NEW in Our Simple Faith Podcast Series
An important part of our Family Faith and Generations of Faith programs is the adult faith formation component. Since we are not gathering in person this year, we are initiating a podcast series we're calling Simply Faith. Click here for our Podcasts!
Episode 2: A Brief Introduction to St. Hildegard
Episode 3: The Greatest Show--High School Marching Band, Salvation History and the Liturgical Year
Hopefully, everyone has been able to complete and turn in any September homework or projects and gotten a start on October. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help.
Please try Formed! Our parish has paid for subscriptions for all families in our Faith Formation program. If you need help logging in, please let us know. Here's the short version.
Advent is Coming!
Maranatha is a word we sing and hear during the time of Advent, and it means "Come, Lord Jesus!" Now is the time to prepare for the preparation of Christmas! What does this mean? It's time to buy Advent candles! Stores tend to run out as we get closer to the First Sunday of Advent (November 29 this year). If your family does not have an Advent wreath, you can make an easy one with some candles and a wreath. Or, you can order one online. Religious goods are available from a variety of vendors. One we use often in Autom.
St. Catherine's Preschool
St. Catherine’s Preschool is providing At Home Preschool Lessons for families with children ages 2-5. The weekly themes have fun and interactive child-centered activities. They are set up in a way that you are able to choose from a variety of activities for your child. All plans will include prayers, songs, stories, activities, bible lessons, crafts, finger plays, songs, and recipes. We will include links with all of the books read by the teachers and a few of the activities for a personal connection. The At Home Preschool lesson plans are $75/month and have an abundance of learning opportunities. You can find more information on our website.
What's Due in October
It's the middle of October, and we want to make sure everyone is caught up with what they should have turned in by now.
By now, just about every family or middle/high school student should have completed and turned in their September projects--either two family projects for elementary students or one age-appropriate project for students in grades 7 - 12. (Students in the Confirmation Class this year are not required to complete the monthly projects.) If you have not yet done so, September projects can still be found on our website. Click on "Menu" in the upper left corner and then "Faith Formation 2020 - 21". At the bottom of the drop-down list you will see the options for September projects. Please be aware that projects for students in grades 7 - 12 MUST be age-appropriate. For example, simple coloring sheets are not acceptable for those students.
Parents of elementary school students need to be aware that monthly family projects and chapter reviews/First Reconciliation/First Communion homework must be completed for the year to count toward First Communion preparation. If one of these components is not done, the year will not count toward Confirmation preparation.
Parents of middle and high school students need to be aware that to complete the year, students must attend Zoom classes, complete monthly projects and complete and turn in all homework. If one of those three components is not done, the year will not count toward Confirmation preparation.
If you have not yet picked up your family's books and materials, you have until October 31, 2020, to do so. After that date, we will assume you have decided not to participate this year. Please contact Cynthia to schedule a time to pick up your books and materials. (Cynthia.Rodriguez@stcatherine-austin.org)
ALL homework and projects for September - December MUST be completed and turned in by December 31, 2020. Due to the number of children, youth and families in our program, we will not be able to accept homework and projects turned in after that date.