Events & Update
1/10/2021 The Religious Education program wishes to thank Mrs. Wanda DeJesus and the decorating committee for inviting our children to participate in decorating the Christmas tree in the Narthex. We were invited to add an ornament to the tree that was of importance to us. It could be something that represented our nationality, our favorite sports team or something significant about our family and our Christmas traditions. The bigger picture was that we take our uniqueness and add and blend it to the Holy Innocents family, making that family richer. Thank you to all of our Religious Education families who contributed and thank you to the Decorating committee for the beautiful job they did preparing our church for the celebration of the Christmas season, and allowing us to be a part of it!
12/27/2020 On Sunday, December 13th, the eighth graders in Mrs. Moran’s class worked together to complete two portions of their Confirmation service projects. The class attended the 11:00 AM Mass and then stayed afterwards to clean the church. This important act is part of the COVID-19 protocol and is keeping all of us at Holy Innocents safe as we attend our liturgies. They then moved into the Social Hall and sorted, wrapped, and labeled the gifts they had collected for the Open Door Medical Center in Mount Kisco. The students collected 400 gifts and overwhelmed the people at Open Door who were afraid they might not have enough gifts for everyone!
Thank you to The Black Cow, Key Food, Lucio’s Pizza, Pleasantville Pharmacy, and the Village Bookstore for allowing the students to have space for a collection box.
We are very proud of these students for thinking of others besides themselves, for working hard to design and then implement this project and for bringing joy to so many people at Christmastime. Thank you to Mrs. Moran and the parents who worked to help make this project a success! Thanks to all the students for their service!
12/20/2020 The Holy Innocents Religious Education program continues our Advent wreath project and this Fourth Sunday of Advent, the children reflected on the theme of Peace. The candle is known as the Angel’s candle, and reminds us of the message of the angels – “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men” !
Our Eighth Grade Religious Education students continue their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Mrs. Keating’s, Mrs. Foley’s, and Mrs. Raefski’s classes are all spreading Christmas joy by writing personalized Christmas cards to the Religious Sisters at Marian Woods, and the Dominican Friars who are retired or in elder care facilities. We thank them for being angels to those who embody the Catholic tradition and have been models of our faith and Christian service!
The Religious Education program of Holy Innocents wishes you all a very Merry Christmas. We continue to pray for our wonderful parish, Fr. Luke, Fr. Leo, Fr. Frank and Fr. Greg, and ask that you pray for all of our beautiful children that are the future of our parish and our Catholic faith! Merry Christmas!! Sending you our love and wishing you His Peace!
12/15/2020 The Holy Innocents Eighth Grade Religious Education students are currently preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. A part of their preparation for the sacrament is learning about and performing service. Mrs. Moran’s students chose to organize and distribute holiday gifts for the Open Door Medical Center in Mount Kisco. They asked Pleasantville retailers for permission to place boxes for unopened, unwrapped gifts in their stores. The students then visited those locations every few days to collect the donations.
We are grateful to The Black Cow, Key Food, Lucio’s Pizza, Pleasantville Pharmacy, and the Village Bookstore for allowing the students to have space for a collection box. On Sunday, December 13, the class attended the 11:00 AM mass and stayed afterwards to clean the church. They then worked in the Social Hall to sort, wrap and label the gifts they had collected. They delivered over 400 gifts to a very grateful Open Door! We are so very proud of them and their efforts to bring a Merry Christmas to those in need!
12/13/2020 The Holy Innocents Eight Grade Religious Education students are currently preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. A part of their preparation for the sacrament is learning about and performing service. Service is based on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and, most of all, on the examples of Christ who came to serve. They will be looking for opportunities to serve their families, in their community and for our church.
Mrs. Kaley’s Eighth Graders have decided to spread Christmas joy and spirit to the patients at Rosary Hill Home and the Dominican Sisters who so selflessly care for them. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the patient’s families are not able to visit them, and the Sisters are not permitted to leave the facility.
The Eighth graders will be creating Christmas gift bags for both the patients and Sisters, as well as cards with messages of their prayers and God’s love. The students will then host a Christmas Party Zoom with the patients and Sisters at Rosary Hill where they will sing carols, as well as recite Christmas stories and poems.
This virtual visit will allow those at Rosary Hill the chance to see the beautiful faces of the children who have so lovingly tried to help them, and the children will see the joy that they have brought!
11/29/2020 Our Religious Education students are building their own Advent Wreath located in the Front entrance of church. Each week the children are writing answers to a theme question, and their answers will create the candles of the wreath.
Week 1- What does it mean to have hope, or what do they hope for?
Week 2 – How do we show God’s love, or How do we feel God’s love in our lives?
Week 3 – What brings them joy? What have they done that brought joy to someone?
Week 4 – What makes them feel peaceful? What have they done to foster peace?
They are so amazing and intuitive!! They are hoping, like so many of us, for an end to Corona, they hope things will go back to normal, they hope to be back at school and see their friends, and they are hoping to be together with their extended families for Christmas. They show love by doing good deeds, sharing a smile and going to church! We invite you to stop by and read their responses as you enter church.
11/22/2020 In our Finding God curriculum, every Grade level’s unit starts with the same theme. For example, Unit 1 was titled God our Creator and Father. The sessions (chapters) within that Unit develop the ideas in age appropriate ways and provide thought provoking questions and activities to do and ideas to discuss as a family.
Within Unit 1 there was an opportunity to look at ways that Jesus is a part of our life and how we are part of one family. The various activities and ideas centered around seeing Jesus in all that they do, and to pray to Him.
Our Eighth Graders were asked to draw a picture of a path, and the challenges they faced, asking who was there to help. The Seventh Grade learned about Jesus’ genealogy and how we all belong. For the Sixth Grade, they were asked to consider God’s trust and how they can build that trust in their family and community.
The Fifth Grade’s activity was to draw a picture of God’s love and care for them and their families. In the Fourth Grade, they learned about free will, and how Jesus can help them mend relationships in their family. The Third Grade also discussed trust in God, and they were asked to draw a picture of resting in God’s hands.
The Second graders learned about praising God, and to draw a picture of how they and their family used prayer to praise, and the First grade was asked to draw a picture of themselves with Jesus.
In Mrs. Finck’s First Grade class, they talked about praying and how Jesus gave all of us a special prayer, and that we can consider Him part of our family. The following drawing by Owen Santiamo was submitted and we are proud to share with all of you!
Thank you, Owen!!
We praise God and thank Him for the many blessing He has bestowed on us. Happy Thanksgiving to all of the parishioners of Holy Innocents from Religious Education!
Dear Religious Education Families!
Thanks to all of you who contributed to our beautiful Holy Innocents Family Tree!
Each leaf is as lovely, unique, and special as the children who created them!!
You can see it in person in the Parish vestibule!
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. ” Psalm 1:3
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs, and we continue to celebrate All Saints Day as a holy day of obligation in most years. The primary reason for establishing a common feast day was quite simply, there were not enough days of the year for a feast day for each martyr and many of them died in groups. This feast was followed by a day in honor of soon-to-be saints, or All Souls, celebrated on November. 2nd.
In Mrs. Lent’s and Mrs. O’Reilly’s Seventh Grade class, the students took the opportunity of this celebration to research saints they were interested in. This beautiful collage showcases some of their choices including St. Agnes of Rome, St. Anthony, St. Catherine, St. Peter, St. Nicholas, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Martin de Porres, and St. George.
All you holy men and women, pray for us!