Posts Tagged ‘confirmation’


Sharing Service Experiences

April 10, 2014

pix from Holy Cross mom, Mrs. Sullivan –

Holy Cross parish 8th graders recently presented a service fair at the church after masses. The students, either alone or in small groups, worked on service projects as part of their confirmation program. They chose a local organization and spent time there, learning about the group’s mission and helping them out. They put together display boards and wrote a paper, explaining which organization they picked and how they benefit the community.

The service fair was an opportunity for all our Holy Cross confirmation students to show their work and to share the lessons they’d learned from this service experience.

Thank you to our Holy Cross Director of Youth Ministries and Confirmation Coordinator, Sandy Schluter, for the work she has done preparing our students for confirmation.

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A Little Bit of This and That

April 3, 2013

notesIn case you missed them, here are some recent notes from Holy Cross:

  • Friday is FIT Club Friday, so let your kid(s) know they can wear their FIT Club shirts.
  • We don’t currently have any school days to make up for the SNOW DAYS we have had this year. And, with any luck, winter is done and we’re in the clear!
  • 8th graders will be confirmed at Holy Cross Church tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they continue their faith journey.
  • We’ll hold an Easter Egg Hunt behind Holy Cross this Saturday at 3 p.m. Bring your preschool – 2nd graders to join in the fun! Note to all: if you’ve got some extra small wrapped Easter candy left over that you could contribute, please drop off in the school office by Thursday.
  • It’s not too late to make plans to join us for the Holy Cross Bowling Party this Saturday night. The fun takes place at St. John’s Catholic Club in Kansas City, KS. If you’d like to join us, email Nancy Dennis at,
  • We’re doing well with the final Box Tops/Labels/Best Choice UPCs contest. Several classes are well on their way to making it past 1,250 points in the contest. Send yours in soon, because the first class to get to that mark wins an extra prize!
  • A Used Uniform sale begins next Tuesday, so look for that in the front hall at the school.
  • Kansas Assessment tests begin next week. Please make sure your students get a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast, particularly on their test days.
    • Tue, April 9 – 4GI
    • Thu, April 11 – 4GI
    • Fri, April 12 – 4GI
    • Mon, April 15 – 3OB, 5NE, 5BY
    • Tue, April 16 – 3OB, 5NE, 5BY
    • Wed, April 17 – 3OB, 5NE, 5BY
    • Thu, April 18 – 6LE, 7FO, 7WA
    • Fri, April 19 – 6LE, 7FO, 7WA
    • Mon, April 22 – 6LE, 7FO, 7WA
    • Tue, April 23 – 8KR, 8PA
    • Wed, April 24 – 8KR, 8PA
    • Thu, April 25 – 8KR, 8PA
    • Mon, April 29 – 4GI (and make-up day)
    • Tue, April 30 – 7FO, 7WA (and make-up day)
  • There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 26.


Un poco de esto y aquello

En caso de que se les perdió, aquí están algunas notas recientes de Holy Cross:

  • El viernes es el dia del FIT Club, así que su  nino(s) sabe que pueden usar sus camisas FIT Club.
  • Actualmente no tenemos los días de escuela para compensar los días de nieve que hemos tenido este año. Y, con suerte, el invierno ya se ha ido y podemos tener días más despejados!
  • Los alumnos de 8 º grado se confirmarán en la iglesia de Holy Cross esta noche. Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con ellos mientras ellos continúan su caminar en la fe.
  • Vamos a tener este próximo sábado  La caza de huevos de Pascua detrás de Holy Cross. Va empzar a las 3:00 pm traer a sus preescolares hasta los de – 2 º grado a unirse a la diversión! Nota para todos: si tiene huevos extras de pascua y caramelos envueltos que le hayan sobrado podría contribuir, con la actividad. Por favor dejarlos en la oficina de la escuela para el dial jueves.
  • No es demasiado tarde para hacer planes para unirse a nosotros para el Partido de Boliche de Holy Cross Bowling  este sábado por la noche. La diversión llevara a cabo en el Club católico de San Juan en Kansas City, KS. Si desea unirse a nosotros, enviar un correo electrónico a Nancy Dennis  a,
  • Vamos muy bien  con la final del concurso de Tapas de cajas/etiquetas/mejor opción UPCs . Varias clases van muy bien acercándose a lo que teníamos en el pasado 1.250 puntos para  el concurso. Enviar los suyos pronto, porque la primera clase que llegue a esa meta gana un premio extra!
  • Venta de uniformes usados  comienza el próximo martes, así usted podra buscar en el pasillo de enfrente de la escuela.
  • Pruebas de evaluación de Kansas comenzar la próxima semana. Por favor, asegúrese de que sus alumnos descanse lo suficiente y que pase  una buena noche, que tenga un buen desayuno nutritivo, sobre todo en sus días de prueba.
    • El martes, 9 de abril – 4 GI
    • Jue, abril 11-4GI
    • El viernes, 12 de abril – 4 GI
    • Lunes, 15 de abril – 3OB, 5NE, 5BY
    • Martes, 16 de abril – 3OB, 5NE, 5BY
    • Mié, 17 de abril – 3OB, 5NE, 5BY
    • Jue, 18 de abril – 6LE, 7FO, 7WA
    • Viernes, 19 de abril – 6LE, 7FO, 7WA
    • Lun, 22 de abril – 6LE, 7FO, 7WA
    • Martes, 23 de abril – 8KR, 8PA
    • Mié, 24 de abril – 8KR, 8PA
    • Jue, 25 de abril – 8KR, 8PA
    • El lunes, abril 29-4GI (y día de reposición)
    • Martes, 30 de abril – 7FO, 7WA (y día de reposición)
  • NO HABRA CLASES  el viernes, 26 de abril.

Service Project Presentations

March 6, 2013

from Holy Cross junior high teacher, Mrs. Patterson –

For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.

Matthew 25: 35-36

Holy Cross Eighth graders have been busy reaching out to those who are in need as they model the gospel message.

They recently completed their Justice and Service experience in preparation for receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.  In late February, the eighth graders presented their service projects by setting up display boards in the Parish Hall.  Parishioners and family members gathered downstairs following the 9 and 11 o’clock masses to view the boards and ask questions of the students.

Through this Confirmation experience our eighth graders are learning how to see Christ in all they meet and serve Him through their selfless actions.

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Presentaciones de La Feria de servicio

de la maestra de Holy Cross de Jr. High, Sra. Patterson-

Porque tuve hambre y me diste comida,
Tuve sed y me disteis de beber,
fui extranjero y me acogistes,
estube desnudo y me vestisteis
enfermo y cudastes de mí,
en la cárcel y me visitastes.

Mateo 25:35-36

El octavo grado de Holy Cross ha estado muy ocupado tratando de llegar a quienes están en necesidad como se nos ensena en el mensaje del Evangelio.

Recientemente completaron su experiencia de justicia y servicio como parte de la preparación para recibir el Sacramento de la Confirmación. Este pasado domingo, los estudiantes de octavo grado presentaron sus proyectos de servicio a travez de tableros de exhibición en el salón parroquial. Feligreses y familiares se reunieron en la planta baja siguido de las misas de las 9 y 11 de la manana  para ver los proyectos y hacer preguntas a los estudiantes.

A través de esta experiencia de confirmación nuestros estudiantes de octavo grado están aprendiendo a ver a Cristo en todas las personas que conozcan y a servirles a través de sus acciones desinteresadas.


Confirmation Retreat 2013

February 6, 2013

from Holy Cross junior high teacher, Mrs. Patterson –

On January 20, our school’s thirty-six 8th graders, along with the parish’s School of Religion Confirmation candidates, took part in a Confirmation retreat presented by the REAP Team. The REAP Team, (Retreat Evangelization and Prayer), is a Catholic non-profit, outreach of the Youth Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. The REAP team is composed of adults and teenagers who are specially trained to minister the gospel and God’s love to others, particularly young people through the use of comedy, skits, faith sharing, games, and music.

All retreat participants began the retreat by attending the 9 o’clock parish mass, reminding our students of the importance of nourishing our souls through the Eucharist. Following mass the Confirmation candidates went downstairs to the parish hall. Everyone present found time for laughter, fellowship, good food, spiritual reflection, and prayer.

The 8th grade teachers and parents work together preparing the Holy Cross students for this sacrament. We hope to provide our 8th graders with an understanding that the grace received through the sacrament of Confirmation, by the power of the Holy Spirit, repeatedly comes to their aid and irresistibly pushes back the urgings of self-will, helping them to preserve their sense of values, and keep them on a virtuous life so that their Catholic faith may triumph.

The peace they find then is a real peace in Christ.

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Retiro de confirmación 2013

desde Holy Cross de la Maestra de grado 8, Sra. Patterson –

El 20 de enero, treinta y seis alumnos del grado 8 de nuestra escuela, junto con los estudiantes de la escuela de religión de la parroquia, participó en un retiro de confirmación presentado por el equipo de RIEP. El equipo de REAP, (retiro de evangelización y oración), es una organización católica sin fines de lucro, de la oficina de Ministerio de jóvenes de la Arquidiócesis de San Luis. El equipo de REAP está compuesto por adultos y adolescentes que están especialmente capacitados para ministrar el Evangelio y el amor de Dios a los demás, particularmente a los jóvenes mediante el uso de comedias, parodias,  juegos y música ellos comparten la fe.

Todos los participantes comenzaron el retiro asistiendo a la Misa de la parroquia a las 9 de la mañana recordando a nuestros estudiantes sobre la importancia de la alimentación de nuestras almas a través de la Eucaristía. Después de Misa, la los candidatos a confirmación bajaron al salón parroquial. Todos los presentes encontraron tiempo para reírse, disfrutar del  compañerismo, la buena comida, y de la reflexión espiritual y oración.

Las maestras del 8 º grado y padres trabajan juntos en la preparación de los estudiantes de Holy Cross  para este Sacramento. Esperamos brindarle a nuestros alumnos del 8 º grado la gracia del Espíritu Santo a través del Sacramento de la Confirmación, recordando así que el poder del Espíritu Santo, repetidamente viene en su ayuda y empuja irresistiblemente hacia atrás las exhortaciones de la auto voluntad, ayudándoles a preservar su sentido de valores y mantenerlos en una vida virtuosa para que triunfe su fe católica.

La paz encontrada en Cristo es una verdadera paz.


Comforting Cats & Dogs

October 16, 2012

Thanks to all the Holy Cross families who donated towels, sheets, blankets and plush toys for the dogs and cats at Wayside Waifs.

Holy Cross students Jimmy Lambrechts, Devin Fuhrmann, Quinn Lindsey and Tyler Eccles decided on Wayside Waifs for their 8th grade confirmation project. They collected four FULL tubs of blankets, towels and stuffed animals to make the animal cages a bit more cozy .

The boys were given a tour of the Kansas City animal rescue/pet adoption facility, and they learned that many animals need the stuffed animals for comfort, as some are used to litter mates to snuggle and others are just scared when they first come to the shelter.

The Holy Cross community donated the items at school, and the boys delivered them to Wayside Waifs last week.

Quinn has decided to volunteer at Wayside Waifs next summer – You must be 14 to volunteer WITH a parent or 16 to volunteer solo.

Way to go, Holy Cross!


Catholic Resources

October 2, 2012

If you missed Thursday night’s Shine the Light potluck event at Holy Cross, you missed a fun and entertaining evening! It was a great chance to learn more about the religious education programs we have at Holy Cross. There was a handout given at the end, and we wanted to share it with everyone here on the blog.  (Click here to download a pdf.)

Gifts & Shops:
Sacrament Boxes –
Rosaries –
Trinity House Catholic Gifts – 7287 West 97th Street,  Overland Park, KS
idonnelly –
Catholic Accessories & Wearables –

Catholic Websites

Check out these great sites for kids!
The “Brother Francis” DVD Series –
Happy Saints –
EWTN Kids –
Veggie Tales –

Android Apps:  
Laudate – #1 Free Catholic App
Mass Time Catholic
Catholic Rosary Quick Guide
Learn Catholic Prayers
Catholic Prayer Cards
Catholic Droid

iPad/iPhone/iTouch Apps:
Laudate – #1 Free Catholic App
Catholic Mass Times Church Directory
Rosary – Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Evangelizo – Daily Gospel
Divine Mercy
Night Prayer, Compline – Audio Liturgy of the Hours

Books for sacramental preparation:
Patron Saint of First Communicants: The Story of Blessed Imelda Lambertini
by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
Today I Made My First Reconciliation by Dianne Ahern
Today I Made My First Communion by Dianne Ahern

Books about Saints:
Encounter the Saints Series published by Pauline Books and Media
Stories of the Saints for Young People ages 10 to 100 published by Tan Books

Books to read to your children:
A is for Altar  B is for Bible by Judith Lang Main
The Weight of a Mass:  A Tale of Faith by Josephine Nobisso
Catholic Tales for Boys & Girls by Caryll Houselander
The Life of Our Lord for Children by Marigold Hunt

Books about our faith for 6th grade and up:
A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’s Court by Martin De Porres Kennedy

Books to help you parent your children Catholic:
Catholic Answers for Catholic Parents by Maria Compton-Hernandez
The Joyful Mysteries of Life by Catherine & Bernard Scherrer
The Good Shepherd & the Child: A Joyful Journey
by Sofia Cavalletti, Patricia Coulter, Gianna Gobbi

Here are some pictures from the Shine the Light dinner on Thursday.
Don’t miss the next Shine the Light dinner on Friday, Nov. 2,
when we focus on Holy Cross Science programs.

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Shine the Light: Holy Cross Religious Education

September 27, 2012

We hope your family will join us tonight at Holy Cross School for our first Shine The Light potluck dinner.  Bring a dish to share – dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Pflumm Hall.  Come on down when you can make it, though. We’ll begin the presentation about 6:15-ish. Paperware, lemonade and tea will be provided.

Holy Cross teachers will share some brief notes about our K – 8th grade religious education program.

After dinner, we’ll test your family’s knowledge with a trivia game with questions from our  K-8 religious curriculum. Are you smarter than a fifth grader?


Then we’ll stamp our passports as we travel through the school with stops for a decade of the rosary, and to learn more from our Holy Cross teachers about confirmation and service, communion and reconciliation, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and our Vocation Club.



Our Catholic Faith: Love it. Learn it. Live it.

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