Family Catechesis for 2021-22
This past year we launched our new Family Catechesis Program for Grades K-7. We are committed to helping you, parents, share your faith with your children and live out your Domestic Church. When we talk about the Domestic Church, we are referring to your family and to the reality that it is within the context of the family that we first learn who God is and how God loves us. In the Family Catechesis Program, we will walk alongside you as you share the Catholic faith with your children.
For this next school year, we will continue with weekly at-home family lessons (beginning week of Sep 28) – while adding in a once a month in-person class for families, where children will be divided into grade level groups for their lesson as well as a topic of learning and discussion for parents. There will also be optional (but highly encouraged!) family gatherings once a month that will include faith, fellowship, fun, and/or service.
We will begin the year with a mandatory Parent Meeting (for parents of children in K – 8), with two options: 9/21 or 9/22 from 7 – 8:30PM in the church. For the in-person lessons, you will be asked to choose one of these sessions:
(A) Tuesdays 4:30 – 6PM; (B) Tuesdays 6:30 – 8PM; or (C) Wednesdays 5 – 6:30PM. In-person class dates are scheduled for: Sep 28/29, Oct 26/27, Nov 16/17, Jan 4/5, Feb 1/2, Mar 1/2, Apr 5/6, Apr 26/27. In-person Family Nights are currently scheduled for: 10/12, 11/23, 12/10, 2/4, 3/18.
In-person classes for SPANISH Religious Education: 10/2, 10/30, 11/20, 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/9, 4/27, 5/7
Here is a quick summary of our Family Catechesis program format:
The Family Catechesis program will have everything you (the parent) need to lead a brief, once a week, faith-based discussion with your family (with optional activity and/or video).
- The weekly at-home family lessons will offer three levels of understanding, Dig In (for lower elementary), Dig Deep (for upper elementary), Dig Even Deeper (for middle school). You choose just one level appropriate for your family as a whole – adjusting for your children’s age and understanding. The lesson plans will be distributed at the in-person family classes. Each family will access a Google classroom online to upload a picture of the family or kids going over the lesson or completing an activity together. This will be your accountability (attendance) for the at-home lessons.
- All of the lessons will be based on the Sunday Gospel readings. Each week’s lesson – which is comprised of the Gospel reading, a reflection (short reading with something to think about), a few discussion questions, and an activity (varies/optional). You might glance at the lesson ahead of time – there may be something to prepare for the activity (like ingredients for a recipe – or picking up a couple simple supplies you may already have on hand).
- This will not be a complicated lesson. The idea is to encourage family understanding of the Sunday Gospel readings and a closer connection to our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Mass each week. You choose when to go over the lesson for that week, with lessons “due” on the Sunday for those readings. It is flexible and “simple” – yet profound – as it will allow for learning and growing together as a family. Thereby building your “domestic church” – which is within your household.
- When we come together for the monthly in-person family lesson, the parent(s) will drop the children off at their designated classroom and head over to the Davidson Center (first building on our property) to get the same lesson/discussion as the children – only at an adult level. Here you will also be given tips and ideas for successful and meaningful at-home lessons with the kids. At the end of the session, you will walk back to your child’s classroom for pickup.