Daily Readings, Daily Meditation, & Saint of the Day
Hello Everyone,In this time of great uncertainty and many unknowns, we want you to know that we here at St. Gregory the Great are here for you and want to support your families in whatever way we are able.Though the need for social distancing due to COVID-19 has cancelled faith formation classes, it has not eliminated your children's need for faith formation.Our mission has always been to assist families in the faith formation of their children, and these times are no different. The St. Gregory the Great Faith Formation team has discussed this topic, and we believe that this quarantine can bring with it a great blessing.Your children have gained a lot of free time, but at the same time, they have been thrown into isolation. They will be pushed to find something to fill this hole, and it is our hope that they will be able to fill that hole with God and with family.Over the next few weeks, we will continue to send lesson plans to our catechists as usual. Many of you may have already received some resources from your child(ren)'s catechist. We will also have families resources and ideas to lead lessons, meditations, Bible studies, and other family activities designed to grow the whole family in faith together added to our parish website under the Faith Formation tab. It should be noted that these resources offered are not mandatory, nor will absences we counted for the remainder of the year.If you have a child enrolled in Sacrament Preparation, please keep an eye out for an additional email.You and your family are in our prayers during this time of challenge.The Faith Formation Team of St. Gregory the Great
We are here to celebrate with you.
The Annunciation Color Craft
Lenten Pretzel Prayer
Pretzel Prayer Reader
Soft Pretzel Recipe
Much like how in Church, we have different decor to help indicate which liturgical season we are celebrating (a wreath and purple cloth for Advent, green for Ordinary time, and white and lilies for Easter), you too can model this within the home.
At home, if you do not already have a prayer space, you can make one pretty easily with household objects.
Video resources that are fun and engaging for children can be found on Formed.org. Here are couple that we have found to be excellent. Don't have Formed.org? Sign up for free using our St. Gregory the Great parish code. Directions can be found by clicking here.
Video: Formed.org "Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle"
Video: Formed.org "Brother Francis; Let's Learn About Lent"
Faith Formation for Children
"Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be.."
Christ gave the Church a teaching mission to help everyone "know, love, and serve God." Faith Formation at Saint Gregory the Great is dedicated to offering faith-filled education for children so they will be well-equipped to answer God's call to holiness and to enrich their personal relationship with Him.
The Faith Formation Process for children includes an integrated curriculum that consists of Catholic Catechism, Scripture, Music and Liturgical Experiences in an age-appropriate format. Click here for more information.
The St. Gregory the Great Catholic School program offers a faith-based educational curriculum with a stated mission to foster Christian values, inspire academic excellence, and encourage global awareness through service to others. Click here for more information.
During the summer months when Faith Formation is not in session, Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered. The curriculum includes age-appropriate readings and activities during Mass. Children are then returned to their parents after the homily. Click here for more information.
The Faith Formation process for middle school focuses on community building, with an emphasis on the Bible, Catholic teaching and how to connect our Catholic traditions into daily life. Click here for more information.
The preparation for First Eucharist, and First Reconciliation, occurs during the second year of Faith Formation. The program includes guided instructional sessions and home study materials. Concurrent enrollment in both Sacramental Preparation and Faith Formation is required. Click here for more information.
Vacation Bible School is a program to educate children about God. Participants enjoy a fun and faith-filled week held on the parish grounds with games, crafts, bible stories, singing, dancing and much more. Click here for more information.
Faith Formation for Adults
Faith Formation for Teens
Special Needs Faith Formation
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