“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
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
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!
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.
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.
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Attend one or two of our Masses and get a “feel” for our community.
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Drop in or let me know ahead of time (phone or email) and I will be happy to greet and meet you.
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.
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.
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.
This avenue to full initiation into the Catholic Church is for youth/children 7 years of age and up who fulfill the criteria below.
- Youth who are unbaptized.
- Youth baptized in another religion who are joining the Catholic Church
- 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.
(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.