Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As you are aware, Michael Smith, our Director of Religious Education (DRE) has resigned from his position. During this time of transition, I will be your Interim DRE Leader moving forward until the position is filled. PLEASE NOTE that all SCHEDULED Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, and RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes, activities, and/or events WILL CONTINUE AS PLANNED. This is only possible by the Grace of God and YOUR willingness to Love and Serve Him by Loving and Serving one another. As I write to you, I am comforted knowing that I am not alone on this journey. I humbly ask for your patience and understanding as we move forward together, sharing our Love for Christ and His Church with one another. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (910) 488-1797 or [email protected] with any questions and/or concerns you may have moving forward. You may also reach out to Carol Johnson and Kate Kane in the parish office. May Our Father continue to Bless all of you and your families.
With Love, Deacon Steven
The mission of our Faith Formation programs are to provide empowerment and resources to the families of our faith community toward the goal of forming the next generation of strong Catholic Christians.
Parents are the first and most important teachers of the Faith…
Saint John Paul II – Familiaris Consortio (1981) paraphrased
Pre-K/Kindergarten– sessions meet during the first half of the 9:00am Mass. Children are lead out of the church by their catechists prior to the start of Mass and return at the Preparation of the Gifts. Face Masks are Required. Children must be 4 years old by August 1st to be eligible to participate.
Elementary Faith Formation is offered in a grade level-based (grades1-6) classroom setting with a team of volunteer catechists. Sessions are held Sunday mornings from 10:15am – 11:15am in the parish hall. Face Masks are Required. Each grade level has a minimum of 2 adults and 1 teen volunteer.
Parents are asked to escort their children to the parish hall and to their appropriate classroom. All classes have large signs on the doors to indicate which class is which. Sessions end at 11:15am. Parents are asked to pick up their children in the main gathering space in the parish hall. Please be sure you are on time for pick-up as the catechists are not allowed to leave to go home or to Mass until all of the children they are responsible for have been picked up.
THERE IS NO CURBSIDE DROP-OFF or PICK-UP EVER. It is a major safety concern. Any family that chooses to not follow this direction will be invited to use our home-based program instead of or in-person option.
For families with extraordinary circumstances that would prevent successful participation in our classroom setting, SEAS also offers a parent-led option that can be completed at home. If you have chosen the online option for Elementary Faith Formation you will receive an email on Sunday afternoon with a link to your lesson plan for the week along with the access links for the eBooks. The website you are directed to will have instructions for how to use the online option. If you would like to participate in the online option, please contact Michael in the parish office to convert your registration, it is VERY easy. Please contact Michael for more information regarding this option.
To register to participate in our Pre-K/K or Elementary Faith Formation, please download and complete the registration form and return it to the parish along with the registration fee. Registration fee is $50/child or $100/family.
FF Registration Form
Faith Formation Code of Conduct
Middle School Youth Ministy - for youth in 7th & 8th grade. Sessions meet Sunday mornings from 10:15am-11:15am in the parish hall. Face Masks are Required. The youth will meet in the space to the right of the main gathering room in the parish hall, behind the accordion walls. At 11:15 they will be dismissed to meet their families in the large room of the parish hall. Please be sure you are on time for pick-up as the catechists are not allowed to leave to go home or to Mass until all of the youth they are responsible for have been picked up.
To register to participate in Middle School Youth Ministry, download and complete the registration form. Return the completed form along with the registration fee to the parish office. Registration fee is $50/child or $100/family.
Middle School Ministry Registration Form Code of Conduct
Interested in becoming more involved? We can always use volunteers throughout the year! Click the following link to fill out a volunteer form Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Volunteer Form or contact the parish office if you are interested in being a catechist, a substitute, a chaperone, or assisting with special projects/events. Safe Environment training and a background check is required for all volunteers who work with children or youth.