Religious Formation 2020-2021

Welcome back!  As you are well aware, we find ourselves in unusual times.  Despite the coronavirus, we are doing all that we can to continue to offer you support with your children’s religious formation while at the same time promoting health and safety.

In an effort to keep everyone safe, there will be some significant differences in our program this year.
           
             >First of all, we are going to support you as you take the reins of your child’s faith formation.  At your
            child’s baptism, you committed to being your child’s first teacher of the faith. We will be guiding you in
            how you can do that in a way that will help your whole family grow closer to Christ. 
           
            >In addition, you will have options that are listed below—including in person instruction and
            homeschool instruction.  This is to open up space so our classrooms are at no more than 50% capacity. 
            However, there will no longer be the “drop off at the door option.” 
           
            >If your child is at the church, a parent (or grandparent or godparent) will also be at the church. 
           
            >Lastly, for the time being, masks will be required for anyone over the age of two who enters the
            church.

Options for Faith Formation:
1.  Family Faith Formation on Campus:  Your family will be assigned to group A or group B.  In a normal month, group A will attend the first two Wednesdays of the month, and Group B will attend the 2nd two Wednesdays of the month.

            Wednesday #1 6:30-8:00 pm:  Group A attends Mass and then breaks into groups for instruction.  
                        (Parents (Spanish or English); 6th-8th grade; 3rd-5th grade; 1st-2nd grade; Pre-K4-Kindergarten.)
                        In the parents’ meeting, you will receive information about how to address the topics of the
                        month with your children.  All children will be addressing the same topics at an age appropriate
                        level in their breakout session and with the family through the month.

            Wednesday #2 6:30-8:00 pm:  Group A attends Mass.  After Mass, families will be set up to work
                        together on a lesson pertaining to the topic from the previous week.  Catechists will rove to
                        support your efforts and answer questions.  At the end of the evening, parents will be given
                        additional lessons to reinforce the topic at home.  These lessons are to be completed at home
                        at the family’s convenience during the month.

            Wednesday #3 6:30-8:00 pm:  Group B attends Mass and then breaks into groups for instruction.  
                        (Parents (Spanish or English); 6th-8th grade; 3rd-5th grade; 1st-2nd grade; PreK4-Kindergarten.)
                        In the parents’ meeting, you will receive information about how to address the topics of the
                        month with your children.  All children will be addressing the same topics at an age appropriate
                        level in their breakout session and with the family through the month.

            Wednesday #4 6:30-8:00 pm:  Group B attends Mass.  After Mass, families will be set up to work
                        together on a lesson pertaining to the topic from the previous week.  Catechists will rove to
                        support your efforts and answer questions.  At the end of the evening, parents will be given
                        additional lessons to reinforce the topic at home.  These lessons are to be completed at home
                        at the family’s convenience during the month.

Please note:  If you choose to do the in-person option #1 (above), you will not be allowed to transition to the homeschool option #2 (below) except in the case of illness or if we must close the program down due to the pandemic.

Ages:  For pre-K4-8th grade and parents
Cost:  $50 for 1 child; $65 for 2 children; $80 for 3 children or more
Materials:  Sophia Press Family of Faith

2.  Family Faith Formation Homeschool Study:  If you choose this option, you will still register with the faith formation program.  You will be provided with the materials for home study.  You will schedule an appointment for the family with the DRE in August or September.  At that appointment, the children will be assessed to see where they are in their knowledge and practice of the faith.  Parents will discuss with the DRE their responsibilities and accountability.  In May, the family will schedule an exit interview where the children will again be assessed to guarantee that they are progressing in their faith journey before being promoted.  During the year, parents will be asked to submit a record of lessons covered monthly to the DRE.  In addition, the DRE will offer zoom meetings (in English and Spanish) with the parents once a month to address the monthly topics, answer any questions and offer support to the family. 

Please note:  If you choose to homeschool, you will have to commit for the year and will not be able to transition to option #1 midyear.

Ages:  For pre-K4-8th grade and parents
Cost:  $35 for 1 child; $50 for 2 children; $65 for 3 or more children
Materials:  Sophia Press Family of Faith

What about Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion?  Using Family Faith Formation (either option above) does not directly prepare your child to receive the sacraments.  Sacramental Preparation will be in addition to the Family Faith Formation.  Sacramental Preparation will be on scheduled Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm.  To participate in sacramental preparation, your child must be registered in the family formation program (either option above).  There are six sessions to prepare for First Reconciliation and six sessions to prepare for First Holy Communion. A parent (or grandparent or godparent) must accompany the child.
            Cost: $25 per child
            Schedule:  Preparation for First Reconciliation—9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/7
                               Celebration of First Reconciliation—Saturday, December 12th
                               Preparation for First Holy Communion—1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/23, 4/20
                               First Communion practices and Masses—weekends of 5/2 and 5/9