Children's Faith Formation


Online Registration for 2020-2021
Faith Formation

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Faith Formation (FF) for 2020-21

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our parish will primarily be offering faith formation (FF) opportunities via distance learning formats for at least for the Fall 2020 term. Sacramental preparation will include in-person sessions on campus for RCIA, Confirmation, and "SacPrep" for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

In general, lessons and a variety of resources will be shared via interactive online platforms (Seesaw for K-3 and Google Classroom for Grades 4 and above). An orientation for parents on each platform will be given in late September prior to lessons beginning in October. 

Families can explore and download individual lessons using the textbooks assigned for each level. The online platforms also allow the students and their families to upload questions, observations, and student work to share with the catechists and in some cases with the other students. Content may include video messages from catechists, activity worksheets to complete with students, assigned reading, and links to a variety of supplemental online resources. Students may engage this material at their own pace and at their convenience during the week. Catechists will be monitoring progress and will offer assistance and encouragement.

  • Pre-K and K
    - will use the Allelu! curriculum by Our Sunday Visitor
    - fun worksheets, exposure to Bible Stories and their key lessons as well as prayer, the Mass, and the liturgical year.

     
  • Grades 1-6
    - will use the Alive in Christ curriculum by Our Sunday Visitor
    - accessible text providing a general overview of the Faith with recurring connections to Scripture, the saints, Church teaching, prayer, and morality
    - for Grade 6, this will be their preparatory year prior to Confirmation as 7th graders in 2021-22

     
  • First Reconciliation and First Communion ("SacPrep") (Grade 2 and above)
    - will use the Blessed! curriculum by Dynamic Catholic
    - text is complemented by a series of short online videos for each chapter
    - see below on this page for more information. Students follow their appropriate grade-specific lessons as well the sacramental prep topics

     
  • Middle School (Grade 7)
    - will use the Alive in Christ curriculum by Our Sunday Visitor
    - with the lowering of the age of Confirmation last year, our middle school group is reduced to Grade 7 as the preparatory year prior to Confirmation in Grades 8-9
    - students are encouraged to participate in the Y.E.S. Youth Group

     
  • Confirmation Preparation (Grade 8 and above)
    - will use the Decision Point curriculum by Dynamic Catholic
    - text is complemented by a series of short online videos for each chapter
    - the course is less a recap of church teachings than a unique opportunity for participants to integrate and personally engage with the subject matter

     
  • Grades 9-12
    - will use the YouCat and The Bible as guides for exploring and engaging the Faith in a self-paced format designed on a two-year schedule    

FF Calendar for 2020-21: 


Parish FF will begin in the first week of October, 2020, and conclude in the last week of May, 2021.
This will maintain the same total number of weeks as in previous years but shifts the entire schedule about three weeks to the right to give families a bit more time in September to help their children adjust to the distance learning requirements at their schools.

During the last two weeks of September, parents will receive an orientation to the flexible, distance learning model we will be offering this year. Content will be made available online and families will engage these lessons at their own pace with the goal of completing the course by the end of May, 2021. 

As Domestic Churches, families are encouraged to celebrate the liturgical calendar, saints of the day, and special milestones in church history. These will be added to this shared FF Calendar for each month. 

     SacPrep Calendar for 2020-21:


     Confirmation Calendar for 2020-21:

 

Sessions

Preschool (Grades PreK4 - K) - Online as described above 
Elementary School (Grades 1 - 6) - Online as described above
Middle School (Grades 7 - 8) - Online as described above
High School (Grades 9 - 12) Online as described above

Sacramental Preparation: 
 - First Reconciliation:  Four in-person sessions on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm - 7:45pm), Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18, & Dec 2 (in addition to grade-specific FF). Eligibility confirmed after interview; norm is at least 7 years old / 2nd Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in September via telephone.

 - First Holy Communion:  Four in-person sessions on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm - 7:45pm), Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24, plus a half-day retreat on Apr 17 (if possible due to Covid restrictions and in addition to grade-specific FF).  Eligibility confirmed after interview; norm is at least 7 years old / 2nd Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in September via telephone.

 - Confirmation: A mix of in-person group sessions twice each month on Sundays (12pm - 2pm) and family study using the Dynamic Catholic "Decision Point" text as guide. See the schedule inserted above. Retreat is TBD due to covid restrictions (but at least deferred to later winter 2021). Anticipate a Confirmation Mass in April or May, 2021. Eligibility confirmed after interview; for 2020-21, norm is at least 8th Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in September via telephone.

 

Tuition

Pre-School (Grades PreK4-K): $20 per participant
Elementary (Grade 1-6): $30 per participant
Middle School (Grade 7-8): $30 per participant
High School (Grade 9-12): $40 per participant 
SacPrep (Reconciliation/First Communion): $40 per participant (includes fee for Sunday classes)
Confirmation Prep: (1) $20 per participant; (2) $120 for weekend in-person retreat (if possible this year due to covid restrictions; do not pay until retreat plan is verified)

Payments may be made either online, or via check payable to:
   St. Thomas Aquinas Church (memo:  faith formation)
   and delivered/mailed to the parish office:
   (324 NE Oak Street, Camas, WA  98607)

 


Children’s Faith Formation Opportunities
 

What: Faith formation at St. Thomas Aquinas parish offers opportunities for children to complement what they are learning about the Catholic Faith from their parents who are the primary educators of their children. The lessons offered through the parish Sunday School supplement the family's ongoing efforts to introduce the children to the Good News of what God has done for them in Jesus Christ and how they are called to be formed as his disciples, eventually to be sent as missionaries to share this message with others.

These are some of the core habits for disciples of all ages to develop. They serve as the focus of our efforts at coaching our young parishioners to grow as disciples of Jesus. Notice how the first four are habits primarily developed at home, in the Domestic Church. The final habit is what we can focus on during our Sunday morning faith formation sessions in an effort to help develop some vocabulary and concepts to better understand and articulate the relationship with Jesus at the root of the first four habits:

  • Prayer:  develop the habit of daily personal and family conversation with God.
  • Mass:  develop the habit of actively participating in weekly Sunday Mass.
  • Bible:  develop the habit of reading (or listening to) Bible stories.
  • Love:  develop the habit of being generous in your love for God and neighbor.
  • Study:  develop the habit of learning what God has done for us in Jesus and how we are called to follow him.

Since all parish efforts at children's faith formation support the ongoing formation within each family as a whole, it is necessary that parents (and legal guardians) participate in faith formation as well. Special Parent faith formation (or "Parent FF" or "PFF") lessons will be offered regularly throughout the school year. This year, we will begin all our sessions in a distance learning format, including the Parent FF sessions.  At least one parent from each family needs to participate in the Parent FF lessons. Additional adult faith formation opportunities will be offered at other times and all parents are encouraged to participate. 

Children in Pre-K4 through 8th grade can be a part of the distance learning model offered at least at the beginning of this year, 2020-21. They will learn about the Faith from their team of volunteers catechists by exploring the Alive in Christ series, published by Our Sunday Visitor.
 

 

 

       

After you have registered for faith formation classes via the link near the top of the main panel on this page, click on the above green button for the option to pay online.  You may also contact the parish office for other options:  office@stthomascamas.org.