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Building a Life of Faith

The goal of the Religious Education Program is to provide a quality education program to the youth in the Parish of the Holy Family. Its purpose is threefold: to teach the faith and tradition of the Catholic Church, to foster growth of Catholic moral principles, and to inspire a fuller prayer life to build a deeper relationship with God.

Contact Mrs. Cathy Weiss
(516) 938-3846 ext. 320
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Mrs. Joan Berk
(516) 938-3846 ext. 321
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Religious Ed classes will not meet on the following days in February, March and April:

Monday February 18
Tuesday, February 19
Wednesday, February 20
Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 32
Wednesday, April 24

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The lessons with the students in our program will focus on these three disciplines during this season.  Many classes, particularly Level 3 and Level 6,  will be learning about and participating in the Stations of the Cross. 

“During the season of Lent, Catholics want to feel closer to Jesus in thought and prayer. One practice begun many centuries ago in called the Stations of the Cross.  People would travel to Jerusalem and, on Good Friday, walk in Jesus’ footsteps from the Garden of Gethsemane to the hill of Calvary, stopping to remember what happened at different places along the way.  Those different places are called “stations”.

Because most people couldn’t go to Jerusalem to do this, the practice grew of picturing those same stations so that people could pray as if they were there, wherever they could gather: in parishes, monasteries, churches, chapels, and cathedrals in cities and towns all over the world.

What Jesus did for us is huge. What he suffered for us is enormous.  We sometimes cannot take it all in at once.  Each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross helps us to meditate on Jesus and what he endured every step of his suffering.  The important thing is to feel Jesus’ love, to thank Jesus, to listen to him, and tell him of our concerns, hopes and dreams- and then to listen again.” Jeanne Heiberg, Catechist Magazine February 2012.

 

As you know, Wednesday, March 6 we began the season of Lent. 

Here are just a few of the Lenten Activities planned:

  • Level 2 students will receive their First Penance
  • Level 3 students will learn about the Stations of the Cross and make their own crucifixes
  • Level 4 students will visit the O’Dea Center to learn about how Holy Family helps those in need
  • Level 5 students will be praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
  • Level 6 students will be praying the Stations of the Cross
  • Level 7 and 8 students will be invited to participate in a Living Stations of the Cross on March 26

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