The St. Ann by the Sea Religious Education Program (CCD) is a program with a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality, meaningful catechesis, and mission outreach . . .

Thank you so much for your support of our Teen Mission Fundraisers: The Turkey Sandwiches and the Lobster Roll lunches. This weekend, I am happy to announce I will be accompanying our Mr. Jack Dillon with 6 high school age missionaries on a social justice mission trip to Chicago Illinois. We will be staying at The Darst Center, a social justice education center located on the Southside of Chicago, in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Founded in 2002 as a ministry of the De LaSalle Christian Brothers, the Darst Center provides opportunities for youth and young adults to see more clearly the faces pushed to the margins of our society. In addition to gaining greater awareness of others, our missionaries will be challenged to respond to the many needs of our world as discovered and explored through Darst Center programs. The trip’s vision and hope are that through participation in the Darst Center programs, these young teens will feel inspired to respond to the many needs of the world around them.

David Darst, a Christian Brother and teacher at Bishop Rummel High School in Omaha, was challenged by his students to recognize the civil and social events that were transforming US society in the 1960s. He became a peace activist and author on social and political justice. He died in an automobile crash near Auburn, Nebraska in 1969 at the age of 27. The Darst Center is dedicated to his memory and has adopted his process of personal transformation; to know the work through the eyes of young people and the Gospel.

Our weeklong service- learning sites will lead us to build relationships with men experiencing homelessness and participate in maintenance of a local fresh vegetable farm that produce is distributed to the poor in the city. We will take part in restorative justice and peace circles, speak to men who have been incarcerated and are attending a post incarceration program, as well as, partner reading with economically challenged and underserved middle school students who are receiving a Christian education.  As always, I ask for your prayers as you may be assured of ours.

The St. Ann by the Sea Religious Education Program (CCD) is a program with a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality, meaningful catechesis, and mission outreach to the poor, marginalized and homebound. Our students grades Pre-K –11, are all offered age appropriate opportunities to grow in understanding and boldly living out their faith.

In order to foster a lifelong friendship with Jesus Christ, the children study the weekly Gospel and are taught the lives of the saints. All learning begins with prayer, and how to pray the Rosary; since following the steps of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the best, and fastest way to developing a personal relationship with Jesus.

We offer a safety program for all grades that teach children age appropriate lessons that concentrate on basic skills, which help keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. We support parents, and educate catechists, ministers and community members to effectively respond to suspected abuse.

The CCD curriculum mirrors that of St. Christine’s Religious Education curriculum since they are a neighboring Marshfield parish. We use the same book resources and local service projects which help children share what they learn in class with their peers, at school, and on the playground.

The St. Ann by the Sea Confirmation Program is a mission- oriented program that offers local, national and global opportunities to serve in order to preserve the dignity of the human person seen in the marginalized, the sick, the homebound, the hungry, the elderly and the poor. The teens travel to Washington, DC for the ‘March for Life’, Long Branch, New Jersey serving victims of Hurricane Sandy, Worcester, MA with Habitat for Humanity, Chicago Illinois with The Darst Center for Justice, Peace, Spirituality and Education. Our Post Confirmandi young adults have traveled to Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Poland and Panama for the 2016 and 2019 World Youth Days. Registration is Now Open!

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