Religious Education Information and Registration for Fall 2020
Re: Religious Ed. Update and Class Registration Fall 2020
Happy Summer! Blessings to each of you! We pray that you are well and continuing to stay safe and healthy. Normally, this is the time of year when Mr. Fullam and I are solidifying are plans for the upcoming Religious Education year – deciding which classrooms will be used for which grades, ordering our materials, mailing out our registration forms and all of those exciting tasks that go into planning for your children to return to Religious Education classes here at Holy Family in September. While we are doing this now for our 2020-2021 year, our preparations are incredibly different than they have been in the past due to the pandemic, subsequent quarantine, and now our slow and careful phased re-opening of Mass, Sacraments and related classes here at Holy Family.
Because we cannot accurately predict what state and Diocesan directives will be in place during the Fall at this point, we are planning for three scenarios, knowing that even as we make them we will continue to be flexible, always keeping our children’s health and safety at the forefront of everything we do.
#1 Scenario: This would be the “best-case” scenario where we would be able to welcome our children back to Religious Education with in-person classes when we are slated to begin on Sunday, September 20. We can safely space desks in our classrooms six feet apart on all sides and comfortably fit 8-10 students in the rooms. We would arrange a few classrooms this way and offer classes Sundays before and after 10:00 AM Mass, Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 4:30 PM and Monday and Tuesday evening 6:30 – 7:30 PM. This way we can limit the number of students in the building at any time and safely clean the rooms after each use. We do anticipate that everyone will be required to wear masks.
#2 Scenario: We continue with distance learning – similar to how we closed the Religious Ed year this past Spring. The students will be given their student copies of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies for Grades 1-8, and/or their texts for First Communion, and 9/10th Grade Confirmation Prep. I will put their weekly lessons online at our website. Lessons will be as simple as going over the Gospel weekly with them. I will also post video/music/coloring pages/puzzles and other support material each week for you to use to support the lesson. Our goal in this scenario would be to bring each grade level in with a parent/guardian at the beginning of the month to meet in person and have a brief prayer service/overview lesson for the month and set the stage for what the children would be learning that month and give parents/guardians a chance to ask questions and get answers to how we can help best support you at home.
#3 Scenario: This would be a combination of the above scenarios. We would start the Fall with distance learning at home and if we were able to get the virus under control and return to in person classes we would do that in a format similar to this year with classes on Sundays before and after 10:00 AM Mass, and afterschool/evening options during the week.
While these plans are the result of a difficult situation, we are embracing the opportunities we are presented with. We hope to find ways to enrich our families and children’s faith formation experiences going forward as we explore new resources and options within religious education, and we also want to focus this year on effectively supporting you as parents, as you are your children’s first and primary model of the faith, creating the Domestic Church in your homes.
Every September we look at the great Emmaus story (Luke 24: 13-35), of the disciples meeting Jesus on the road, and their inability to recognize him. And, as we know, it was through His recounting of the Scriptures and His breaking of the bread with them that their eyes were opened, and they recognized Jesus. Like those disciples, now more than ever we need to continue on our own faith journey and keep our eyes open to the wonders of God. We need to continue our study of the scriptures each week in religious education classes, continue our preparations to receive the sacraments and attend church each Sunday (either in person or via our YouTube Channel) to share in the Eucharist.
As the primary educators of your children, I am grateful to each of you for the commitment you made this past year to their religious education. I know it was not easy this Spring juggling online learning for your children’s school lessons, along with Religious Ed lessons amongst everything else you are being called to do. Building a relationship with Jesus and understanding our Catholic faith is an ongoing process. Spending time together, learning together is a grace-filled journey. Preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation is ongoing and cumulative. And so, I invite each of you to join us again this year as we continue the journey. It is important that all our students attend Religious Education classes even though we may not know exactly what that will look like as we begin this Fall. As parents of two young men, I can honestly say the greatest gift my husband and I have given our boys is the gift of their faith. It has served them well when trying to navigate today’s world.
Although religious instruction will not begin until the week of September 20th, it is important that we get all our students registered so that we can order materials and be as prepared as we can be for an outstanding year of growing together in our faith! Please read the registration information below. Pray! And then please register online (holyfamilyrockland.org) or return the attached registration form with your child’s information and the day and time that will work best for your family, knowing that class particulars are subject to change as we pray the situation with the Coronavirus improves.
I am grateful for the opportunity to walk this faith journey together with your family. If you have any questions or need more information on general registration or sacrament instruction for First Communion and Confirmation, please feel free to email ([email protected]) or call the Religious Education Office (781-871-1244). Bob Fullam and I would be happy to chat with you.
“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Liz Davis, Director of Religious Education
If you choose to pay online using a credit card: Under "AMOUNT" on the form click Other and fill in your Religious Ed Fee and under "EARMARK" use the drop down menu and select Religious Education Registration Fee. In the "COMMENTS" section please type in the name of your child/children and their Grade in school. Payments may also be made by check to Holy Family Religious Ed and mailed to Holy Family Religious Ed, 403 Union Street, Rockland, MA 02370 Attn: Liz Davis. You may also pay in cash or set up a payment plan if needed.