Sunday, December 10th, is the Second Sunday of Advent
The Children in RE Prepare the Way of the Lord by Participating in Reconciliation
Fr. Edmond and four other kind and caring priests from neighboring parishes generously shared God's forgiveness and mercy during a recent session of RE. IJP will have an additional Advent Reconciliation Service on Monday, December 18th, at 7:30PM.
Children’s Book Drive
We will be accepting new and gently used children’s books for children from birth to sixth grade for low-income children in the Chicagoland area. Your child(ren) may continue to bring the bring the books to RE on December 13th.
PLEASE no workbooks, textbooks or reference books.
Our Goal is 500 Books!!
*Bernie’s Book Bank will be distributing the books to the at risk children
Take Home Sunday's Gospel
The season of Advent invites us to renew our lives in preparation for the coming of Jesus. The people who heard the message of John the Baptist repented for their sins and were baptized as a sign of God’s forgiveness. In Baptism, our sins are forgiven, and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who helps us in our life of discipleship. Led by the Holy Spirit, we use this Advent season to renew our lives so that we, like John the Baptist, might prepare the way for Jesus.
As you gather together as a family, talk about ways in which the example of others has called you to be a follower of Jesus. Name the people who have been examples to you of Christian discipleship and describe their characteristics that you have tried to emulate. Read together the Gospel for Sunday, December 10th, at Mark 1:1-8.
As John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, Baptism commissions us to prepare the way of the Lord. The gift of the Holy Spirit leads us to continually renew our lives so that we might lead others to Jesus. As a family, identify at least one action that you will take this week to try to be more faithful followers of Jesus. Conclude in prayer together that God will receive this action and use it to lead others to Jesus. Pray the Prayer to the Holy Spirit.
We give thanks for each and every one of you and wish you and your family every blessing.
Living Our Faith
Mind map of 8th Grade Catch the Spirit captured by a parish 8th grader
The children of RE have been busy over the past week. Our 8th Grade Confirmandi participated in their first Catching the Spirit reflection on Sunday, November 6th. On Wednesday evening, our 7th Graders were traveling saints to the other classrooms sharing a bit of their baptismal Saint stories. Our 6th graders discussed Mercy and Trust, our 5th grade children were pondering how to participate in our upcoming Family Mass, the 3rd grade children enjoyed a delicious Loaves and Fish dinner after class and the 2nd graders received their doll pattern for First Reconciliation. You might consider extending the discussion of the children’s participation at RE with how they might carry their faith with them during the rest of the week.
The Saints Came Marching in at Wednesday’s All Saints Mass Celebration
Our adorable first grade RE students were part of a grand procession during our All Saint’s Mass on Wednesday, November 1st. The children and families of RE were inspired to be God’s Hands sharing food collected during the offertory to be delivered to the food pantry at St. Anne’s in Hazel Crest. Fr. Edmond also preached a homily about the call to holiness for each and every one.
What better way to spend a lovely early evening in October...
...than praying a decade of the Rosary with the children of RE
The children, catechists and DRE, Miss Kahl, gathered around the Holy Family statue at the south of the IJP grounds to pray a decade of the Rosary on a beautiful and balmy Wednesday evening before beginning our weekly session of Religious Ed.
Parish 8th grade Confirmandi receive blessings from the congregation at Rite of Enrollment
Confirmation is the sacrament of Christian maturity. In receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, the baptized are enriched and strengthened in their witness to Christ. The Spirit comes to us, enabling and empowering us to live as fully initiated members of the Catholic Church and sons and daughters of God who extend the message of Christ to the world.
Please support our parish 8th graders on their continued journey to Confirmation. The IJP Confirmandi, their parents and their sponsors participated in the Rite of Enrollment at the 9:30AM Mass on Sunday, October 15th. Continued prayers are greatly appreciated that all recognize the Holy Spirit with them during this time of preparation to receive this sacrament.
Thank you for your generosity for the collection of shoes for Haiti
This is just a very small fraction of the shoes already collected for the children of Haiti during a Wednesday evening session of Religious Ed. Thank you for your abundant generosity. We collected many, many gently used shoes, sandals, gym shoes and/or soccer shoes. We are God’s hands, sharing heart to heart, feet by feet.
It’s time to use our loving hands to help the children and teens of Los Palis, Haiti
HOW: Clear out your closets of your gently used shoes, sandals, gym shoes and/or soccer shoes
WHEN: October 4th through October 18th
WHERE: Bring all shoes to your RE class. Our 7th graders will stop by your class to pick them up
WHY: We are God’s Hands!
All were welcome at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, September 27th
The children and families of Religious Ed are encouraged to think about ways to lend a hand in service
Welcome back to RE! At our gathering and blessing prayer service in the church, the students, parents and catechists were asked to consider the work of our hands and how to share our gifts for the benefit of others.
The catechists and staff of Infant Jesus of Prague RE look forward to reflecting God's love to the children
Welcome to 2017-2018 Religious Education at Infant Jesus of Prague!
This year, many exciting faith adventures are being planned for our students and parents! I hope that your family will enroll in our program and join us as we begin a new year of celebrating and learning about our faith.
This year’s theme is “Busy Hands for God”. When I was young and came in from playing outside, my mom would always say, “Patty, wash your hands.” The days my hands were the dirtiest meant that I was the busiest. Those were the days that I had the most fun. I think that God smiles on busy hands. Busy Hands show that we are using our hands to play, work, serve, or celebrate and commit to whatever task is at hand. I think that when our hands stay too clean or too still, we are busy doing nothing to help others or to work in God’s world. I pray that this year your family will have BUSY hands praying, volunteering, and participating in our activities this year.
OUR NEW LOOK FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:
Our 1-7th graders meet on Wednesday Afternoons from 5:15-6:30PM in the School Building. A schedule is posted on the website with registration information for you. IF you are a new family or registering a first grader, we invite you to register in person on our registration weekend, August 26-27 after all Masses in the Church Hall or on Monday, August 28th from 5:00PM – 7:00PM in the Church Hall.
Please “Busy Your Hands” by attending our “Walk Your Child To Class Afternoon” on September 13th, beginning at 5:15PM. There is a Meeting of New Families and First Grade Parents at 5:30PM in the School Cafeteria.
Our NEW 8th Grade Confirmation Program meets on SUNDAY Mornings from 8:15 – 9:25 with student attendance at the 7:30AM Mass or the 9:30 AM Mass. 8th Graders will no longer be attending class on Wednesday Afternoons. For more details, please call me at 708-799-4550. A parent/candidate meeting is schedules for Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00PM in church.
We have our Opening Mass on Wednesday, September 27th at 5:30PM. Again, please join us and show your child by example how to use your hands in prayer and gratitude to our loving God.
Welcome, Blessings, and Joy as we share our Faith,
Pat Kahl, DRE at Infant Jesus of Prague
Registered Parishioner Tuition
One Child $200.00
Two Children $250.00
Three Children (or more) $280.00
One Child $325.00
Two Children $440.00
Three Children (or more) $550.00
Book Fee (per child) $20.00
First Holy Communion/Reconciliation Fee $50.00 (p/child)
Confirmation Fee $50.00 (p/child)