The mission of the Office of Faith Formation at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church is to provide empowerment and resources to the families of our faith community toward the goal of forming the next generation of strong Catholic Christians.
Parents are the first and most important teachers of the Faith…Saint John Paul II – Familiaris Consortio (1981) paraphrased
How We Serve:
FAITH FORMATION FOR 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR
Grades Kindergarten through 6th
We will be using the Alive in Christ curriculum that we would use in our classroom setting. We will be providing those materials to you in physical form and as an online resource to present to your children in your homes.
We do not have an option for in-person faith formation at this time.
Each week, you and your child will be asked to complete a predetermined portion of the curriculum. We ask that you turn in each completed assignment to the parish office so that we can properly track participation. Regular weekly participation is requested so as to keep our children in the rhythm of Faith Formation in advance of us being able to once again meet in person.
We will have experienced catechists available to you to assist you should you have difficulties with any of the topics that are presented.
Jill Austin, our parish Music Director, will also be providing music that you can share with your children based on the readings of the week as an optional supplement to the curriculum.
Sylvia Valdivia will be providing an artistic activity based on the curriculum and/or the readings of the weekend as an additional optional supplement to the curriculum.
Middle School Grades 7 and 8
We will meet every other Sunday afternoon for 2 hours using the Zoom video conferencing platform. These virtual meetings will be a mix of catechesis and youth ministry.
We do not have an option for in-person middle school ministry at this time.
High School Grades 9 through 12
We will meet every other Sunday afternoon, alternating with grades 7-8, for 2 hours using the Zoom video conferencing platform. These virtual meetings will be formatted to be strictly youth ministry.
We do not have an option for in-person high school ministry at this time.
First Eucharist / First Reconciliation Preparation
Children in at least the 2nd grade wishing to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation this Spring will be asked to fully participate in their respective grade level curriculum. In the new year, we will be offering a series of family catechesis events to more formally prepare for the reception of the Sacraments. Whether those events will occur online or in person has yet to be determined.
Youth in at least the 9th grade wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Spring will be asked to participate in a series of 4 one-day retreats spread out over both the Fall and Spring. The retreats for the Fall will be offered via Zoom with the Spring events still to be determined. Specific information related to this process will be provided to those that register for the Sacrament preparation.