Partners in Faith Brochure 2013 2014
NOTE: Most months, we post a home kit for ongoing catechesis during the month from session to session. The number of unique hits to this page indicates that not many families are using the resources that are posted here. There is also some misunderstanding that "doing the home kit" makes up for attendance at the session. so we are thinking of ways to address this. Please let our office know if the resources usually found here were helpful to your family and if you would like to see them continue.
Dear Parents of St. Dominic parish children, We believe that we learn best when there is a partnership between our families and the parish. In this spirit, we invite you to join our program called Partners in Faith. Instead of weekly classes divided by grade level, we are offering a monthly two hour session that helps your whole family explore one theme which is often a parish-wide focus, as well. The sessions run seven times during the first full week of each month, so you can choose one of the seven to attend depending upon how it fits your family’s calendar.
Each session begins with a shared meal. After a brief introduction of the night’s theme, we will break up into age-appropriate groups to explore the theme more closely. We come back together for a family activity and closing prayer. Each family is encouraged to go onto our website for that month's Home Kit to help you continue focusing on that session’s theme for the remainder of the month. Children in grade 3 who are preparing for sacraments will attend these sessions with their families as well as 3 or 4 additional workshops without a family adult throughout the year. This change has been instituted for a number of reasons. First, we have noticed a growing disconnect between home and church which a drop-off program only encourages. Second, the current classroom model is becoming increasingly harder to manage in terms of cost, personnel and discipline. Third, changes had to reflect what our families need from their parish---greater efficiency, more flexibility and less stress. After considering a number of different programs and different configurations of this program, we believe that the families of St. Dominic will grow closer to God and to each other with this option.
Specific questions about registration, program dates, sacramental preparations, cost and volunteer opportunities can all be answered with a call to the Religious Education office (860/628-5159) or by reading the enclosed brochure. All families are different and need different things; please give us a call so that we can answer concerns you might have about anything from non-Catholic family members to single-parent families to participation by non-parent adults. We want to make it possible for everyone to feel comfortable and to be excited about their place in this new direction for our parish.
Sincerely,Terry Kamradt, DirectorSt. Dominic Religious Education
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