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Mrs. Maura Grochocinski, Junior High Religion

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  I am looking forward to a unique and 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 parents as “Mrs. G.”  I live in Most Holy Redeemer parish and my husband and I have been blessed with three wonderful daughters, a son-in-law, and a new grandson, Martin McGrath Guinane.

This year will be my 21st 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 eleven years, watching my students grow both academically and spiritually.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of November 30th

Posted on Nov 30, 2020

I hope everyone had a good opportunity to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and break. I enjoyed talking with our SJF parents this past week during conferences. I am so grateful for the continued support of our Jr. High parents. I'm confident that as parents and teachers work together, our students will remain motivated, accountable, and successful. 

Our first trimester ends this Monday, November 30th.  Report cards will be distributed in school on Thursday, December 3rd.  Please encourage our students to give their best efforts in their classes, at all times.

 

***7th Grade Religion***

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This week we are beginning Chapter 5 in our Blest Are We book. This chapter discusses the Kingdom of God.  We will be discussing the meaning, the growth, and the value of creating the Kingdom of God here on earth. This chapter focuses on our responsibility to reach out to all people, especially to those who are less fortunate than we, demonstrating love, compassion, and mercy.  We will also be discussing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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

 

***8th Grade Religion***

As we continue our Confirmation preparation, we will be discussing one of the most important components of of our Confirmation preparation, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We will be discussing how we can demonstrate each of these gifts to help others and ourselves.

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

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of November 16th

Posted on Nov 15, 2020

Confirmation packets went home with our students last Friday. Please make sure your son/daughter shares this packet with you.  This packet contains important information and dates pertaining to our Confirmation celebration on Sunday, January 24th.

 

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be finishing chapter 4 in out Blest Are We book.  This chapter discusses the temptations of Jesus in the desert, the five types of prayer, the four Cardinal Virtues, and Mother Teresa, a saint whose life became a prayer by caring for the poor, sick and dying.  *The test for chapter 4 is tentatively scheduled for Friday, November 20th. 

***Completed service logs are due Friday, November 20th.  Each student must have 5 hours completed and documented for this first trimester.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will continue on with our Confirmation preparation and will be discussing the elements of motivation that play an important part in moral decision making. We will be discussing Kohlberg's steps which involve us moving from one stage to another, in sequence, as we act upon our intrinsic motivations as we make moral decisions in our lifetime.

***Completed service logs are due Friday, November 20th.  Each student must have 8 hours completed and documented for this first trimester.

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of November 9th

Posted on Nov 09, 2020

***7th Grade Religion***

This week we will be beginning chapter 4 in our Blest Are We book,  This chapter discusses the temptations of Jesus in the dessert and his responses to the temptations of materialism, power, and defending one's faith.  We will also be covering the different forms of prayer in this chapter.  The chapter 3 tests will be returned to the students on Wednesday of this week.

 

***8th Grade***

This week, we will continue our Confirmation preparation discussing our motivation for making decisions we make in our daily lives.  We will be discussing the Cardinal Virtues and how they can guide us into making good decisions for ourselves as well as for those we surround ourselves with.

 

7th & 8th Grade Religion-Week of November 2nd

Posted on Nov 01, 2020

***7th Grade Religion***

This week, we will be finishing and reviewing chapter 3 in our Blest Are We textbook which discusses how our conscience is formed and the important role it plays in moral decision making. This chapter also discusses the various types of sin: original sin, personal sin, venial sin, and mortal sin. We will be reviewing the chapter and will be working on the chapter review and the 3 study guides.

***All students should continue to complete their FIVE hours of required service for this first trimester.

The chapter 3 test is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6th.

 

***8th Grade Religion***

This week we will begin Confirmation preparation discussing the importance of moral decision making and the role it plays in practicing our Catholic faith.  We will be discussing how we have the freedom to use God gifts, morals, and virtues to help us with the all of the decisions in our daily lives.

***All students should continue to complete their EIGHT hours of required service for this first trimester.

 

 
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