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Per archdiocesan policy, please note the following:

  • All new, part-time and full-time, Catholic and non-Catholic teachers under contract, are required to complete Level I certification within their first year of employment with the Archdiocese of Chicago by May 1, 2020.

  • All Catholic teachers are highly encouraged to continue onto Level II certification. This level is completed in two years. There are specific requirements for each year. See the roadmap link below.

  • Teachers that have completed Level II are highly encouraged to continue onto Level III for ongoing formation.

Explanation of The Training Requirements - Roadmap (click)

2019-20 Teacher Packet Explanations - teacher packet (Level I, Level II - Year 1, Level II - Year 2 and Level III) regarding Catechetical Certification.

My Formed Faith Online Link (Click)

Level III Online Packages (CLICK)

Form to Complete by August 20th to sign up below:

ALL FACULTY NO MATTER ROLE (except maternity leave subs) need to complete this form by indicating which Catechetical Training course they need. (New Teachers are LEVEL1) CLICK HERE


October We Teach and Celebrate the Holy Rosary

In October, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Rosary. The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. It was instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.

We will have an K-8 Rosary prayer service at 9:30AM in church on Tuesday, October 29th. Please make sure all students have reviewed how the pray the rosary in your classes. Our prayer buddy experience will also be based on the rosary as well. Please see some links to possible resources for teaching about the Rosary and the Mysteries of the Rosary. The first link has a LOT of ideas.

UPDATE PRAYER SPACES FOR OCTOBER: It is time to update prayer spaces - you can include a small bowl of Rosaries, images of our Holy Mother, images from the Mysteries of the Rosary, etc. St. Francis’s Feast Day is also on October 4th

Our In this month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we too can use in order to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation.

https://www.thereligionteacher.com/rosary-activities/

https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2017/10/teaching-the-rosary/

https://www.pinterest.com/religionteacher/rosary-activities/

https://www.catholicteacher.com/walkable-rosary-activity-printable/

http://www.4catholiceducators.com/rosary.htm


Professional Readings for Faculty - Focus on the Eucharist and Understanding This Most Precious Gift from God

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Incorporating Prayer in the Classroom (for all teachers)

Silence is the First Prayer - It is definitely okay, if not strongly encouraged to create a time of silence (5 to 10 minutes) during the day for our students, no matter the age, for quiet time. You can make this a part of a prayer experience for students and a time to decompress. I ask however if you have your kids do this, please do this yourself. Adult need to model this for their children, and quite frankly, it is good for you, too.

Janet Caschetta, our retreat leader, also mentioned guided meditation prayers - these are great to do with students, especially if they are really stressed out or anxious about things. You can often find Catholic guided meditation prayers online. If you are unsure of how to do it, chat with me.

I’m also putting the link to Loyola’s 3 minute retreats. Each one is based on a theme so you can find things that speak to the kids. You can project it up and play it on your computer for the kids (and for yourself). Here is a link to the archives https://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer/3-minute-retreats-archives We can all find 3 minutes in our busy day to pray these silent prayers with out kids. It doesn’t always have to be religion. It can be after lunch/recess or whenever.

Janet also mentioned that Father Michael Schmitz had some great youtube videos - we watched the one about silence is prayer - here is the link to find more https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVdGX3N-WIJ5nUvklBTNhAw Depending on the subject matter, you might find them appropriate for your students.

Other APPS Janet Suggested for the Formation of Your Own Prayer and Faith: Laudate, Centering Prayer, Mary Undoer of Knots Novena App, Selfies with the Pope



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Prayer Spaces Ideas

PRAYER SPACES FOR OCTOBER - Some ideas

It is time to update prayer spaces - you can include a small bowl of Rosaries, images of our Holy Mother, images from the Mysteries of the Rosary, etc.

St. Francis’s Feast Day is also on October 4th - He’s the guy who authored the Prayer for Peace “Lord, Make me a channel of your peace…” Also the patron saint of Animals. There’s a lot you can do with St. Francis as well for your prayer space.

Here are some other “BIG SAINTS” of October:

October 11, St John XXIII, Pope

October 16, St Hedwig, Religious

October 17, St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr

October 18, St Luke, Evangelist, Missionary

October 22, St John Paul II, Pope

October 28, Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles