Year 1: Beginnings
Year 1 Beginnings is the start of your child’s formal faith formation in the Church and of a lifetime of learning about and living for Jesus Christ!
Year 1 Beginnings is designed for children in first grade or second grade and in their first year of Faith Formation. This program is the first year of your child’s Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion.
Year 1 Beginnings Sessions are faith-filled, engaging, multi-sensory, intentional, and fun! The program is held in large group sessions in room 102/103 of Meaney Hall. The children are divided into smaller groups at tables along with a volunteer minister (teacher) to instruct them. We strive for consistency for the children, opening with the Gathering Song, a prayer, and the Sacred Space lesson. Year 1 Beginnings uses Bible stories, faith-based videos, and music to engage the children.
The children (and volunteers!) pray together, sing songs of worship, learn about the Mass, the liturgical calendar, and more.
The format is as follows:
– One in person session a month
– One at home lesson emailed per month
Year 2: Blessed
Year 2 Blessed is designed for children in second grade or third grade who are in their second year of Faith Formation. This program is the second year of your child’s Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. The program is held in large group sessions in room 102/103 of Meaney Hall, and the children are divided into smaller groups at tables along with a volunteer minister(teacher) to instruct them.
Through visually stunning animation, workbooks that are works of art, and incredible content, our Blessed sessions lead children, step-by-step, to where God is calling them to be as they prepare to receive two Sacraments!
Blessed sessions will consist of:
– Two in person sessions a month
– Blessing Cup Retreat in March – parent required to attend with their child
Parents working together with our Religious Education program will prepare children who complete two years of faith formation to receive First Reconciliation in January and First Holy Communion in the spring.
Grades 3 & 4
The Grade 3 & Grade 4 program format is a large in person session with smaller breakout groups within them and held in room 102/103 in Meaney Hall.
As Our Sunday Visitor – Alive in Christ workbook is a spiral curriculum, it enables us to combine the grades for a good sense of community and peer learning. The children are divided into smaller groups at tables along with a volunteer minister(teacher) to instruct them based on their grade level and using their workbooks. We come together as a large group for prayer and discussions.
The Grades 3 and 4 program will focus on the life, mission, and saving work of Jesus Christ, helping to lay the foundation for a lifelong relationship with Jesus. Faith into practice activities and questions, prompt children to relate knowledge of our faith with their life experience so they can apply the many ways we worship, live, pray, and serve together as Catholics.
The format is:
– One-Two large group session per month
– Special events and speakers over the year including a grade 3 & 4 retreat in February & Reconciliation services in March.
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