Children’s Faith Formation News

Important Dates

Sunday, September 24
Faith Formation classes begin

October 3rd and 4th
FIRST PENANCE & FIRST EUCHARIST PARENT MEETINGS (details)

Ongoing Activities

Children’s Liturgy

Every Sunday from October – June at the 10:30 am. Mass children in grades K – 4 are invited to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Children are dismissed from the church and go with leaders to have the scriptures read and explained to them so that they will understand. Parents are welcome to attend with their children.

SUNDAY FAITH FORMATION CLASSES:

These classes are held throughout the school year using the Webster Central School District calendar. Classes are for children who are in 1st grade –5th grade in Public School.

Sunday Program is a more traditional model of Faith Formation with the children in classrooms with their teachers.

Classes are held between our Sunday Masses, from 9:30 am. – 10:20 am., Classes begin September 24 2017

There are also 3 mandatory Saturday sessions. (Dates to be determined)

The fee is $60.00 per child or $120.00 maximum per family (3 or more children ).

Registration Form Registration Form


FIRST PENANCE & FIRST EUCHARIST PARENT MEETINGS

Parents of children who are currently in Grade Two, either in Public School or Catholic School, should plan on attending one of the following meetings about preparation and receiving the Sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist (Communion.) The meetings will be held on: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3RD and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH. Both meetings begin at 7:00 pm. and will be held in the Peace and Unity Room. Park in the North Parking Lot and enter the lower level near the traffic circle. YOU ONLY NEED TO ATTTEND ONE OF THESE MEETINGS!

At these meetings you will register your child to prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist. You will also receive a calendar with all of the important dates you will need.

Children must be registered for these classes, and have completed Grade One Faith Formation either in Catholic School or in our parish Faith Formation Program, Summer Intensive or Sunday classes.


OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE MONTH

Respect LifeIn June of 2015, Pope Francis wrote a very important encyclical titled: “Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home.” This document gives us, (and especially families), the opportunity to think about our choices each day that affect the world we live in. We are challenged to reject our “throwaway” thinking and to be more open to see God present in all of creation. If you think that one person can’t make a difference, please read the following story.

THE STARFISH STORY

Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren C. Eiseley

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement. She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

This month of Respect Life – try to think of others first in your choices that you make as a family! Remember that all people deserve clean water, clean air and food and shelter. Care for God’s creation…Pray together and try to live more simply!


YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST – FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

AdorationWOW GOD – YOU ARE AWESOME! JESUS, YOU ARE AMAZING!

Would you like to hear your children praising God like this? The Faith Formation Staff and Fr. Tim have a way to help you with that! We will be offering CHILDREN’S 1⁄2 HOUR ADORATION beginning, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 from 3:30 pm. – 4:00 pm. in the church.

We will pray out loud together, we will pray quietly in our hearts, we will sing, and we will have a conversation with Jesus about anything we want Him to know! This Holy Half-Hour is specifically designed for children ages 3 years old and up and their families together. Please take this opportunity to spend time with your child/ children in the presence of Jesus. Here is a suggestion of something you could “talk to Jesus about” – Think about all the ways that God has blessed you! Good start – right?

Call the Faith Formation Office @ 265-4750 if you have any questions about Faith Formation or Sacrament Preparation.