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Religious Education at St. Mary Magdalene

Question:         What do 400 hotdogs, 24 goldfish, 12 games and a packed parking lot have in common?

Answer:           All were part of our very successful SMM Fall Kick Off Family Night for Religious Ed!

It was the first time that we have tried an event like this, and it was certainly not without its trepidations. We wondered if parents would attend, we prayed that the weather would co-operate and we agonized over the correct amount of food to order. Had we practiced what we preach from Philippians 4:6, “worry about nothing, pray about everything”, we could have waylaid much of our anxiety! As it was, the evening presented itself as 80 degrees and sunny, 145 families attended the event, the games were enjoyed by all ages and we had more than enough food to feed the crowd. Our only shortfall was our failure to realize that every, and I repeat EVERY, child loves to win a goldfish! The line for the “throw the ping pong ball into the fishbowl” gig reached from one sidewalk to another. The evening concluded with a prayer service in church, an introduction to Joseph, our new Youth Minister, and a blessing for parents, catechists and students. All in all, it was a perfect evening and it was wonderful to see so many of our families here, enjoying what a faith community  is all about. Thank you, parents, for your wonderful participation. Thank you, catechists, for your generous gift of time and talent. We look forward to making this an annual event, with a few more goldfish!!!

This year’s catechists are: Karen Olsen, Julie Everts, Gretchen Kelley, Mary Ann Snider, Sharon Brunner, Martha Elandt, Vanessa Bock, Terry Bock, Jamie Klismet, Leann Ellenich, Brandy Abhold, Jennie Kapral, Shelly Christie, Peggy Hansen, Rocky Landsverk, Angie Landsverk, Brenda Koles, Rachel Gullixon, Teresa Kielblock, Joanne Johnson, Kathy Sidman, Greg Taylor, Terri Lauer and Kim Spoerl. 

                    Preschool & Kindergarten 

Preschool & Kindergarten:  Classes began back on Sunday, October 9th during the 9:30 a.m. liturgy.  Each week all the students gather as one large group.  We begin each week with a story that centers on the “theme for the day”.  From there, we break-up into small groups and enjoy a variety of activities led by parent volunteers. Parents receive a weekly update sharing what we did in class. To extend the lessons at home, occasionally a family activity is sent home. The feedback we have been hearing is very positive. Some of our weekly themes have been: “We Celebrate”, “Mary, Jesus’ Mother” and “Let Your Light Shine”. We always incorporate a prayer, a song, a craft and even a game to help the children understand the lesson.