During COVID, families may be interested in the following resources to use in their domestic church.
We will be producing CLOW videos to accompany our weekly Mass videos. Access will be available on our website, on our YouTube channel, and through our eNewsletters sent to those who have signed up for them.
Connect each weekend or later and search for the current week’s video https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ-wlL3_x_XbF–5a9rW3sg/videos
I especially like children making a fancy dinner for parents, the links to three types of dances for the family to learn together, and the outline for creating a monastic schedule to your day for families (and it includes plenty of time for activity).
This website offers the articles 4 Tips for Parenting During a Pandemic and Keep Calm and Stay Connected to Your Teen. Connected Families is a faith-based organization in Chanhassen that provides wonderful resources for families including webinars, articles, coaching, workshops, and books they have authored. At the time of this writing, they are also offering their Sibling Conflict Online Course for free. www.connectedfamilies.org
A prayer table can be a step-stool, deep windowsill, end table, shelf, short dresser, small table, or hearth with a prayer cloth on it as the base. Symbols on it include finds from nature walks (creation), child’s artwork of Jesus and/or Mary, a cross, a plant or pot with seeds they plant, a battery-operated candle, a prayer book or Bible, a statue of a saint, and other symbols you invite your child to use as they look around the house.
A basket may be used on the prayer table to hold prayer cards the children make from copying scripture, such as: Your 3-6-year-old child may like to copy the following scripture. • Psalm 23:1 • Psalm 23:1-3 • Psalm 23:1-4 • “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” “Blessed are you among women; blessed is the fruit of your womb.” The 6-12-year-old child may copy verses of Psalms: • Psalm 43:1 • Psalm 51:15 • Psalm 18:3 • Psalm 124:8 • Psalm 121:1-2 • Psalm 58:10 • Psalm 17:8 • Psalm 3:5 • Psalm 51:10, the whole Hail Mary prayer, the whole Lord’s Prayer.
This is a book for parents on telling stories to your children. As you can see at the link, it has great reviews. One of the things that bonds families more than anything, and builds confidence in children, is parents telling stories to their children. Consider this book as a family gift to yourselves.
Most Sundays, during the school year, at 10:30 Mass children in preschool through 3rd grade are invited to hear the Gospel of the Sunday proclaimed from a children’s Bible and to explore its meaning in their everyday lives. Please send your child to the front of church at Father’s invitation. They will be led by trained facilitators in the chapel (preschool and kindergarten) or Community Room (grades 1-3). Children will return to their families after the Prayers of the Faithful. Please watch carefully to help your child find you. No registration is needed. (Not offered holiday weekends, MEA, Christmas, MLK, President’s Day weekend, Palm Sunday or Easter.)
Teen and adult volunteers are needed to lead Children’s Liturgy of the Word once every 4-6 weeks. The lesson plans are provided. All adult volunteers must complete the “Essential Three”: background check, VIRTUS training, and code of conduct.
Students in grades 1-8 who attend a public, private or charter school meet most Sundays Sept-May 9:00 – 10:15 for classes that provide the foundational formation for participation in the Church community, prayer, service, and knowledge of faith. We use Finding God in All Things from Loyola Press. Seasonal family gatherings for prayer, breakfast, service and celebration are planned and led by parents with the assistance of staff. Please pre-register for these classes.
Pass It Forward! Become a Catechist!
Fifty to 100 children and young people, grades 1 through 8, are signing up this fall to learn more about Jesus and the Catholic faith. You can help them learn and grow by becoming a catechist for Faith Formation. With classes offered Sunday mornings before the 10:30 AM mass, you will find that this time conveniently fits your schedule. As you nurture the faith of our youth, you will learn and grow as well! As one long-time catechist put it, “I learn so much from the children!” We provide you with training, materials, lesson plans, support, and much appreciation. It all begins in September. The initial catechist training is Sunday, September 8. Classes begin Sunday, September 15, with the Blessing of Catechists following at the 10:30 AM mass. Come have tea or coffee with me to view the materials, see how easy and fun it is with the lesson plan outlines I will provide you, and to discuss how it works. Bring a friend. If people work in pairs, you are leading about ten sessions per year and supporting one another for the other ten sessions. Adults, teens, parents, grandparents, teachers, those thinking about trying something new in life, those who enjoy learning, disciples on the journey—you are all invited to enter this transformative and fulfilling ministry. If interested in learning more about joining the 2,000-year-long line of catechists, contact Lynn Schelitzche at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-698-5581 x303.
All sacramental preparation is a joint effort with families, faith formation classes, school religion classes and immediate preparation activities in the year before the child celebrates sacraments.
Infant Baptism class is offered monthly year-round. Every other month the class is held at St. Thomas More Catholic Community. Parents are encouraged to participate in class well in advance of the desired date of Baptism. More information.
Most children celebrate First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in 2nd grade, but parents decide when their child is ready. Some choose to wait until their child is older. More information about this process.
Confirmation is celebrated during the Easter season, normally in 8th grade. The immediate preparation for Confirmation builds on regular religion classes at a Catholic School or on Sunday morning Faith Formation classes. Program description.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process whereby those ages 7 or older prepare for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Those who were Baptized in Christian tradition may participate in a modified RCIA process to become Catholic. Each person’s journey is unique, so we begin with a conversation about the individual’s situation. The RCIA team welcomes no-strings-attached inquiries. Please email Lynn for more information.
If you have any questions please contact:
Director of Faith Formation
651-698-5581, ext. 303