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September 2021

Dear Faith Formation Parents,

I hope that you had a happy summer and were able to enjoy some good family time. Now, your children are back to school and all families continue to deal with the difficulties of this pandemic time. I hope we have been able to work together through some of the problems and restrictions so that our children are off to a good beginning of this school year. We all pray that as we move through this pandemic time, we can eventually resume all activities in a more customary way.

At St. Anne’s we did a lot of planning earlier this summer for the new faith formation year. Our continued struggle with this pandemic has caused us to revise our original plan. Below is the program that we will follow for the next three months. We will review the program in December as we make plans for 2022. By that time, we hope we are all more free from this pandemic and the restrictions it imposes.

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All Faith Formation Students Grades 2-8

  1. All students are expected to attend Sunday Mass.
  2. When coming to Church for Faith Formation program on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, students are required to wear a mask.
  3. Parent meetings for second and eighth grade students will occur in the Church. These parent meetings will be in preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation celebrations. Dates for these meetings are still to be determined.
  4. First Holy Communion Mass dates will be shared with all parents in mid October. At that time, directions will be given so that you may choose one of our six Saturday celebrations or a Sunday Mass celebration.
  5. Confirmation dates will be shared once these dates are assigned by Bishop Barres’ office, sometime after January 1, 2022.
  6. All materials will be available for pick up Monday September 27th, Tuesday September 28th, and Wednesday September 29th, from 4:00 – 5:00pm in the back of the Church, according to your assigned day.

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Faith Formation Program Grades 1-4

Weekly videos will be prepared for these grades; one video for grades 1; one video for 2; another video for grades 3-4. These videos will use the weekly Sunday gospels. The grade 1 video will focus on prayers, weekly Sunday Gospels, and the Saints. The grade 2 video will focus on prayers and preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Grades 3 and 4 will use the Sunday Weekly Gospels and material from the diocesan curriculum. The video will be available on Monday at the beginning of each week. The first week of the program is Monday October 4th.

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Faith Formation Program Grades 5-6

Grades 5 and 6 will meet together in the Church. Students attend on the day for which they have registered, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Presentations will include preparation for the Sunday gospel and various topics for the grades 5 and 6 curriculums. All students are to report to the Church at 3:55 on their assigned day. Students will be dismissed at 4:45PM. Parents may attend the presentation and sit with their children. Masks are to be worn. Students will be seated in the pews, three feet distant from each other. Classes will begin the week of Monday, October 4th.  If you registered for a Sunday class and are unable to choose another day, please contact Vivian Flood at 516-488-1032 or vflood@stannesgc.org.

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Faith Formation Program Grades 7-8

Grades 7 and 8 will meet on alternate Wednesday nights in the Church from 7:00 to 8:00PM. Eighth grade will begin Wednesday, October 6th; seventh grade will begin Wednesday, October 13th. Curricula will include preparation for Sunday Mass, topics for grades 7 and 8 curriculum, and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parents may attend the presentation and sit with their child. Masks are to be worn. Students will be seated in the pews, three feet distant from each other.

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I hope that the above information gives us all a good sense of how we will begin. We will review our program in December and adjust as the pandemic situation allows. I ask you to consider assisting us as we help you as the primary faith teacher of your child. Please respond by doing the following:

  1. Join us by attending Sunday Mass;
  2. Support the program outlined above for each grade;
  3. Work with the Faith Formation team in a cooperative way when challenges arise in these days of adjustment and surprises.

I am sure we can count on your cooperation.

Have a peace-filled day.

Msgr. Thomas J. Harold            Vivian Flood
Pastor                                        Faith Formation Administrator