Religion- Ms. McCloat/Mrs. Spadafora

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St. Michael the Archangel, 
defend us in battle. 
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, 
and do thou, 
O Prince of the heavenly hosts, 
by the power of God, 
thrust into hell Satan, 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


"A Century of Educating God's Greatest Gift, Our Children"  
This year we are Celebrating the  
125th Anniversary of St. Agnes Cathedral 

Resources for our faith -
Opening of the word:Year B Weeks 22-34

November Virtue of the Month: Compassion

Workbook-Sadlier/We Live Our Faith As Members of the Church

Responding to God’s love, making moral choices, following God’s law, loving one another and honoring life and creation.

The students will work on the activities in each chapter, define “Faith Words,” and review work through Chapter Assessments.


Students will continue working on their Confirmation journals:

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.

As part of the process of deepening their faith, students will be asked to choose a Confirmation name and a sponsor.  They will also be asked to write a letter to the pastor stating why they are continuing the process of their sacramental life.

Confirmation requirements:  Sponsors must be at least 16 years of age.  Students can ask their godparents to continue the journey with them or select someone else who is fully formed in the sacramental life of the Church-(has received all Sacraments of Initiation).

Full Question

What are the responsibilities of a Confirmation sponsor?


The primary responsibility of the sponsor is to provide the candidate prayerful support and guidance in his or her Christian walk and to "take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament" (canon 892).

Being a sponsor is a lifelong commitment. A sponsor takes on the role of a spiritual parent who "brings the candidate to receive the sacrament, presents him to the minister for the anointing, and will later help him to fulfill his baptismal promises faithfully under the influence of the Holy Spirit" (Rite of Confirmation 5).

Some of the responsibilities of a sponsor to the candidate before confirmation:


  • Be a convinced, enthusiastic Catholic who lives a life of faith, and is committed to fulfilling the responsibilities of a sponsor.
  • Pray regularly for and with the candidate, showing him/her how to pray by example.
  • Attend all the confirmation classes, retreats, or special liturgies offered.
  • Cultivate a supportive and encouraging relationship with the confirmand.
  • Be involved in the catechetical preparation of the candidate with great heart and dedication.
  • Have knowledge of the personal faith of the candidate and share your own faith experience.
  • Lead and guide the candidate to a personal relationship with the Lord and to a deeper familiarity "with the Holy Spirit—his actions, his gifts, and his biddings—in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life" (CCC 1309).


Some of the responsibilities of a sponsor to the confirmed after confirmation:

  • Maintain regular contact with the confirmed by phone, email. Also, sending a card on the anniversary of his/her confirmation.
  • Pray regularly for the confirmed and when possible pray with him/her.
  • Help the confirmed to learn how to experience a deeper prayer life (e.g. eucharistic adoration).
  • Encourage participation in the life of the Church, especially through his/her parish.
  • Continue ongoing catechesis (e.g., sharing good books) and be available for questions.
  • Help the confirmed to understand how to bear witness to Christ in the world and to fulfill his/her baptismal promises faithfully through the Holy Spirit.

Family Life/Health

RCL Benziger-Family Life 8

The following topics will be covered throughout the year:


God’s Gift of Family-Homegrown Happiness and Gifts for the Journey

God’s Gift of Self-Understanding Yourself and Emotions  

God’s Gift of Life-The Value of Life and Stay Healthy     

God’s Gift of Love-Loving Together and Marriage and Family     

God’s Gift of Community-The Social Scene and Growing in Christ



Each trimester the students will be responsible for the following projects:

Trimester 1-Health triangle-Proper Nutrition-Eating disorders and fad diets

Analyze personal diet and create proper nutrition plan/menu.

Trimester 2-Home Safety

Design a plan for improving safety in home or school.

Trimester 3-Healthcare

Research and identify healthcare agencies and create a healthcare system that God would approve of.     

Throughout all three trimesters:

In addition to the following projects, the students are spiritually adopting a baby from conception to natural birth.  They will create a book that depicts and explains the journey of a baby. Each month must have a title.  The students will define and identify what is happening in the womb, to the best of their ability-Illustrate the baby in the womb and either write a letter, prayer or poem to their spiritually adopted child.  Be creative and prayerful. Remember to pray for the child and his/her parents everyday.  PRAY IS POWERFUL!!!!!               

Studying and Praying Scripture-Gospel of the Week

Assignment:  Either write out or print out the Sunday Gospel.  Paste the Gospel into your religion notebook.  Highlight the word or phrase that pierced your heart.  Give a short description of why you chose the word or phrase.  Briefly describe what the pastor stated in his homily, and write down what you think the meaning of the Gospel is.

Each week the students will practice the devotion of Lectio Divina.

  • Prayer. Having a loving conversation with God.


5 Steps of Lectio Divina

Lectio- What does the biblical text say in itself?  Reading. Read a passage slowly and carefully within the bible. What is the initial meaning of the passage?  It's only once we've answered this, that we are ready for the next step.

2.  Meditation-Thinking deeply or swelling upon a spiritual reality within a text.  What does the biblical text say to us?  Here, each person, individually but also as the Mystical Body of Christ, must let himself/herself be moved and challenged.  

3.  Oratio-
What do we say to the Lord in response to His Word?  Prayer, as petition, intercession, thanksgiving and PRAISE, is the primary way by which the WORD transforms us.

4.  Contemplation-  Resting in God's presence. What conversion of mind, heart and soul is the Lord asking of us? Saint Paul tells us: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  (12:2)  Contemplation aims at creating within us a truly wise and discerning vision of reality, as God sees it, and at forming within us "the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:16).

5. Actio- (Living out the Lectio DivinaAction. Go and do likewise. Once you know what it is that God is calling on you to do, the next step is straightforward, just do it.


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