Faith Formation for Children Age 3 to Grade 5
Plan during COVID19 Pandemic:
We are moving ahead with a plan for fall programs. Like every pandemic plan, it is subject to change if our situation improves or declines. We had to consider many things, including: the square footage of space we have available, the age of the student and their ability to social distance, the materials we have access to, our catechists willingness to participate, the length of time it takes to properly clean and sanitize a space, and the thoughts of our participating families, not to mention the % of positive cases in the county. Please know that the plan described here will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and we will make changes to keep our students and volunteers safe and offer the best possible programs we are able to.
This fall the plan is as follows:
Preschoolers (at home and distance learning)
-A fall Parent Meeting live and recorded to learn about program materials
-Stories of God’s Love folders sent home for families
-Activity Masters for these lessons and extra activity materials (crafts) copied and sent home
-Optional Classroom Zoom or Google Classroom (15 minutes) to guide extra activity, lead prayer and
Elementary Grades (at home and distance learning)
- A fall Parent Meeting live and recorded to learn about program materials
- Finding God Workbooks sent home
-Craft Project materials and black line masters copied and sent home
-Weekly Zoom or Google Classroom Lesson (by catechist OR by lower/upper school art easel lesson,
music, and prayer)
Each family will receive a prayer table package which may include: liturgical color linens, candle, mini cross, holy water, prayers, Mary card, and a rosary. Families should reach out to me if they are in need of a Bible.
All sacramental lessons for First Reconciliation/First Communion continue to be done by parents and will be supplemented with virtual opportunities for learning.
Materials will be distributed in the fall at a drive-by pick-up and will include craft materials and worksheets through the month of December. Families will need to have basic supplies like scissors, glue, pencils, and markers or crayons on hand.
Once materials are distributed, a parent meeting will take place to learn about our new texts and how our programs will work.
We will not be able to make programs work without your help. We still need some catechists. We will need "hall monitors" to be present in virtual classrooms and on campus with our youth. Hall monitors on campus would need to be willing to help check-in our youth by taking temperatures, asking health questions, directing students to use hand sanitizers, and monitoring hallways during class. All virtual classes need to have two adults present with background checks, a code of conduct, and safety training. The good news is that our Archdiocese has now moved to on-line Virtus classes. These classes can be done at home at your convenience.
Please feel free to contact us if you are willing to help in any way, or if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 612.317.3439 or email@example.com. Jolane can be reached at 612.317.3414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us pray together for healing in the lives of those who are ill, in thanksgiving for essential workers, and in gratitude for the opportunities we have to continue learning.
Coordinator of Learning and Sacraments for Children and Youth
In Person Plan and Program Information
Preschool Faith Formation (Children who are age 3 by September 1, will not be in Kindergarten, and are able to take care of their own toileting needs):
Preschool classes run from 9:15-10:45 am on Sundays. Our program incorporates free play, music instruction, and RCL/Benziger’s curriculum, Stories of God’s Love. We will follow a two year rotation with their Ages 3-4 and 4-5 series. This year’s themes will include: I Am Welcomed, God Knows and Loves Me, God Gives Us All That Is Good, Jesus is God’s Own Son, I Belong to My Church Family, I tell God I Love Him, and I Celebrate Holy Days and Holidays.
Children’s Faith Formation (Grades K-5) :
Our new curriculum, Finding God, seeks to form discipleship in children through Ignatian spirituality, weekly studies of sacred art work, scripture, Catholic social teaching, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students will each receive their own workbook which will be kept in the classroom. Parents will have access to online resources that support the curriculum by offering prayers, videos, and other helpful tools.
Keeping with our past tradition, music will be an important part of our program. The students will receive weekly music lessons and will participate together in a special Christmas Musical. The musical is considered part of our program and all children in Faith Formation are expected to participate.
First Reconciliation and First Communion
Children who are at least seven years old and are in Grade Two or above are welcome to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Fall and the Sacrament of First Communion in the Spring. Parents attend a meeting to learn about the preparation and receive materials for at home preparation. The Basilica will offer a virtual parent/child retreat which is a required part of the sacramental preparation for each sacrament. Students who do not attend Catholic School are required to attend weekly Faith Formation Classes while they prepare for the sacraments.
Our program runs from September to May. Registration is from April through August.
If you join The Basilica after our program year starts, we still warmly welcome you to enroll your children for the balance of the program year, provided there is enough space in class and our ratio of certified catechists/children is met.
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Commitment to Inclusive Learning
The Basilica of Saint Mary strives to meet the needs of each student in our Faith Formation program. Please let us know if your child has special needs or an Individualized Education Program (IEP).