Grades K-8 Faith Formation

“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

HELP WANTED!

Host families needed for the NET Team

Host families are needed November 9th through 12th for 14 NET Team members. Host families provide a place for team members to eat, pray and rest their heads each night. Many team members cite an experience at a host home as one of their favorite memories from the road.

Host families do not need to worry about having enough beds for the team members they host. Every team member has his or her own sleeping bag and pillow, so floors, couches, or air mattresses work just fine.

When applying to host members of a NET team, host families can request men or women, and in quantities from 2 – 7. Call Diane Swinarski at 425-1795 to volunteer or for more information.

K-8 FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES

WEEKLY INSTRUCTION

Sunday after the 8AM Mass held weekly
Sunday evenings from 5-6:30PM held weekly
Tuesday evenings from 6:30PM-8:00PM held weekly
Adult volunteer teachers and aides are always needed

FAMILY PROGRAM

Sunday Family Program 1:15PM-2:30PM held once a month

SPECIAL NEEDS INSTRUCTION

Schedule to be determined by office and participating families
based on teacher & space availability

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

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

C.L.O.W. is offered during all of the weekend Masses
Adult volunteer teachers and aides are always needed

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.