Saint John Bosco Faith Formation 2020-2021
Registration period is August 15th - September 15th!
We are eager to begin our fall Faith Formation sessions and have developed a plan that will keep everyone safe, connected, and continuing to grow in their faith and community. The format will be a hybrid model, which will blend or alternate between online and in-person sessions depending on State and Archdiocesan guidelines, as well as parent comfort level. We have chosen resources that make it easy to facilitate and switch between online and in-person lessons/activities as needed. Students will receive hard-copy books and online access for lesson materials.
In-person class size will be limited to 7 students per class, wearing masks, utilizing outside areas (weather-permitting), social distancing, and regular sanitizing. As a result, specific times, locations, and calendars for each grade will be provided after the registration period closes, to asses the number of sessions needed per grade.
We will be meeting with families in September (virtually or outdoors) to present resources, provide exact scheduling and dates, answer questions, and offer support. During this difficult and uncertain time, our hearts are with you and we are here to support your families in any way we can. Stay tuned!
If you have any questions, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 203-488-2998 or [email protected].
||Weekly In-Person Lesson and/or Video Conference
(Possible times for In-Person Lessons are Sun AM, Sun PM, Mon PM, Thurs PM)
|Grades 5-7||Two Sundays/month 1.5 hour In-Person Lesson and/or Video Conference|
|Grades 8-10||One Sunday/month 2.5 hour In-Person Lesson and/or Video Conference|
|Fully Online/At-Home||Due to COVID-19, we offer this option in the exceptional cases where families have at-risk individuals or are uncomfortable with any in-person options.|
FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION
PARISH REGISTRATION (If not already registered)
The registration fee may be submitted by cash or check to the Faith Formation Office, or you may pay online by going to our Online Giving System portal at https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/473. Choose "Quick Give" (Sign in first if you already have an account) and click on "Faith Formation Registration" from the fund drop-down menu.
For Pre-K/K, the fee is $25 per child
*For ESCA Students Grades 2-3, the total fee is $25 per student per year (Sacramental Preparation Fee ONLY)
There is a $200 family maximum, and NO FEE for children of Catechists and Classroom Aides
Please call or email the Coordinator of Faith Formation if you would like to make your payments in monthly installments; arrangements must be made with the Coordinator on an individual basis. If the fee presents legitimate hardship for your family, please write a brief letter to the Coordinator to request scholarship assistance and return to the Faith Formation Office.
Additional catechists and Confirmation Team members will help us support our students through these various programs and modes. If you have any interest, please share your information on the registration form and/or email us at [email protected]. The role only requires a passion for children and your faith, and compliance with the Safe Environment requirements (a brief online VIRUS training session and background check).
Confirmed teens and those enrolled in our Confirmation Prep programs (Grades 8-10) are highly encouraged to join us in facilitating and supporting these classes. There are many different needs - from helping lead the classes to helping adults with technology to meeting with kids, etc. Participating teens will be recognized as part of our Student Leadership Team.
Grades K - 4
Classes at the elementary school level Grades 1-4 will meet weekly with an in-person lesson and/or video conference. Children are highly encouraged to attend Sunday Mass regularly with their families (in-person or via live-stream), especially the 2nd and 3rd Grade students receiving their First Reconciliation and First Communion.
While Faith Formation officially starts in 1st Grade, there are optional classes for Kindergarten students as well.
|Schedule (Grades K - 4)|
Grades 5 - 7
Classes at the middle school level will occur two Sundays a month with a 1.5 hour in-person lesson and/or video conference. These sessions allow time for instruction, peer discussion and interaction, self-reflection, and service to others. Service projects will be incorporated into the program.
|Schedule (Grades 5 - 7)
Grades 8 - 10
The purpose of the Confirmation Program is to inspire our teens to be courageous and intentional Catholics in today’s world. Classes will meet one Sunday a month for a 2.5 hour in-person lesson and/or video conference. The goal is that our students bring what they learn into the everyday practice of living out their Catholic faith. Service projects throughout the year and a youth retreat are key components of our Confirmation Program and wonderful opportunities for growth. All students who plan to enter the Confirmation program must attend the 8th Grade year as a prerequisite to the Confirmation years. Please contact the Coordinator of Faith Formation if you have any questions.
Students are confirmed in the spring of 10th grade, after two years of program participation.
Schedule (Grade 8)
Confirmation Service Opportunities
DOWNLOAD OUR PARISH APP -- Please also download the St. John Bosco Parish App, where you can sign up for important Faith Formation notifications (weather cancellations, etc.) sent directly to your phone. Visit http://www.saintjohnboscobranford.org/myparishapp for details and download instructions. Be sure to join the "Faith Formation" and/or "Confirmation" Groups once you download the app to sign up to get these notifications.
St. John Bosco Parish Faith Formation Office
105 Leetes Island Rd, Branford, CT 06405
203-488-2998 | [email protected]