Category Archives: Events, Activities, Retreats

Christmas Eve Children’s Pageant – 2017

Children’s Christmas Eve Nativity at the 3:00 Mass

Every year, the Christmas Eve Mass features a children’s Nativity Pageant. This year it will take place at the 3:00 Christmas Eve Mass in the St. Rose School Gathering Hall. Thank you to Elisabeth Gietz, Maureen Reidy, and Laura Callahan for volunteering to coordinate the nativity this year. Children in grades K through three are shepherds, angels, inn-keepers, and wisemen. If you would like your children or grandchildren to participate in this prayerful pageant, please call Liz Gietz at 203-526-0890 or e-mail her at There is one rehearsal, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1:00 in the Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center. What a wonderful opportunity to share in the joy-filled gift of God’s Son!

There is also the need of someone to create a sketch for the program. Please send to Elisabeth if you desire to use your talent in this way!

Be Pro-Active about Identifying the Brain-Health Needs of Young People – Nov 30, 2017

Youth Brain Health First Aid

Thursday November 30, 2017 8am – 5pm

Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center, St. Rose Parish
38B Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT

Youth Brain Health First Aid (YBHFA) is a course in which you will be certified to recognize potential signs and symptoms of youth in a brain health crisis, like panic attacks, self-harm and thoughts of suicide, and it will teach you ways to appropriately respond.

This course includes 8 hours of instruction, a course manual, snacks, a completion certificate, and a fun environment. YBHFA courses typically cost around $250 – The Avielle Foundation and the Resiliency Center of Newtown are offering it to you for $50/per person- inclusive of the course manual and lunch.

The Certification course is 8 hours of class time. This time the course will take place from Thursday, November 30, 2017 with a one hour lunch taken

There will be plenty of breaks with snacks and drinks, however lunch will not be provided.

This course is appropriate for students (15 years and up), parents, teachers, school staff, family, friends, health care providers, law enforcement, and anybody interested. Sign up here, with this form.