Family Faith Formation
This Sunday’s Mass: (1-24-21)
We have a special treat from our choir, St. John’s Christmas Concert:
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 Please practice the Our Father
Learning the Rosary for our Level 5 students:
Reading the bible for our Level 6 students:
- Registration letter 2020-2021
- Registration letter 2020-2021
- Registration form 2020-2021
- login info level 1-6 2020
- Chosen login letter 2020
These are the pages for the Level 7 Journal:
- Contract of Enrollment Level 7
- Facts about your baptism Level 7
- Footprints Level 7
- Mass Level 7 page 1
- Mass 2 Level 7
- Nicene Creed Level 7 page 1
- Nicene Creed Level 7 page 2
- Parents page Level 7
These are the pages for the Level 8 Journal:
- Baptism-Confirmation Level 8
- Choosing a sponsor
- Confirmation name Level 8
- Contract of Enrollment Level 8
- Facts About Your Baptism Level 8
- Gifts of the Holy Spirit Level 8 Page 1
- Gifts of the Holy Spirit Level 8 Page 2
- Footprints Level 8
- Mass Level 8 page 1
- Mass Level 8 page 2
- Where does your name come from? Level 8
- Nicene Creed page 1 Level 8
- Nicene Creed Level 8 Page 2
- Parent commitment page Level 8
- What is a saint? Level 8
- Confirmation form for basic info 20/21
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:
- 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!!
This is a cute story on creation you can share with your children:
Another cute story about Jesus the Teacher:
Link to our music video
This is a link to all the services so far on Youtube:
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
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