Faith Formation

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Family Faith Formation

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This Sunday’s Mass: (1-24-21)

https://youtu.be/VdXjBE8oOt4

We have a special treat from our choir, St. John’s Christmas Concert:

https://youtu.be/B_TM26pkZR0

Video Masses will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future while the church will be open for you to come to Mass.

Each weekend Masses will take place on Saturday at 5:00 PM, and on Sunday at 8:00 AM,  10:00 AM, and 12:00 noon.  The weekend schedule will continue to be evaluated to allow for everyone to be admitted to Mass.

If you have not picked up your books or have not registered as of yet, it is not too late. Please come to the Family Faith Office or call us at (631)567-1765.

We thank all our parents who are working so hard with their children at home as we navigate this unknown territory of having our entire religion program for the children take place at home instead of in-person classes. You are in our prayers and please call the Family Faith Formation Office if you have any questions (631 567-1765).

FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION

We have already had questions about dates for next year’s First Communions and for Confirmation. The sad reality is that the covid-19 pandemic is still very much with us. As the number of new cases has been growing every day, the long hoped for vaccine is just beginning to be made available to nurses, doctors and workers in hospitals and nursing homes. The Center for Disease Control reports that it will be several months before the vaccine is available to everyone so that we may achieve immunity for the majority of the population (herd immunity) and get back to anything that could be considered a “normal” way of life. They also report that 74% of new cases of the virus are occurring at private gatherings of family and friends.

For all these reasons and more, it would be impossible for us at this time to determine when we will be able to do First Communions. Since the Diocese and the Bishop’s schedule must be considered for Confirmation, we are also unable to estimate a time of year for Confirmation let alone a date. Our first consideration in these decisions must be, as it was this past spring and summer, the health and safety of our children and their families. This past year, First Communions and Confirmation all finally took place in August. We have no idea if something like that will happen again. We hope and pray for a speedy resolution to the pandemic.

As we here at the Parish Office are becoming aware of more and more parishioners who have been affected by the virus, we pray for everyone’s health and safety, and speedy recovery. As much as we would like to help you plan for your children’s special days with their first sacraments, we must remember that there is one thing only that prevents us from doing so at this time and that is the corona virus. It is not over. As much as we are tired of it, we must wear the masks, wash the hands, and stay six feet apart. Be careful, and stay healthy.

You are in our prayers.

Kathy Russell-Sica Director

Henry MacLellan Assistant Director

Joanne Squitieri Office Manager

Family Faith Formation Announcement regarding classes for the 2020/2021 school year.

We hope all our families are doing well during this very difficult time. We know that Church can be a place of strength and support for our parishioners, especially when we need those gifts as much as we do now. The pandemic leave s us with so many questions for which we may not have the answers.  And yet our Family Faith Formation Office feels that religious formation is of the utmost important for our children. Keeping our children and adults safe is also of the utmost importance. We have taken the past few months to interview our catechists and other interested parties, and to have zoom meetings and discussions with many religious publishers for our curriculum in the coming year.

After much discussion, we have chosen a curriculum that offers a good background of teaching our children the faith along with the necessary preparation that is needed for the children to receive sacraments. We know that this year may be quite a challenge for our students and parents when it comes to schoolwork. With the hope of not over burdening our children with too much computer time or too much book work, we believe this program offers a selection of both.

For Level 1 thru 6 we have purchased a program that offers a hardcover copy book along with the ability to do the lessons on the computer with a final assessment on the computer that will be sent to the office for review. We can send messages to each individual child and they can message us. We are still considering having a catechist mentor for small groups, but that is still in the works.

For Level 7 thru 8 we are going to use the Chosen Program that we have been using with our Level 8 students for the past few years. There is so much wonderful information in this program that we are able to use it for 2 years. It is a video-based program with a book. Internet access will be needed, so if you do not have internet, we do have the actual DVD’s you can borrow.  We will provide an access code which will be the login information. Your child can watch this anywhere that you have internet. There are a few questions for your child to answer after each segment that they view.

As far as workshops go this year, we will be videotaping certain workshops for your child to view with you or will have a written take home to complete. All of this will be found on our website so please check it weekly. There will be no printed calendar this year. All the grade level agendas will be found on the website, stjohnnepomucene.com. We plan on starting the week of October 4th.

Material pick-up will be necessary.  We are open Monday-Thursday from 10-2 pm. If you need a later time please let us know.

If you have not registered, please download a registration form from our website found under the Faith Formation tab. If you are unable to pay at this time, please do not hesitate to register. We look forward to a very relaxed yet educational and spiritual year.

Grade Level Agenda 20/21:

Lessons will be done weekly. When you click on the agenda it will bring you to Christ in Us Program. Be sure to select your child’s grade level to see the next lesson.

Level 1 Agenda

Level 1 Please practice the Our Father

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 2 Agenda

Level 3 Agenda

Level 4 Agenda

Level 5 Agenda

Learning the Rosary for our Level 5 students:

Learning the Rosary

Level 6 Agenda

Reading the bible for our Level 6 students:

How to read the bible

7th Grade Agenda

8th Grade Agenda

Forms

These are the pages for the Level 7 Journal:

These are the pages for the Level 8 Journal:

Workshops for Level 7 & 8:

If your Level 8 student attended Social Justice last year he/she does not have to repeat that workshop.

Information letter for take home workshops:

Level 7 & 8 information letter 2020

Social Justice page 1

Social Justice page 2

Social Justice page 3

Social Justice page 4

Social Justice page 5

Church Vocation

Healthy Relationships page 1

Healthy Relationships page 2

Calendars

    • There will be no printed calendar this year. Please see the grade level agendas.

Children’s Activities- Each activity has a direction page and an activity to do. Please enjoy!!

Jesus has a special meal with his friends page 1

Jesus has a special meal with his friends page 2

Make a family Thankful Tree

Make a family Thankful Tree

God is our Father

God is our Father

God creates people

God creates people

During Advent: Our Families Prepare

During Advent, Our Families Prepare

We light candles on an Advent Wreath

We light candles on an Advent Wreath

We Prepare Our Heart for Jesus’ Birth

We Prepare Our Hearts for Jesus’ Birth

Mary and Joseph Prepare for Jesus’ Birth

Mary and Joseph Prepare for Jesus’ Birth

The Angel told the Shepherds About Jesus

The Angels Told the Shepherds about Jesus

Advent is Four Weeks Long

Advent if Four Weeks Long

Jesus was Born in a Stable

Jesus was Born in a Stable

We Say the Sign of the Cross

We say the Sign of the Cross

Mary Said Yes to God

Mary Said Yes to God

Mary is the Mother of the Church

Mary is the Mother of the Church

Jesus was Born

Jesus was Born

Jesus Had a Family

Jesus Had a Family

We Ask Mary to Pray for Us

We Ask Mary to Pray for Us

We Pray the Hail Mary

We Pray the Hail Mary

We Go to Mass

We Go to Mass

We Receive Holy Communion

We Receive Holy Communion

Holy Communion is Not the Same as Food

Holy Communion is Not the Same as Food

We Receive Holy Communion

We Receive Holy Communion

Jesus is the Bread of Life

Jesus is the Bread of Life

Jesus Teaches Us Hot to Live

Jesus Teaches Us How to Live

I am a Disciple

I am a Disciple

I Pray I’m Sorry

I Pray I’m Sorry

Jesus Teaches Us How to Forgive

Jesus Teaches Us How to Forgive

I Make Good Choices

I Make Good Choices

I Think About My Choices

I Think About My Choices

This is a cute story on creation you can share with your children:

When_God_Made_Everything

Another cute story about Jesus the Teacher:

Jesus_the_Great_Teacher_

Link to our music video

https://youtu.be/0RWcRMERK38

This is a link to all the services so far on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9Hvh0EVKrkbjBzVy_0N61YBni4DgfZvA

Joining the Ministry of Family Faith Formation-

This year we will not be asking for volunteers to be catechists.

Jesus taught us to love God and one another. Help spread the love by volunteering to help in this very rewarding ministry. We could use catechists (teachers), class aides, office volunteers, parking lot safety help on Mon. and Tuesday evening, high school students to tutor one on one etc. We provide catechetical ministry to families at the center, Monday and Tuesday we could use help any of those days.
Please call us at 567-1765. Thank You.

Family Faith Formation Business Hours-

We are presently open on Monday thru Thursday from 10-2 pm

Contribution for each grade for Outreach- Our Outreach is supporting many families right now. If you are able to donate please leave your items in the back of the Church on the food carts. Thank you for all you do for our parish family!!

Level 1 Cereal
Level 2 Peanut butter/Jelly
Level 3 Juice boxes
Level 4 Juice
Level 5 Macaroni and Cheese
Level 6 Tuna Fish
Level 7 Pasta
Level 8 Pasta Sauce

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Special Needs- if you have a child who has special needs and would like to register please let us know. Every child is eligible for his/her sacraments. This year we will do our best to personalize a program for your child. We are not having a weekly class due to the pandemic.

THIS IS UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

We offer a special needs class for any student who requires a special education placement. Our catechist is a certified Special Education Teacher who provides Sacramental Preparation as well as weekly Religious Education lessons for our students. Along with our catechist we have many assistants who are there to provide a loving, nurturing environment for our children. Levels 1 thru 8 are welcome. Please contact us and let us know if you have a child who has special needs. All children are welcome to receive his/her Sacraments and gain a foundation of the love of Jesus Christ.

Altar Servers – At this time Altar Serving is on hold for the reopening of Mass

Students entering 4th grade and older are welcome to join the altar servers. Training dates will be posted in the bulletin as soon as they are available.  Please contact Mrs. Deb Bartlett, (631) 244-0663.

Altar Server Training:

There will be an announcement as to when the next training sessions will take place.

Please also always check the Bulletin  for updates, changes or new events.  Thank You