Dear Saint Miriam Faith Formation Families,
We know this is challenging time for many of us, and for the church, too. Monsignor Jim calls it a time of ‘being different’, and it is all of that! This is why I wanted to update you regarding our upcoming 2020/2021 Children’s Faith Formation year.
As Monsignor Jim mentioned one of his last blogs, we have been reviewing several ways to incorporate a hybrid approach to our faith formation program starting this fall. We are pleased to announce a program called Gospel Weeklies, by noted publisher, Pflaum Publishing Company. We are very excited about this approach, as it will dovetail both print and virtual program components, as well as in-person and home-based learning! Through our utilizing this approach, we will be able to provide each student based on the liturgical calendar along with the most current events to engage your child/ren.
The website, which each registered parent will receive login credentials through our package, has additional online materials and assessments to complete that are easily sent directly to me along with learning program modules. The format will allow your family to participate together with the weekly gospels!
For in-person learning, we will still be offering PrepPlay this year for families who would like to participate in Mass and have their childr/en cared for. However, Monsignor has asked that this option be limited to 15 children to allow for increased distancing. In addition, faith formation will offer also still include in-person classes weekly as an INCLUDED option for families who would like to have their child/ren receive instruction from our teachers. This will be done in our lower U-Classrooms with safe distancing policies that have kept our school children safe since we reopened in May. Each classroom being used is sanitized daily by our cleaning staff to ensure all of our safety.
To keep things simple this year, until we find a way to normal scheduling, our Sacramental Calendar at Saint Miriam will include only First Holy Communion in the month of May 2021 (with exact dates to be determined by our return this fall.) If your child is to participate in First Holy Communion, please complete the Registration with this information so the supplemental material can be ordered.
The Gospel Weeklies will be distributed monthly as part of a socially safe and distant “Pick-Up Party” for you family every month! We will have individualized materials and extra supplemental material, as needed, for the month in our Library for no-contact pick up! The first “Pick-Up Party” will be Sunday September 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm and September 20th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Finally, Monsignor and I met to discuss the costs of this programming. It is obviously more expensive and requires more work on our part, but we want to help! Therefore, for this year we are reducing the cost of the CFF Program by half, absorbing the costs, to help you and your family. After all, that is what a parish is all about!
Please use the following link below to register your child/ren for this fall term so we can order material and plan accordingly. The total cost for the program, options included is only $100 per child, plus $25 to help defray materials and packaging. Additional siblings are only $75, and we will include materials. The Sacramental Fee will be $50 to include sacramental material, as well as extra instruction by our teachers.
Have a blessed Summer and look forward to seeing you all in the fall.
Director of Religious Education