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SEAS PSR Updates:

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Join us for VBS at SEAS from June 18th-22nd! Children entering kindergarten through 6th grade this fall are encouraged to participate. We also offer nursery and preschool for children of adult volunteers. Parent and youth volunteers (7th grade and older) are needed.

For more information, contact Denise Dumars, DRE, at ddumars@seaschurch.org or 417.887.6472 ext. 610. It's going to be so much fun! All are welcome, so invite your friends. Registration forms are available in the Gathering Area and on the bulletin board outside the Parish Hall. Or register here.

Submit your registration by Sunday, June 2nd, to be guaranteed a T-shirt! (Extra T-shirts will not be ordered).

Thank You for VBS Donations
We appreciate the generosity of our parish in providing supplies for Vacation Bible School. If you still wish to donate, please bring your items to the PSR or Parish Office.

VBS Volunteer Training
Mandatory for all volunteers, training will be on Thursday, June 13, from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. If you cannot attend this session, please arrange a meeting with Denise ahead of time.


PSR Parish Council Report June 2024

Vacation Bible School training is this Thursday evening, June 13, from 6-8 pm. The Knights of Columbus are grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for us, and Rita’s Italian Ice is donating the desserts for about 130 volunteers (up from 100 last year!). VBS begins Tuesday, June 18 (6-8:30 pm). Last year we had about 115 participants.  This year we have 170 registered! We are so excited!  VBS will run for 5 days, ending with Saturday, June 22 (beginning at 3 pm), celebrating Mass at 4:30 pm, and ending with the Parish Picnic, beginning at 5:30 pm.   

We will need some new catechists for the 2024-’25 year of PSR.  We will have registration for PSR/Confirmation beginning in late July/early August.   

Our Confirmation date is set:  Saturday, February 22.  2025.  Our Confirmation retreats will be held in November rather than December. And we have some curriculum changes going on for Confirmation. Beginning this fall, Confirmation One will use the Chosen program (lessons 1-12) from Ascension Press.  Confirmation Two will continue to use Chosen, and rather than only get a select 12 lessons, they will complete the series (lessons 13-24).  Also, our school will be using this program in 7th and 8th grade in alignment with the PSR Confirmation program. So, beginning this fall, the 8th grade SEAS students will not have to attend the PSR weekly sessions but only the special sessions.  I have reached out to Sr. Cecilia Ann and presented this in hopes that ALL the area Catholic schools will adopt this curriculum (like we are all on the same curriculum for First Reconciliation and First Communion prep). This way, our parishioners who attend other Catholic schools will also be exempt from attending PSR weekly. The classroom programs are not currently Confirmation sacramental prep.  I am anticipating many happy school parents here at SEAS…!

I will be sending out a postcard again to SEAS families with junior high aged children not registered in PSR nor a Catholic school to encourage them to enroll in Confirmation sacramental prep.  There are MANY of those families, including ones registered with school-aged children never enrolled in PSR nor in a Catholic school. They will get a postcard this summer as well (separate mailing). 

We continue to need parishioners to lead the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. If many people are willing to step up once every 6 weeks, it would be wonderful for these small children.  We really need to engage children in the Mass and teach them how precious our Catholic faith is.  Training is available, and the lessons are clearly planned and easy to present.  Children LOVE it. 

Adult Study: Dianna Schuman suggested a fall study on a book  called He Leadeth Me and is willing to facilitate. I was also mulling over Scott Hahn’s The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. I will research more of this later in the summer.  Any other suggestions as well as facilitators are welcome!

Idea Changes for PSR:  I would like to add a new family event (and all the parish would be welcome!) this fall: a “Saint Fest” to encourage a celebration of the saints in conjunction with the festivities of Halloween. More to come on that!

Christ’s Peace,

Denise Dumars, DRE