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Music, part of the prayers for the upcoming night of worship for teenagers in the gymnasium of St. Teresa’s Middle School | Ascension

Since 2014, as part of the church partnership with St. John’s Primary School and St. Teresa’s Middle School, local seventh graders have taken a bus to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in a French settlement for a day of spiritual growth and service.
Since 2014, as part of the church partnership with St. John’s Primary School and St. Teresa’s Middle School, local seventh graders have taken a bus to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in a French settlement for a day of spiritual growth and service.
St. John’s Primary School/St. Teresa Middle School is part of a partnership of Catholic schools made up of nine church dioceses. The partnership started in 2003 at St. John’s Primary School/St. John’s Mission. The press release stated that Theresa Middle will serve each other through Catholic values ​​and strive to achieve spiritual growth and academic excellence.
In 2013, the school’s church partnership encouraged students to help the community by allowing the second to eighth grade classes to adopt the church parish.
Throughout the school year, pastors from various dioceses will visit the school to celebrate class masses with students and their parents. The visiting pastor comes to the school and provides students with grade-level reconciliation services during the school year.
“We paired the class with the parish to further encourage our students to serve in the church,” said Kim Lacinak, the religious education coordinator. “The parish/parish residents have always supported our school and we want to give back.”
Students who are busy giving back to the community during the school year. The second grade class of St. John Primary made birthday bags for St. John the Evangelist Food Bank. They donated cake powder, icing sugar, disposable bakeware, candles, birthday plates, birthday napkins, tableware and sprinklers. On the day of their retreat, the students put together donations and created everything needed to celebrate their birthdays.
“Birthdays are a big event for second-grade students. They are always happy to prepare birthday parties for those in need who may not be able to buy cakes,” said Nicole Bernard, a second-grade teacher. The students also make birthday cards and put them in their birthday bags.
On the day of the retreat, they sent their birthday bags to the food bank and had the opportunity to ask questions and learn how the food bank helped others.
The third grade class of St. John’s Elementary School went to St. Mark’s Catholic Church for field trips, planted flowers in the meditation garden, and made rosary beads for those returning home in the Diocese of St. Mark.
The fourth grade class made photo frames so that the children could make their first Eucharist at the Holy Rosary Church as a souvenir for their special day.
The fifth grade helped St. Anne’s Church prepare Easter egg hunts for parish residents, and made Christmas decorations and cards to place in St. Anne’s food bag.
The Church of St. Gabriel sent sixth-grade students to Cavill for field trips to celebrate Mass with Pastor Charles Landry at the Sacred Heart Church. The students went to the National Museum of Hansen Disease to experience the history of Carville Leprosarium and learn about the faithful services provided by the St. Gabriel Church community to the people living there.
Since 2014, seventh-grade students have taken a bus to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the French colony for a day of spiritual growth and service. Father Jason Palermo has been introducing the history of the church and the town to the students all morning. The students attended Mass, and then the work began. The students dig trenches, clean the interior of the church, pressure wash buildings, trim trees and weed flower beds.
When asked how she felt about her recent service project experience at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 7th grade student Cecile Braud said: “It’s hard work, but it’s fun because my friend is there. I’m proud to learn that. The wedding will be held in the church over the weekend, and the bride will be happy to see the flower bed cleaned up.”
The eighth grade class assigned to Santa Teresa in Avila helped to collect and distribute groceries in the pantry, clean the cemetery, and help Pastor Eric Gene polish the tents, candlesticks and benches in the church. Father Gyan worked with the students and asked about their families and interests.
The school gives back to the children and young people in the district church parish by holding an annual night of praise and worship. The evening begins with a free pizza dinner, followed by a high-energy experience combining music and prayer, and ends with a Eucharist worship ceremony. This year it will be held at St. Theresa Middle Stadium from 6pm to 8pm on November 11th. All students in grade six and above are invited to participate in nights of singing, praise, worship, and entertainment. Sign up for praise and worship under news and announcements by visiting www.sjp-sta.org.


Post time: Nov-03-2021

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