The 2020-2021 Catechetical Year will begin entirely virtual. The option for in-person classes will be re-assessed on at least a monthly basis.
The Religious Ed Program has been entirely re-imagined for 2020-2021 and the new weekly program will provide students and families with about 2 hours of weekly faith formation. Because of the virtual nature of the program, parents – the first and primary catechists – will be asked to take on a more significant role in the religious education of their children.
The three main parts of our Catechetical Program are:
1. General Catechesis, led by the Parish DRE, priests, or a special guest.
A pre-recorded 10-15 minute general lesson which will also include a dynamic “Catechesis@Home” family activity – something simple that families can do together at home. Each student will be creating a Religious Ed “Journal,” via FlipGrid, to track and record their weekly family activities.
2. Live Virtual Class with a Parish Catechist.
Classes will last about 40 minutes, once a week, to be held on Wednesdays, from 4:45pm to 5:30pm. Additional dates or times may be added depending on actual enrollment.
Each class will be recorded, and those unable to attend will be able to access the recording afterwards. To ensure some level of real-time interaction between our catechists and students, registered students must virtually attend a majority of the classes LIVE.
3. Sunday Mass.
In keeping with the Third Commandment, families must attend or Live-Stream all Sunday Masses throughout the year.
Our goal, as always, is to make Faith Formation and Catechesis meaningful, fun, and engaging for our students, families and catechists alike, as we all journey together towards an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ. The Religious Ed program, and each of our incredible volunteer catechists, is here to support and encourage our students and families to grow and develop their faith, their relationship with Christ and his Church, and their active participation within our parish community.
We continue to trust the Holy Spirit as we address and respond to the many complex challenges being presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic.