Religious Education- with regard to coronavirus

March 27, 2020

Dear Religious Education Parents,

With the current Coronavirus concerns and with many schools closing for remainder of the school year, regular Wednesday evening religious education classes have been cancelled for the rest of the school year.   Please read the below sessions that mention the grade levels in which you have children enrolled.  Also, do not forget to filled out and drop off or end a registration form next year’s religious education.


(All Grades K-8th)  Home Study & Completion Certificate 

Many schools are planning to do distant learning in the next couple weeks (if not for the remainder of the school year). So, we will be doing a home study for the remainder of the school year.  Completion of the home study will result in a completion certificate.  Below are the instructions of how to complete the home study work.


K-6 parents: Come to St. Joseph Church (Sunday-Friday 7am-5pm) and your child(ren)’s materials by the cry room.  Included in their workbook will be a half-sheet paper with highlights on the chapters to complete and the corresponding workbook pages. I have audio files for all K-6 textbook chapters Here.


Grade 6:  Instead of getting a workbook you will get a quiz for each textbook chapter and questions for the 3 video sessions from the study called Presence. Create a free account here.


Presence Questions Here


Grade 7: Here are the sessions and questions that go with each the following studies:

Living Creed Sessions

Pro-Life session 1

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Grade 8:  Here are the sessions and questions that go with each the following study:

Who am I to Judge?

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When your child has completed his/her home study work (workbook page, quizzes, and/or video questions), bring the textbook (if you checked one out) and completed home study work to the parish office to receive your child’s completion certificate.


(Grades 2nd & 8th) First Communion and Confirmation

First Communion and Confirmation will be rescheduled once the coronas crisis ends.


(current 6th and 7th grades) Next year’s 7th and 8th graders,

Mark your calendars:  The NET Retreat next Year: Sunday January 10, 2021 from 11am-5pm at St. Joseph.  I have updated the registration form to include either paying or volunteering to cover the retreat cost.


(current 7th grade) Next year 8th graders

Mark your calendars:The 8th Grader 6-hour retreat will be on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at St. Joseph’s.  This is the date worked for those who gave their availability.  Tentatively it will be from 9am-3pm, but I am open to adjusting this to 8:00am-2:00pm or whatever would work best for the group. We’ll be in touch.


We pray for all who have contracted the coronavirus and for those caring for them.  May the Lord help the scientists discover a cure/vaccine soon.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

In Christ,
Fr. John Drees
Parochial Administrator

Churches of St. Joseph & St. Francis Xavier
PO Box 234
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Main office: 651.465.7345
Direct line: 612.234.1345