Parish Community of St. Eulalia

214 Blue Shutters Road
Roaring Brook Twp.,
Pennsylvania 18444-7615

Rev. Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., Pastor
pastor@saint-eulalia.com
570-842-7656

Mass and Confession Schedules

Confession:
Mon. 6:30-7:00pm or by request

Weekday Mass:
8:00am (Mon-Th)

Weekend Masses:
Sat. 4:00pm
Sun. 8:00am, 10:05am (livestream), 12:00pm

Holy Days:
Vigil - 5:30pm
Feast Day - 8:00am & 7:00pm

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Office Hours

Mon.-Th. 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fri. 9:00am to 12:00pm

Please note, our offices have moved into the Conlan Center. Please enter using the doors to the right of the parish hall.


E-mail: secretary@saint-eulalia.com
Phone: 570-842-7656
Fax: 570-842-7193

Welcome to Eighth Grade Religious Education

Eighth Grade Catechists: Kelley McConnell and Vince Galko

8th Grade Resources -- find the latest announcements



WEEK 24 -- May 2. Last Class.
 
For those student who could not attend class in person or via Zoom -- please print out the  Confirmation quiz document, or write out the questions on a separate sheet of paper. Please handwrite all answers and submit a scan or photo of your completed quiz to Mrs. McConnell -- kjgilmartin@gmail.com.
 
Thank you!!
 


Below please find the schedule for the Confirmation Conversations with Father Tudgay scheduled for Thursday, May 20. This is just a casual meeting with Father. He wants to spend a few moments together to get to know the Confirmation class. He really never got the chance to meet your students due to the pandemic. They might discuss Confirmation, each student’s chosen saint, how he can support them, etc.

Please note:

  • I simply assigned students to time slots alphabetically. I’m hoping you can make your best effort to make this work but I understand if we need to move some students around.
  • If your student cannot make his/her assigned time slot please email, call, or text me as soon as possible. I want to keep the groups to about 6-7.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the meeting time so we can keep things moving along.
  • If it’s nice out the meetings may take place outside, or they will be in the parish meeting room. I’ll be there to let everyone know what’s going on!

Once again – I thank you all for your flexibility and grace as we continue thru these uncharted waters.


Continuing Confirmation Preparation During Summer 2021

During the summer months we will plan a Day of Service for the class along with other spiritual, social, and service opportunities to further coalesce the class’ bond and provide real-world examples of how they use their faith and its importance in their lives. We will have a Confirmation Retreat on the church grounds which will integrate these points and end in a fun bonfire.


Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred at Saint Eulalia on three consecutive Wednesday evenings in September (15th, 22nd, 29th). At this point we cannot guess if there will continue to be social distancing guidelines in place so we have reserved the three dates in case we need to break up this large class of 38 (along with their sponsors and families) – however, if we are at a point where we can safely celebrate with one or two ceremonies we will. As we move through the summer and have a better idea of how many ceremonies will be needed, families will be asked to indicate their date preferences.

Father Tudgay sincerely believes there is something very special about Confirming students at the start of their freshman year of high school as that in Confirmation they are taking their first steps as adults in their faith, it parallels with their experience of being high schoolers and preparing for their futures.

DRESS CODE: We will not be wearing the stoles and robes as in previous years. Your young adult should wear appropriate "church" clothes.

  • Ladies: a dress or slacks/skirt and top. No high heels please. 
  • Gentlemen: khaki or dress pants with a white button down shirt and red tie. Dress shoes. Please no sneakers.
  • As of today (April 28, 2021) we are working on the assumption that we will need to continue to wear masks at indoor events. While the color red is associated with Confirmation (as it represents the fire of the Holy Spirit which descends upon the candidates during the Sacrament), their masks can be any color. If the CDC or PA Dept. of Health change these requirements before September we will of course let everyone know.

 


Resources for Students and Parents



WEEK 23 -- Apr. 25 - May 1

Reminder next week May 2nd will be our last class and we will have our quiz on the confirmation questions. 9am in the hall.
Those who are virtual we will be following up with a procedure.

Here is a copy of the quiz so you know what to expect.

This week, please read Celebrating Pentecost Pages 211-215.

Thank you.


WEEK 22 -- Apr. 18-24

The in-person meeting scheduled for today has been canceled.

This week we would like you to focus on the following:
1. Review the questions for the May 2nd test.
2. Be sure to know your saint's name and information
- Name
- Why did you choose it?
- Was he or she a martyr?
- Feast day
- What are they the patron saint of?
3. Please read this address from Pope Benedict to students preparing for Confirmation in Milan, Italy in 2012.


WEEK 21 -- Apr. 11-17

This week's CCD assignment is to read Responding to Modernism page 180-185 and answer questions on page 186.

Reminder -- we will meet in person or via Zoom next Sunday from 9-10am.

Thank you


WEEK 20 -- Mar. 28 - Apr. 3

This week's assignment is to review the script and prepare for our Living Stations recording on Good Friday at 10am.

Please read pages 282-283 The Stations of the Cross.

There will be no assignments for Easter.
We hope you and your families have a happy and blessed Easter season.


WEEK 19 -- Mar. 21-27

Here's the recording of the meeting for those who could not attend.

A lot of the class was spent reviewing the Confirmation Questions.

Highlights ....

  • Fri. 4/2 (Good Friday): Living Stations -- there will be one more practice and then it will be recorded.
  • Sun. 4/18: 8th grade class in-person or Zoom. 9-10am. Again, these classes are just for the students and teachers.
  • Sun. 5/2: Last class. 8th grade class in-person or Zoom. 9-10am. Confirmation Quiz (more details in the meeting recording)
  • Th. 5/20: Confirmation Conversations with Fr. Tudgay, Mrs. McConnell, Mr. Galko, and Mrs. Clancy (more details in the meeting recording)
  • Date To Be Determined: Confirmation retreat and day of service at the parish picnic grounds
  • September: Confirmation ceremonies. More information re: dates and selections in next few weeks.


WEEK 18 -- Mar. 14-20

We did not give out an assignment for 3/14 because we wanted students time to complete any previous work and to focus on the "Where they find God" answer. We have received some great responses. 

This coming Sunday we have our Confirmation meeting at 9am. This meeting is just for the students, Mrs. McConnell, and Mr. Galko.
The Zoom link will be emailed and published on this page prior to Sunday.
 
As we prepare for Holy Week and the Living Stations please read
Holy Week page 235-238 and The Passion pages 282-283.
This will take us to Palm Sunday.
 
You should also be reviewing your parts for Living Stations. Practice will be this Thursday (3/18) at 6pm in the parish hall.
Thank you.

WEEK 17 -- Mar. 7-13

We are going to take a break from the text book this weekend.
We will continue our study of St Ignatius.
Please watch this short video from Marquette University on the life of St Ignatius of Loyola.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r14Y_eRrHLg

St. Ignatius taught us that we should find God in all things.
For this week's assignment, please spend some time over the next few days thinking about the world in which you live and describe an object in which you find God. Perhaps it's an object from nature, a photograph or painting, a pet, family member or friend; maybe it's a baseball glove, favorite book or souvenir.

Send us an email with a few sentences on what you chose and why -- steulaliaseightgrade@gmail.com
Thank you.


WEEK 16 -- Feb. 28 - Mar. 6

Hello Everyone.
Reminder that your confirmation paperwork is due.
You can scan and email it to Alysia, drop it at the parish or mail it to the parish.
Thank you.

For this week's assignment, we will learn about one of the most important figures in the history of our church - St. Ignatius Loyola.

Please read pages 152-157 and answer the questions on page 158.

“Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” St. Ignatius


WEEK 15 -- Feb. 21-27

We will continue our study of Lent for this week's lesson.
Please read "Lent" pages 231-238
Take some time to reflect on this statement from Pope Francis on other ways we can fast during Lent.

All Confirmation paperwork is due next week. Please know, if you Sponsor cannot make your ceremony in September they can have a proxy or stand in (and the proxy can be your parent). I know some people are stressing about that detail .... please, NO stress about this!


WEEK 14 -- Feb. 14-20

Good morning.

Here is a short background of Saint Valentine for you to read.

The assignment this week is to read Celebrating Lent pages 123-129 and answer the five questions on page 130.

Thank you and have a great day.
Vince and Kelley


WEEK 13 -- Feb. 7-13

Hello.
For this week's assignment, we would like you to begin working on the paperwork (linked above) needed in order to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
- Confirmation Saint Name Registration
- Confirmation Registration
- Sponsor Certificate
These completed papers are due back by Sunday 2/28.
Please focus on the name research and registration for his week.
If you need to use a separate piece of paper for your answers that is fine.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
You can do so by replying to this email or contacting the Parish Office.
Thank you and have a great weekend.
Kelley and Vince


WEEK 12 -- Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

Welcome back to CCD. We hope you had a great Christmas and holiday season.  Now that we are starting the second semester of your 8th grade CCD year, it is time to begin to focus more on preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. 
 
You will be receiving more information about Confirmation procedures and timing from the Parish Office in coming days and weeks.
 
For now, we'd like you to begin to learn the answers to questions you will need to know.  This quizlet should be a good tool to get you started https://quizlet.com/join/kz2nYpu3z?i=3f9e6i&x=1rqt.  Take some time this week to go over the quotations.
 
Over the next few weeks, you will be asked to identify and research your saint's name,  secure your sponsor and complete the necessary paperwork required to receive Confirmation later this year.
 
Thank you 
 
Kelley and Vince 

WEEK 11 -- Dec. 20-26

We are going to do something different for this week's assignment.
Please answer the following four questions:
1. What is your favorite Christmas hymn or song?
2. What is your favorite Christmas movie or tv show?
3. What is a Christmas tradition that you do?
4. Can you tell us an act of service that you have done or will do this Christmas season?
Some suggestions: shoveling snow for your family or a neighbor, spending time with an elderly relative in person or virtual, sending a card or email to someone who may not receive many cards, setting some time aside to pray for yourself, your loved ones or those in need.

Please reply to this email (steulaliaseightgrade@gmail.com) with your answers by Christmas Eve.
Virtual assignments will start back up on Jan 31, 2021.
We hope you have a safe and very Merry Christmas.
We hope to see you in the new year.

Kelley and Vince


WEEK 10 -- Dec. 13-19

Please read "Celebrating Advent and Christmas" Session 10. Pages 79-85
Answer question 1-10 on page 86


WEEK 9 -- Dec. 6-12

Please read Session 7 "Praise God in Worship" pages 55-61 and answer questions 1-7 on page 62. Thank you.
 

WEEK 8 -- Nov. 22-28

For this week's assignment please read Unit 2 Session 6 pages 45-53 and answer questions 1-7 on page 54.

 
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving,
Kelley and Vince

WEEK 7 -- Nov. 15-21

For this weeks lesson, students should review and become familiar with the first four questions listed on the confirmation questions sheet.


WEEK 6 -- Nov. 8-14

The weather this weekend looks to be beautiful.
Instead of a normal assignment, we encourage you to take a break.
Consider reading this link: Listening for God in Nature and then spend some time outside.

Vince and Kelley


WEEK 5 -- Nov. 1-7

Sunday, Nov 1st is All Saints Day. It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

In honor of All Saints Day, instead of a reading assignment, this week we ask the students to spend some time researching potential saints names that they may use as their Confirmation name.  If they have already selected their name, please research some information about the saint.
  • When did they live and die?
  • Were they martyred?
  • What is their feast day?
  • Are they patron saints of anything?
They'll need this information later in the year.
 
If you are still looking for a saint here are some links to get you started:

WEEK 4 -- Oct. 25-31

Reminder:  9am meeting for Confirmation class and parents this Sunday.

Please read Unit 1 Session 4 "The Early Church"
Answer questions 1-7 in the review on page 34

Week 3 -- Oct. 18-24

Please read Unit 1 Session 3 "The Martrys" pages 19-25.

Complete page 26 (you don't need to send it in).
As you begin to research your confirmation name, take note if your saint is a martyr or not.

Week 2 -- Oct. 11-17

Read Unit 1 Session 2 pages 12-18 and complete page 18.


WEEK 1 -- Oct. 4-10

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 year of St. Eulalia’s Religious Education program. We are excited to be your child’s teachers this year, and are looking forward to sharing our faith with them. Please read this Welcome Letter to learn more about your catechists and our Confirmation program this year. 

 
Each week, your students will be assigned a short reading or activity and may be asked to complete a brief Google Form. 
 
Assignment for the Week of October 4th:
In your book textbook Finding God, please read:
Unit 1: The Early Church, Session 1: Jesus’s message (Pages 1-9)
Then complete the Unit 1 Session 1 Questions
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We know this is a chaotic time and are more than happy to work with you to make this Confirmation class manageable. 
 
Your Eighth Grade Confirmation Catechists,
 
Vince Galko
vincent_galko@icloud.com
 
Kelley McConnell
kjgilmartin@gmail.com

 


Below is a brief outline of what children enrolled in St. Eulalia's Religious Education Program learn during Eighth Grade

During this year students prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation bestowed in the Spring. Students must research and choose their confirmation name, invite an adult to be their sponsor, perform 20 hours of church and community service, and attend a scheduled Confirmation Retreat. Our dedicated teachers ensure the students are prepared to confirm their faith before the parish community.

Although some see receiving of Confirmation as a "graduation" from Religious Education, and in the sense that students no longer have to attend weekly CCD classes, we like to think that everyone continues their own personal education in our Catholic Faith throughout their lives. Following Confirmation students are invited to actively participate in the Parish of St. Eulalia's thru ministry (as altar servers or lectors), service, Youth Group and more.


Sign Up for Religious Education -- You can complete the online registration form or download the PDF registration form. The completed PDF can be place it into the Offertory Box in the church, mail to the parish office (ATTN: Alysia Clancy), or drop it off at the parish office.

If you are new to our parish, you can register online or download and complete the parish census form.