Dear CCD Families:
A lot has happened since March 2020. Last year was an adventure for all our families having to do schoolwork and CCD classes through virtual classes and zooms. We are so very happy to be back in person this Fall. BUT we have learned a lot. It was special to be in your homes for our CCD classes and for you to be in mine! I showed you my advent wreath, you showed me your Christmas trees, we shared stories, and it was great to have you-- the families --so involved. It is no coincidence that the Pope has declared this to be Amoris Laetitia Familia---“The Joy of Love in the Family!!!
So, keeping this in mind, we, with the Archdiocese, and our Parish Council have determined that CCD needs to be more family friendly! Our Masses need to be more lively and joyful. We need YOU to accomplish all this! A lot of you are too busy to take on the role of a single Catechist responsible for 15 kids for an entire year. It’s time consuming and maybe a bit scary. We understand. We would however ask you to accompany your child and participate in our Family CCD Workshops—which would run like VBS. These workshops would take place on a Sunday—just 7 Sundays!!!!—before or after the 10AM Mass for 45 min to an hour. These 7 Sundays, you would go to our Workshop—run by CCD and laypeople involved in certain ministries in the parish and then you would participate in Mass as a family. Jesus is present in the Mass in 4 very important places. The Word (Scripture), the Presider, the Eucharist, and in EACH ONE OF US! We need to be united together to be the Body of Christ. We need not only to “go” to Mass but to have full, active, conscious (and joyful) participation in the liturgy! Let’s get our kids involved!!! They can be Lectors, Ushers, Altar servers, and Choir, etc.
Our next step is to pick dates. We need to head to Recreation—find out bye weeks etc. If you are aware of anything major happening in the morning of any Sunday that will affect many of the children—please let us know. Family Catechesis is just for Grades1-6. There will be no Tuesday CCD Classes offered. Grades 7 and 8 have their own program on Monday night. Another Google form will be sent out with exact dates and time choice of before / after Mass.
Please pray for the success of this venture—the Holy Spirit has always done amazing things through and with the families of STM.
Sample Sunday Session for October