Elementary Grades 1-5

Wednesday, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: First Grade through 6th Grade

Virtual Class for Grades Kindergarten – 7th

*Christ our Life Family Resources landing page for Virtual Catechesis https://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/christ-our-life/christ-our-life-2016/parents-and-students/

First Grade:

Age requirements: need to be six-years-old by September 1st or in the First Grade at their regular school to enter. First Grade is a prerequisite for receiving the Sacraments in 2nd Grade.

First Graders can choose to attend Faith Formation classes in the Assumption School building on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 PM or virtual. Through learning of the goodness of God, and the love of Jesus, the children respond to God in friendship and prayer. View the overview of the entire year here.

Click here for more information about CGS.

Second Grade:

Second Grade classes are offered on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM or virtual.  The preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion begins in First Grade and the Sacraments normally take place in the Second Grade. Weekly attendance in the First and Second Grade Faith Formation classes is part of the preparation process.

For an overview of the year, click here.

Grades 3-5:

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades have two class options, Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM or virtual.

3rd Grade overview of the year, click here.

4th Grade overview of the year, click here.

5th Grade overview of the year, click here.

Missed Classes:

If a class is missed, the student can go to Loyola University Press: Christ our Life for the make up. Simply click here and follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Grade and the Chapter that was missed.
  2. Take the test after reading the chapter with a parent.
  3. Email the test to the parent who will then forward the email to the child’s Catechist or the Faith Formation Director.

This has been very well received by both the parents and especially the children.

To find out more about what your child is learning each week, go to the Home Learning Guide for the specific Grade and Chapter your child is on.

For Grades 6, 7 & 8, please see the Middle School Faith Formation page.

Guidelines for in classroom teaching

The catechesis given by family “precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis” (Catechesis Tradendae, no. 68).

Our onsite parish faith formation will be following the guidelines set forth by our Diocese to help protect the good of the community and the health of our parishioners, volunteers, and youth. We are committed to a safe environment and a faith-filled year.

We are currently at Phase 4.  (If our region moves backward to Phase 3, we would not be allowed to have in-person classes.)

In Phase 4 this is what we are doing to provide a safe environment

  • We are limited to 10 people per room including the Catechists.
  • We are following physical distancing spacing guidelines and students will be facing the same direction.
  • The Catechists are committed to safety and will wear a mask. They will fill out a health questionnaire before each class and answer health related questions before each class
  • We will be taking the temperature of the volunteers to determine if they are able to teach that week.
  • If a child exhibits any signs of COVID-19 or has a fever greater than 100.4, please have them stay home and let us know so we can give you the information to teach them.
  • The children will have individual supplies of pencils/ crayons etc. so that will not be sharing supplies.
  • Children (Grade 1-5) will need to wear their mask into the building and in the hallways. Once seated in their classroom they can take them off.
  • 6th Grades and up will need to wear a mask into the building, hallways and in class.
  • We will be sanitizing the desks and frequently touched surfaces before class begins.

Grades 1st through 7th use the Christ our Life series to help the children learn and assimilate their faith into their daily lives by learning God’s Word. It helps children discover that Jesus is the center of our lives.

*At the heart of the program is the integration of doctrine, Scripture and Tradition. Christ Our Life encourages prayer and invites children into a deeper personal relationship with Christ. The program recognizes the family is essential for the spiritual growth of children and provides tools that help families turn a learned faith into a lived faith. Children who learn with Christ Our Life are fully catechized, with secure knowledge of the faith and with the mind and heart to serve God’s Kingdom.

*This program helps children learn to express their faith, be a witness to Christ, and respond to their baptismal call to serve others.

*Each unit begins with a Scripture passage that connects the unit theme to the Bible. The Children know the Bible as God’s Word.

*They begin and end each lesson with a prayer that connects what they learn with the presence of Jesus on their lives. They will also have opportunities for communal pray as well as individual.

*Family resources help families and children learn together. Resources include: Building Family Faith, Things to Do at Home, Reach Out and Family Features.