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									September 2008

This is a very special year for your children. They are continuing on in their initiation into the Catholic
faith by participating more fully in the life of Jesus and the community through Reconciliation and
First Communion. I am very excited for your children, and the community at large that continue to pass
the faith on to this next generation!

As parents you play a most vital role in this initiation. You are your child’s most important role model
and teacher. It is from you and from living day-to-day in a family that children learn most about God.
Your participation and enthusiasm in the sacraments greatly influences your child’s faith formation. It is
for this reason that St. Paul, in compliance with the policy and procedure of The Archdiocese of
Chicago, has two parent meetings that you are expected to attend, one for Reconciliation and
one for First Communion.

                            RECONCILIATION PARENT MEETING
                                  NOVEMBER 3, 2008
                                        7:00 PM
                                 HOLY FAMILY CHAPEL

For people that cannot make our Reconciliation Meeting, there will be a Make-Up Meeting, where we will
show a video of the live meeting on November 18, 2008 at 7:00 in an Upper Grader Center classroom
(enter through the same door as the 8th graders).

                                COMMUNION PARENT MEETING
                                    JANUARY 26, 2009
                                         7:00 PM
                                   HOLY FAMILY CHAPEL


For people that cannot make our Communion Meeting there will be a Make-Up Meeting, where we will
show a video of the live meeting on February 10, 2009 at 7:00 in an Upper Grade Center classroom.

PLEASE COME TO BOTH MEETINGS TEN (10) MINUTES EARLY BECAUSE IT TAKES TIME TO
PASS THE PACKETS OUT AND WE WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 7:00. IF YOU ARRIVE AFTER
7:00, YOU CAN PICK UP YOUR PACKET AT THE END OF THE EVENING.
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These meetings will help everyone be better informed and help our celebrations run smoothly. At the
door you will receive a packet, from an assigned person, labeled with your family name. You may not
pick up a friend’s packet. Presentations are different each year and vary in content and style, so there is
always something new for everyone.
The first rite your child participated in this year was the Rite of Commitment. It took place during the first
School or Catechesis ritual of the year. The rite asked the students if they were willing to work,
study, and pray this year as they prepared for Reconciliation and First Communion. Everyone present
was also asked if they were willing to pray for these students. Our candidates were then given a special
blessing.
Although the following dates seem like they are in the distant future, I know that schedules are very
complex. Therefore, I am enclosing the dates for the Reconciliation Meeting, Reconciliations, First
Communion Meeting, Communion Retreat and Communion Masses. PLEASE WRITE THE
FOLLOWING DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR AS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANOTHER NOTICE.
We are assigning the Reconciliation date your child will have by the room that they are in. If the date
you have received conflicts with your calendar, you may call the Office for Catechesis to see if a change
is possible. If a change is not possible, we will place you on a waiting list. However, even with our very
large number of students, we try to be as accommodating as possible. YOU MAY REQUEST
CHANGES UNTIL DECEMBER 15, 2008. AFTER THAT CHANGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.

                                  FIRST RECONCILIATION
                                      JANUARY 12, 2009 – 7:00 PM
                                        HOLY FAMILY CHAPEL
                                         FOLLOWING ROOMS:
                                            MRS. MARKEY
                                          MRS. SAMUELSON
                                           MRS. SMERIGLIO
                                          DIRECTED STUDY
                                          FAMILY PROGRAM

                                  FIRST RECONCILIATION
                                     JANUARY 13, 2009 – 7:00 PM
                                       HOLY FAMILY CHAPEL
                                        FOLLOWING ROOMS:
                                           MS. CARONIA
                                          MRS. ASHBECK
                                          MRS. DE SALVO
                                   MRS. KARKOWSKI (TUES CLASS)
                                           MS. KLEPACKI

                                  FIRST RECONCILIATION
                                   JANUARY 14, 2009 – 7:00 PM
                                     HOLY FAMILY CHAPEL
                                       FOLLOWING ROOMS:
                                         MRS. JOHNSON
                                         MRS. BUCKLEY
                                          MRS. HOGAN
                                  MRS. KARKOWSKI (SUN CLASS)
                                        MRS. MARCINIAK
                               CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
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As said earlier, in conjunction with the policy of The Archdiocese, it is expected that you attend the
Communion Parent Meeting. The meeting is for parents only and would not hold the attention of the
children. And again, if you miss the Communion Parent Meeting, there will be Make-Up Meeting on
February 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm in an Upper Grade Center classroom.

Communion dates are assigned according to the room your child is in. If the date you have received
conflicts with your calendar, you may call the Office for Catechesis to see if a change is
possible. We will try to accommodate your requests. You may request changes up until MARCH
1, 2009. AFTER THAT TIME CHANGES ARE NOT ALLOWED.

                              FIRST COMMUNION RETREAT
                             ALL 2ND GRADERS, ALL CLASSES
                                SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009
                                 HOLY FAMILY CHAPEL
                                       9:00 – 11:30

PLEASE NOTE THE FIRST COMMUNION PRACTICE DATES. PARENT AND CHILD MUST ATTEND
THE PRACTICE THAT CORRESPONDS WITH THEIR COMMUNION DATE AND TIME. PRACTICES
ARE NOT INTERCHANGABLE.

                                     FIRST COMMUNION
                                  MAY 2, 2009 – 11:30 AM
             PRACTICE – APRIL 28 – 4:00 PM – UPPER CHURCH (PARENT & CHILD)
                                   FOLLOWING ROOMS:
                                       MRS. MARKEY
                                      MS. KLEPACKI
                                     MRS. SMERIGLIO


                                     FIRST COMMUNION
                                   MAY 2, 2009 – 2:30 PM
             PRACTICE – APRIL 29 – 4:00 PM – UPPER CHURCH (PARENT & CHILD)
                                   FOLLOWING ROOMS:
                                      MRS. JOHNSON
                             MRS. KARKOWSKI (SUN CLASS)
                         CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD


                                     FIRST COMMUNION
                                   MAY 3, 2009 – 2:30 PM
             PRACTICE – APRIL 30 – 4:00 PM – UPPER CHURCH (PARENT & CHILD)
                                   FOLLOWING ROOMS:
                                      MISS CARONIA
                                      MRS. BUCKLEY
                                    MRS. SAMUELSON


     - FIRST COMMUNION DATES CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE -

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                                    FIRST COMMUNION
                                   MAY 9, 2009 – 11:30 AM
               PRACTICE – MAY 6 – 4:00 PM – UPPER CHURCH (PARENT & CHILD)
                                    FOLLOWING ROOMS:
                                        MRS. HOGAN
                                      MRS. MARCINIAK
                                          EMBERS


                                    FIRST COMMUNION
                                   MAY 9, 2009 – 2:30 PM
                PRACTICE MAY 7 – 4:00 PM – UPPER CHURCH (PARENT & CHILD)
                                    FOLLOWING ROOMS:
                                      MRS. ASHBECK
                                      MRS. DE SALVO
                             MRS. KARKOWSKI (TUES CLASS)
                                     DIRECTED STUDY
                                     FAMILY PROGRAM


I hope getting these dates to you early makes your calendar run more smoothly. We are looking forward
to spending this very special year with you and your children. If you have any further questions, please
feel free to call the Office for Catechesis at 847-692-2758.


In Christ’s Peace and Love,



Anna Mae Parkhill
Director of Catechesis




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