Faith Formation Calendars/Schedule

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Registration can be done at: https://www.myschoolsystems.com/ArchDBQ/DBQ004/registration.php?who=student

The Faith Formation Calendar can be found here (there are 2 tabs at the bottom, the one on the right has the weekly schedule): https://staparish.net/sites/default/files/Faith%20Formation/FF%20Calendar%202016-17%20(2).xls

 

Weekly Class Schedule

There will be 3 options for faith formation the 2016-17 year (in no particular order):

  • Regular faith formation for grades PreK-8th on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:00pm at St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – an alternative method of faith formation that is offered jointly with St. Cecilia and will be available to kids 3-9 years old. These will be held at both St. Cecilia and St. Thomas (the exact schedule with be available in registration and can be seen in the attachment). CGS limits the number of participants to 10 per session. Here is a brief video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F3jP0cf0nA. Please feel free to contact me for more information.
  • Homeschool – Our homeschool option will be revamped for next year and I want to emphasize that this is a perfectly legitimate option. In fact, this is the route my family will take so that my wife and children can be home together on Wednesday night. This doesn’t need to be the “if all else fails” option but instead can be a wonderful way for you and your child(ren) to draw closer to Christ together, with you the primary catechist, leading the way. We will be implementing a program called “Family Faith Formation” (http://familyformation.net/). It will be available for grades PreK-6 (although we can experiment with doing 7/8). I am still working out the details but know that my main priority will be to equip and support you as parents as primary catechists if you choose to go this route. Homeschooling may not be easy but it certainly can be fruitful, if it’s the right fit for your family. The program gives lesson plans that parents can walk through with their child, as well as all the needed materials. Each month each family will receive materials and lesson plans for 3 one-hour lessons. St. Thomas will help families to process and prepare this material, probably through some digital communication (a website or email). Please feel free to contact me for more information.

Regular Faith Formation Schedule

Grade Class TimeOption 1
PreK-8th Grade Wednesday, 6:00-7:00pm
Grades 9-12 Small Groups on Wed. or LifeTeen on Sunday - http://ameslifeteen.weebly.com/

 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Schedule (Level 1 is Ages 3-Kindergarten, Level II is 1st Grade-3rd Grade)

St. Cecilia (Level 1): Monday, 6:15-7:30 pm 
St. Cecilia (Level 1): Tuesday, 9:30-11:00 am 
St. Cecilia (Level 1): Tuesday, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm 
St. Cecilia (Level 1): Wednesday, 2:30-4:00 pm 
St. Cecilia (Level 1): Wednesday, 4:30-5:45 pm 
St. Thomas (Level 2): Wednesday, 2:45-4:00 pm 
St. Thomas (Level 2): Wednesday, 4:15-5:30 pm 
St. Thomas (Level 1): Thursday, 9:30-11:00 am 
St. Thomas (Level 2): Thursday, 9:30-11:00 am 

 

Sacramental Preparation Schedule

Parents and children attend the sacramental preparation classes together for First Reconciliation and First Communion (child care is available).  Please see guidelines on when children should prepare for these first sacraments as well as the components for Confirmation preparation.

Sacrament Class Dates Scheduled Celebration
First Reconciliation

-Tues., Sept. 20, 6:30-8:00pm

-Wed., Oct. 19, 12-7pm (allow 1 1/2 hours)–Learning Stations

-Thur., Nov. 10, 6:30-8pm–Meet with Priest, Tour Reconciliation Room, Prep

Sat., Nov. 12, 8:30am-11am @ STA
First Holy Eucharist

-Tues., March 7, 6:30-8:00pm

–Wed. April 19, 12-7pm (allow 1 1/2 hours)–Learning Stations

–Sat., May 20, 9-10:30am (rehearsal)

Sun., May 21–10:30am Mass @ STA
Confirmation Confirmation Preparation is now a two year process starting in 9th grade. For more information please contact Anna Steele, annajsteele@gmail.com/515-232-3514 or go to http://ameslifeteen.weebly.com/​

 

Sunday, April 23, 2:00pm at St. Cecilia's.