Family Home Study Program

Family Catechesis Follow Up

5/18/20 

Thank you to all of our students who viewed their assigned videos, and submitted their assignments. If you've yet to complete the assignment for any reason, you are encouraged to do so at a point in time when your are more able to do so. 

Those who submitted their materials, asked some great questions. We'll try to answer them here! 

First and Second Grade

The first and second grade family catechesis group both watched videos about the Eucharist. We received some excellent questions. 

Q. Why does the Eucharist have to be made of wheat? Some people are allergic to wheat. 

A. When we celebrate the Eucharist, we continue the meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles at the Last Supper. We know that the bread that the Jewish people at that time, specifically during Passover, would have been unleavened wheat bread. 

There is also altar bread made with much lower levels of gluten for those who suffer from Celiac disease. Those who are extremely allergic to even low gluten wheat can receive from the chalice, because we believe that Jesus is fully present in bread His Body, and the wine His Blood. 

Q. Why does the bread look the way it does? Do they dye it or use coloring? 

A. Please view this very short video, where a camera crew visits with the sisters who made the Communion Hosts for Pope Francis' Visit to America.

Meet the Nuns Who are Making Communion Wafers for Pope Francis' Visit

Third through Fifth Grade 

Students in these grade levels watched stories of the lives of saints. Many watched the story of St. Patrick, others learned about St. Ambrose and St. Perpetua. 

Saints are special people that lived a good life. They were a good example for us in life. Many did great works to bring nations to God, or to help those in need. Through miracles after they have passed away we know that they intercede or pray for us in heaven!

Q. Why do we celebrate St. Patrick on March 17th was it his birthday? 

A. The day that we celebrate a saint is usually the day that they had died. While the year that St. Patrick had died is a cause for some confusion, we know that the day was March 17th. 

Q. How did St. Patrick die, did he die in Ireland? 

A. St. Patrick died of natural causes at an age that was considered old for his time. Some accounts suggest that he was 100, but most likely he was 76. Before he died he felt called to return to Saul, Ireland. Not long after he returned he passed away, and was celebrated by many priests and chieftains. 

For more information about St. Patrick click here.

Sixth through Eighth Grade

Students in middle school were invited to watch The Animated Bible Series: The Creation. While most of the students enjoyed the story and the style of the program, they questioned the accuracy of the retelling. 

More to come! 

Announcements

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What does this mean? Families will be provided digital texts, helpful videos, and in-home lesson plans for our parents. Each week, families will complete one asigned lesson. Review the chapter from your book, watch any associated videos, and complete the weekly e-assessment. There isn't a specific time that you have to gather, just find some time during the week, and take a look together.

You aren't in this alone! The Office of Religious Education is here to support you. We plan on assigning a volunteer to each grade level to act as a "catechetical conceirge". This person will be a support for parents in the process of remote learning. They will review assessments, assign occasional assignments, and ideally offer periodic video meetings to review and preview student materials. If you have any specific questions about the content of lessons, this will be your first contact. Scheduled meetings, and information to access them will be made available through Flip Grid.

We will offer a video meeting orientation for our Supported Home Study Model on September 20th for Sunday PREP, and Family Home Study, and on September 22nd for Tuesday PREP. Sessions may need to be broken up by grade level, so you will recieve more information, including time when we send you access to Flip Grid, and your digital texts before September 20th. Anyone who missed their orientation video meeting, will have access to a recording on their Flip Grid.
Read more about Religious Education at St. Pauls will Begin as a Supported Home Study Model

The Office of Religious Education has determined that we will begin our year remotely. This decision will also apply to sacramental formation. The best guidance available to us from the Diocesan and Civil authorities, suggests that this is the best course of action at this time.

During our Summer Academy program in July we provided support to parents as they reviewed lessons with their children utilizing online resources such as videos, digital text, and family lesson plans. Families were also accompanied by a volunteer that I call a catechetical concierge. As parents discussed lessons with their children these volunteers assigned activities, reviewed assessments, and even offered video calls for the parents and children to connect.

Whether you are registered for Family Home Study, Sunday PREP, or Tuesday PREP you will be provided with these materials to begin the year. If circumstances change and we are able to offer in-person classes later this year, families enrolled in the Sunday or Tuesday sessions will be given the option to return or to remain remote. All those that wish to remain remote for the entire year are encouraged to register for Family Home Study.

Read more about 2020-2021 Parish Religious Education Program Will Begin Remotely

Resources

An Excellent resource during the times of social distancing if Formed.org. On this platform you can access content such as cartoons, biopics, audio dramas, and books appropriate for all ages. 

Not signed up for Formed.org? This resource is available to everyone involved with Saint Paul Parish.Go to signup.formed.org, enter the parish zip code (08542), select our parish, enter your name and email, and begin watching.

Please click the links below to see suggested content for children and young people of various grade levels. While these aren't required content, they are a great way to build our faith! 

Formed in the Home Grades K-2

Formed in the Home Grades 3-5

Formed in the Home Grades 6-8

Formed in the Home Grades 9-12

Family Home Study Curriculum

Contacts

John McGuire
Director
Office of Religious Education
(609) 524-0509

Mrs. Maureen Sano
Administrative Assistant
(609)524-0510

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
And by appointment.

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