Faith Formation for Children and Youth
Annunciation’s Catechesis Update for 2020/2021
This past year we introduced our new Finding God curriculum that is rooted in the spirituality of St. Ignatius. At the core of his teaching, St. Ignatius reminds us to find God in all things and emphasizes adaptability to life’s circumstances. This year we will put that into practice in our catechesis programs.
Due to the pandemic, we will begin the year virtually, with the hope and intention of resuming in-person sessions as the year progresses. As a parent who just experienced 3 months of crisis learning with my 4th grader, I understand the word “virtual” may stir up mixed emotions. We have designed our “virtual” lessons for convenience and simplicity while providing quality catechesis. Please take a moment to view the sample 2nd grade lesson below. Each registered student will receive a grade specific Finding God workbook to follow along with the virtual lesson. Your child will have the flexibility to complete the weekly lesson at a convenient time that works for your schedule.
You have the option of registering for either the Traditional Catechesis program or the Family Catechesis program. Both programs use the same curriculum.
9th grade Confirmation candidates will have monthly virtual sessions that explore major themes of their Catholic Faith to prepare them for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The intention is to eventually transition to in-person theme nights as the protocols and diocesan recommendations allow.
Sunday School during the 10am Mass is suspended indefinitely. We continue to monitor the effects of the pandemic on the local community and assess the protocols suggested for childcare. When we have a definitive date to re-open Sunday School, online registration will open.
Traditional and Family Catechesis will begin the week of September 28th.
Based on the mid-August school start date, this will allow families a month to adjust to new protocols implemented by their child’s school.
Sample 2nd Grade Virtual Lesson
“God always knocks at the door of hearts. He likes to do this. It comes from His heart. But, do you know what He likes best? To knock on the doors of families and find families that are united, to find families that love each other, to find the families that bring up their children and educate them and help them to keep going forward and that creates a society of goodness, of truth, and of beauty.” Pope Francis, September 29, 2015
Annunciation Catechesis programs use the Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts curriculum that integrates the fundamental themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as Scripture and Catholic social teachings. Embodying the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Finding God provides all the tools to engage the whole child – mind, heart, and soul – uniquely guiding children to practice prayer and reflection, to explore Scripture, and to find God in all things. The curriculum fully engages children in the full teachings of the Catholic Church, inviting them to discover the beauty of their faith.
Annunciation Traditional Catechesis, under normal circumstances, is offered for grades 1-5 each Wednesday at 4:15pm or grades 1-8 at 6:15pm. Each session is 1 hour and 15minutes. Due to the pandemic, we will begin this year virtually the week of September 13th. Online registration is open. Click here to register. The Faith Formation Team can be reached at 407-869-9472.
Annunciation Family Catechesis uses the Finding God curriculum to combine parish-based group meetings (parent/guardian & child) and grade-specific instruction by trained catechists with at-home sessions guided by parents. Due to the pandemic, we will begin this year virtually the week of September 13th. Online registration is open. Click here to register. The Faith Formation Team can be reached at 407-869-9472
Sunday School & Kindergarten, under normal circumstances is offered at our Parish Preschool during the 10:00am Mass for those families who register. Currently, Sunday School and Kindergarten are suspended indefinately. We continue to monitor the effects of the pandemic on the local community and assess the protocols suggested for childcare. When we have a definitive date to re-open Sunday School, online registration will open.
Welcome to the family! Here at Annunciation’s Youth Ministry we invite all teens searching for answers, friendship, and a deeper relationship with the God of creation to join us. Get involved, lay down your burdens, and get ready to dive deep!
Preparation for the Sacraments
Congratulations on the birth of your child! And congratulations on taking the first steps to sharing the beauty of our Catholic faith with your child. Through Baptism your child is welcomed into our parish community and we commit to supporting you and your child on your faith journey.
Celebrating the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist with your family! Click on the link for all of the information.
Get In Touch
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