Faith Formation News
With the permission of the Diocese of Fall River, we are beginning the process of opening our doors for our Faith Formation program this Fall. We have missed our students and families greatly and are working hard to ensure that this year will be engaging and memorable. Our goal for this year is to get our students back into our classrooms and we pray that we will not need to plan any virtual events this year!
How will this look? This year we have made some changes to our in-person offerings. Grades 1-6 will select their faith formation times based on groups (Groups 1-6), allowing parents to bring all their grade 1-6 children together at one time. These groups will meet approximately every other week for an hour and a half. This is more time than previous years, however students will meet for a total of 10 weeks from September through May. The format for these classes will be set up like Vacation Bible School where students will switch between stations including theater, kid-vid cinema, imagination station, know your faith station, and large group meetings. Grades 1 & 2 students will receive some modifications to our program to include their sacramental preparation. For students planning to receive First Communion, 2 years of sacramental preparation are required.
Grades 7 and 8 will select either Monday or Tuesday evenings, and meet every other week. This year students will connect with their faith using the Lifeteen program. This program strives to make real-world connections to teens as they grow in their faith. This program is conversation and activity driven and therefore students will not be receiving a traditional textbook for their instruction.
Finally, our Confirmation program is also undergoing some changes. Classes will meet every other Sunday at noon. The requirement to attend Mass will still be included, however students will have a choice as to which Mass they attend, and they will sit with their family. Students are required to attend a retreat to receive their Confirmation in the Spring. This year’s retreat is still in the planning stages, but we hope to get that information to you as soon as possible. Both years of our Confirmation program require students to complete community service. Students may start earning community service credit for the 2021-2022 academic year starting this July. Community service must be completed for non-profit organizations or be approved by St. Ann’s BEFORE the community service is completed.
Homeschool classes will continue to be an option for students in grade 3-8, however this option requires parents to provide the instruction. Grades 3-6 will continue to use the Christ in Us program selected last year, however there will not be prerecorded lessons sent home. Christ in Us does offer some of their own videos that can be shared with parent guidance. Grades 7-8 will use the program We Live Our Faith. This program is entirely within a book and assignments will be sent out electronically. If you select the homeschool option, you are committing to providing this instruction and ensuring that work is being submitted. If you are unable to lead your child in their faith formation, this program would not be the right option for your family. Once the homeschool option is chosen, students will not be able to transfer into the in-person program midyear.
St. Ann’s Faith Formation program simply could not succeed without the help of our volunteers. As you know, the catechists and substitute catechists that teach in our Faith Formation program are all volunteers. Due to the large number of students in our program, and to keep our program engaging and innovating, we need your help. We ask you to consider assisting us as a teacher/group leader this year. Tuition fees will be waived for all our teachers/group leaders.
The schedule for 2021-2022 will be as follows:
Group 1 (Grades 1-6) – Sundays 9:15-10:45 AM
Group 2 (Grades 1-6) – Mondays 5:30-7:00 PM
Group 3 (Grades 1-6) – Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 PM
Group 4 (Grades 1-6) – Sundays 9:15-10:45 AM
Group 5 (Grades 1-6) – Mondays 5:00-6:30 PM
Group 6 (Grades 1-6) – Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 PM
Lifeteen I (Grades 7 & 8) – Tuesdays 7:00-8:15 PM
Lifeteen II (Grades 7 & 8) – Mondays 7:00-8:15 PM
Confirmation I (Grade 9) – Sundays 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Confirmation II (Grade 10) – Sundays 12:00-1:30 PM
This year we will be conducting our registration online. There are a limited number of spaces in each group. Once a date/time has been filled, we will not be able to add additional families/students to these spots. Students are required to attend the full class session each week. If you are registering your child for Faith Formation, you are committing to your child’s faith formation time ahead of all outside commitments. Repeated absences, or dismissing of students early, for sporting or other extracurricular events will result in losing his/her spot in our program.
Students in the Confirmation program are allowed only one missed class. Additional missed classes may result in postponing their Confirmation to the following year.
Tuition Fees for 2021-2022
Grades 1-8 – $60/child
Confirmation I (Grade 9) – $100/child
Confirmation II (Grade 10) – $80/child
Family Cap – $150 + Sacramental Fees
(Grade 9 – $40 for retreat and Grade 10 – $20 Confirmation Fee)
**Please note that there will be no refunds after August 1st**
If the fee is a hardship for your family, please contact Fr. John at 508-823-9833.
Parents are reminded that First Communion is a two-year program. Children must attend both grades one and two to be eligible to receive First Communion in Spring of the second year. Children attending parochial school [grades 1-8] are not required to attend classes here at St. Ann’s. Parochial school students planning on receiving First Communion here at St. Ann’s in Spring 2022, must be parishioners at St. Ann’s, and should notify us at this time.
Confirmation preparation is a two-year program as well. Students must attend both grades nine and ten to become eligible to receive Confirmation in the spring of their second year of formation. Students enrolled in Catholic high schools ARE required by Diocesan statutes to attend Confirmation classes in their home parishes. These students should be registered at this time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at (508) 824-9021. Thank you.
Director, Faith Formation
Contact information for Faith Formation office:
Director of Religious Education – Jennifer Murphy
Safe Environment Training
All parish volunteers need to complete a yearly CORI form. Please bring a valid license with you so that a copy can be included in your CORI packet. The Diocese of Fall River requires all new volunteers (over the age of 16) to complete the Safe Environments Training. This training can be done online. Once completed, please print a copy of your training certificate to be sent with your packet. Click here for the Safe Environment Training.
The 2018 – 2019 Policies & Procedures document may be viewed or downloaded here
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