Queen of Heaven parish offers the option of a Family Catechesis program that meets once a month on a Sunday after the 8:00 Mass. This type of program benefits families who prefer to further their faith formation together instead of having the children attend a separate program. It is also helpful for those who have children in the traditional programs that all meet on separate days. Our family program is loosely based on the Generations of Faith program. Fr. David Richards, Mrs. Maloney, D.R.E., and Mrs. Kishbaugh, C.R.E., facilitate the Family Program. Speakers are brought in as appropriate.
The sessions run for about one hour and forty-five minutes, are usually held on the first Sunday of the month. There is a monthly packet with suggestions for activities to be done at home between sessions. Occasionally there is “homework” to be brought to the following session, or a project. Each year there is a different theme and each month focuses on a different topic relating to the theme or to the liturgical year.
The students also receive a grade level text book for review at home so they are sure to learn the grade level requirements of the Diocesan Lifelong Faith Formation Department.
This program replaces the traditional weekly religious education sessions. However, Confirmation candidates are required to attend the Confirmation process even if they attend the Family Program (although they are not required to attend both). There is a $58.00 fee per family.
It’s a fun program & a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with your children. It helps everyone to become more comfortable sharing and talking about their faith. Everyone stays together for the beginning part of the session. There is an age-level breakout session each month and then we are all together for the last segment. This may vary a bit depending on the theme of the year and the topic covered each month.
We gather after the 8:00 Mass (around 8:45 or so) for our social where we provide donuts, rolls, coffee and tea. We ask parents to sign up to bring beverages for the children. The instructional part of the session runs from 9:15 to 11:00. That way, you can attend either the 8:00 Mass before the Family Program or the 11:15 Mass after it, if you are not attending a different Mass. We meet eight times each year between September and April, once or twice a month.
DATES AND FOR THE 2014-2015 FAMILY PROGRAM are:
Our doors open at 8:45 for a social. The actual session begins at 9:15 and ends at 11:00. Please make every effort to be prompt.
DATES FOR THE FAMILY PROGRAM ARE:
September 28, 2014* January 11, 2015*
October 19, 2014* February 1, 2015
November 2, 2014* March 1, 2015
December 7, 2014* March 28, 2015*
*these dates are not the first Sunday of the month
To register for this program, please visit the Registration Form page and choose the appropriate form for your circumstance.
If you have any questions please call the office at 716-675-3714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.