GR 1 - 4

As the religion teacher for your children in grades 1-4, I wanted to share with you some of the prayers we use throughout the day at St. Martha Catholic School.

We start and end our prayers with the Sign of the Cross:

Morning Prayer to the Sacred Heart:

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month.

Prayer Before Meals and Snack:

"Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen."

Afternoon Prayer at Dismissal

St. Gertrude Prayer:

“Eternal Father,

I offer You the most precious blood

of thy Divine Son, Jesus,

in union with the Masses said

throughout the world today,

for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory,

for sinners everywhere,

for sinners in the universal Church,

for those in my own home,

and in my family. Amen.”

Jesse Tree Project

To: Parents Grades 1-4

From: Martha Burns

As part of our preparation for Christmas during this Advent Season, our class will be decorating a Jesse Tree. Each child will make one of 24 ornaments symbolizing one of Christ’s ancestors or the Messianic Promise of the Old Testament.

Your child will be bringing home a Bible passage and a cardstock ornament on November 26 to decorate. Before making this ornament please read the Bible passage. Then pick one or two short verses that represent the main idea. Copy these verses on the back of the ornament. Do this and punch the hole for hanging before you assemble the ornament. By this time you will probably be thinking of various ways to illustrate your scripture verse.

Use lots of creativity in making your ornament. You can use pictures from magazines, old Christmas cards, etc. Color them with crayons, markers, or paint. Look around the house for glitter, sequins, ribbons, etc. This should be a fun family project!

These ornaments are due Monday, December 3. Your child should be prepared to share the significance of his/her ornament with the class. Please practice his/her presentation with them. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Burns

Religion Teacher