Faith Formation - October 2014

Dear Families,

We have gotten off to a great start at all three churches for our School Year Programs.

Faith Formation

At St Columba, we have our Wednesday evening program for grades PreK-8.  We can use a few teens and adults as classroom aides and volunteers.  We begin with our “Open House” prayer and session with families and children in Church at 6:15.  Children then go to class with their catechist from 6:30-7:30.  Select nights we have info sessions or reflection for adults as well. See Colleen Trevisani for any info about these.

At St Mary, many of our youth participated in the Summer Intensive faith formation in August.  We continue to meet once a month as a whole community for breakfast, prayer and small groups lessons based on age.  There is even a group for parents and a nursery/babysitting group.  Anyone from the cluster is invited to attend, an RSVP is helpful for food preparation.  We have Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 11am Sunday Mass. See Colleen Trevisani for any info about these.

At St Vincent, faithful catechists lead our Grades 1-6 Children on Tuesday from 4:30-5:45 and Pre K on Sunday during 10am Mass.  There is also Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 10am Sunday Mass.  Options for Faith Formation also include the home study program for all grades and the middle school (7/8) following the “Super Sunday” model.  See Kathy Kuntz for more information about any of these.

Sacramental Preparation

Perhaps you saw the article about the new Diocesan sacramental guidelines in the Sunday Paper.  There are changes that we have been trying to give you information about since summer time.  You can see more info on the diocesan site.

We have begun the home based preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  See Kathy Kuntz for more information about this.  We may be offering a winter session as well.  Under new diocesan guidelines, children are to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession/Penance) before celebrating First Eucharist.  Children should have had one year of Catholic school or parish faith formation and reach the age of reason.  So generally this means students are in grade 2.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist will be in the spring for children who have completed a year of faith formation/Catholic school and are currently enrolled, are at least 7 years old and have already completed preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Youth can begin to prepare for Confirmation if they are at least in Grade 8.  See Colleen Trevisani for this.  We will begin in January.  Information sessions for parents and teens will be held after Mass on October 26 at St Vincent, November 2 at St Mary and November 9 at St Columba.

Youth Ministry

We have a number of ways to help teens build their relationship with God and the Church Community through prayer, service and discussion.  We have hired a new part time youth minister to work with Colleen Trevisani.  We will be inviting already confirmed teens to join us to help with some of the confirmation classes.  We have a number of service events planned in the parish and diocese.  We will collaborate with the Scottsville and Cal-Mum Youth Groups hosted by the Presbyterian Churches in those towns for additional social and service activities.  Those groups are open to middle and high school youth.  We have CASE training scheduled for any teens in grades 9-12 on Oct 8 6:15pm at St Columba, Oct 12 at 10am at St Columba, Oct 26 12noon at St Vincent.


Here are a few upcoming dates of interest.


For Elementary grades

For Middle School

 

For High School

 

For Teens - Other events in the community and diocese

  • Oct 17-7pm - Haunted House – Oct 17 – Scottsville (Presbyterian) Youth Group

  • Oct 25 - Spirit House –St Christopher Church

  • Oct 25 – 7-8:30pm - Bob Perron - St Pius X Church

Adult/Family Events

  • Oct 13 7pm St Vincent– Info session for middle school parents on Called to Protect

  • Oct 15 6:30 St Columba – Info session for middle school parents on Called to Protect

  • Oct 19 – 9-11am - Whole Community Gathering – Consistent Ethic of Life – St Mary

  • Oct 22- 6:30 – St Columba – CASE training for parents

  • Oct 25 – 7-8:30pm - Bob Perron - St Pius X Church

  • Oct 26 – St Vincent - Confirmation Information Session after Mass

  • Nov 2 – St Mary - Confirmation Information Session after Mass

  • Nov 9 – St Columba - Confirmation Information Session after Mass

  • Nov 15 – St Vincent – Cluster Liturgical Ministers Retreat after Mass


Please know I am always here via email, phone or my office to talk with you about concerns or ideas.