FOR FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN (K-5), due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are going to start the school year with an online approach, with the hope of in-person meetings as time progresses. This will be for both catechists and parents. As I've even observed with my own children and their zoom classes and with the mess that September will likely be for so many, we have decided here at St. Patrick's that it will be best to communicate with the parents and to help guide them through the Formation activities for their own families. This provides the greatest flexibility, especially with so much uncertainty surrounding everything right now.
We are starting with the Family Formation materials out of the Church of St. Paul in Ham, Minnesota (www.familyformation.net). It has been utilized across the country successfully for about 30 years, and provides a specific resource to us on a monthly basis. It’s a cyclical curriculum that covers a broad range of sessions and topics over a 3-year period, tying into the Liturgical cycle, though not tied to specific Sunday readings of the particular day. We’ll provide the home lessons via digital means to begin with (pdfs and links), and adjust as we go forward. The “classroom lessons” will be communicated via our parent Zoom meetings.
Additionally, we will almost exclusively be utilizing Flocknote for the communication and content delivery, as it seems to be the most reliable means we have available to us.
PLEASE NOTE: Sacramental Preparation (1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion) are separate from regular Family Formation; however, in order to be in Sacramental Preparation, families will need to be registered in Family Formation. Please note as well, there is no such thing as a “two-year program” or anything of that nature. As children are at the age and show readiness, as well as families show a commitment to help walk and guide their children in the faith, that will determine Sacramental readiness. More information will come in September for the time frame on this.
Cost per family is: $75. This can be paid at once or broken up over time.
Sign up for Flocknote to get up-to-date information: https://stpatrickcathedral.flocknote.com/SPCFFF
Download the Schedule:
Sessions will be posted here after they happen. Materials for Home Study will be sent via FlockNote before the meeting, and/or provided during the meeting.
Mike's Short Intro: https://youtu.be/oBGMwleRZ4k
Key themes for September:
- Create the Space for God, both at home with making a sacred space for prayer and reminding us of God with us, and also, create the space in our hearts by actually praying.
- For Sundays, go to Mass if healthy and able, but if you cannot, make that space on Sunday to give God priority, by watching and praying Mass together as a family.
Home Lesson Topic: Angels
Family Prayer Book: Family_Prayer_Book.pdf
* Must be signed up to Family Formation to have access to the monthly resources, which are sent via Flocknote to the registered families.
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