Children in the First Communion Class (grades 1 - 5) will receive a blue backpack for the Go, Seek, Find program by St. Mary's Press. Normally, we have in-person workshops as part of our First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation. At this time, we are still working to determine our plan for these. Students in grades six and up will receive more age-appropriate materials to prepare for these sacraments. Visit our website for more information.
Contact Marti Salas for more information (email@example.com).
Workbooks and folders with information are being prepared for pick-up. The cost of workbooks for children in grades 1 - 6, books for middle and high school students, blue backpacks for the First Communion Class and materials for the Confirmation Class is included in the Registration Fee. Hopefully, we will have these ready for pick-up in the next week or two. An email will be sent out once they are ready, and it will include instructions for pick-up.
In past years, weekly chapter homework could be submitted online using your Flourish login. However, this year, we will not be able to accept homework through an online submission. It can only be turned in at the drop box outside the Parish Center.
Contact Sarah Pedrozo for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We chose this as our theme for the 2020 - 21 Faith Formation year for several reasons. First, the past six months of our lives have been upended, and the beginning of this school year is stressful and uncertain.
Second, there is a real need for cycles and rhythms in our lives. As Catholics, we know this in a unique way as the liturgical calendar circles and cycles again and again, hopefully deepening in our lives each year.
Third, the feast of St. Hildegard of Bingen is September 17, and Hildegard was a member of the Benedictines. St. Benedict first wrote his Rule of St. Benedict in 516 A.D. It was meant to be a guide for religious communities to live together as families. Central to Benedictine spirituality is a sense that time belongs to God and we are called to sanctify our time--not spend it--by being mindful of God through the days, weeks, months and years.
Fourth, as one Benedictine website writes, "Leisure is making space in our lives to tune into the gifts, the needs, the aspects of who we are, in order to be enriched by the very gifts God has given us."
Finally, rather than try to force a "normal" year of Faith Formation, we want it to be an integrated, "leisurely" time of work, prayer, play, study and rest. We will talk more about this as we go through the year; however, we now invite you to enter into a time of "Living Leisurely through the Liturgical Year" as we learn more about our faith and deepen our experience of God in every moment.
If you are receiving this newsletter, it means you have registered for Faith Formation this year. This newsletter will be a brief introduction to the year. More information will come soon!
We know it's an odd and challenging time, and we are working hard--and quickly!--to get ready. If you have not yet visited and bookmarked our Family Faith Formation website, you may do so by clicking here. The Menu can be found in the upper left corner, and there are separate pages for middle school, high school, First Communion and Confirmation. The page for Septemberis active, and more will be added to it in the coming days. Each month we will have a unique page to offer a variety of family activities.