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Mrs. Maura Grochocinski, Junior High Religion

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  We are all looking forward to a successful school year with your child. 

A little about myself: due to the difficulty in pronouncing my last name, I am known to the SJF students and to many of the parents as “Mrs. G.”  I live in Most Holy Redeemer parish and my husband and I have been blessed with three wonderful daughters. 

This year will be my 20th year teaching at Saint John Fisher. I have taught different grades and various subjects throughout the years. I have enjoyed teaching religion in the Jr. High for the past ten years, watching our students grow both academically and spiritually.

I'm looking forward to an exciting school year with our Jr. High students and can't wait to see them on their first day of school, Wednesday, August 21st.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of January 28th

Posted on Jan 26, 2019

Thank you to all who attended our Catholic Schools Week liturgy and open house this past Sunday.  We have a fun-filled week planned with many activities to help celebrate Catholic Schools week at SJF.

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be continuing on with Chapter 8 in Blest Are We which discusses the Beatitudes and the Lord's prayer. Students will be working on an assignment that will require them to define each of the Beatitudes in their own words and discuss those people in their lives who best demonstrate the Beatitudes.

***Students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

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This week we will be continuing with our Confirmation preparation and will be discussing the symbols used in the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will also be discussing the importance of attending mass and receiving the Eucharist every Sunday.  Our Confirmation Liturgy will be celebrated Sunday, February 10th, at 12:00.  

***Students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of January 21st

Posted on Jan 21, 2019

The celebration of Catholic Schools Week will begin next Sunday at 10:00 mass followed by Open House.  We hope to see you all there!

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will begin chapter 8 in out Blest Are We book.  We will be discussing the Beatitudes and how they can be demonstrated in the everyday lives of 7th graders.  This chapter also discusses the seven verses of the Our Father, a prayer which expresses our praise for God as our Father, as well as a prayer that expresses our needs and desires to live as children of God who are both loving and forgiving. We will also be working on a project which will be displayed in the Jr. High hall for Open House.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue with our Confirmation preparation and will continue our discussion about the importance of attending mass.  Attending mass is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to be strengthened by the word of God and to share the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. We will also be looking at various passages in the Bible that discuss the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Google slide project for chosen Confirmation names is due Friday, January 25th.

Confirmation will be celebrated Sunday, February 10th, at 12:00 Mass.   Confirmation materials were distributed to the students last week.  Please note the due date of the various forms and fees. If you have not received this information, please ask your son/daughter about these materials.  All Confirmation gown orders were to be received by Tuesday, January 22nd.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th and 8th Grade Religion-Week of January 14th

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

All students and parents should log onto Power School this Wednesday to check academic progress for this second trimester.  Parents, this is a good opportunity to assess efforts and accomplishments thus far in the trimester and offer words of praise for a job well done, or words of encouragement to improve efforts if needded.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be completing the chapter review and study guide for chapter 6. This chapter discusses two of the seven sacraments that are considered to be vocations, Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders. The chapter 6 test will be this Thursday.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

*** 8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing on with our Confirmation preparation. We will be discussing elements that affect our decision making when demonstrating the Holy Spirit's gift of right judgement. We will be taking a test on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit at the end of this week. 

Students will also be given the assignment of creating a Google slides presentation about the saint whose name they have chosen for their Confirmation name.  An instruction sheet will be given to the students and the requirements for this project will be discussed in class.  Confirmation materials were passed out and discussed in class last Friday.  Please ask your son/daughter to share these materials with you if they have not done so already.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of January 7th

Posted on Jan 06, 2019

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break.  As we return from break, this is a good opportunity to assess accomplishments, efforts, and necessary changes for a strong finish in this second trimester.  Progress report check for the second trimester is Wednesday, January 16th.

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will begin chapter 6 in our Blest Are We textbook. This chapter discusses the meaning of the term "vocation" as well as the two sacraments that are considered to be vocations, Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders.

***All students should continue to work on their FIVE hours of required service for this second trimester.

***8th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be continuing on with our Confirmation preparation.  We will be discussing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the people in our lives that best demonstrate these gifts.  The students' graded sponsor essays will be returned to them this week.  The students will be instructed to revise their corrected essays making the noted corrections reflected on their essays. After celebrating Confirmation, the students will me mailing their revised sponsor essays along with a thank you note to their sponsors.

***All students should continue to work on their EIGHT hours of required service for this second trimester.

 
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