4th Graders Learn About the Beatitudes!

The beatitudes are some of the most recited verses from the Bible. This is because they carry a good message that serves as a model for living a humble life and describe the rewards that will come from doing so.

Grade 4 Beatitudes Booklets

Each of the following 4th grade students created a booklet that tells us what the beatitudes mean to them. Click on the links to view their booklets!

Good Shepherd grade 4 group photo for Beatitudes booklet project
From left to right: Will, Amber (catechist), Michael, Ruby, Abby, Siara and Megan

Abby’s Beatitude Booklet

Megan’s Beatitudes Booklet

Michael’s Beatitudes Booklet

Ruby’s Beatitudes Booklet

Siara’s Beatitudes Booklet

Will’s Beatitudes Booklet

2016 Christmas Pageant


Welcome to this year’s Christmas pageant!

We all like Candy Canes, and most of our homes have them during Christmas. This year’s pageant, “A Candy Cane at Christmas,” explains how the candy cane tells a story about Jesus. We hope you will enjoy it!




Can you tell me what a LEGEND is?

Yes, a legend is a story handed down through many generations. It is believed to have a historical basis, although there is no proof. Can you give me an example of a LEGEND?

I have a legend to tell you about. It’s a legend about the CANDY CANE. A candy maker from Indiana wanted to invent a candy that would witness to Christ Jesus. Do any of you know what kind of candy that could be?

The CANDY CANE! That is right, it’s the candy cane. Mmmm Mmmm!



Let’s examine the candy cane and see how it is a witness to Christ. In Matthew 16:18, God said to Peter, “On this rock I will build my church, and the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Wow, that would be one strong church!

Yes, it is a strong church. It was founded over 2,000 years ago, and it is still going strong. Jesus made Peter the first pope, or leader, for that church. Isn’t that the same church we belong to today?

Yes, it is. Tradition has it that Pope Peter later went to Rome and was martyred there. The pope today is the successor of Peter. He is also called the bishop of Rome. The pope is the leader of the Catholic Church, and that is the Church we belong to today.

Pope Francis is our pope now. He is the new successor of Peter in the Catholic Church. But Jesus Christ remains the HEAD of the Church. And the bishops are the successors of the 12 apostles that once followed Jesus. There are many other religious who do the work of Christ in our Church too. There are Priests, Deacons, Brothers. Oh, yes, and Sisters, which are sometimes called nuns.



But, it takes ALL the baptized to serve in the Church. WE make up the Body of Christ. We all work together and are the hands, the feet, and the voice for Jesus in the world today.

That’s right, we ALL are called to play a special role in the Catholic Church.

So now tell me again about that candy cane. Just how is the candy cane like Jesus? The candy cane was made of rock-hard candy to represent the Church being built on a solid rock. God’s promises stand on a firm foundation.

It has to be rock-solid in order to last since the time of Christ!



The candy maker then made the candy in the form of a letter.  What letter is that?

The Letter J!

That’s right, the letter J. And, of course, the letter J stands for… Jesus!  Salvation is found in no one else but Jesus. There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.



If you turn the J upside down, you have a … STAFF!

“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

That’s right, the candy cane also represents a staff with which Jesus, the Good Shepherd reaches down to the lowly places of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.




The candy maker made the cane white to represent Jesus’ innocence. Jesus was perfect. He was tempted in every way, just as we are. Yet, he was still without sin.

This red stripe is for the blood Jesus shed for our sins on the cross. In Jesus, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Also, the flavor of the cane is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop.

Hyssop is an aromatic plant from the mint family. It was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice.

Jesus is the pure Lamb of God. He came to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world.



So that’s why candy canes are seen mostly at Christmas time: That is when Jesus first came to us, as an infant in the manger.

Yes, it’s when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came to save the whole world. That an important message the birth of Jesus brings for us. It should be told to the whole world!

Wow, the candy cane is a great reminder of why Jesus came into the world.

Yes, in John 10:10, Jesus tells us, “I came so that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”




Yes, Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He came because he loves us.




So next time you see a candy cane, remember this important message:




And that, my friends, tells the story of the Candy Cane. Next time you enjoy a candy cane, remember how much Jesus loves us. He came that we might have life.

Thank you for coming today. We hope you enjoyed our pageant. Please join us in singing Joy to the World. Following that, we welcome you into the parish hall for refreshments—AND for some CANDY CANE treats!




First Communions at Good Shepherd

dante, ryan and father otto image

Welcome to the Lord’s table!  Dante Axon (left) and Ryan Buehler (right) have completed the RCIC program!  They have made their first Reconciliation December 2, and received their first Holy Communion December 12, 2015 at Good Shepherd.  They are both currently enrolled in Grade 5 classes in Faith Formation.

May every step you take into the future, be a journey with the Lord!  God bless you.




Eucharist, Holy Communion, Faith Formation

Learning the Rosary

Grade 5 students are focusing on the Rosary this year.  They are learning the history of this special prayer, and how the mysteries of the Rosary tell stories from Scripture. Students made their own Rosaries and are now learning how to pray using these blessed beads.

grade 5 making rosaries image

Pictured, Back Row: Connor Higgins, Nathan Nikkila, Dante Axon; Front Row: Aaron Matyka, Ryan Buehler & Tanner Vlach

Grade 6 Service Project

Bringing Smiles to Residents

Grade 6 students recently made a beautifully decorated fall tree poster. This poster was signed by all the students in Faith Formation. It now hangs in the dining room area at the Golden Living Center in Rib Lake. It was meant to bring them cheer during this season of Fall.

grade 6 fall tree service project image

Pictured l to r: Tatum Higgins, Molly Heiser, Jordan Yanko, Sam Gumz, Jacob Matyka, Tia Bube, Hannah Schuh.



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