Parish Community of St. Eulalia

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

Rev. Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., Pastor

Mass and Confession Schedules

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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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.

Phone: 570-842-7656
Fax: 570-842-7193

Welcome to Sixth Grade Religious Education

Sixth Grade Catechist: Ramona Kalinowski --

Link to the digital book login for students who requested digital (not hardcopy) books.

Check out the Sunday Connection to help put this weekend's readings into perspective.

All Sixth Grade families should join the Class Remid Group. To join text @ste6thgr to 81010.

NEW --Take a virtual tour of the church. See the views from the choir loft and altar. Learn about the statues and holy oils.

WEEK 24 -- May 2. Last Class.

Hi Everyone,

Sorry about last week, but my computer went down and I couldn't get into the email. I'm sure you were all disappointed!

The months of May and October are special months on the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar, dedicated to the veneration of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. May is dedicated to Mary based on the May 17, 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima in Portugal. In May we crown Mary as Queen of Heaven, I'm sure many of us remember the beautiful ceremony in church on the last class of CCD. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we weren't able to have it. Pray that we can have CCD in class and the ceremony in church next year.

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The word rosary comes from the Latin word rosarium, which means "rose garden". Centuries ago, the term "rose garden" often was used to refer to a collection of prayers and devotions. The rosary was instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the prayers of the rosary by the faithful.

Pages 252 - 255 explains how to pray the rosary and the Mysteries of the rosary. While praying the rosary we reflect on the life of Jesus and Mary through the events of the mysteries of the rosary. These reflections are called mysteries not because we don't know what they are, but because no matter how often we think about them, there is always something deeper to learn and understand. "To pray the rosary is to lift up our hearts as a bouquet of love and devotion to Jesus and our Blessed Mother, Mary".

On August 15 we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is an important feast of Mary because it is " when the course of her earthly life was completed, and she was taken body and soul into the glory of heaven ...". The Assumption gives us hope that we too will be with Jesus and Mary forever in heaven.

When we celebrate a feast of the Church, we don't simply remember what happened long ago. It helps us to think about our own lives and what God does for us now and in time to come. The rosary isn't just for May and October, but for the entire year, and we should try to understand the meaning of the Mysteries and not just say the words.

The Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, is the patron Saint of the United Sates.

Thank you for your hard work this year and have a wonderful and healthy summer.
Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 22 -- Apr. 18-24

Hi Everyone,

For most of us our parish church is familiar, we know where everything is located, the pictures on the wall, the furniture, our favorite seat. Even when we go to another church, the surroundings are so familiar that we are not strangers. Each of the objects, the surroundings in our Catholic churches, has a history. Here are some of those sacred areas, objects and surroundings.

Narthex or Vestibule is the place where we greet one another before and after Mass. It is the area between the outside doors of the church and the inner doors leading into the worship space.

Nave, from the Latin "navis" meaning ship, is the area where the people participate in the Mass.

Sanctuary is the area, often raised, in the front of the church where the altar, the ambo, the celebrants chair and, in many churches the tabernacle are located. Separated from the nave, this is the place reminiscent of the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctuary of the temple described in the Old Testament.

Altar (Apse - often domed, semicircular area where the altar is located), is the centerpiece, the most important part of the church. The top of the altar, called the mensa, Latin for table, traditionally has been made of stone. The altar is consecrated by a bishop and contains a saints relic.
Tabernacle - protects the Blessed Sacrament.

Sanctuary Lamp - lamp or candle burning before the tabernacle. It burns continuously as a sign of God's presence.

Pulpit (ambo) the podium on the left side of the church, as you face the altar, from where the Gospel is read, the Gospel side. The Gospel side is also referred to as the "Mary side" because it is there a statue of her is often placed. Some churches have a Lectern on the right side of the altar, this is the Epistle side where the Epistles would be read. This side is referred to as the "St. Joseph side" because a statue to St Joseph is often placed there.

Sacristy, a room near the sanctuary that contains the bread and wine, sacred vessels, the books, the vestments, everything needed in the celebration of the Mass.

These are some of the main areas of the church but not all the areas or parts of the church. I have attached a basic diagram of a church and a virtual tour and a tour of St. Eulalia's.

Thank you and have a good week.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 21 -- Apr. 11-17

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a Happy and Blessed Easter.

We spoke about the Ascension, which is 40 days after Easter, and is Jesus' last appearance to his disciples. Jesus remained with his disciples after his resurrection to help them understand all that had happened. Even when Jesus ascended into heaven, he did not leave his disciples. His way of being with them simply changed. Today, when family or friends move away, we can still be with them through email, Facebook, etc., Jesus didn't have the internet, so now he would be with them through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is described in many ways in the Bible: a strong wind (Acts 2:2); tongues of fire (Acts 2:3); a dove (John 1:32); and oil, in the Old Testament Samuel tells us that the Spirit of the Lord immediately took control of David when he was anointed King (Samuel 10:1).

Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the apostles, Jesus' mother and other disciples gathered together in Jerusalem. While everyone was indoors praying, a sound like rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads. This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the disciples were empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ, as promised by God through the prophet Joel (Joel 2: 28-29).

Now, as it happens the Jewish harvest festival of Shavu'ot, the Day of First Fruits or Feast of Weeks, is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover. People from all over the Empire, speaking many different languages, came to Jerusalem to bring vegetables, fruits, grains, etc. to the Temple; the feast also celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. When the apostles went out into the streets of Jerusalem and began preaching to the crowds, they spoke in the native languages of the people present. The people were amazed, knowing that the disciples were from Galilee. Peter preaching about Jesus' death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins resulted in thousands being baptized that day. God didn't pick just any day for this to happen. Like everything God does, He has a specific time, purpose and reason for it and Pentecost was no exception.

Pentecost, means "fiftieth day", and was a day of many "firsts". It marks the birth of the Christian Church by the power of the Holy Spirit, the start of the ministry and the first Confirmation. Red is the liturgical color for the day, representing the tongues of flame in which the Holy Spirit descended on the first Pentecost. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit which strengthens our faith and brings us closer to God.

Pentecost, May 23 this year, ends the Easter Season. Ordinary time begins and this is the longest season of the church year, ending with Christ the King in November, then Advent begins the new liturgical year. The color of the season is green, reflecting life and growth; and it stresses the works of mercy and charity as ways in which Christ empowers us by his grace to share the Gospel with others.

Thank you and have a good week.

Mrs. Kilanowski

Please watch this video "God Sends the Holy Spirit

WEEK 20 -- Mar. 28 - Apr. 3

Hi Everyone,

The Season of Easter is a glorious celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead on Easter morning following his crucifixion and death on Good Friday. Easter Season continues through fifty days until Pentecost. The resurrection of Jesus, who died that all people might live, shows the world that he triumphed over sin, death and the power of evil. By rising from the dead, he freed all people from their sins, so that they could have rich full lives now on earth and through eternity with God in heaven.

Unlike Christmas which is always on December 25, just like our birthdays are always the same date, Easter is a "movable" holiday and can be in March or April and is not the same date every year. Easter, like Passover, follows the lunar calendar and is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. Now that's a mouthful!!!

On Sunday morning Mary and Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body, Saturday being their Sabbath, the day of rest. When they arrived at the tomb they found the stone moved aside and an angel greeting them and telling them that the tomb was empty and that Jesus has risen, just as he said he would. The women were confused, they were sure Jesus had died and now he was alive? They looked in the tomb and the cloths Jesus was wrapped in were laying on the ground, and the tomb was empty. The women were excited that Jesus was alive and left to tell the disciples. (The Shroud of Turin in Turin, Italy is a length of linen cloth bearing the negative image of a man. Many believe the image depicts Jesus of Nazareth and the linen is the burial shroud in which he was wrapped after the crucifixion.)

Jesus appeared at different times to different people. Jesus walked with two disciples along the road to Emmaus while talking to them about the recent events in Jerusalem. The disciples did not recognize him until he breaks bread with them in the evening. Jesus appears to the disciples in the upper room, but Thomas isn't there and doesn't believe. Later Thomas sees Jesus and believes. The term "Doubting Thomas" describes someone who doesn't believe, but Thomas strongly believed in Jesus and his teachings. He traveled to India to preach about Jesus and later is martyred. Jesus appeared to many people before his Ascension.

Jesus and his disciples traveled to the Mt. of Olives where he ascended into heaven after completing his work on earth. Jesus told the disciples to return to Jerusalem and await the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Jesus then took his seat at the right hand of God.

This had to be an amazing, confusing and frightening time for the disciples. Returning to Jerusalem, not sure what to do and being afraid of the Romans and the mobs. It was their faith belief in Jesus that sustained them through this time. This makes us think about our own faith and what we would do for Jesus. Jesus died on the cross because he loves us, no matter what we do. Now we need to love Jesus no matter what!

There are 2 short videos about Easter and the Ascension.

Have a wonderful week and a Blessed Easter.
Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 19 -- Mar. 21-27

Hi Everyone,

Monday, March 29, is the beginning of Holy Week, when we recall the last days of Jesus' earthly life before his resurrection from the dead on Easter. There were many things happening that week. Although Monday is not a major feast, it is believed to be the day Jesus over tuned the tables of the moneychangers, chasing them from the Temple and infuriating the Pharisees, the Temple priests. Tuesday is when Jesus spoke to the disciples, on the Mt. of Olives. Wednesday is the day when Judas Iscariot, a disciple and the betrayer of Jesus agreed to show the chief priests where they could easily capture Jesus. The disciples were getting worried about Jesus' increasing popularity with the people.

Holy Thursday, is when Jesus celebrated the feast of Passover with His disciples. During the meal Jesus gave the disciples the bread and wine saying this is my body and this is my blood, instituting the Sacrament of the Holy Euchrist. Jesus did something the apostles did not understand at the time, He knelt down to wash their feet. Jesus did this as an example of humility and to show how you should treat others. To this day the Pope washes the feet of the poor on Holy Thursday.

After the meal, Jesus and the apostles went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Jesus wanted the apostles to stay awake and pray with Him, but after a big meal and a long walk they fell asleep, I'm sure we can relate to this. How do think Jesus felt knowing what was to happen to Him, being betrayed by one of his disciples and now being left alone by His friends? Judas brought the priests and crowd to arrest Jesus, and identified Him with a kiss, a sign of love. Could there have been a worse betrayal? How quickly the crowd changed from praise and welcome for Jesus on Palm Sunday to wanting him arrested. Later Peter denies knowing Jesus three times in fear of being arrested himself. Peter was one of Jesus' closest friends, and now he had lied and said he didn't even know Him. Peter cried and realized what he had done.

Good Friday, takes its name from the Old English for God's Friday, is the day we remember the death of Jesus and that he died for our sins. After being taken to Caiaphas, the chief priest, Jesus was taken to Pilate, the Roman Governor, who pronounced the sentence of death. Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of the Calvary Hill. After his death, Jesus' body was immediately prepared for burial, as the Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown, and was laid in the tomb provided by Joseph of Aramethia. The Cross was a sign of a cruel and painful death, but became the main symbol of Christian faith.

Holy Saturday or Easter Eve is the blessing and lighting of the tall Paschal candle we see in church. The candle is lit and remains on the Gospel side of the altar until Ascension Day.

Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are known as the Triduum, three days of Holy Week.
We can talk about Jesus going from the house where he celebrated the Passover, to the Garden and to the priest and Governor's palaces, but we don't really think about how difficult and hard it was for Jesus. There are three attachments, one is a map showing Jesus' journey through Jerusalem; the other two are quizzes to add to understanding of Holy Week.

Jesus’ Journey to Calvary

Who’s Who in Holy Week

Holy Week Quiz

Have a good week,
Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 18 -- Mar. 14-20

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe that Palm Sunday and Easter are only a few weeks away. I hope you are still working on your Lenten practices. Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent, when Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem and was greeted warmly by the crowd.

We hear and read about the events of Palm Sunday and Holy Week, perhaps it would be helpful to learn a little about the time in history that these events occurred. The Roman Empire overshadowed the Jew's daily lives, whether city dwellers or country peasants. This occupation led to waves of revolt, often led by the Zealots who sought Jewish independence and the Sicarii (pronounced Sic-ar-ee-eye), an extremist Zealot group whose name means assassin.

Everything about the Roman occupation was hateful to the Jews, from oppressive taxes to physical abuse by Roman soldiers to the repugnant idea that the Roman Caesar was a god. Jesus grew up in a land where paying to Rome the tribute that was imposed was a political and religious issue (Caesars' image being on the coins), the Jews were looking for someone to free them from Roman rule. It was a Roman magistrate who sentenced Jesus to death and it was by a Roman form of execution that the sentence was carried out.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, a symbol of peace, and not a horse which, unfortunately, is a symbol of war. He came to celebrate the Passover, a celebration remembering the Jews freedom from slavery in Egypt. Jesus was greeted by the people with palms and the word Hosanna, which means save us. The Pharisees, Jewish religious leaders, were afraid of the attention Jesus was getting from the people and Roman response. The people didn't understand that Jesus' message was the peace of God's Kingdom. Considering all this you might say it was a "perfect storm".

There is no chapter to read or review this week, but please watch this short video.

Thank you and have a good week.
Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 17 -- Mar. 7-13

Hi Everyone,

The Sacraments of Service are Matrimony and Holy Orders, both are vocations but not everyone is called to participate in either of these sacraments.

Marriage is a 24/7 sacrament, it is " in-your face", 24 hours a day. Marriage is the only sacrament that is not conferred by a priest, deacon or bishop. It is the husband and wife that confer the sacrament on each other in the presence of the priest or deacon and the church community. The married vocation requires a great deal of love and self-sacrifice. Both spouses must give of themselves on a daily basis, committing to love one another unconditionally - not just when it feels good, not just when it's easy, but all the time. Building a life together, raising a family, contributing to the church and society is a life-long vocation made possible with God's grace.

"Marriage shows the depth of human love. The priesthood shows the breadth of human love", Father Joe Juknialis. The sacrament enables the ordained to exercise a sacred power, serve the people of God and spread God's word and continue the service Christ entrusted to His Apostles. The church has three orders of sacramental ministry:

Bishops - serve the church by leading the diocese
Priests - ordained by the bishop to assist him by celebrating the sacraments, proclaiming God's word and guiding the parish community.
Deacons - also ordained by the bishop to assist with the work of the parish.

In an interview in U.S.Catholic magazine Father Robert Barron said the priest "is one who guides others into the mystery of God" and also a 'soul doctor', concerned with the care of souls. The soul is just as complicated as the body, just as rich and strange and puzzling. And needs just as much attention". From this statement we can see that a priest's duties or ministry is so much more than we see at Mass. Father is with us during times of joy and sorrow, to provide counsel, to help us through times when life presents a challenge and to inspire us with God's word.

Thank you for your time and be safe.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 16 -- Feb. 28 - Mar. 6

Hi Everyone,

In the Catholic catechism, the seven Christian virtues refers to the union of two sets of virtues. The three theological virtues, from the letters of St Paul of Tarsus, are faith, hope and charity (or love). The four Cardinal virtues, from the Latin cardo, which means "hinge". This word is a reminder that your behavior and the qualities that make you a good person hinge on or depend upon practicing these virtues everyday. These virtues are prudence (thinking about what is the right thing to do before doing it), justice (to treat everyone fairly and not put yourself above anyone else), temperance (helps you keep everything in balance and not overdo any activities) and fortitude ( strength and courage to face difficult decisions or actions). These were adopted by the Church Fathers as the Seven Virtues.

When Jesus was on earth, thousands of people followed Him, and were eager to hear what He would teach them. He sat down on the side of a mountain to preach a very important sermon. He preached what is called the Sermon on the Mount, the first part is the Beatitudes. The word "Beatitude" means extreme happiness and each begins with the word "Blessed" (you are favored by God) and ends with a promise of what we will receive in heaven.

Language and the meaning of words change over time and some of the words Jesus used may sound strange or odd to us today, but were clear and understood by the people He was preaching to. They knew He was teaching how to live a joyful and God-focused life. When we hear what these lessons mean in today's language, we can see that the Beatitudes teach about a love that is bigger than anything on earth - pg. 271.

1. When we trust in God, we are humbled.
2. Aimed at how we should view ourselves, with humility. Meek doesn't mean weak or "wimpy" but to be in control of our behavior and not angry or conceited.
3. To mourn over something that we love when something bad happens or we act foolishly. Mourning that leads to joy, caused by love. Compassion.
4. Doing the best we can and being the best we can be.
5. Helping others.
6. Doing what you are asked to do without selfish intentions, "what's in it for me".
7. Speak out against wrongs, don't join in wrong-doing. Doing what you can do safely to change a wrong. God's grace to see the truth and have the strength to act. This is difficult to do, it's easier to follow the crowd or just turn away.
8. Respond with "loving kindness" when we are put down or made fun of - when we are kind to someone others don't like, try to prevent bullying, pray in public, profess a belief in God, etc.

The Virtues and Beatitudes show us a way to be more Christ-like and are guidelines to live a good life.

Thank you for your time and have a safe week.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 15 -- Feb. 21-27

Hi Everyone,

The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing the Sick. The first sacrament is Reconciliation, also called Confession, where we come face to face with the reality of sin. It is the sacrament of forgiveness, "dreaded" by some, but the most tangible sign of God's presence among us, except for the Euchrist.

Sin is action, inaction or thought that separates us from God. When we sin, we turn away from God. God does not punish us, we punish ourselves by moving away from His grace. Reconciliation restores our relationship with God. When we say or do something, or through not doing or saying something, someone is hurt, it bothers our conscience, sometimes to the point where we can think of nothing else. When we tell someone or the person who was hurt, we feel the better for it, and healing can begin. Such are the effects of Reconciliation.

Mortal sin is doing something that we know is seriously wrong. There are three conditions that make a sin mortal: 1-it must be something serious; 2-the person knows it is serious; 3-freely chooses to do it anyway. A mortal sin can be forgiven through Reconciliation, where we seek God's mercy and a return to the state of grace.

Venial sins are less serious, but still remove us from God's grace. Reconciliation again strengthens us and our relationship with God.

There are four steps to reconciliation:
1. contrition - to be sorry for our sins and want to change.
2. confession - telling a priest our sins
3. absolution - the priest speaks the words of forgiveness and our sins are forgiven.
4. penance - a prayer or an action that will help us change so we can follow Jesus more closely.

The sacrament of reconciliation restores our relationship with God that we have broken.

Anointing the Sick, was called Extreme Unction (unction = oil), is anointing with consecrated oil
blessed by the Bishop on Holy Thursday. Anointing the Sick used to be known as "Last Rites" and was primarily used with those who were gravely ill or about to die. The sacrament may be used in any case of sickness, and is a source of strength and consolation.

The primary purpose is to comfort and strengthen the soul of the sick person and bring strength and peace to the family, turning things over to God. Anointing offers God's grace, a grace that quiets anxiety and relieves fear. What are we afraid of - the unknown? The sacrament heals the family as well as the patient, easing the suffering of the mind and body.

Thank you for your time

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 14 -- Feb. 14-20

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the delay, due to my misunderstanding.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, an important time in the church year. The season of Lent is the forty days, but does not include Sundays, of preparation before the great feast of Easter. Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation for Easter. Emphasis is placed on the recalling of Baptism or the preparation for it and penance. During Lent we follow Jesus from his adult ministry through his suffering during Holy Week to his crucifixion and death on Good Friday.

The word Lent, which is not Latin, I thought so too, but comes from the Angelo-Saxon words lectern, meaning "Spring", and lenctentid, which means "Springtide" and is also the word for "March", the month in which the majority of Lent falls.

There are three practices of Lent that draw us closer to God (help us become "new" for Easter):
1. prayer - to promote communion with God and neighbor.
2. fasting - means doing without something - food, video games, TV, computers, etc. When we fast from certain things we make more space in our lives for other things like prayer and good works.
3. almsgiving - the giving of our time, abilities, donations to help others.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence; Fridays are days of abstinence. Fasting means having only one full meal a day and smaller meals/snacks during the day. Abstinence is eating no meat.

Many Northern European countries celebrate the day before Ash Wednesday - Madri Gras ( French for Fat Tuesday) or Shrove Tuesday, from the old English for obtaining absolution for one's sins. It was the day that people would eat everything in the house that was believed to be inappropriate to eat during Lent - sugar, eggs, butter, cream, meat.

As an aside, the colors of Mardi Gras, purple, green and gold, come from 1872 when the visiting Russian Grand Duke was selected as the Rex (king) of the parade. Those who are college football fans will recognize LSU purple and gold and Tulane green.

The ashes are the burned palms from last year's Palm Sunday. Marking our foreheads with the sign of the cross symbolizes that the person belongs to Jesus Christ, who died on the cross. Lent is a spiritual journey that happens inside us. We start out in one place, and if we are faithful to the practices of Lent, we will arrive at a different place on Easter morning, a place that is closer to God.

Think about what you will do this year during Lent. Try to make it different then what you did last year.

Thank you for your time and patience.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 13 -- Feb. 7-13

Hi Everyone,

There are seven sacraments, which are divided into three groups: Initiation, Healing, and Service. A sacrament is an outward sign or ritual given to us by Jesus to receive grace and be closer to God. The first group is Initiation - Baptism, the Euchrist and Confirmation - so called because they initiate us into the life of the Church.

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation, it is called the "Door of the Church" because without Baptism you cannot receive the other sacraments. As you enter the church there are fonts of holy water for us to bless ourselves with as a reminder of our Baptism.

Once Baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church. Christ told the disciples to preach the Gospel and baptize those who accept His message. Baptism is necessary for salvation and brings us into a new life in Christ as Christians, removing original sin. There are two elements essential to the ceremony: the pouring of water and the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". A person can only be baptized once, a person becoming a Catholic, and was baptized in another christian faith, cannot be baptized again.

The Euchrarist, was instituted by Christ on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper. The Euchrist is when Jesus is with us in the bread and wine. Through prayers, by asking the Holy Spirit to come upon the gifts (bread and wine), the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ . This is called TRANSSUBSTANTIATION, a big word and an important one.

Eucharist means thanksgiving, during Mass we praise and thank God for all our gifts and especially the gift of His Son, Jesus. The effects of the Eucharist are: Spiritual - souls become more united with Christ through graces received and through changes in our actions that those graces affect. Physical - increases our love of God and neighbor, expressed in our actions.

Confirmation is when the Holy Spirit comes to you in a special way making you strong in faith. Those who receive the sacrament grow in faith and are ready for adult Christian life. The first Confirmation was Pentacost, when the Holy Spirit came to the apostles and gave them the courage to preach the gospel.

Confirmation used to be given right after Baptism, the second sacrament. It was later changed, and received by older, and hopefully wiser, children, who can understand the commitment being made. Confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit which increases and deepens all of the graces granted at Baptism. Confirmation is a commitment and it is up to us to recognize and use these gifts every day.

The Bishop administers Confirmation, he will ask you to explain the meaning of the Saints' name you chose; what inspired you to take the name; and to tell a little about the Saint. So it's not too early to start thinking of a name and researching about the Saint you choose.

Thank you for your time and participation. Be safe.


WEEK 12 -- Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

Hi Everyone

Welcome back, hope you had a joyous and healthy Christmas.

Music has always been an important part of human communication (drums are considered to be the first instrument). Music adds meaning and emotion to our words. Melodies help our words convey hope, love, joy, sadness, loneliness, hurt, consolation and much more. Music goes beyond what our words can express. St. Augustine said that a person who sings prays twice.

The Book of Psalms, the longest in the Bible, is both a source of music and a source of prayer. They are prayers, poems and songs all in one and is an important part of Church liturgy, found in the Mass when celebrating the Sacraments and the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church. Psalms can be both sung and spoken - we praise God's goodness and bless His name; thank God for protecting us, helping us and being faithful to us. We admit our failings, express sorrow for our sins and ask for help when we have problems. There is always a psalm to help us say it.

The psalms are a collection of 150 Jewish religious songs, poems and prayers written centuries before Christ and compiled after the completion of the second temple in 515 BC. They summarize the entire Old Testament and review God's fundamental message in Hebrew scriptures. King David is credited with writing most of the psalms, others also contributed psalms.

David was a shepherd before being King, providing for every need of the flock. The word of God is much the same. Comfort, guidance, knowledge and understanding of suffering are all found in Scripture, especially in the psalms and the Book Of Wisdom. Our communal prayer and liturgies draw from these biblical sources and they also serve as the basis for personal prayer. Jesus - the Good Shepherd.

The Book of Wisdom contains Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Job, Wisdom and Sirach. They are collections of common sayings and proverbs from centuries of Israelite culture. They reflect the Israelites belief in one God and all the basic values presented in the Law of Moses. Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who guides us in our faith. We have proverbs today that try to teach us good ways to live. Can you think of any?

Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth:
sing of His glorious name;
give Him glorious praise.
Say to God: "How awesome your deeds!"
(Psalm 66:2-3a)

Thank you for your time and participation. Be safe.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 11 -- Dec. 20-26

Hi Everyone,

King Solomon built the first Temple on Mount Moriah and the Temple was considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. Solomon was the second son of David and Bathsheba. He built palaces, gardens, roads, buildings, secured peace with his neighbors and built up trade becoming the wealthiest king of his time. God granted Solomon wisdom and understanding. The wisdom of Solomon is often used when a good decision or judgement is made.

The Hebrew people saw the Temple in Jerusalem as the dwelling place of God. Christians believe that the Holy Spirit makes the Church "the temple of the living God". In Baptism we become the temples in which the Holy Spirit dwells. God's presence is spread throughout the world through the Church - the Holy Spirit dwelling in all of us.

The Temple of Solomon was the spiritual center of Israel, where the people could feel close to God. The inner room was the "Holy of Holies" containing the Ark of the Covenant and the Torah. Every Synagogue, Jewish Temple, has a copy of the Torah. The Ark of the Covenant was said to contain not only the tablets of the 10 Commandments, but also the rod of Aaron, Moses's brother, and manna.

Before the Temple was built the Ark was kept in a tent called a Tabernacle. In Church the Tabernacle is where the Blessed Sacrament is kept . The priests, prophets and kings made God's presence known to the people. Today, we have the priests, the Church and all of us.

Thank you all for the work that you are doing.

I hope everyone has a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 10 -- Dec. 13-19

Unit 2 Session 9

Hi Everyone,

This session is about being faithful to God and the choices we make. God has given us free will to make our own decisions, which is an awesome responsibility and our decisions can have far reaching consequences for ourselves and others. But God also gave us a conscience to know right from wrong and many people to go to for help in making a good decision, ie. church, prayer, parents, teachers, etc.

As we continue through the Old Testament, we will learn about decisions and consequences. Once Canaan was conquered, the people were called to build a Kingdom that would be a tribute to God's love and their covenant. Jesus taught us about the Kingdom of Heaven - justice and peace.

The Israelites first lived in 12 different tribes, descendants of the sons Jacob, they played a "lottery" where the land was divided among the 12. Some received better parcels of land then others, there was jealousy and fighting among the tribes. The land was ruled by Judges, not judges like we have in court today or magistrates, but military leaders sent by God to aid His people in times of outside dangers. They probably exercised authority alos over one or another tribe, but never over the entire nation.

Eventually, one country was formed under one king, who protected the entire country. Sanuel, God's prophet, knew his power came from God and in doing God's will. Sanuel anointed Saul the first king of Israel, and all went well until Saul chose to disobey God and could not effectively lead the people.

David was a shepherd boy who became a great king who made bad choices. He became so powerful, he thought he could do anything. He fell in love with another man's wife, Bathsheba, and sent her husband, Uriah, a captain in his army, to battle to be killed. David sinned against the 5th and 6th commandments. David came to realize his pride caused him to make the decisions he did and repented asking God's forgiveness.

Ruth, on the other hand, put others' needs ahead of her own. She became a Jew for her husband. When he died, she saw the need of her mother-in-law and traveled with her to Israel where she took care of her.

Two different people making different choices. David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but wasn't allowed to build the temple. That was left to his son Solomon, Solomon's Temple. Ruth was blessed with being the great-grandmother of king's and a great nation.

What are some moral choices that you have to make? What do you consider when making choices? What should we do before we make a decision? Jesus gave us gifts to help us reinforce our relationship with the Father - the sacraments, the Eucharist, Scriptures, faithful Christians, prayer.

Thank you for your time and hard work.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 9 -- Dec. 6-12

This week take some time to learn about Advent with our resources for families.

Advent is the season of anticipation and hope.  It begins 4 weeks before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.  Advent means "the coming" or "arrival".  The celebration can be traced to the early Middle Ages but wasn't accepted until the Holy Roman Empire legalized Christianity in the 4th century.  

The focus of the season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Christ, in His First Advent and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King, in the Second Advent, the Sunday before Advent.

There are many symbols associated with Advent:

  • The color of  Advent is purple.  The symbols of Advent are the Advent Wreath and Candles.
  • A wreath with 4 candles represents Jesus as "the light of the world".
  • Three candles are purple, the color symbolic of penitence and royalty.  They represent Jesus's death and role as "King of the Church". 
  • The fourth candle is rose, representing joy as the time of Jesus' birth draws near.  

The circle reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy (the Alpha and the Omega).

  • Green is for hope that we have in God, of newness, renewal and eternal life.  
  • Candles are the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His Son.

One candle is lighted each week:

  • First week - purple - expectation and hope
  • Second week - purple - peace through Jesus
  • Third week - pink or rose - joy - shift from the solemn purple
  • Fourth week - purple - love, from God through Jesus
  • Center candle is white - the Christ candle - lighted on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day

The Spirit of Advent is expectation and anticipation, but also:

  • waiting - for Jesus' birth; 
  • giving - putting others first, acts of kindness, gifts and sharing and helping those in need; preparing -  to celebrate the birth of Christ, with friends and family.

Thank you for the work you are doing.  Be safe.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 8 -- Nov. 22-28

Hi Everyone,

The Church or liturgical year is divided into seasons. The Liturgical Calendar represents the celebration of the mystery of Christ from the anticipation of His birth to the sending of the Holy Spirit. Advent begins the church year and the year ends with the Feast of Christ the King.

Session 5 talks about Ordinary Time, which doesn't mean it's plain or uninteresting, or that it's a time when nothing is happening. "Ordinary" comes from the Latin word ordinal, meaning counted. When the weeks between the seasons of the year are counted - Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter.

Each season has its own color, signs and symbols:

Advent and Lent violet or purple preparation and penance
Christmastime & Eastertime white innocence and joy
Ordinary Time green  hope

During Ordinary Time the priest wears a green chasuble. Each year the church focuses on a particular Gospel more than another and during these weeks we read from a different Gospel writer in a three year cycle. Each story we read teaches us a little more about Jesus and the great works he did and the words he spoke. So, there is nothing ordinary about that.

On page 211 is the Liturgical Calendar showing the feasts and seasons of the year in the colors of that season. Page 212 tells us about the feasts of the year.

Thank you for all the work that you're doing.
May you and your family have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Just a reminder there is no class on November 29.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 7 -- Nov. 15-21

Hi Everyone,

The story of the Exodus is a salvation story, where God working through Moses brought the Israelites from Egypt to the Cananna, the Promised Land. God sent His son Jesus to deliver us from sin and set us free to live as God's own people.

The journey to the Promised Land was a long, hard and complicated one. Moses led the people through the desert to Mt. Sinai where he was given the 10 Commandments which are the moral law of God and the precursor to our Western Law. It is a "living document", a covenant, teaching us how to love God, our neighbors and ourselves. The first three teach us how to show our love for God. Think of something you can do or say to keep your friendship with God strong and growing. Jesus gave us another commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.

The Israelites disobeyed God making a golden idol to worship, but God never left them. They were hungry, thirsty and angry at Moses, like a long car ride today with everyone asking "when are we going to get there". LIke our parents, Moses had a lot to deal with! When the Israelites were hungry, God sent them manna, which is a sweet substance secreted by the hammada shrub in Sinai. The manna was made into cakes or bread and has a taste similar to honey. Today, in Israel they have food trucks that sell manna. The Eucharist is sometimes called manna. Manna was physical nourishment for the Israelites, the Eucharist gives us spiritual nourishment in Jesus.

Moses did not enter the promised land, but saw it from Mt. Nebo in present day Jordan. Moses completed his assignment long ago, leading the people out of Egypt. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert before God led them, under Joshua's leadership, into the promised land. The tactics used by Joshua to conquer Canaan are still studied today by the military.

This week -- please read Session 8 (pages 63-70). Session review:

Have a safe and healthy week.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 6 -- Nov. 8-14

Unit 2 Session 7 Passover & the Euchrist

Hi Everyone,

Last week we saw how the Israelites came to Egypt and settled there. Over time their numbers grew and became a worry for Pharaoh. So, the Israelites were placed into slavery.

Slavery is not just the loss of freedom it is the loss of everything you have. There are many types of slavery such as spiritual slavery - addiction, prejudice, poverty, violence, materialism to name a few. This prevents people from living in peace, happiness and love.

God chose Moses to lead the people from slavery in Egypt. Who was Moses to complete this great task? Moses was just an ordinary guy, he commited a crime and fled from Egypt and became a shepherd in Midian. God often works through ordinary people to bring his message of love to the suffering. Don't forget God's covenant with Abraham. God saw the suffering of His people, who remained faithful to Him and sent Moses to them. They probably asked the same question, who are you, Moses, to do this? But God, working through Moses, sent 10 plagues to the Egyptians. The 10th being the death of the first born.

This is where Passover originated and the feast that Jesus celebrated on Holy Thursday, the first Euchrist. The Jews spread lambs blood around the doors of their homes to keep death away and this feast celebrates their freedom from slavery and is still celebrated today.

God sent his son Jesus to deliver us from sin and set us free to live as God's own people. Through Jesus, God offers us the greatest freedom of all - everlasting happiness. It is important to remember that there is no situation from which God cannot deliver us. No matter how bad things seem - trust and believe in God.

Thank you all for the work you are doing. But, also enjoy these beautiful days before they're over. This is also a way to honor God by seeing the beauty in the world He has given us.

Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 5 -- Nov. 1-7
Hi Everyone,
November 1 is All Saints Day when we celebrate the lives of all Christians who have died in a state of grace.  All Saints Day is one of the six  holy days of obligation in the Church year. On November second, All Souls Day, we remember the souls of all friends and loved ones who have died and gone to heaven. 
We are skipping Unit 1 Session 5 this week to continue with the patriarch's of the Old 
Testament.  We will go back to Session 5, Ordinary Time, when we discuss the Liturgical Year and Advent.
A patriarch is the male leader of a family, clan, tribe and Abraham was the first making the covenant with God.  He passed the covenant to his son Isaac and this week you will learn about Isaac's sons - Esau and Jacob.  Esau, being the oldest was to receive the birthright - a blessing and sign - of passing on the inheritance.  But Jacob tricked Esau and his father into passing the birthright to him, with the help of his mother, Rebekah.  Jacob sinned and suffered the consequences.  
In spite of Jacob's sins, the story reinforces the belief  that God is always faithful to His promises.  God changed Jacob's name to Israel, which means  "one that struggled with God".  Jacob continued the covenant and had 12 sons,  who became the 12 tribes of Israel. But what goes around comes around, Jacob had a favorite son, Joseph.  Joseph's older brothers become jealous and sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt.
Joseph had a special gift, he could interpret dreams.  He interpreted Pharaoh's dreams and saved Egypt from famine. The surrounding countries were suffering; Jacob sends his sons to Egypt for food.  To make a long story short, Joseph is reunited with his father and bothers with Jacob moving the family to Egypt.
Joseph was alone in a pagan land but remained true to his God and eventually forgave the brothers who betrayed him.  Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph honored the covenant by being faithful to God.  We can honor God by being faithful to the teachings of Jesus and the Church.
Have a good week and a happy and safe Halloween,
Mrs. Kilanowski
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WEEK 4 -- Oct. 25-31
Hi Everyone,
This week you'll be learning about Abraham and his absolute belief and trust in God.  Abraham is is the patriarch (leader) of the Jewish people, Christian's father in faith and honored by Muslims.  
God selected Abraham and sent three messengers, angels, to Abraham to make a COVENANT (agreement/contract) with God.  Abraham lived in a Mesopotamian city called Ur, near Babylon which is now in present day Iraq.  He was surrounded by people who worshipped pagen gods.  So when God asked Abraham to believe in only the one true God, this was very radical for Abraham's time.  Abramham's part of the covenant was for Abraham and his family and followers to honor and obey God.  As Abraham had no son's, God promised Abraham a son, a new land (Cannan)  and many descendants.   
Sarah, Abraham's wife, gave birth to a son, Isaac.  When Isaac was older, God put Abraham through a very difficult test.  God wanted Abrraham to sacrifice his only son.  This was a test of Abraham's trust and belief in God; and also showed that God always keeps His promises.  
Thank you and have a good week.
Mrs. Kilanowski -- whe you finish please enter my email address ( This is really the only way we can track attendence.

WEEK 3 -- Oct. 18-24
Hi Everyone,

Sorry this lesson is late, it's been a busy week, I'm sure you're having similar weeks and I appreciate the work you're doing and sending in.
For this week's lesson please complete Unit 1, Session 3 in the book.
In this week's lesson we learn about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.  Adam & Eve had it made!, they had everything they needed and wanted for nothing.  God asked only one thing of them, not to eat of the one tree in the center of the garden, the tree giving knowledge of good and evil. 
 But Adam and Eve were tempted and ate the fruit from the tree and were sent away from the garden and  resulted in Original Sin.  Adam and Eve were tested and it wasn't so much that they ate the fruit but disobeyed God and brought hardship and death to men and women.  What Adam and Eve did not do was to be sorry for their sin and to ask God's forgiveness.  Sin separates us from God and it is through Jesus and his death and resurrection that we are saved.
Cain and Abel is a story about two brothers.  As siblings they disagreed and probably fought, but jealousy brought them to a tragic end.  Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd.  When it came time to make an offering to God, Abel gave his best and Cain gave what he felt was good enough, instead of his best.  So God accepted Abel's offering and not Cain's.  Cain became angry and jealous and lashed out at Abel killing him and was sent away.  Cain did not so sorrow or ask forgiveness.  The story shows that God is the Creator and it matters very much how we approach Him in worship - what is our attitude and intention when we attend Mass?
The story of Noah shows us how God protects, rewards and blesses the good, while evil is punished for their sins.  At the end of the story God makes a COVENANT, an agreement, with Noah, and gives him a sign of this COVENANT.  What was the sign?  As you probably guessed, covenant is an important word which you will learn more about later.
These stories explained to the Hebrew people why life was so hard and filled with sorrow.
Thank you again for time and effort.  God bless.
Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 2 -- Oct. 11-17
Hi Everyone,
I hope you had a good week.  Last  week the lesson told about the Bible, the two sections, how it was inspired by the Holy Spirit and how St. Jerome translated the Bible into Latin so more people were able to read the word of God.  
Sixth Grade deals with the Old Testament and the Hebrew people.  We will be concerned mostly with Genesis and Exodus, the first two books which are part of the Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament: 
1. Genesis - deals with creation and the beginning of the Hebrew nation; 
2.  Exodus - Egypt, Moses, the 10 commandments;
3.  Leviticus - ritual laws; 
4.  Numbers- the census ( yes, even then) taken at the beginning and end of the journey in the desert; 
5. Deuteronomy - second law, completion of the law started on Mt. Sinai.
We will also be learning about other Books in the Old Testament and New Testament and how Jesus fulfilled the promises God made to the Hebrews in the Old Testament. Please read thru Unit 1, Session 2 and complete the Lesson Review -- Please email me the results of the review ( so I know my emails are making their way to you. 
Have a safe and healthy week.
Mrs. Kilanowski

WEEK 1 -- Oct. 4-10
Dear Sixth Grade Parents,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 year of St. Eulalia’s Religious Education program. I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year, and am looking forward to sharing my faith with them. Please read the attached Welcome Letter to learn more about me and our program this year.  

Each week I will be sending you a lesson and/or activity to be completed during the week.
The assignment for the week of October 4th is Unit 1 and Session 1, pages 2-12, be sure to click on the QR codes on pages 5, 7, 9 and 12. Click here to find out how to access the book's multimedia features.
When finished with the lesson,  please complete the interactive review and email me the results.
Should you have any questions, please call or email me.
Thank you,
Ramona Kilanowski

The textbooks for grades 1-6 (hardcopy and digital) incorporate QR codes (those black and white square boxes) linking to the publisher's website with videos, activities, and other multimedia features. 

This QR code to the left is not clickable on a laptop or desktop. Click here to read about accessing QR codes on various devices.


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

Students discuss Sacred Scripture, the Old Testament consisting of 46 books, and New Testament consisting of 27 books, with its stories of people and topics. The sacraments, the commandments, the beatitudes, and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy are all studied at this grade level.

Sign Up for Religious Education -- You can complete the online registration form or download the PDF registration form. The completed PDF can be emailed back to Mrs. Clancy or printed and placed in the Offertory Box in the church, mailed to the parish office (ATTN: Alysia Clancy), or dropped off at the parish office.

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