Classes will take place during the 8:30 am Mass. Children must be in Kindergarten or be old enough to enter Kindergarten the following school year to attend. These two age levels are combined, alternating the texts.
New this fall– we are offering classes between the two Sunday Masses. They will be held from 9:40 am to 10:50 am.
This change is being made after much consideration, parishioner survey input and prayer. There are many area churches, as well as many nation-wide, that are maximizing the Sunday experience for families by joining Sunday Mass with children’s faith formation. Research and experience has shown that in order to serve today’s modern families, we need to work toward focusing on whole family faith development. Various parent/adult presentations and faith development sessions will be held concurrently with our children’s sessions. Adults will gather during the time between Masses in Cave Hall. Look for more information about these adult formation opportunities in the weekly bulletin and on our website. We will continue to use a program called Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts, by Loyola Press with our children. It is a faith formation program that invites children into a new way of living in relationship with God, family, community, and the world. This comprehensive program provides sound doctrine, scripture, tradition, and prayer through experiential activities that make these essential lessons part of a lifelong practice of faith. The formation experience for our elementary children is enriched by special Masses, opportunities to experience the sacrament of Reconciliation and participate in altar server training several times a year.
Option 2: You may home school your child with the same materials that we use in the classroom. Though your child misses the interaction with others it allows you the freedom to fit the weekly lessons into your personal schedule. Periodic feedback is required.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (C.L.W.) & PreK-3rd Grade During 8:30 am Mass
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is designed to actively engage our young parishioners in the Liturgy of the Word during the Mass. Kids between the ages of 4-10 are invited to come forward after the opening prayer. The celebrant then dismisses the kids to go with a catechist to the South Wing. The catechist will then lead kids through age appropriate Scripture readings, interactive reflection, and prayers of the faithful. Kids return during the offertory song.