Parent Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Welcome – Thank you for being here this evening. I know how hectic your lives are, even more so since last March. “Our faith is not an either/or”, and by being here you are showing your children that our faith is part of our daily lives such as school, sports/dance and other activities.
If you were unable to pick up materials at our Pick -Up event you may register online and pick up materials with arrangements made with the Faith Formation Office. I bought our program “Gospel Weeklies” in both print and digital for K-6th grades.
The 7th and 8th grade are meeting for face to face classes. They are wearing masks and are socially distanced. Please drop them off at the Activities Center at 5:30pm and when picking up at 7pm please come inside to get them. They are the only children using their classroom and the classroom will be sanitized after each use.
“Gospel Weeklies” is set up so you can do a little bit every day, all at once, or anything in-between. Learning about our faith should not be stressful. If it gets to that point, then please call me. You will be responsible for an online assessment either WEEKLY (preferred) or at the end of each UNIT (the collective 8 weeks). This will show accountability for each student for the year. The directions are below.
You can also access the digital gospel weeklies and extra resources for families with a specific email that we will assign to you. Please contact the office for this email.
Communication – We will continue to communicate through e-mails/ newsletters/Facebook/parish website/.
Please sign and return the page in the parent handbook.
Next pick up event is on November 1st from 1-2:30pm in the Activities Center.
Weekly online assessment directions:
- Go to: https://www.pflaumweeklies.com/.
- Under the “Browse” tab choose “Online Assessment” in either English or Spanish.
- Select your Level on the right hand side of the page (Promise, Good News etc).
- Choose the lesson assessment for the week that corresponds with the current week that we are ending (ex. September 20, 2020 would be the weekend prior) then choose online assessment.
- In the question box “What’s the email of your catechist or teacher?” type firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete assessment and click submit.
Letter to Parents
We are planning to begin Faith Formation classes the week of September 20, 2020. With the Coronavirus and current social distancing guidelines, we have put into place safety guidelines to keep our children and families safe. We will be using the program from Gospel Weeklies by Pflaum which teaches to the Sunday liturgy. Pflaum understands that many parishes and schools have chosen to cancel in-person classes due to developments arising from Covid-19. Considering the challenge this poses, we will be doing an at-home digital/print version of the faith formation program. This will allow you as a family, to download each week’s lesson along with having a printed version of the lesson. A bilingual program is available upon request. Upon completion of your registration/book fee you will be given a password to access each lesson.
We will be starting our 2020-2021 year with a Drive-Thru Faith Formation Pick-Up Event on Sunday September 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm. At this event there will be drive-up stations to pick up all the materials you will need for the first eight weeks of the Gospel Weeklies Program as well as turning in your registration form and payment.
Our Faith Formation program provides a well-rounded Catholic education to the youth of our parish. When health circumstances permitted, we used traditional book learning, prayer services, and hands-on activities to bring our faith to life for our children. Due to the current circumstances we are now incorporating these activities into our new circumstances. Our program builds upon itself as the children move through each grade so they can live as faith-filled Catholic Christians. Upon receiving Confirmation at the end of 8th grade their faith journey continues with our High School Youth Ministry program.
First Communion sacramental preparation begins in first grade and continues through second grade. First Communion preparation includes a retreat and rehearsals for First Communion. Confirmation sacramental preparation begins in seventh grade and continues through eighth grade. Confirmation preparation includes service work, research of a saint, a one-day retreat, and composition of a letter to the pastor stating the Confirmandi’s preparedness and requesting permission to be confirmed.
If your child is in a sacramental class, First Communion or Confirmation, more detailed information will be coming.
Partners in Faith,