Religious Education 2020-2021

Update August 21, 2020 - please read

Hello families,

As you all know, this year is presenting unique challenges in terms of educating our children.  Religious education is facing similar challenges as we prepare for the coming school year.  Throughout the summer, I have been exploring various programs that meet the requirements set forth by the Archdiocese of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to keep students safe while continuing with the process of Faith Formation.  We will begin classes in October, once families have had a chance to settle into the routines and expectations of an unusual school year.  

For students in grades 1-6, we will be implementing a Family Formation program.  Weekly lessons will be done at home and will involve 30-60 minutes of prayer, reading and discussion with your child or children.  At the end of each section, there will be a brief quiz to be completed online by your child and submitted electronically to me.  (You will need to download a QR reader for your phone to access the quizzes.  These are free and easy to download.)  Students will meet monthly with catechists (in person or via Zoom) to discuss upcoming lesson topics, and parents will meet monthly with me for discussions, tips and tricks for the discussions with the children.  The lessons also include optional activities to enrich the children's learning.

Grades 7 and 8 will be completing lessons online and participating in Zoom discussions about what they have learned.  More details will follow about the specific program they will be using.

We will continue to use Dynamic Catholic's DecisionPoint as our main program for Confirmation preparation.  For at least the first half of the year, students will be completing this program independently and participating in Zoom discussions after each lesson.  I am hoping in the second half of the year to return to some of the in person activities we have traditionally completed, including the joint Reconciliation service and the grade 10 retreat.  I will keep families updated as the situation evolves.

One thing that is certain is that we will need lots of assistance from families to carry out the task of helping the children learn and grow in their faith.  As they say, "teamwork makes the dream work."  We will need in person and Zoom catechists, Zoom observers, hall monitors, Confirmation and First Communion help, and other tasks may arise as well.  I appreciate any assistance you are able to give.

Thank you, and God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Monica Faiella, Director of Religious Education

reled@stmargaretburlington.org

781-272-5810

 

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