February 2020-
What a way to end January, A mild winter! 
Speaking of mild here are a few mild and exciting things happening at Father Pierz School of Religion. 
First Grade- Have been praying the prayers every week. We even have been singing a few songs with each of the prayers. The children love to sing the song "Fruits of the Spirit." This can be found on youtube for you to sing with at home. 
Second Grade- Our few classes that we had in 2020 have been all about preparing for the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. I hope that you are continuing to work on the "Blessed" book at home as well. Please practice receiving Holy Communion at home with bread and even wine. Please let your child taste the wine so they will know what to expect come their First Communion day. We practice receiving unblessed hosts each week. I notice that the children can use some extra TLC on this. 
Third Grade- We have about ten children who know the "Apostles Creed." Those children received a special treat. Keep on working third graders. We also will be having a lesson on vocations within the next few weeks. 
Fourth Grade- The 10 Commandments are being followed and learned by the fourth graders. Keep on working with your child on the Commandments. 
Fifth Grade- Carolyn Boser's class is again working on making a quilts. Oh how blessed we are to have her work with the students on this special project. Thanks Carolyn Boser!
Sixth Grade- All Sixth graders have received a Bible. We are having a blast working in our Bibles. The Bibles will be sent home at the end of the year. The Bibles are so easy to follow as they are designed for teens. Thanks to the many people for donations to purchase these Bibles for our sixth graders.  

Please watch in March for the Summer Bible School Registration. I will try to upload that on our website as well for you to have easy access to. 

FPSR will be looking for a part-time AST. Director for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a very minimal hour job. Aprox 8 hours per week and would include teaching about 4-5 classes per week in grades 1-6. This is an awesome job for anyone who wants to spread the love of Jesus to children. If you have questions please contact myself (Mark Hoheisel) @ 320-360-1539

Tuition bills have been mailed! Please be sure to keep your tuition current. I appreciate all who have paid in full or are going to be paying in full as this saves a lot on postage. THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Until Next Month, 
Mark Hoheisel

Happy January!

I Hope you had a great Christmas and got to enjoy memories with your families. I would like to take this time to start off by saying Thanks to all who have supported our St. Nick raffle fundraiser. We made over $7000.00 dollars to be used directly on our students at Father Pierz. Way to Go families! A list of winners was sent home last month and printed in our parish bulletins.
Next I need to say thanks to all who came to the kids gift buying in December. We were fortunate to have some families donate to this awesome event. We had about 360 children come through to buy a gift for moms and dads. We are hoping that we can have this event again next year. We will have to see what 2020 brings to us!
Last as some of you already know I have not yet been back to school this year. I had surgery on January 2nd and am hoping to return on January 13th. Thanks to Julie, Jesse, & Grace for covering for me. I am blessed. Also thanks to the many who have been praying for me. I can't wait to be back!
Until Next Month,

Father Pierz School of Religion November 2019 News


Happy November. We have had a busy September and October. We are expecting November and December to be just as busy. All students in grades 3-6 will be attending Reconciliation. (Please find your child’s date below & review the Steps and Prayer of Sorrow) In December Advent and Christmas activities always make the months fly.


St. Nick Raffle

Please continue to sell your raffle tickets for the St. Nick night fundraiser. We currently have about 60 more books that we would love to sell. If you can help us out contact me at the school. A reminder that all tickets need to be turned in by December 1, 2019.


Kids gift Buying for Parents

All kids ages 4-12 are welcome to come and purchase a gift for their parents for Christmas on Wednesday December 4, 2019 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Cost is $1 for a mom gift and $1 for a dad gift. Watch for a free coupon for a free gift on our newsletters.


Classroom Reconciliation Schedule

Monday Nov 18, 2019- 2pm 4th grade    Wednesday November 20, 2019- 1pm 5th grade

Wednesday Nov 20, 2019- 2pm 6th grade     Thursday November 20, 2019- 2pm 3rd grade 


Second Graders will receive their second Sacrament

Please pray for our second graders who will be receiving their 2nd Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. November 18,- Pierz

                                                                November 19- Lastrup & Harding in Lastrup

                                 November 20- Buckman.

                                  All at 6pm at the churches.



The first round of Bills were mailed or send home with children from religion classes. Please be sure you are keeping your tuition current. We will be sending the list to Pioneer and the families that are not current will not be able to have the children continue. This is the school board’s policy as we had over $9,500.00 outstanding last year.


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Hilde Flicker who’s birthday was October 18th, Carolyn Boser Nov 11th Mickey Young November 8th  Bernice Marshik November 6th Happiest Birthdays to our awesome volunteers who make our program roll.

Cold Weather

A reminder that the weather is getting a bit chilly. We see so many students come without Hats, Coats, and Mittens. We encourage our students to dress for the weather.


Our Classroom Lessons

First Grade- Has been working hard on learning the Our Father and Hail Mary and understanding the meaning to each prayer. Children were tested during class last week.

Second Grade- The second graders getting ready to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Some children still need help learning the Prayer of Sorrow.

Third Grade- The Apostles Creed is our goal this year. We are hoping that all 3rd graders can learn this prayer. Ask your child who wrote the Apostles Creed? (The Apostles of course)

Fourth Grade- The 10 commandments are opportunities for us to love God. We have been busy learning them and their meaning. We will start on the beatitudes in January,

Fifth Grade- The Seven Sacraments & the 3 Sacraments of Initiation

Sixth Grade- Had the living rosary over at the church in October. We also have been learning our way around using our Bibles. Each Sixth grader received their very own Bible which will be sent home at the end of the year.








September 2019
Welcome Back! Hope you have enjoyed your summer. Everyone I talk to says the same thing where did summer go?
I want to start off by thanking the many families who stopped and seen us at Pioneers open house. I am very pleased with the turnout and attendance. We appreciate the families who stopped and did their part and registered. Please know that if you have not registered your child for classes you must do so no later that the week of September 9, 2019. This helps us to get everything organized and get the information to Pioneer.
I again just want to thank the many families who pay their tuition. Last year we had over $8,500.00 outstanding in tuition fees. This leaves a real hardship as we did not have enough money to pay our bills in August. Bills and salaries had to wait as funds allowed. This is really sad. Families who do not pay I ask you to pray and consider how you would feel if your business could not meet bills because customers do pay. This just isn't fair. I ask you to pray for our school this year and always. We appreciate and are so blessed to have this program.

I would like to welcome Grace Studniski to Father Pierz. She will be the part time assistant director for this school year. Our hopes are that she can do anything that the Director can do. We know this will take time bit are confident that she will learn it and do an awesome job. We are Blessed!

Until next month,

August 2019
Happy Summer! Hope you are enjoying your summer.
Before we know it we will be back in school. It is time for you to start thinking about getting your child registered for the upcoming school year. Just a reminder that children MUST start off in the grade that they left off when entering FPSR. For example if your child has not been in the program since second grade they would need to start off in the third grade. If you are considering not sending your children to Father Pierz I encourage you to look deep into your Catholic faith and see what it teaches. When your child was Baptized you made a commitment to raise your child in the Catholic faith. This means giving them the education and the teachings of the faith. Many families struggle with the cost. I encourage you to pray about this and also look into your other activities such as sports, vacations, etc. Everything is expensive, but the truth is this is the most important thing that you can give your child is the knowledge of the Catholic faith.
I will again be at Pioneers open house at the end of August. Some families have sent back registration and we thank you for that. We hope that if you have not sent back your registration you will visit us at the open house. Please know that if you have an outstanding balance for 2018-2019 school year you will be expected to pay the balance first or set up a payment plan. (Our budget was about $9,000 outstanding. This is really sad and comes from families not doing their part)

We are blessed to have Father Pierz!
Enjoy the last month with your families!
May 2019
Where has this school year gone? Seems like it was just September. I want to take this time to thank some very important people who make FPSR a success. First off our parents. You are the first and foremost important educators for your children. without your faith, dedication, and help we couldn't do this. Next we need to say thanks to our volunteers and students. We are blessed to have all of them partake in Father Pierz, God Bless you all!

I sometimes feel like a broken record always talking about tuition balances but I think that it is important to update you and remind you how important that it is to keep your tuition current. As of May 20, 2019 we still have abut $10,200.00 outstanding tuition. Whoofta!!!! do we need some help. Please consider paying your tuition if you have not yet done so. Thanks to the so many who have already done so!
Until August, Stay safe & God Bless!

April 2019

Happy Spring! Things have been going great in grades 1-6. Our Kindergartners had their last class on Friday. They were sad as they said the really liked religion. I enjoy hearing the students say this as it gives me a big head that my classes aren't all that boring. LOL. Grades 1-6 will have the last week of class the week of April 15, 2019. We will only have a small end of year party as we will be using the class to pray the Stations of the Cross and also catch up as we had a few snow days that we got behind on.

As some of you may or may not know, next year we have hired an Assistant Director. Grace Studniski has been hired to assist and take over a few of the Directors duties. I (Mark Hoheisel) will still be in charge of grades 1-6 but our hopes are that with time Grace will be able to do everything the Director can do. This position is long over due as our enrollment has almost doubles since I have started 21 years ago. Grace will be at Pioneer's open house in August. Please stop by and welcome her to our school.

I encourage you to pray about being a volunteer catechist for the 2019-2020 school year. Here is our tentative teaching assignments for next year.
Kindergarten- Mr. Mark Hoheisel &TBA
First Grade- Mr. Jesse Zajac, Miss. Grace Studniski,Mrs. Bernice Marshik, Mrs. Phyllis Hoheisel
Second Grade- Miss. Grace Studniski, Mr. Mark Hoheisel, Mr. Jesse Zajac, Mrs, Mary Kimman
Third Grade- Mrs. Nita Hayes, Miss. Grace Studniski, Mrs. Micky Young, Mr, Mark Hoheisel
Fourth Grade- Miss. Grace Studniski, Mr. Jesse Zajac. Mrs. Patty Commerford
Fifth Grade- Mr. Mark Hoheisel, Mr. Jesse Zajac, Mrs. Carolyn Boser, TBA
Sixth Grade- Mr. Mark Hoheisel, Mr. Jesse Zajac, Mrs. Geri Kasper

As I end this letter, I must give a SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to the following:
1st the parents & students. we are blessed to have this program and the dedication of the children and families.
2nd our volunteers who have helped us at Father Pierz School of Religion this year especially the volunteer teachers, They are as follows: Marlene Przybilla, Bernice Marshik, Phyllis Hoheisel, Hilde Flicker, Mary Kimman, Mickey Young, Nita Hayes, Carolyn Boser, Patty Commerford, Geri Kasper, & Margie Loidolt. We say goodbye to Margie Loidolt who will be leaving us. Best of luck Margie. God Bless You!

This will be my last newsletter until August 2019!
Until then, take care!

Mark Hoheisel
March 2019

Wednesday March 6, 2019 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. Although it is not a holy day of obligation, it is a wonderful opportunity to remind ourselves what this season is all about. I encourage you to attend Ash Wednesday Mass. Your parish has scheduled times. Our First and Second graders will attend a short service during class time on March 6, 2019. Please know that this is not a Mass just a prayer service. 

Your child will be working on many Lenten activities throughout the month. Students are not asked to necessarily give up something but are encouraged to do something during this season. We will talk about the many ideas during our class. I would also like to remind you of the "MEAT LESS" Fridays during Lent. Although children under 18 are not required it is still good practice to start doing this as they are young. It will carry out with them for a lifetime as it did for me as I parents made us have meat-less Friday's. 

Some of our activities during Lent that we will be doing during class time are as follows: 
1- Stations of the Cross
2. Participate in the Last Supper meal
3.Attend Reconciliation before Easter

The Reconciliation Schedule is as follows:
2nd Grade- March 20, 2019   3rd Grade- March 21. 2019   4th Grade-March 19, 2019
5th Grade- March 26, 2019  6th Grade- March 18, 2019

Have A Great Lent!

February 2019-
What a way to end January, the extreme cold. Brrrrrr. 
Speaking of extreme here are a few of the exciting things happening at Father Pierz School of Religion. 
First Grade- Have been praying the prayers every week. We even have been singing a few songs with each of the prayers. The children love to sing the song "Fruits of the Spirit." This can be found on youtube for you to sing with at home. 
Second Grade- Our few classes that we had in 2019 have been all about preparing for the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. I hope that you are continuing to work on the "Blessed" book at home as well. 
Third Grade- We have about six children who know the "Apostles Creed." Those children received a special treat. Keep on working third graders. We also will be having a lesson on vocations within the next few weeks. 
Fourth Grade- The 10 Commandments are being followed and learned by the fourth graders. Keep on working with your child on the Commandments. 
Fifth Grade- Carolyn Boser's class is again working on making a quilt. Oh how blessed we are to have her work with the students on this special project. Thanks Carolyn Boser!
Sixth Grade- All Sixth graders have received a Bible. We are having a blast working in our Bibles. The Bibles will be sent home at the end of the year. The Bibles are so easy to follow as they are designed for teens. Thanks to the many people for donations to purchase these Bibles for our sixth graders.  

Until Next Month, 
Mark Hoheisel

January 2019-
Welcome 2019!

Its hard to believe its already January. When Julie, Jesse and I began in August the days ticked by so slow as we awaited and prepared for the new school year. Now that school is in full swing... Well, its another story! Lent is right around the corner. (March 6, 2019) Well that may seem a bit away, but we all know how time flies. When I was a kid I remember telling my parents I couldn't wait to be an adult so I could do whatever I wanted. They always told me you have less time not more, and time goes faster and faster. This is so true. 

One of the parts of my position at Father Pierz School of Religion is to find volunteers to help teach each week. I have been in this position for 20 years in January 2019. I have always been blessed with great volunteers who come forward to do their part. We currently 1 section of Kindergarteners and have 3 sections of grades 1,3,4,5, & 6. With four sections of second grade in which we are capped out. 
The wonderful volunteers are:
Grade 1: Phyllis Hoheisel, Marlene Przybilla, Bernice Marshik
Grade 2: Jesse Zajac, Mark Hoheisel, Hilde Flicker, Mary Kimman
Grade 3: Nita Hayes, Mickey Young, Mark Hoheisel
Grade 4:Margie Loidolt, Patty Commerford, Jesse Zajac
Grade 5: Julie Laflamme, Mark Hoheisel, Carolyn Boser
Grade 6: Mark Hoheisel, Jesse Zajac, Geri Kasper 
                              God Bless them all!

I also want to take some time to thank our students. I am blessed to have an opportunity to work with them. At the end of each day when I go home I think how blessed I am. The students here are respectful, kind and are truly Christian, not only here at FPSR but at home as well. Parents keep up the good work. This world today is tough. We must continue to believe and trust. What would life be like without faith? Nothing to look forward to... In which now we believe someday there is a much better place after this life on earth.

Until Next Month-

Mark Hoheisel (PS. A little learning below, if you are interested)

In spite of the new year I would like to give you a little information about the month January and new year. 
The word January, the first month of the new year, comes from the Latin word Janua. It means doorway. January if the years doorway. an entrance into a bright new beginning. An old custom is to bless doorways at Epiphany, and this custom can be celebrated in your home, as we have already did it in our classroom. As a blessing and a reminder to welcome the stranger and the traveler during the coming year, write the date in chalk above your door, along with the letters C,M, and B. These are the initials of the wise men: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. 


December 2018-
Once again it's the most wonderful time and also my favorite time of the year. In our classroom we will be quiet busy. Each grade will be attending Confession before Christmas. We will be learning about Advent and Christmas as well as a special Christmas prayer services blessing our manger scene. This has been a tradition in our classroom for over the past 10 years. Children always enjoy it. 

During this Advent Season I encourage you to slow down, prepare, pray and participate. Tomorrow is never promised. Enjoy the moment. 

A stable or manger is a visual proclamation of the Christmas Gospel. In some European countries, figures of typical townspeople in contemporary clothing join he shepherds and magi in worshiping the new born king. Instead of a shepherd's crook or containers of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh, they bring tools of other trades: stethoscopes, and ballet slippers, mixing bowls and computers. In this way they remember that the coming of God's Messiah is timeless, and those who love him in every age and nation come to adore. It is today that we are asked to make him welcome. It is today that we bring our hearts and our lives for his blessing.

As I end my monthly letter I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Remember to keep Christ in Christmas! 
Until 2019,
Mark Hoheisel

November 2018
I said it last month and I will say it again. Where does time go? 
Our October has been very busy!! Here is a re-cap of our busy month. 
Grades 1-6 all participated in the rosary as October is the month of the Rosary
Grade 1- Went over to the church to take a tour and talk about our traditions in the church. 
Grade 2- Went over and toured the confessionals and role-played step by step confession. 
Grade 3- Had a special visit from Fr. Popp to learn about vocations. 
Grade 4- Have been working hard to learn the 10 commandments and even had a special Commandment video. 
Grade 5- Had a speaker Nick Davenson talk to them about his calling and his faith. 
Grade 6- Shared in the living Rosary over at the church. Thanks to the Buckman Christian Mothers for your help!
As you can see we had a busy October. As I always tell the students we are so lucky to be able to share our faith during the school day rather than a Saturday or Wednesday evening. We are blessed in Pierz to have public schools work so close with us and believe in our Catholic traditions. 

A few other reminders-
1. St. Nick Raffle is on December 5, 2018. Please be sure to hand in your sold/unsold tickets. (Due no later than December 1, 2018) Please note: The drawing will take place at Holy Trinity gym @ 6:00pm rather than the Pierz Ballroom. This is a change from what the tickets read. 
2. Children ages 4-12 are welcome to stop by Father Pierz School of Religion on Wednesday December 5, 2018 to purchase a gift for mom and dad for only $1. They are then welcomed to share in S'mores and a bon fire. Parents are welcome to shop in Holy Trinity gym for the craft fair. 
3. Just a friendly reminder to keep tuition balances current. I talked with Joyce the book-keeper and the first round of billing has been sent. Thanks so much to the many who already paid tuition in full. We appreciate your help!
4. I will be in need of a volunteer fifth grade teacher starting mid January on Tuesdays from 1:40-2:55. If you can help with this important call please contact Mark Hoheisel @ 320-468-2640. 

Did you Know
The First Thanksgiving Day celebrated in North America was on 1621. The Pilgrims of Massachusetts were not accustomed to festivity, yet they decided to host a banquet in order to share their harvest with the Indians who had helped them grow food in their new land. They celebrated with games, and contests, and then a dinner of fish, Venison, turkey, corn and other vegetables. In 1789, after his inauguration, President George Washington proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving for the new country. For many years after that, each state chose its own day to celebrate. In 1863, in the midst of the civil war, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November as the official Thanksgiving day of the nation. 

God Bless you all!
Mark Hoheisel

October 1, 2018
 Can you believe we survived one month of school already? Time sure goes fast when you’re having fun. Our classes have been going great. The second graders have been busy preparing to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, it has been exciting for the second graders to learn the prayer of sorrow. We already have ten children who know the prayer of sorrow by heart, how awesome is that? A shout out to the parents for help practicing with the prayer of sorrow. I hope this fall season is a great one. I have a short newsletter this month watch out in November. Happy days Mark

August 21, 2018-
Summer is almost to an end. I am always sad to see it go. I hope that you have enjoyed your summer and will enjoy the last month. I attended a funeral in June, as it was a cousin of mine. As I went to the funeral home and looked at her beautiful family I could not help to wonder and question my faith. Why does God take the good ones and why the pain for the children and family? As I thought about this during the funeral Mass I looked around to a packed church and said to self, where would we be without faith? Faith is essential in our daily lives.

As we prepare for another school year I would like to encourage families again to register their children. As I said many times we are so lucky to have this unique program in Pierz. Please take advantage of it especially of you are from one of the four parishes of Harding, Lastrup, Pierz, or Buckman. Tuition is very reasonable for a lifetime of learning and faith development. Registration has been sent but if you need another copy please let us know and we will be sure to mail you one out.  Please know that we must receive the $25 down payment. If we receive a registration without the payment please do not be offended as it will be mailed  back and asked that you turn in it with the $25 down payment. 

With our second grade class so large we will be putting a cap on enrollment. We will be taking ALL students from the four parish cluster. Unfortunately if we get more than 45 we will not be able to take out of parish children, as our facility is full and do not have enough teaching staff. All our of parish families who register will be put on a waiting list and will be notified as a first come first serve basis.

With a new school year we also have a few needs, and they are as follows:
1. We are in need of a first grade volunteer teacher
2. We are in need of two third grade volunteer teachers
3. We are in need of a few classroom helpers
4. We are in need of Kleenex, Clorox wipes
5. We are in need of Walmart cards, or Cash donations for classroom supplies

Last, I want to encourage you to help us out by turning in your registration form soon. This year we will no longer be accepting registrations after September 15, 2018, so please turn in your registration soon. May you all have a great & safe school year.

Mark Hoheisel

April 2018-

April fools!!!! This weather seems more like January than April. I am so ready for spring. It looks like we are going to have one of those springs where we hove none. It flows right into summer.

Grades K-6 classes are coming to an end. Please find below the schedule for classes.
Kindergarten- Last class is on April 6, 2018
Grade 1 & 2- Last class will be on April 16, 2018
Grade 3- Last class will be on April 19, 2018
Grade 4 & 5- Last class will be on April 17, 2018
Grade 6- Last class will be on April 23, 2018
Parent's and teachers often ask why we end classes mid April. Here are the reasons:
1. Pioneer has MCA testing the end of April and request classes be done by that time.
2. Many class field trips take place in May so scheduling becomes a conflict.
3. Our books are designed for a 20 week curriculum.

Our 6th graders went to the funeral home for a tour in March. A special Thanks to Kyle from the Shelly Funeral home for the great lesson about what the Catholic faith believes about death. We are very fortunate to have him do this as it goes so well with our death and dying unit. Students well represented our school with great respect and lots of great questions.

Our annual garage sale is April 25, 26, 27. We are in need of gently used items to be sold at the sale. If you are interested in donating please contact Jesse Zajac at 320-468-2640.

Congratulations to the Confirmation students who received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on April 10, 2018. Please pray for our second graders who will be receiving Holy Communion in April/May.

I would like to invite all children ages 4 through grade 5 to join us for Summer Bible School in June. You can find registrations attached to your child's weekly newsletter from religion. We hope to have a large group of children. Last year we had almost 200 children attend this event.

This will be my Last Newsletter until August of 2018. I pray that you have a great and safe summer. Enjoy family vacations and many laughs. Time will Fly!

God Bless, Until August,
Mark Hoheisel
March 2018-
Happy Lent! We have been very busy around here at Father Pierz School of Religion, with First Communion Prep, Confirmation on April 10, 2018, Classroom Reconciliation, End of year Field Trips, Bible School Prep, and just our day to day operations. God is great and we are blessed. Speaking of being "Blessed" we have been using the "Blessed" curriculum for second graders and it has been awesome. The children have learned so much from this curriculum, and I even picked up a few new ideas.

6th graders will be going to the Funeral home in Little falls on Monday March 12, 2018. If any parent would like to volunteer chaperone we are in need of a few people to attend. and it would be much appreciated.
I hate having to always bring up money but again as of March 1, 2018 we were $17,990.50 outstanding in tuition. Please do your part by helping us meet our yearly budget and pay tuition. A HUGE thanks to the many who already paid tuition in full. God Bless you!  

Just a few important dates to keep in mind: March 29, 2018- Holy Thursday March 30, 2018- Good Friday March 31, 2018- Holy Saturday April 1, 20180 Happy Easter.

Until April, Be Safe! Mark

February 2018-

Wow, where does time go?
February is Valentine's month. I like to give a little information about St. Valentine. He was a third century bishop who bravely died for his faith. The name Valentine means "Valiant" or brave. This day seems to have connected with love before it became Valentines feast day. There is an old legend that birds choose their mates on February 14, and the mating of birds is a clear signal that spring is coming soon. A saint who died for the sake of God is certainly a fine patron of love and lovers, and a day that calls us to mind the springtime resurrection of the earth is a good day for saint's feast. For hundreds of years, secret letters of love and friendship sent on this day have been called Saint Valentines. This is a day to give cards, hugs, and to show your love to others.

This year Ash-Wednesday is on Wednesday February 14th. This is the start of Lent. A reminder that as Catholics we must fast this day and abstain from eating meat. On this day many Christians receive a cross of ashes on their foreheads. This powerful sign has been used by God's people for hundreds of years. The cross of ashes tells friends and neighbors that we know we are not perfect. We do not always love God as we should, and we do not always act with love and care toward others. On Ash Wednesday we own up to that and begin a six-week period of prayer, reflection, and almsgiving. The cross is a sign of suffering, but suffering that can strengthen and redeem. Ashes are a sign of death, the event that will someday bring to each of us face to face with our loving God. 

Have a great Month!
Mark Hoheisel

January 2018

The word January, the first month of the year, comes from the Latin word Janua. It means "doorway."
January is the year's doorway , an entrance into a bright new beginning! It is an old custom to bless the doorways at Epiphany, and this custom can be celebrated in your own home. This blessing is a reminder to welcome the stranger and the traveler during the next coming year, write the date in chalk above your door, along with the letters C,M, and B. The initials of traditional names for the wise men: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. 

A special thanks to all families who sent gifts to my volunteers or myself during the Christmas season. It was very much appreciated.

Before Christmas all children celebrated a pizza party in their honor for reaching our raffle goal. A huge "Thank You" goes out to you as we made over $6000.00! Wow how great!

Our Second graders are starting the process of preparing and learning about Holy Communion. If you have a child in second grade please be sure you are watching every Wednesday for important information.
Advent 2017
As we approach the Advent season I thought that I would give a little information about Advent. Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus. During the Advent season it should be a time of Reflection, Prayer, Giving, and Preparing. First Reflection- looking back what have I done the last year for myself, my family, God, and others. How can I do better?
Giving- Over the next four weeks I need to give, even if its the smallest gift of a smile.
Preparing- How am I preparing myself? Decorating? Praying? Helping? Giving?
Prayer- What has my prayer life been over the past year? Have I given myself to God?  Went to Sunday Mass? Confession?

I believe that we all answer these questions in our hearts and many different ways. This doesn't need to be shared with others how we respond, but in our own personal hearts. This advent season is a time of Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace.

As we light the four candles on the Advent wreath let us prepare and remember Jesus is the Light of the World.
Mr. Mark Hoheisel

November 2017

Wow its the third month of school already. Where does time go? I ask that this month you take time to thank God for the many blessings he has blessed you with, Food, Clothes, Family, Friends, Jobs, Money, Faith, Freedom, and the list goes on and on.
During the next month all students in grades 3-6 will attend Reconciliation. Please take a few moments to review the "Steps to Reconciliation" as well as the "Prayer of Sorrow". A good review never hurts!

We are currently working on Chapter 10 in our books. This means that your child should be completing the homework sheet as well the week of November 13, 2017. Thanks for your continued support!

Registration for the children's fun night on December 1, 2017 have been sent home. This is a great opportunity for children who are in grades K-6 who attend Father Pierz and Holy Trinity to share some Christmas cheer in the Holy Trinity Gym. Please note: Registration is due no later than November 20th 2017 and at this time this activity is only open for Father Pierz & Holy Trinity Students. 

Please continue to pray for our student's and especially the second graders who will be receiving their second sacrament at the end of this month, the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

As always,
Thanks for your Support!

Mark Hoheisel (Director K-6)

October 2017
Wow what a busy month September has been! Learning all the new things that the start of school brings. Listed below please find what each grade is doing.

First Grade has been having a blast learning new songs and learning the Glory Be. We were overwhelmed with number of students who registered for first grade. In past year our first grade class has been around 40. This year we have 55 first graders attending Father Pierz. Wow, what a great problem to have. We have had to make adjustments and order a few more books. We also will be adding a fourth section of first grade to benefit the children and keep our class sized small.

Second Grade loves doing the Catholic hokey pokey song, where we give our hearts to Jesus. We also have been preparing to receive our second Sacrament in November, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The children are also working hard on memorizing and learning the Prayer of Sorrow. We have seven second graders who know the prayer by heart and received a special treat.  We currently have 45 students who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  May God Bless them as they prepare to receive these important Sacraments.

Third Grade- Our 37 third graders have starting working on the Apostles Creed. This can be a difficult prayer as many children get it mixed up with the Nicene Creed that we say in church. I tell the children to do their best and keep practicing. By the end of the year 80% of the children can say the Apostles Creed like nothing. keep working third graders!

Fourth Graders have been working on the Beatitudes and the 10 Commandments. We also have been refreshing their memories on the Apostles Creed, as many have forgotten this prayer over the long summer. Our hopes are that all 42 fourth graders know the 10 commandments by the end of the year.

Fifth Graders in Carolyn Boser's class are preparing to make a quilt for themselves and with making the quilt learning about the 7 Sacraments. This is a special talent that Carolyn shared with her 14 students. Making a quilt takes lots of time and lots of money. A special thanks to Carolyn for sharing her talent and donating the material and supplies. Mr. Hoheisel's 16 fifth graders having been working hard to learn the 7 Sacraments. If your fifth grader is in Mr. Hoheisel's room ask them about the CRABEMH.

All 44 Sixth graders will have the opportunity to pray the living Rosary on October 9, 2017 at the church parking lot. If the weather is bad we will be in the church. Everyone welcome to attend as we celebrate the month of Mary in October. Thanks to MaryKae Zilka for coming in and helping the sixth graders with this experience.

A reminder that raffle tickets have been sent in the mail. Please do your part and help us sell your tickets. If you know that you are not going to sell them please send them back ASAP so we can try to sell them. Thanks in advance for your support.

Last, I was visiting with my sixth grade class last month about how lucky we are to have the opportunity to attend religion during the school day. One of my students raised his hand and said his Cousin attends class after Sunday Mass and was very grateful that he can do it during the school day.  I would just like to end this month by again thanking parents for doing their part to make our program alive and strong. May God bless you all!

Mark Hoheisel (Director K-6)

August - September 2017-

Welcome back!

One trend in our time is fewer people attending church/Mass on Sunday and in general. As we look at this we may wonder what helps contribute to people going to church. There are many factors that are involved in parishes that have growing communities: a parish that people feel welcome in, good worship, prayer opportunities, youth ministry, outreach to those in need, education opportunities for youth and adults, etc.

Each of the four parishes try to build these things and build them stronger all the time.
The number one factor in which children practice their faith is by the involvement of the parents. Of course this does not guarantee the children will grow up to be active in their faith, but definitely increases the odds.

In light of this fact, we are encouraging you to register your child/children into Father Pierz School of Religion. The program is a very unique program as we are one of the few (possibly only) that still provides religious release time during your child's school day. (Thanks to the support and great working relationship with Pioneer and Healy) 

You may be thinking, well its just too expensive.
Let me ask you this: Can we really put a price tag on your child's faith?
What does it cost your child to participate in Wrestling, Basketball, Dance, Football, etc.?

At your child's Baptism you made a commitment to raise your child in the Catholic Church. It is now your obligation to send your child to Father Pierz School or to Holy Trinity. As we know when the going gets tough we always turn to God and prayer. It is only fair that your child learns his/her catholic Faith and then it will be up to them as an adult to decide for themselves. 

As the new school year approaches, I invite you to deeply pray that the faith which we hold so close to us will be passed on by all  of us in love, faith and truth. Please step forward as well to help teach, be a youth leader, bake, or donate. Our community would be lost without not only Father Pierz School but Holy Trinity as well.

If you have financial difficulty please talk with your parish Priest or myself, Mark Hoheisel and I am sure some arrangements can be made for Religious Ed. If you are interested in Holy Trinity Please contact Debra Meyer/Myrum at 320-468-6446.

Again please continue to pray for our church and schools!

Mark Hoheisel (Director)

June 2017
I am hoping that you are enjoying your summer. Please note: that I will be off staff until August. If you need anything feel free to email me or leave message on my voice mail.

God bless and be safe!

May 2017-
Classes are now complete for the children in grades K-6. We had a great school year. My hopes are that your child has grown deeper in their faith.

Despite the cold weather our garage sale fundraiser was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who donated and came and bought things from our sale. It is truly appreciated.

My Prayer for you over the summer is that you enjoy family time and everyone stays safe and healthy.

God Bless you all!
Until Next School year!

Mark Hoheisel

April 2017
April showers bring may flowers. Happy Spring!
Just a few reminders-
1. First Communion in all four parishes are the end of April and the first week in May in Pierz.
2. Classes for grades 1-5 will end the week of April 10, 2017. 6th grade will end on April 19th
3. We are accepting used things for our garage sale at the end of April. All donations are appreciated.

A lesson on Easter
Easter is so important that it last 50 days. During this joyous season we celebrate the feast of the Ascension, When Jesus returned to his Father in Heaven. The Easter season ends with Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came to be with the Apostles. The Holy Spirit came like tongues of fire and a mighty rushing wind to fire up the Apostles and push them to share the good news. Pentecost is sometimes called the birthday of the Church.
Think about it. Jesus died on the cross and was laid in the tomb. What if that was the end of the story? His friends would miss him. They would be sad. They probably wouldn't know what to do without Jesus. The Apostles would go back to being fishermen. Nobody would believe that Jesus is God. We wouldn't be a church and we would die with no hope of Heaven. Instead, Jesus gives us his promise of everlasting life in the kingdom of heaven. The Apostles traveled far and wide to spread the good news that Jesus rose from the dead, that Jesus is our Lord and our Savior.

What about those Easter Eggs: They remind us that Jesus came out of the Tomb, as a baby bird or chick breaks out of the egg shell. So Easter eggs are symbols of new life and eternal life.

  This will be my last newsletter update for the 2016-2017 school year. I hope that your summer is safe and enjoyable. Remember family is everything spend time with them and never take a moment for granite. I will update my newsletter mid-August giving you information for the upcoming school year.

May God be with you always!
Mark Hoheisel (Director)

 March 2017

Happy Lent. Today (March 1st) marks the start of the Lenten season. Take some time to take the test that is listed on the bottom of my March newsletter. Have some family fun with it and see who can get the most answers correct.

What's up in our Religion Classes?

Our 6th graders attended a Ash-Wednesday prayer service. Sixth graders were reminded that we are ashes and we will all one day return to ashes. The Sign of the Cross with ashes on our forehead also shows others that we are catholic and not ashamed. I reminded our 6th graders that we should not wash the ashes off.

Carolyn Boser's 5th grade class just finished up making their quilts. They will be coming home soon. Please be sure to have your child thank Carolyn as she pays for the quilts from her personal funds. She is very thoughtful and her students very much enjoyed making the quilts as a class project.
 Mr. Hohsiel's 5th graders just finish up with chapter 20. This is the last and final chapter in the book. We will be going to confession during Lent as well as having a Sader Meal in March. We also will be preparing to take our final test in April.

4th grade has been working on the 10 Commandments. 60% of the fourth graders can say the 10 commandments by heart. Keep working with your child at home.

3rd grade has been working on the Apostles Creed. This is very tough for a lot of the  children. Please  continue to work with your child on this important prayer.

2nd graders have been singing the song "His Banner over us is Love" We also practice receiving communion each week in class. We watched a video on how the host are made. Children thought this was very interesting. Just a reminder to keep practicing the catholic traditions as your child prepares to receive First Holy Communion. 

1st grader had their first written test and did awesome. The 10 question quiz asked the basic questions such as: Who made you? Who is Mary? Who is Joseph? etc. May God continue to bless them as they learn each year.

Lent & Ash Wednesday Questions

1. What is the first day of Lent called?
2. What is the Tuesday before Lent called?
3. How long is Lent?
4. What are 2 special ways of praying during lent?
5. What is the original meaning of word Lent?
6. What color vestments does the Priest wear during Lent?
7. What word is never said or sung during Lent?
8. What do Catholics abstain from eating on Friday during Lent?
9. On what 2 days are Catholics required to fast during Lent?
10. What Snack originated during Lent because it contained only flour, water, & salt?
11. What food was traditionally eaten the day before Lent begins?
12. What Irish saints feast day takes place during Lent?
13. What important feast day occurs on March 25?
14. On what Sunday during Lent does the Priest bless palms?
15. What event in the life of Jesus do palms recall for us?
16. On what day during Lent does the Bishop bless?
17. How many Stations of the Cross are there?
18. How many times does Jesus fall in the Stations?
19. Who helped Jesus carry the Cross?

Answers- 1. Ash Wednesday 2. Fat Tuesday 3. 40 days 4. Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross 5. Spring 6. Purple 7. Alleluia 8. Meat 9. Ash-Wednesday & Good Friday 10. Pretzel 11. Hot Cross Buns 12. St. Patrick's day  13. The feast of the Annunciation 14. Palm Sunday 15. Jesus' entrance in Jerusalem 16. Tuesday of Holy Week 17. 14 18. 3 19. Simon of Cyrene

February 2017
Happy Valentines day!

A little about ST. Valentine-
Saint Valentine was a third century bishop who bravely died for his faith. The name Valentine means "Valiant" or brave. This day seems to have been connected to love before it became Valentines feast day. There is an old legend that birds choose their mates on February 14, and the mating of birds is a clear signal that spring will be coming soon. A saint who died for the sake of God is certainly a fine patron of love, and lovers, and a day that calls to mind the springtime resurrection of the earth is a good day for a saint's feast.

Usually in February I am talking about Lent. This year Lent does not start until March 1st. On March 1st we celebrate Ash Wednesday and the ashes remind us that we all die and return to ashes. For me this is sad but a great reminder that we are put one earth and only God knows when we will return to him. As I always say hug your children and keep them close, enjoy each moment with your family and friends as for we do not know what tomorrow brings.

It is a great time to start thinking about the Lenten season. Next month I will have some Lent trivia posted on my newsletter. I ask that you take the test to see how much you know about Lent, Ash Wednesday and Easter.

Until Next Month God Bless You!
Mark Hoheisel (Director)

January 2017
As I take my Christmas tree down I am a little sadden how time goes by faster and faster as we get older. Every Christmas season I tell myself I am just going to take time to truly enjoy the Holiday Season. Of course this did not happen again this Christmas season. This year I did though, have the opportunity to have my family over for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. On Christmas Eve we went to the 4:30 Mass and then enjoyed coffee cake, (Made by my 92 year old sweet Grandma) and then watched old Christmas videos from 1989. Oh how fun it was to look back. On Christmas day we were joined by about 30 other family members, where we played cards, ate lots. Played Pie face, and had oh so many laughs. What a great Christmas it was. You may be asking yourself or telling yourself Why do I care? How does this relate to me? This is just a reminder to enjoy your family and family gatherings not just at Christmas but all year long. As we all know tomorrow is never promised and no-one knows what tomorrow will bring.

A reminder Children in grades 1-6 should be working on Chapter 13 the week of January 2, 2017. Please have your child turn it in next week. With that in mind I have attached a small learning piece below. Until next month, Happy New Year & God Bless!

I like to have a small learning part of each of my newsletter.
About Ordinary Time: Ordinary Time begins with the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by his cousin John. (That's why we call him John the Baptist) Jesus was revealed as the Son of God. Jesus accepted and began his mission. He knew he would have to suffer and die to save all of God's people from sin.

As we start 2017 may your year be filled with good health and happiness.
Mark Hoheisel

December 2016-
As we prepare for the coming of Jesus during this Advent season I pray that your family prepares an open heart for the Christ child. I thought I would give a little lesson on Advent and Christmas for the December Monthly letter.

The church year begins with Advent. The season of Advent lasts about four weeks. During Advent we get ready for Christmas. We pray and wait for Jesus to come more and more into our world. We prepare our hearts so Jesus can come more and more into our own lives. We light candles on the Advent wreath to show we are waiting for Jesus, the light of the world.

On Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, God's greatest gift. That's why we give gifts to people we love. The Christmas season includes the feast of the Holy Family; the feast of Mary, the Mother of God, on January 1; and the feast of the Epiphany celebrated on the Sunday after the feast of Mary, Mother of God. The Epiphany celebrates the coming of the wise men to worship Jesus, the newborn king. Jesus was revealed as the Savior of all people and nations.

May your Christmas Season be filled with love.
Mark Hoheisel (Director)
November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Month!
As we approach the most thankful time of the year, I ask that you take time to thank God for the wonderful blessing's in your life. Maybe not just the food and life, but much more in depth.
This month I have lots of reminders that I will be listing rather than a formal newsletter. I think that this is a great reminder of all the upcoming events that will take place.

Children Choir
Anyone from the Pierz Parish who is interested in having their child sing in the Children's choir can show up on the following days for practice followed by Mass.
Practice: Thursday November 17, 2016 from 6-7pm
Sing/Mass: Sunday November 20, 2016 8am
Practice: Wednesday December 21, 2016 6-7pm
Sing/Mass: December 24, 2016 @ 4:30mass

Classroom Confessions
All students in grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to attend Confession before Christmas. Please take note of the dates and times. Please take a few minutes to review with your child the proper steps and behavior in church.
Grade 3- December 8 at 1:55pm    Grade 4- November 22, 2016 @ 1:55pm
Grade 5- December 13, 2016 @ 1:55pm     Grade 6-December 7, 2016 @ 1:55pm

Homework Reminder
November 1-3 Chapter 7 due    November 7-10 Chapter 8 due   November 14-17 Chapter 9 due
November 21-24 Chapter 10 due     November 28-30 Chapter 11 due   December 5-8 Chapter 12 due
*Please note: We will not go into chapter 13 until January 2017*

Pierz Foods: Currently at 7099.98! Great job, keep sending in your receipts!

First Confession
Please pray for the second graders who will be making their second Sacrament on November 28,29,30!
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a very important Sacrament as we receive God's forgiveness.

Progress Reports
Will be send home the week of November 14, 2016. Please watch for your child's grade and progress.

St Nick Raffle
All sold/unsold tickets are due at Father Pierz School of Religion no later than December 1, 2016. This is a must that all tickets are returned. Thanks for your help with this important fundraiser.

Christmas Cash Bingo
Everyone is welcome to join us for a cash Bingo on: December 3, 2016 at 1:00pm in the Holy Trinity gym. We look forward to seeing you all at the bingo.

God Bless everyone!

Mr. Hoheisel

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