11 August 2021

 

The Katharine Konnection

Children’s Ministries and Activities

Dear fellow parishioners,

It is hard to believe summer is winding down and school will be reopening.  As many of you know, I was a classroom teacher for 35 years prior to joining the staff of St. Katharine Drexel.  The start of the new school year always brought a mix of emotions for me; excitement to meet my new students and create new lessons, along with a little sadness that the relaxing carefree summer days were ending. I am sure this year brings a mix of emotions for students, teachers, and parents as they prepare to return to the classroom fulltime after a very different previous school year.

With the start of the new year, I wanted to inform you that Deacon Jeff Sutterman will be offering a  BLESSING OF BACKPACKS  after each Mass on Sunday 8/22.  School age children should bring their backpacks to the plaza following the end of Mass, where Deacon Jeff will offer a blessing.  We hope many children will take advantage of this opportunity at the beginning of a new school year.

Saint Katharine Drexel will offer a Vaccination Clinic  with the Health Department on Sunday August 29, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 1:00PM in McElroy Hall.  The Health Department will offer the Pfizer Vaccine and the J&J vaccine.  If you opt for the Pfizer, a follow up for the 2nd dose will be given 21 days later on Sunday Sept. 19, 2021 from 10:00AM – 1:00PM.  No need to sign up, just stop by.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Our parish is so fortunate to have as many dedicated volunteers as we do.  A few programs need help.  Please prayerfully consider if you are being called to one of these ministries.

PRE-SCHOOL and PRIMARY CATHECHIST NEEDED

Our Sunday evening Faith Formation Program, meets a few Sundays each month from September through April.  This year our Foundations of Faith program will have a Pre- K class, a Primary group (Grades K,1, &2), an Intermediate group (Grades 3,4,&5),  a Middle School group (Grades 6, 7, & 8), and a High School Group (Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12). Each group will meet with a team of catechists.

Our Pre-K class is still in need of 2 catechists, and our Primary group needs 1 more catechist to be a part of the team. All programs come with a leader’s guide to follow and assist in planning lessons.

Please consider sharing your faith with our precious little ones.  If you are interested or need more information to help you discern this calling, please contact Theresa Anderson at Theresa.anderson@saintdrexel.org.

TEEN HELP NEEDED IN KATE’S KIDS & NURSERY

If you are a rising fifth grader through high school, Kate’s Kids (KK) and Nursery could use your help.  As a teen volunteer in Kate’s Kids, you assist the adult catechist by playing with the children upon arrival, walking a child to the restroom, and with setting and cleaning up the craft of the lesson.

If you are interested in being a volunteer in Kate’s Kids, please contact Theresa Anderson at Theresa.anderson@saintdrexel.org.  If you are interested in volunteering in the Nursery, please contact Ana Maria Alvarado at ana.alvarado@saintdrexel.org.

ADULT HELP NEEDED IN KATE’S KIDS & NURSERY 

We would like to expand our Sunday morning Children’s ministries beyond the 9:00 AM Mass, but to do that we need your help. If you are interested in being a volunteer in Kate’s Kids, please contact Theresa Anderson at Theresa.anderson@saintdrexel.org.  If you are interested in volunteering in the Nursery, please contact Ana Maria Alvarado at ana.alvarado@saintdrexel.org.

Middle School Regional Fun Night

We would like to invite all rising 6th graders through rising 8th graders to join us for a fun day at Antietam rec on Saturday evening 21 August from 5 – 9PM. To register please go to https://www.osvhub.com/stannchurchhagerstown/forms/middle-school-night-at-antietam-rec. Cost is $12. If you are an adult who would like to chaperone for this event or have additional questions please contact Ana Maria Alvarado by emailing her to ana.alvarado@saintdrexel.org. All Adult volunteers must be Virtus certified by the day of the event in order to volunteer.

Blessings,

Theresa Anderson

Pastoral Associate

301-360-9581 ext, 2275

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