Sunday Morning Elementary Program

A New Name

Our elementary religious education program for families with children in first through fifth grades is now called “Elementary Faith Formation.” Faith formation is more than catechesis; it is a way of life.  The elementary program has been revised to empower parents not only to teach their faith to their family, but also to demonstrate how to live it in a loving relationship with Jesus through participating in the Mass, prayer, and reading Sacred Scripture.    

A New Look: Away With the Classroom Model

The weekly sessions consist of group faith sharing and catechesis. The purpose is to build a community of children of differing ages and levels of understanding of our Catholic Christian faith in order to bring them closer to God in their thoughts and actions through group sharing. The gatherings take place after the 8:30 am Mass (at approximately 9:30). The children meet in the Parish Library. The sessions end at 10:35, just in time for those attending the 10:45 am Mass.  Families are encouraged to attend Mass before or after the session as the Eucharist is the center of our Sunday celebration.  

Community building activities such as the Advent Faith Fair, , Lenten Faith Fair, Easter Egg Hunt and Vacation Bible School serve to broaden the children's faith formation beyond the Sunday morning program.

Faith Sharing at the Sunday Sessions

We welcome parents to volunteer at the Sunday morning sessions to achieve a better understanding of how the faith concepts they are developing in their children at home are realized in the interactive activities that take place in the group sessions.  We need 2 parent volunteers for each session.  Their main responsibility is to supervise the group during their activity or craft time (when they are not working with the leader).  In order to assist at the group sessions the parents need to be in compliance with the Archdiocese of Portland's Child Protection Requirements.  Click here for more information.

Faith Sharing at Home

The faith formation program requires parents and children to devote a minimum of one hour a week to family tme, in addition to attendance at the weekly faith formation session.  Each family decides upon and sets the day and time for the home lessons.  The parents will be responsible for making sure the lesson has been completed. 

In addition, our parish has subscribed to the Formed program, which has been called the "Catholic Netflix."  Created by the Augustine Institute, Formed offers the Catholic Faith On Demand on your PC, tablet and smart phone.  Many movies and books about the lives of saints may be shared as a family and children are provided opportunities to learn about their faith through animated characters and stories by Brother Jupiter.

To access the Formed program, go to www.formed.org/register.  Enter the parish code J7N7CD.  Enter your email address and create a password (you'll need it to logon later).  Enjoy and share with your family!     

Supply Fees
Supply fees for the Elementary Faith Formation program are traditionally set to cover the cost of art supplies, teacher resources, etc.  The supply fee this year is $50.00 per child.  Tuition assistance is available.

 

 

 

 

Registration Information

To register your child for our 2018-19 Faith Formation classes, please print, complete and return the Registration Packet to the parish office. Thank you.

2018-19 Class Schedule

Questions?  Contact Dcn Bill McNamara.

 

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