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Faith Formation Announcement

Introduction Letter – September 14, 2020

Elementary Faith Formation Program Overview

This year we will be offering a hybrid approach to Faith Formation.  Beginning in November, families will receive the Family Life textbook to be taught at home.   This book will need to be completed and returned by January 1, 2021.  Beginning in January children entering Kindergarten to 5th grade will have to option to attend class in person or virtually.  At this time, we will be offering 12 seats per classroom and 12 virtual seats to the same class.   The days and times of each available option will be Sunday 10 am to 11 am, Monday 5 pm to 6 pm or Monday 7 pm to 8 pm.   The parish is purchasing laptops, cameras and mics to bring everyone together.

Middle School Edge Program Overview

This year we will be offering a hybrid approach to Faith Formation.  Beginning in December, we will be offing a parent and child online class to kick off the year.  More information will be coming soon.   Beginning in January middle school students entering 6th thru 8th grade will have to option to attend class in person or virtually.  At this time, we will be offering 12 seats per classroom and 12 virtual seats to the same class.   The class time will be Wednesday 7 pm to 8 pm.   The parish is purchasing laptops, cameras and mics to bring everyone together.   This new curriculum is very much about meeting middle school youth in their daily life and supporting their spiritual development as they approach Confirmation in High School.  Edge is the program within LifeTeen that has been used in hundreds of parishes around the world.   Jess Temple and I are developing a dashboard that will be providing catechist, students and parents all the resources through our parish website.   Each lesson will be available and easy to follow along in the class or at home so that parents and catechist can support each young person to the best of our ability.

High School Faith Formation Program Overview

Beginning in January high school students will have the option to attend class in person or virtually.  At this time, we will be offering 12 seats per classroom and 12 virtual seats to the same class.   The class time will be Sunday 5 pm to 6 pm.   The parish is purchasing laptops, cameras and mics to bring everyone together.   This curriculum is very much about meeting high school youth in their daily life and supporting their spiritual development as they approach Confirmation in High School.  LifeTeen is a program that has been used in hundreds of parishes around the world.   Jess Temple and I are developing a dashboard that will be providing catechists, students and parents all the resources through our parish website.   Each lesson will be available and easy to follow along in the class or at home so that parents and catechists can support each young person to the best of our ability.

Expectations For All Students

All Students will be expected to participate in the following events and activities:

  • Completed registrations forms submitted before the start of classes
  • Parents will attend all online orientations
  • Attend all class events in person or virtually
  • Participate as a family in weekly attendance at the Weekend Mass
  • Complete and return The Family Life textbook by January 1, 2021
  • Complete and return homework on time

Cost for class: $40 at the time of registration

Class Gathering Format & Dates:

  • All classes and events will be a hybrid of in-person or virtual.
  • None of the classes will be recorded per the guidance of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
  • All class schedules and forms are listed on our parish website.
  • The Family Life Unit will be distributed in November for parents to teach and return by January 1st for all Elementary students.
  • Middle School Students and parents will have a Created For Love 1 hour Zoom class in December.
  • Students preparing for Reconciliation and Eucharist will only register for the Sacramental Prep class and NOT register for Faith Formation this year only.
  • The class year will end in mid-May

Student Class Safety is of the utmost importance to us

  • All class and events will be a hybrid of in-person or virtual.
  • All families will be asked to sign a registration form, Zoom Participation Waiver and a Covid Waiver in order to participate.
  • All classes will have two Virtus/Worthy of the Call certified volunteers at each gathering.
  • Students will be health screened before attending.
  • Masks will be worn at all times in the building.
  • Small groups will be limited to 12 students per group.

Online Registration Process – in Progress

Our parish staff have been actively working since mid-July migrating our 20-year-old parish database to a new and interactive database called Ministry Platform.  This new and fantastic format will give parish staff and parishioners greater communication and management tools.   Parishioners will have the ability to update their personal information, family record, donations, register for classes and events and send and receive email to the parish staff.   Each family will be receiving an invitation to join our MP Portal very soon.

At this time, the staff has completed their introductory training and the data migration from ParishSoft to Ministry Platform (MP) has been completed.   The staff currently is in the process of checking and cleaning up the data and setting up classes and registration online forms.

Jessica Temple, Fran Werden and I have set October 1, 2020 to “Go Live” with the parish participation application of the launching of the MP Parishioner Portal!   Please keep us in your prayers as we diligently take on this new and exciting offering as only the second Catholic Parish in the United States to do this!

Looking forward to a blessed and wonderful year.  Carol Smith, Pastoral Associate


 

 

 



Use this link to register, view courses, and to get started: https://franciscanathome.com/free-institution-signup

 


Eucharistic Adoration

Tuesdays at our Ijamsville Church

4103 Prices Distillery Road

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

and

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

 


Haiti Committee  – Sponsor a child for lunch in Bac D’Aquin, Haiti.  We have 78 children sponsored and needing a total of 125 children sponsored.