This Fall, we will introduce a new process for Confirmation Preparation at Ss Peter and Paul. Best practices in Catholic parishes of the United States have moved the administration of Confirmation to high school and joined it to comprehensive and dynamic youth ministry programs. Beginning this Fall 2012, here at Ss Peter and Paul, we will do the same. Please see the Youth Ministry tab on the parish website for a registration form and further details about this new approach to Confirmation preparation. A schedule will be made available upon registering for Confirmation Preparation.
Registrations are due by Sunday, September 2, 2012.
This Sunday, January 22nd we have the following occurring at our Faith Formation Sessions:
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Children and Parents
The Donut Man Concert! – Learning about the Catholic Mass Families received a Donut Man CD of songs at December’s Family Faith Session. Keep listening to the Songs! We will be singing them together.
See attached information sheet regarding the lessons we will discuss at our session. And if you did not pick yours up at the last Family Assembly we will have a CD for you to take home with you.
Jumping, clapping, singing, laughing; a Donut Man concert grabs children right where they are with a wonderful blend of Bible songs, stories and lots of audience participation. Rob Evans, The Donut Man, presents the Gospel in a way that introduces young children and their families to the basic elements of the Christian faith and gives them lots to talk about when they get home ’cause the concert is exciting. His Saturday morning show has been on the air on EWTN for 15 years. As a recent convert to the Catholic Church (Spring 06) he brings a refreshing zeal to the wonderful aspects of our faith. Children are brought from out of the audience to help the Donut Man tell his stories and to do the handâ€‘motions that go with the songs. Even Duncan the talking Donut pops out of his bakery box to sing a “whole” song. A Donut Man concert is a great place for young families to sow seeds of Biblical values into their lives. Values that Rob has cultivated with his wife and their six children. It works. This is “fun that redeems”. See you there!
9. Devotion to Mary. (Mary)
Hail Mary Scramble (Grade 1) Activity Objective: To put the lines of the Hail Mary in order.
Mary Name (Grade 2) Activity Objective: To teach the children that Mary is the Mother of the Church and our mother too.
Praying the Hail Mary with Actions (Grade 1) Activity Objective: To learn actions to accompany the words of the Hail Mary.
Rosary Prayer Cloths (Grade 5+) Activity Objective: The young people will come to a deeper understanding of how devotion to the Blessed Mother was spread during the Middle Ages.
We Pray Mary’s Prayer (Grade 3) Activity Objective: To help the children praise God for all he has done for them by praying Mary’s words of praise in a choral reading.
Which Is It? Annunciation, Ascension, or Assumption (Grade 5) Activity Objective: To distinguish between the Annunciation, the Ascension, and the Assumption.
8. Catholics are ‘catholic’. (Catholic)
Building Unity (Grade 5) Activity Objective: To help the children visualize the concept that there is both unity and diversity in the Church.
Faces of the Church (Grade 4+) Activity Objective: The young people will explore the meaning of the word catholic.
I Am a Catholic (Grade 4) Activity Objective: The young people will explore what it means for them to be Catholic.
Illustrated Dictionary (Grade 4) Activity Objective: The young people will make an illustrated dictionary to describe the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church.
Many People, One Family (Grade 3) Activity Objective: To help the children to see that we are all one family in Jesus Christ.
Ministers of Hospitality (Grade 2) Activity Objective: To allow the children to experience the role of the hospitality ministry as the greeter and the greeted.
7. University spirituality. (Spirituality & Prayer)
Beatitude Ribbon (Grade 2) Activity Objective: To have the children understand that the Beatitudes are a guide to happiness.
Boxes of Hope (Grade 6) Activity Objective: To help the children be people of hope so that they can give hope to others.
Creating Prayers of Petitions (Grade 2) Activity Objective: To demonstrate that the children have the ability to create prayers of petition.
Family Prayer Box (Grade 1) Activity Objective: To create a Family Prayer Box.
Feeling the Spirit in My Prayer (Grade 3) Activity Objective: To help the children feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, helping them live peaceful lives.
Growing With God Bulbs (Grade 1) Activity Objective: To examine the ways Jesus helps us grow closer to God.
Letter to God (Grade 2) Activity Objective: To teach the children that God wants us to make peace with Him when we do unkind acts.
Making a Peace Bucket (Grade 2) Activity Objective: To teach the children that they too can promote peace like Jesus.
Our Father (Grade 4) Activity Objective: To discuss the meaning of the words to the Lord’s Prayer.
The Glory Be with Actions (Grade 1) Activity Objective: To pray the Glory Be to the Father using gestures.
6. Commitment to justice. (Justice)
A New Year’s Wish for the World (Grade 6) Activity Objective: To encourage the children to identify specific actions that they can do to show God’s presence to some part of the world that they are particularly concerned about.
Food for All (Grade 4) Activity Objective: To teach the children the importance of recognizing the needs of others.
It’s Not Fair (Grade 5) Activity Objective: To help the children experience the disparity in the distribution of wealth in the world and consider how to alleviate injustice.
The Language of Truth (Grades 5+) Activity Objective: The young people will create useful reminders to help them make good choices.
Yarn-Web Prayer (Grade 6) Activity Objective: To show our solidarity and need to be concerned for one another.