Faith Formation Overview

 

Dear Good Shepherd Families,

We are looking forward to reconnecting and partnering with you in growing your family in faith.  Thank you for your patience in the past two months as we have worked on new options to learn and come together as a community safely.

We recognize that each family has your own unique circumstances that you are navigating during these challenging days. The program has been designed with options to meet a variety of needs.  We hope to be flexible in our program offerings as the year goes on and circumstances change.

We ask that your register your family by September 30th to allow for program placement and planning.  (Please note that Confirmation 2 in person sessions begin this Sunday, Sept. 20th at 5:00 at St. Zepherin.  Confirmation Families should have received a separate mailing with information regarding this program.  Please also register your child on this form.)

K-5 Program- The overall theme of the elementary programs this year will be growing in relationship with Jesus.  All of the options will focus on the fundamental understanding of who Jesus is, how we come to know Him and how to pray.  All of the options allow for learning across grades and bringing lessons into practice in our homes as a family.    

K-5 Programs

Programming will begin on or after October 18th.

K-5 In Person Family Sessions- These sessions will take place in St. Zepherin Church for 55 minute session in a socially distant format with children sitting together with their families.  A variety of video, music, active and craft activities will be utilized to engage families.  Grade level break out sessions may be introduced throughout the year as space and safety considerations allow.  These sessions are will be held on Sundays from 10-11:00am or 12:00-1:00  2x per month

K-5 At Home Family based program. Families will be provided with weekly materials designed to engage the entire family in listening, learning and praying together. This is an experiential program that focuses on family activity rather than text book based learning.  Mentors will connect with families to provide ideas, support and resources.

K-5 Remote Learning Class (will be scheduled based on student and volunteer availability). Students will meet in small groups on an online platform with a catechist to cover scripture based lessons.  Groups will be assigned by grade level or grade grouping. Space in this program will be dependent on the number of adult volunteers. 

Sacrament Preparation- In addition to participating in one of the full program offerings, children in the second year of Sacrament preparation (often grade 2) will participate in lessons focused on preparing to receive Reconciliation and the Eucharist. This will have a home based portion which will be complemented by parent and child as well as in person sessions 1 time a month on Monday evenings at 5:30.  These retreat times will specifically focus understanding and participating in the Mass and understanding the sacraments.  Some of the sessions will be a child focused teaching Mass said by Fr. Dave.

Please Contact Sue Muldoon with any questions.  [email protected] or 508 380 9954

Grade 6-8

Grades 6-8 In-person classes Students will have the opportunity to come together in a socially distant large group activities with grade level break outs. Classes will be held outdoors when possible.Sundays 2-3:15 pm October 4th – Nov. 8th

6-8 Remote learning through a combination of zoom/ at home materials Nov 15th-Dec 13th Sundays.

Confirmation Second Year In person (held outdoors when possible) Sundays 5-6:30 9/20-10/25

Confirmation Second Year Remote on Zoom Sundays 5-6:00  11/1-12/6

Confirmation First Year  In person building blocks in the Fall

Confirmation First Year Remote building blocks in the Fall

Please contact Emilia Cowell at [email protected] or 508 650-3545 with any questions.

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Masses
Sat at 4 pm St. Ann
Sunday
8:30am St. Zepherin
10:30am  St. Ann 
6:30pm  St. Zepherin (Sept. - June)
Starting 9/13/2020
Please register for all Masses in advance.