Youth Religious Education assessment (IFG: ACRE) is a tool to support effective catechesis for a lifetime of learning.
ACRE helps educators in Catholic schools and parishes know the strengths and weaknesses of their catechetical programs. This integrated assessment tool provides faith knowledge questions and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and perceptions. A multilevel developmental and age-appropriate tool, ACRE is used in grade 5 (Level 1), grades 8 or 9 (Level 2), and grades 11–12 (Level 3).
Our testing date is January 30 for both the Parish School of Religion and Saint Mary’s School. Please pass on to your fifth, eighth and twelfth grader that there is no extra preparation or study for this assessment. Students answer questions about their current faith knowledge and actual religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and perceptions.
Holy Day of Obligation
Mother of God
Masses: New Year’s Eve 5:30 pm
New Year’s Day 9 am
Mary, Mother of God Break
No Wednesday Evening Session
Director of Religious Education
Saint Mary’s Parish School of Religion, first through twelfth grades, follows Greenville City Schools lead on weather cancellations. If they are closed for the day due to weather, then our Parish School of Religion is cancelled. If Greenville City Schools released early, then our Parish School of Religion is closed.
If weather is late in developing, always use your best judgment and only drive if it is safe. If Father White and I cancel a Wednesday evening session due to late developing weather, there are several ways we notify you.
When we close due to weather, notifications about closures will be found: