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October Newsletter

Hello Families!

What a wonderful start of the program year it has been. Welcome to all of our new families, I am thrilled you have chosen this program for your children. 

Our program registration is still open so please share the program with your friends and invite them to join us. 

Please remember that classes begin at 9:00am, and the doors open at 8:45. Please have your children here by 9:00am. If you are running late and the door is locked, please message me and I will unlock the door for you.

This year we will be implementing a monthly opportunity for parents to join their children on Sunday's and experience a little bit of what they do each week. 

Our first family day will be October 15th. Please meet in the cafeteria and we will dismiss the classes from there. Not everyone will be able to join each month and I do understand that. I just ask that you make an effort. I am aligning the family days with our Family Mass days so that we can all go to church together at 10:30am followed by free donuts, milk and coffee in the cafeteria. This month's family day will also include an opportunity to visit our Book Fair after Sunday Mass. I hope you can join us. 

There is a lot of information below, please save these emails for future reference. 


It has been a very exciting week and the weeks to come will certainly not fall short.  If you have questions about any of the information below, please feel free to reach out to my office directly. 

Last week our students in their 1st and 2nd year of Formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation (C1 and C2) had their Orientation Meetings. For those who missed the meeting, please mark your calendar to attend on Thursday October 12 at 5:00pm in the Founders Room. Students and a Parent are required to attend if you missed the sessions on 9/27 and 9/28.

This Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 6:30pm we will host the closing to our St Therese Novena, All are welcome to attend this beautiful prayer experience, as we send our prayers and petitions into the loving care of St Therese. Our Level 2 and Level 3 students have been invited to participate in the closing procession, if participating they should arrive by 6:15 and check in at the back of the church. There will be a celebration following the prayer service. 

Following the 10:30am mass this Sunday, October 1st there will be the praying of the Rosary by the Knights of Columbus. If you are in attendance, please stay and pray with them and the Rosary Society. 

Tuesday, October 3rd we will resume our Adult Bible Study at 6:30pm in the Founders Room of the School. All adults are welcome to attend as we continue to learn more about the Eucharist. Please enter through the 119th street entrance. 

Wednesday, October 4th at 5:00pm the adults preparing to receive their sacraments of the church during the Easter Vigil this year will meet to continue to learn about our Catholic Faith. This program is called RCIA. Let me know if anyone is interested in this process, you are welcome to join the group. .

Thursday, October 5th is our 1st Communion Formation session. All students preparing for 1st Holy Communion this year should be in attendance with their parent/s. The session will begin at 6:00pm in the school cafeteria. 

Friday, October 6th is our Outdoor Movie Night!  Please plan to arrive between 6:00-6:30. We are hopeful to begin the movie at 6:30pm! This is a free event sponsored by HSA and PHYRE Youth Ministry and is open to all! HSA will be selling their amazing Concessions so bring some spending money and enjoy some great snacks during the movie! Children are voting this Sunday on the Movies- Book of Life, Elemental, Halloweentown, or Lorax.

Saturday, October 7th is our Annual Pet Blessing in the church Parking Lot at 12:00pm. Bring all of your pets and critters for a special blessing and prayer. They also get their own little certificate!!! All are welcome

Sunday, October 8th is supposed to be our annual Family Mass, however we needed to move it to next Sunday, October 15th. Please join us for a special mass experience followed by Free donuts, coffee and milk in the school cafeteria. We will have the Book Fair Open as well during this time. And this is our first Family Day at Faith Formation

October 8th is our Outdoor Rosary for Life at the Immaculate Conception Grotto in Whiting at 2:00pm- Bring your Rosaries!

Looking ahead

Virtus training- Protecting God's Children Program will take place on Thursday, October 12th at 6:00pm in the Founders Room- Pre-Register at You only need to attend in person training one time in order to volunteer with children in our community.

As mentioned above Thursday, October 12th is also the date for those who missed the Sacrament of Confirmation Orientation sessions at 5:00pm in the Founders room

Trunk or Treat is right around the corner. Below is the link for Decorated Cars and also for Game Helpers. Confirmation students are able to volunteer for this event for their service hours. Game Volunteers-                                       Decorated Car Participants -

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena practices will begin soon, Your children will bring home a flyer for you this Sunday. Please visit the link below to sign you children up to participate This is a beautiful Novena followed by a beautiful Mass Celebration Our Lady. Dinner to follow the mass with Mariachi! Practice begins on October 23rd at 6:00pm                                                                                                                                                                 

Play participants and Dancer Sign Up Link-


​If you have any questions, please reach out to my office.


Mrs. Sandona


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