Grades K-8 Faith Formation

RESOURCES FOR HOME STUDY AND EVENT UPDATES

I am sure you feel caught in an avalanche of information, as do I, but please take a minute to read through each item carefully.

We are in the desert with Jesus this Lent and the devil is trying to tempt us with storing up loads of hysteria/Coke/toilet paper/hand sanitizer, etc… and we must say to him, “Get thee behind me satan” and use our heads trusting in God’s presence in all of this.

I don’t capitalize satan as I do not recognize it as a proper name because… as he is not proper!

While we are socially distanced let us be joined closely in our prayers for one another.

Amen! -Trish

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation on Friday, May 15th at St Joseph Cathedral in Manchester with Bishop Christian for the upper grades is cancelled and will be reschedule for late May or early June. As soon as I have a date I will inform you.

I have not yet heard from Bishop Libasci regarding First Communion/Confirmation for the 3rd graders here on Saturday, May 9th at 1PM has not been cancelled yet but I will let you know as soon as I know anything.

CLASSES

Sunday morning and Sunday evening classes have received information (or will if the email works) on how to access the Sunday Gospel Weeklies for home use from the Pflaum web site via email.  The Family Program already have teacher guides.

Classes/instruction/faith sharing will continue but at home with parents using the materials used in the classrooms until further notice from Bishop Libasci. We see this as a great opportunity for all of our parents to truly be the primary teacher of the faith for their youth!

During the current health crisis, Pflaum is providing the digital versions of the Unit 4 student lessons (English and Spanish) to all Pflaum Gospel Weeklies customers.  You can go Pflaum Gospel Weeklies then look down to:  What is Pflaum Doing in Response to COVID-19 for directions. The St Jude Church account code is 1139518.

YOUTUBE VIDEOS ON FIRST CONFESSION/PENANCE/RECONCILATION/FIRST COMMUNION and CONFIRMATION FOR BOTH PARENTS AND YOUTH 

Below are resources for parents to us at home with youth. These videos are at most about 10 minutes long, very informative, helpful and fun!

Practice First Confession – YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvZSgRKnOkg

A video demonstrating a sample confession so children can practice for their First Confession, know what to expect, and not be afraid. Jan 17, 2018

Important Note: This was NOT a real confession and the sins were made up for the video. Author: St. Rose Religious Education Views: 22K. Please watch this video with your youth.

Sacraments 101: Eucharist (how we receive) By Busted Halo® –  LINK HERE  – 671,000+ views  · 9/26/2011

Sacraments 201 Eucharist what we believe YouTube 2 –  LINK HERE by Josetta Sebin

Ep 13 Confirmation Preview 2  –  LINK HERE  – A video for 3rd through 6th graders – By Brother Francis Online.com

Catholic Fruits Of The Spirit Song For Kids! 🍋🍓🍇🍊🍒  By CatholicIcing.org – LINK HEREA Music video for 3rd through 6th graders

18 Inspiring Role Models for Young People  –  LINK HERE  –  By Catholic Saints For 4th grade through 8th

Confirmation | Catholic Central  – LINK HERE –  for 4th and up (Catholic Central with Kai and Libby)

Unopened Gifts by Dynamic Catholic  – LINK HERE –  For 4th grade through 8th

Who is the Holy Spirit  by Dynamic  – LINK HERE –  Catholic For 4th grade through 8th

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit by Dynamic  – LINK HERE –  Catholic For 4th through 8th

Bishop Barron on The Holy Spirit By Bishop Robert Barron  – LINK HERE –  For Parents

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – Why is Confirmation Important?  – LINK HEREFor Parents by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

The Diocese has a Coronavirus update site at https:/www.catholicnh.org on its’ home page on the “Features” slide show.

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity...”
1 Timothy 4:12

Mrs. Patricia “Trish” Woodward
Faith Formation Director
Grades K-8
Phone: 437-7026
twoodward@stjudenh.com

Mrs. Kathy McKenney
Office Assistant
Phone: 437-7026
kmckenney@stjudenh.com

As the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith it is the place at which we ask our families to begin. As important as continuing Faith Formation is to our spiritual growth we believe weekly Mass attendance is where we are nourished for our spiritual journey.

Worship • Community • Catholic Teaching • Mission

Faith Formation Calendar 2019-2020

Check out our VBS 2019 Project Pleaides photos!

K-8 FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES

CLASSROOM STYLE INSTRUCTION

Sunday after the 8AM Mass from 9:10AM -11:00AM held twice a month for K-6th grade.
Sunday evenings from 5-7:00PM held twice a month for 7th and 8th  grade with dinner served at 5:30PM.
Adult volunteer teachers and aides are always needed and always welcome!

FAMILY PROGRAM

Sunday Family Program 12:NOON-2:30PM held once a month with lunch served promptly at 1:10PM for K-6th grade.

Saturday Family Program 4PM-6:30PM held once a month with dinner served promptly at 5:10PM for K-6th grade.

SPECIAL NEEDS INSTRUCTION

Schedule to be determined by office and participating families
based on teacher & space availability. No class requested for this year, 2019-2020.

R.C.I.A. ADAPTED FOR YOUTH

(ADAPTED FROM THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS)
Schedule to be determined by office and participating families
based on teacher & space availability
Adult volunteer teachers and aides are always needed. No class requested for this year, 2019-2020.

C.L.O.W. CHILDRENS LITURGY OF THE WORD

C.L.O.W. is now offered 3 weekends a month, at all of the Masses, thanks to the faith filled, “generous with their time” volunteers who are assisting at each of the Masses.

MASS WITH CHILDREN

One Sunday a month youth are invited up into the sanctuary to sit with Fr Bob, after his reading of the Gospel from the Lectionary for Children, to listen to a youth focused homily. Youth return to their seats at the conclusion of the homily, usually with a “trinket” that helps reinforce the Gospel message and always with a C.L.O.W. leaflet containing activities for youth and the family to continue at home.  Youth are invited to return to the sanctuary for the Consecration, staying for the Sign of Peace and then return to their seats until Mass concludes.

FIRST PENANCE/RECONCILIATION

Beginning in September 2018 the Sacrament of First Penance/Reconciliation will be celebrated in the 2nd grade.

CONFIRMATION • FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Beginning in September 2018 the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be celebrated in the 3rd grade.
https://www.catholicnh.org/parishes/formation/lifelong for changes regarding the Sacraments.

Are you new to the area or new to the Catholic Church?
Attend one or two of our Masses and get a “feel” for our community.
We think you’ll like it.

Drop in or let me know ahead of time (phone or email) and I will be happy to greet and meet you.

Blessings,
Trish Woodward
Faith Formation
K-8

WEEKLY INSTRUCTION

We use Pflaum Gospel Weeklies in our weekly Faith Formation classes. Delivered as age appropriate handouts the material is based on the Sunday Lectionary. Youth review the Sunday readings working out through discussion, activities and service how they might live out the “Good News” of Jesus in their daily lives. Weekly instruction follows an academic classroom model starting in September and ending in April. With a teacher and an aide we try to keep classes limited to 12 youth. The program is not meant to replace Mass attendance but to supplement Mass attendance.

ONCE A MONTH FAMILY PROGRAM

We use Pflaum Gospel Weeklies for our monthly Faith Formation. Delivered as age aprropriate handouts the material is based on the Sunday Lectionary. Parent and youth are provided with the materials in 4 istallments through out the year. They work on the Sunday readings at home. The families meet once amonth in our Parish Hall or in the church where we review what has been done at home.The program is not meant to replace Mass attendance but to supplement Mass attendance.

SPECIAL NEEDS INSTRUCTION

For youth preparing for the reception of the sacraments of First Penance/Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion we use Adaptive Preparation Kits for the sacraments from Loyola Press. We also use The Catholic Children’s Bible from St Mary Press which offers online aps. Each year the makeup of the group changes depending on the abilities, disabilities and the ages of the youth. Teaching youth at home is a choice as are group classes held at the church. When classes are held at the church we use multisensory music, videos, hands on tools. Youth are accompanied by an adult or health aide.

We started the program fifteen years ago in response to a request for religious education for the daughter of parishioners who suffered from multiple birth defects and physical limitations. Yvie was in the first class with five other youth who received the sacraments of First Penance/Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation with Bishop John B. McCormack presiding. Yvie went home to God at the age of ten in full communion with the church. Some of the youth were wheel chair bound while others were in constant motion on the Autism spectrum. They ranged in age from six to sixteen.

R.C.I.A. ADAPTED FOR YOUTH

This avenue to full initiation into the Catholic Church is for youth/children 7 years of age and up who fulfill the criteria below.

  1. Youth who are unbaptized.
  2. Youth baptized in another religion who are joining the Catholic Church
  3. For youth baptized in the Catholic Church who have not been brought up in the Catholic Church or attended Mass.

Two classes each month take place either immediately before attending Mass or immediately after attending Mass on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, depending on teacher availability and space availability. Each month a third class takes place on Sunday afternoon with our Family Program. Parents and youth attend.

C.L.O.W. DURING THE WEEKEND MASSES

(Children’s Liturgy of the Word)

Youth 4 years of age and up are invited to the Parish Hall for the Liturgy of the Word where they listen to the readings of the day from the Children’s Lectionary. Youth participate in an age appropriate discussion and activity. Youth frequently take home a token of some sort which reminds them of the lesson throughout the week. Youth return to the Church for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Two adults are required to participate.