Faith Formation News

Remote Start for 2020-2021 Faith Formation Year

Dear Families:

As we are sure you are aware, there are many things to consider when returning to in-person activities this Fall.  First off, we are looking at our room size and occupancy levels with respect to CDC recommendations, PPE needed, and potential risks to our students, volunteers, and their families.   With this in mind, we have decided to offer remote classes through the month of October this year.

To begin with, students will view prerecorded lessons and engage in an online activity which can be sent in remotely.  By mid-October, we will make a plan for future classes.   Should we decide to continue with a remote format, we will offer some live virtual classes where students in the in-person program will have the option of attending.

Our goal for this year is to move our students forward in their religious education.   As sacramental years have in-person requirements, once safe to do so, students must participate in their classes as scheduled.   However, this requirement will allow for virtual attendance as well.    Please make sure that you view the online calendar, once posted, and record your grade 1, 2, 9 & 10 classes so that your child is available to attend these classes live (in-person or remotely).

Confirmation candidates have traditionally had the requirement to attend the 11:00 AM Mass with their peers on the morning of their scheduled classes.  Again, with the church capacity and social distancing requirements, this is not possible this year.   The choice of how to attend Mass whether in-person or virtually will remain with the family, however, students still need to “attend” Sunday Mass.   For grades 9 & 10 students, there may be questions/reflections connected to the weekend’s Mass.

The Office of Faith Formation is awaiting the delivery of this year’s resources, once here, parents will be provided evening hours to pick up their students’ materials.   Please note that we will be asking all families to provide an email address for each individual student at this time.   This email will be used to send out lessons and assignments to our students.   Please be prepared to identify the email that you plan to check and associate with your child’s work.

As our students and families prepare for this upcoming school year, please continue to know of our prayers for you all.   We know there are many challenges ahead of you, but as noted in Philippians 4:13, “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  As parents, we have the ability to make this year remarkable for our children.  When things get challenging, look to God for the strength to get you, your families, and those around you through.   Share your faith and your many gifts with others and remember that when you need support, you can always reach out to us at St. Ann’s.

Thank you,

Jennifer Murphy
Director, Faith Formation


Dear Parents,

Without a doubt, we are all looking forward to the upcoming academic school year with a lot of questions. With these many questions in mind, Fr. John and I have spent a lot of time assessing our current program and making changes necessary to ensure that our students are able to complete the 2020-2021 Faith Formation year regardless of any interruptions that may arise. It is our goal to continue our in-person Faith Formation classes. In the event that we need to change to a virtual platform, we have switched to a program with a strong digital offering and will make a plan for virtual classes.

Homeschool classes will continue to be an option for families; however, this new program will send assignments home digitally. Students will be given a set number of days (approximately two weeks) to return these assignments. There will no longer be a drop box at the church for book pages. Please note: this homeschool program is meant to be taught to children by their parents/guardians, this program is not intended for children to complete by themselves.

We’d like to send a huge thank you to all of you who volunteer your time as catechists, substitutes, and those who help in the office, at meetings, retreats, and other activities. We appreciate your commitment and participation in our Faith Formation program. The program simply could not succeed without you.

As you know, the catechists and substitute catechists that teach in our Faith Formation program are volunteers. Due to a large number of students in our program, we make every effort to keep our classes at a low student/teacher ratio. We ask you to consider assisting us as a catechist or office assistant (during class hours). Tuition is waived for the children of catechists and office assistants.

The schedule for 2020-2021 will be as follows:

Grade 1 & 2 will meet every other Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Grade 3 & 4 will meet every other Monday from 5:30p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Grade 5 & 6 will meet every other Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Grade 7 & 8 will meet every other Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Grade 9 will meet from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for nine scheduled Sunday Sessions
Grade 10 will meet from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for nine scheduled Sunday Sessions

Please note that students in our Confirmation Program are only allowed one missed class per year. Any additional missed classes may result in postponing their Confirmation to the following year.

This year we will be conducting our registration online. If you would like to print your registration, you are welcome to do this and send it in by mail. If you are enrolling a new student in the program, you must include a copy of his/her baptismal certificate unless he or she was baptized here at St. Ann’s, Raynham. Catechists and classes are assigned the week of July 19th. Therefore, all children – those already attending, new family members, and new residents entering the program for the first time – MUST BE REGISTERED AT THIS TIME.

Tuition Fees for 2020-2021

Kindergarten……………..……………………………………….$50student
Grades 1 through 10………………….……………………$60/student
Homeschool (grades 3-8)……………………..……………$50/student
Family Tuition Cap……………………………………..…$150/family

Sacramental Fees for 2020-2021

Grade 2 First Communion fee………….…………..…….$20/student
Grade 9 Retreat fee……………………………..………….$40/student
Grade 10 Confirmation robe rental fee…..………………$20/student

**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 become eligible to receive First Communion in the Spring of the second year. Children attending parochial schools 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 2021, 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.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Murphy
Director, Faith Formation

Click here for the registration form.

FF Calendar 2020-2021

Teachers Needed

Please contact Jenn Murphy if you are available to teach a class this year, by calling the Faith Formation Office at (508) 824-9021 or emailing religioused@stannsraynham.org.

As of August 31, 2020:
Grade 2 — 4 Teachers/Sundays 9:30am – 10:45pm
Grade 3 — 3 Teachers/Mondays 5:30am – 6:45pm
Grade 4 — 3 Teachers/Mondays 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Grade 5 — 4 Teachers/Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Grade 6 — 3 Teachers/Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Grade 7 — 2 Teachers/Tuesdays 6:30pm –  7:45pm
Grade 8 — 3 Teachers/Tuesdays 6:30pm –  7:45pm
Grade 9 — 2 Teachers/Sundays 11:00am –  1:30pm
Grade 10 — 1 Teachers/Sundays 11:00am – 1:30pm
Office Volunteers Sundays 9:00 11:00am
Please note that some of our times may need to be adjusted due to restrictions connected to COVID-19. For the virtual lessons, Jenn will cover the classes and will need one teacher present on each virtual meeting.

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


Faith Formation Telephone: 508-824-9021

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