Youth Catechetical (Sunday) School

Christina Vazquez, Coordinator

Please register for the 2021-2022 Sunday School year by clicking on this link--https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSwfR3bqLQ1WDvBqEJHhUuKjpAnhvWbcofJWeaw3GClom2cA/viewform?usp=sf_link.
Classes will begin on Sunday, September 19.

The Saint Katherine Sunday School is seeking the help of a few more individuals who are willing to teach. If you are willing to work with students and share your love of our faith, please reach out. You will be provided with teaching materials. Please reach out to Christina Vazquez for more information. Thank you.

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Due to COVID restriction our 2020-2021 Catechetical (Sunday School) Classes will be held virtually this year. Please make sure that you have signed up your student(s) using the Google Form link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13VZGK-Ny7FR5Ods_Su1R2xS-JFR4P6Els4dLFmeoWUk/edit

Below you will find a list of weekly Sunday School Lessons. Please make sure that your student(s) clicks on the link corresponding to his/her age group. Reach out to Christina Vazquez if you have any questions.  
 
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May 16, 2021

Good Morning!
 
Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Today is our final day of Virtual Sunday School. I know the school year did not go as we all had planned, but I hope that the lessons were fruitful and helpful. I also want to wish all of our graduates all the best as they begin the next phase of their lives.  We are all so proud of their hard work and accomplishments.  
 
Later this summer I will be sending a link to sign your students for 2021-2022 Sunday School classes. 
 
As for our lessons, today, our church remembers the Myrrh-Bearing women.  Here are our lessons for the day:
 
Elementary:
 
Upper grades:
 
Have a wonderful summer. 
 

May 9, 2021

Hello Everyone,
 
Christ is Risen!  Hristos Anesti!  I hope that you are all doing well and "enjoying" this rather chilly May weather.
 
Today is Thomas Sunday and Mother's Day.  The lessons will reflect both.  I wanted to remind you that next week will be the last lesson for our Virtual Sunday School. I want to thank all of you for reading through emails and hosting Sunday School classes in your homes.  The plan is to begin in-person classes in the Fall.  I will be sending out a link to register for Sunday School this summer.
 
To all of the moms, grandmothers, godmothers, and aunts, I wish you all a wonderful and beautiful Mother's Day.
 
Elementary Ages:
 
Middle/High School Ages:
 
Have a wonderful week.
 

April 25, 2021

Hello Everyone,
 
I hope that this email finds you well.  I wanted to send a few ideas to our students as we all get ready to prepare for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Pascha.  I have included various links with crafts and baking ideas.  I pray that you are all able to create fond memories with your children as we prepare for Christ's Resurrection.
 
Kali Anastasi!  
 
Making Lazarakia (recipe included) for Lazarus Saturday
Family Plan: Palm Sunday
Be the Bee: Holy Week
Be the Bee: Resurrection

 

April 18, 2021

Good Morning on this Fifth Sunday of Lent,
 
Today we remember for a second time (April 1 being the first time) the great saint St. Mary of Egypt.  St. Mary of Egypt is one of my favorite Saints because through story we learn several lessons:  love, forgiveness, confession, redemption.  The lessons/readings below are meant to help our students understand this great saint of our church.
 
Next week I will send some links for Palm Sunday and Pascha. Please note that our official "last" day of Sunday School will be May 16.  
 
 
 
Have a Blessed Week,
 

April 11, 2021

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope that you have all had a great week. I am sending the message from my phone, so hopefully this works. I forgot to send the email before we left home for church. 
 
Today we remember St. John Climacus.  It is hard to believe that Palm Sunday is around the corner.  Below you will find lessons/crafts/videos to help our students understand the significance of St. John and "The Ladder."
 
 


April 4, 2021

I hope that you are all doing well, and that you all enjoyed the break (at least those who were on Spring Break this week).  We are now in the Third Sunday of Lent, and as such today is Sunday of the Holy Cross.  Below you will find the lessons for the week.
 
 
 
March 28, 2021
Good Morning Everyone,
 
I hope that this email finds you well.  Attached are the Sunday School Lessons for the week. During the second week of Lent, we remember St. Gregory Palamas; I hope that our students enjoy learning about this wonderful saint of our church.
 
 
 

Have a Blessed Week.

March 21, 2021

Good Morning,
 
I pray all is well and that you are all enjoying the warmer weather.  Attached you will find the lessons for the day.  The lessons for the grade levels focus on icons and their significance in our lives.
 
Wishing all of you a Blessed Week,
 

 

March 14, 2021

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope this email finds you well. Today is Forgiveness Sunday of and our final day of cheese/milk before "Clean Monday" and the beginning of Great Lent. For the younger students I have linked crafts about "Kyra Sarakosti" or "Miss Lent." The site I am using, "Orthodox Pebbles" also includes a video. When my children were younger, I would make a salt-dough ornament for us to count down the weeks during Lent. I will include the recipe as well.

For the older students they will find a "Be the Bee Video" explaining the significance of today as well as a reading before we begin our Lenten journeys tomorrow. However, have the older students make a Lenten ornament as well. ????

Wishing all of you a Blessed Lent,
Kali Sarakosti.

 
 
 
March 7, 2021
I hope that this email finds you well. Tomorrow is "Judgement Sunday" and, as we prepare for Great Lent, you will find lessons that will also help our students prepare spiritually.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Wishing all of you a blessed week!
 
 
 
 
February 28, 2021
I am sending the Sunday School lesson a bit early; I was eager to share some great activities for all of our students along with readings and crafts.  Tomorrow we remember Christ's lesson regarding the Prodigal Son.  Below you will find lessons for your students.  Please click on the appropriate links and reach out if you have any questions.
Do not forget that we are still hosting the Oratorical Festival.  If anyone is interested, please let Father Costas, Father Zisis, or me know.
 
 
Middle-High School: Be the Bee Video: Prodigal Son
 
Have a Blessed Week.
 

February 21, 2021
Today we remember Christ's parable of the Publican and the Pharisee and the Triodion period begins for us. I hope you had a chance to listen to Father Costa's enlightening sermon on the parable. Below are a series of links meant to help you students understand the significance of the parable.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-6 | Reading | Elementary Video of the Parable

Grades 7-12 | Reading

In case you missed my last email, I am including the link to the topics for this year's Oratorical Festival . The festival this year is only open to Middle and High School students; my hope is that next year we will be able to have ALL of our students participate.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

February 14, 2021
Hello Everyone and Happy Valentine's Day,

I hope that you are all doing well on this chilly and icy weekend.  Today we not only remember the Cannanite Woman, we also remember St. Valentine.  This week's Sunday School lesson focuses on the life of the Saint.  Attached you will find a coloring sheet, craft and readings for your student.
 
Have a wonderful week,
Blessings,
Christina Vazquez, Sunday School Director
 
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Christina Zervos Vazquez
 
February 7, 2021
Hello Everyone,
 
I just realized that my email did not send today.  
 
On Tuesday, February 2 the church commemorates The Presentation of Our Lord.  Each of the lessons below offer our students a look at this beautiful and joyous Feast.  
 
Have a Blessed Week,
 
--
Christina Zervos Vazquez
 

January 31, 2021

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Hello Everyone,
I hope that you are all doing well on this snow Sunday.  I have attached lessons about Zacchaeus for the students.  
prek-2  Zacchaeus coloring sheet  Video
Grades 3-6  Who was Zacchaeus (video)  Bible Reading Activity
Grades 7-12 Preparing for LentBible Reading

January 24, 2021
3-7 year olds
8-10 year olds
11-12 year olds
13-18 year olds

January 17, 2021 
Ages 3-7
Ages 8-10
Ages 11-12
Ages 13-18

January 10, 2021 
Good Morning and Happy New Year!
 
Today we begin our Sunday School study with a new focus.  We will be using an Orthodox website:  Orthodox Catechism Project.  The lessons are tailored to individual age groups.  I hope that you will enjoy how the lessons plans are laid out and how the complexity and theme for the week will vary by age.  As such, our students will not, for the most part, be studying the same concepts each week.

This week, for example, the elementary students will study and understand The Altar Table, while Ages 11-12 will learn about the Magi, and our older students will examine The Creed.  Since the lessons vary, we will not have a Sunday School teacher presenting each lesson.

Please click on the appropriate link(s) for your students and let me know if you have any questions.  

Ages 4-7
Ages 8-10
Ages 11-12
Ages 13-18

In Christ,
Christina Zervos Vazquez
 
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December 13, 2020: CHRISTMAS PAGEANT--Since we will not have a Christmas Pageant this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, please enjoy this video of our 2019 Christmas Pageant. Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

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JOURNEY THROUGH THE PARABLES

December 6, 2020
Parable of the Marriage Feast
Lesson Plan: https://tending-the-garden.com/2020/09/25/journey-through-the-parables-8/

November 22, 2020
Parable of the Laborers
Lesson Plan: https://tending-the-garden.com/2020/09/25/journey-through-the-parables-7/

November 15, 2020
Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Lesson Plan: https://tending-the-garden.com/2020/09/25/journey-through-the-parables-6/

November 8, 2020
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure, the Pearl, and the Dragnet
Lesson Plan: https://tending-the-garden.com/2020/09/25/journey-through-the-parables-5/

November 1, 2020
Christ's Parable of the Leaven
Video: https://youtu.be/3xZP4OOixjI 
Lesson Plan: https://tending-the-garden.com/2020/09/25/journey-through-the-parables-4/

October 25, 2020
Christ's Parable of the Mustard Seed
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xRJQV93bd8&authuser=1
Lesson: https://tending-the-garden.com/2020/08/24/journey-through-the-parables-3/

October 18, 2020
Christ's Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
Video: https://youtu.be/0KzpOlnUYl8
Lesson: https://tending-the-garden.com/2020/08/24/journey-through-the-parables-2/
Activities: Parable of the Wheat and the Tares Activities

October 11, 2020
Christ’s Parable of The Sower
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL30zgKHeCw&feature=youtu.be
Lesson: https://tending-the-garden.com/2020/08/24/parables-lesson-1/
Activities: Parable of the Sower Activities

October 4, 2020
Welcome Back to Sunday School Video from Fr. Costa
Video: https://youtu.be/SOY2tefZWiY

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September 30, 2020

We will begin by studying the Parable of the Sower. Below you will find a link to a lesson for all ages, plus activities to go along with the lesson. Additionally, Father Costas has created a short video introduction.

Finally, thank you parents for your help at home. Please feel free to share photos with me of your students studying the parables, photos of families talking about the parables, completed coloring sheets . . . I would love to share photos in our DOXA.

Video Link:
https://youtu.be/SOY2tefZWiY

Lesson Link:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n3K93fqvrXc32Ol91c6PKt07_v4xSya1MBwP3Juyi4A/edit?usp=sharing

Blessings,
Christina Zervos Vazquez

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MISSION: In the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Colossians, the Church’s mission is to . . . “present everyone as fully mature in virtue of their union with Christ” (Colossians 1:28). To encourage and develop this enduring and personal communion with the Holy Trinity, we need to; be invested in worship in the Divine Liturgy, honor the Church’s Holy Traditions, and grow in our knowledge and practice of the Holy Scriptures. These are the keys to our growth in grace. 

OBJECTIVES: To provide foundational and practical Orthodox Christian Education from pre-school age children through mature adult. This is to be accomplished by:

  1. Providing separate age group classes with age appropriate and age relevant curriculum.
  2. Providing students with a comprehensive, working knowledge of Orthodox beliefs and practices.
  3. Tailoring teaching to answer questions and assist students in facing real world challenges to their faith.
  4. Providing students with the spiritual and moral foundations to address their varied and complex spiritual, intellectual, psychological and emotional needs.
  5. Fostering and developing mature and committed Orthodox Christians with an Orthodox world view.

GUIDELINES:

• All classes will begin at 9:30am and dismiss at 10:30am.
• All students and parents are encouraged to attend the Divine Liturgy together. You have a choice of the 8:30am Liturgy or the 9:30am Liturgy.
• Students and parents are encouraged to be involved in special events sponsored through the Sunday school program (i.e. Christmas Pageant, Oratorical Festival, etc.).