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Parents of Students in Faith Formation Classes: Don’t sit in your car during your child’s FF class this week! Walk your child in, then come to Mary’s Place where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a comfy chair, check out the library or just relax. One word that keeps coming up as people have begun using this space is peaceful—you deserve some peace, so come in and enjoy! We’ll have our ‘then vs now’ puzzles to work on this week also—see how our worship space has changed, or how the main entrance of our church has been enhanced over the years!

An Overview: Each grade level offers learning about the Blessed Trinity, Liturgy, the Liturgical year with special offerings during Advent and Lent.

The following are the specifics of each grade level:

Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten: (Students must be 4 years old by Sept 15 of the current school year) Emphasizes how God cares for us so much that he has given us many gifts including Jesus! Students learn how to use prayer and their actions to thank God. Students also learn about the parish as their faith community and how we celebrate our faith through sacraments and Mass.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten: Focus is on the liturgical year and major celebrations in the church including diving more into the sacraments and Mass. Students learn about the Trinity through breaking the Trinity apart and learning about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit individually and how we can live like Jesus by listening to Jesus in scripture and following the Saints’ examples.

Grade 1

Grade 1: The curriculum focuses on God’s love for us shown through creation and the life and ministry of Jesus. “Call to Faith” is the series used along with appropriate children’s books to enhance the lesson, DVD’s, and music. A special invitation is extended to family for presentation of Christmas plays in December during class time. Also particular to first grade are Presentation of Gifts at weekend Liturgies in January and a book recycling unit in response to lessons.

---Attending first grade is mandatory for a children to celebrate first Reconciliation and First Communion in second grade.

Grade 2

Preparation for the celebrations of first Reconciliation and First Communion is the focus of second grade. Emphasis is placed upon the meaning of the sacraments, the relationship between Baptism and Eucharist, the need to live a peaceful life through God’s love and forgiveness, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and a study of the Mass. Three offerings of Eucharistic Afternoon/Sacred Space Tours help second graders and parents learn about the Eucharist and our church and assists the parents on their child’s journey to the Table of the Lord. “Call to Faith” is the series used.

For specific information on First Reconciliation and First Communion look under the "First Communion" tab.

Grade 3

The curriculum focuses on the Creed and Trinity and our Catholic Church, with specific lessons devoted to studying the Marks of the Church. In response to being apostolic, the students participate in a Hospitality Project at a weekend Mass where they serve as hospitality ministers and serve refreshments and/or coffee and doughnuts after the Mass. Also, formation of conscience lessons emphasizes the need to follow the spirit of the Commandments and the example and standards Jesus set. “Call to Faith” is the series used at this grade level.

Grade 4

Learning the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments as guides for living a Christian life is the goal of the fourth grade year. The sacrament of Reconciliation is studied in depth and concludes with a Reconciliation Workshop/Pizza dinner for parents and students. “Finding God” is a new series employed this year as each child will have their own text to use through the year. An offering of on-line support for parents is offered through this new series.

Grade 5

Fifth grade curriculum offers a deeper learning of the Mass, culminating with parents and students attending a “Teaching Mass” with Fr. Steve. The rituals and beliefs of Catholicism are woven throughout the whole year. “Alive in Christ” is the series used as it offers online support for parents in addition to each student having their own textbook.

Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish takes the safety of our children very seriously. We participate in the Diocesan-wide Virtus – Protecting God’s Children program. All our catechists, staff members, and volunteers who work with children are required to receive this special training.

To learn more about the Virtus – Protecting God’s Children program and the Diocesan guidelines, please click on the link below.

http://www.dmdiocese.org/youth-and-child-protection.cfm