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Seekers Online Class 13 – scheduled March 22-25, email sent March 24

 

BCRE Seekers: Your Faith Lesson At Home

Happy Easter Seekers Families!  

I pray that while our churches are empty today, may we find hope in that the tomb is empty too!

 

Hope is expecting good things and wanting something good to happen.

In this crazy new world we have all been thrown into where children are home from school indefinitely, no Mass on Sundays, stores and businesses closing, it can be easy to lose hope. Easter Sunday calls us to be “Seekers,” proclaimers, and persons of hope and life.

How we live as people of hope is today’s challenge. We cannot ignore the sick and suffering around us. We cannot turn a deaf ear to the cries of creation. We must all be clothed in hope and work to bring hope to all people. Every single human being can make a difference in the world (whether we working on the front-lines or staying safe at home). The Easter season reminds us that we are called to be messengers of hope. Jesus’ Resurrection calls us to make a difference.

During this Easter season as we celebrate the new life of Jesus, risen from the dead, I encourage you to try the following with your family:

  • Reflect on the word “hope” (Use it in a sentence to get started, such as, “I hope we will have chocolate cake for dessert.” )
  • Offer examples of things you and your family hope for
  • Think about things that others who are less fortunate might hope for (such as a warm bed)
  • Reflect on how you and your family can bring hope to others
  • Challenge your family to do one thing this week to bring someone hope (such as sending a hand-made card in the mail)

During this overwhelming and challenging time, please know that I continue to hold you and your family up in prayer. Please let me know if I can help with anything, in anyway, at anytime.

You can email me with questions and concerns at Melissa.Gozzo.CCB@gmail.com


Hope and health for all,

Melissa Gozzo
Billerica Catholic Religious Education (BCRE)
Young Disciples Coordinator (Gr. K – 1)
Seekers Coordinator (Grade 2)
First Reconciliation and Eucharist Coordinator (Grades 2-5)

Resources For At Home Use

I invite you to explore this week’s Class #14 topics at home:

  • Chapter 16: Jesus Died and Rose for Us
  • Easter: Jesus Is Risen!

If you are unable to pick up your child’s work at this time or if you already have all your materials at home with you, we encourage you to use the following underlined links: Home Guides for Chapters 16 and Easter, the Activity Booklets for Chapter 16 and Easter, and your Catholic Children’s Bible to help your child continue his/her faith formation from home.

Please Note:

  • The underlined Home Guide Link above includes the Home Guide PDF for ALL Chapters/Lessons.
  • The underlined Chapter 16 and Chapter Easter Link above are direct links to our chapters of focus this week.
  • The Activity Booklets attachment includes ALL the remaining chapters for our 2019-2020 Religious Education Program.

Easter Enrichment

We decorate Easter Eggs with bright colors and beautiful designs. The egg is somewhat like the tomb in which Jesus has been buried. Just as the little chick stays inside the egg for a time and then comes to live a new life, Jesus was inside the tomb and left it to live a new risen life. Sometimes we find a candy chick in our Easter basket.

Jesus shares his new life with us. When we try to live in the joy and love of our risen Savior, we are new people.

Watch the following underlined link: Easter Eggs: What do candy filled eggs have to do with Jesus? with your family. In this Youtube Video Clip, Douglas Talks about Easter eggs and how they remind him of the amazing Gift of Jesus’ resurrection!


Easter Sunday is one day, but Easter is a whole season that lasts fifty days long and ends on Pentecost Sunday. During this Easter Season, have a special Easter Egg Hunt by doing the following with your family:

** To prepare you will need eight plastic eggs with the letters A L L E L U I A written on slips of paper, one letter in each egg. **
  • Explain that today they will be trying to discover a special Easter word, just as the women discovered that Jesus was not longer in the tomb.
  • Tell them that they find the letters to this words in eggs that have been hidden around the house or yard. 
  • Once all eight eggs have been found, invite them to look at the letters and see if they can figure our what word they might spell.
  • Give some time to make guesses, ant then start spelling the word, one letter at a time, until the full word is spelled out.
  • Ask your family to share if they know anything about the meaning of the word Alleluia
  • Explain that it means “Praise the Lord!” and that we say it to celebrate the fact that God is good and that Jesus was raised from the dead.

All Seekers Families may pick up their folders inside a clear storage bin outside the BCRE Office at St. Theresa Parish Hall labeled, “Seekers (Grade 2) Folders from Class.”

 

Inside the large clear storage bin are color-coded bins for each class day:
Yellow Bin: Sunday Class at St. Andrew
Red Bins: Monday 4PM and 6PM Classes at St. Theresa
Green Bins: Tuesday 4PM and 6PM Classes at St. Theresa
Purple Bin: Wednesday 6PM Class at St. Mary

Kindly retrieve your child’s folder from the colored bin that corresponds to your child’s class at your convenience.
This bin, located outside the BCRE Office at St. Theresa Parish, is accessible 24/7.