February Week 1 Faith Formation

Welcome to February FF!

 

February is full of opportunities for families to enjoy time together as you learn about the saints, celebrate Valentine's Day, and get ready for Lent. We're pleased to provide a host of helpful resources to share with your families…and watch for even more to follow in the weeks ahead.

This month, our two lessons look at the questions: “What is the significance of the Resurrection?” and “How can our families serve others?” We’ll explore how if we take our dignity and freedom seriously, then ultimate consequences (Heaven and Hell), simply make sense.   

Please view the following link for our February Parent Video:

https://youtu.be/2bb_mStVexg

 

Recommended resources for Lesson 8: He is Not Here, He Has Risen

 

February Pacing Guide

A great resource to reference for suggestions on a weekly schedule:

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/February_English_1.pdf

 

Teaching the Liturgical Year

Here is a weekly lesson based on this Sunday’s (February 7th) Gospel, available to help aid understanding for each age level…includes both educator guides and student activity pages.

 

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Feb20-Lower_2-7-20.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Feb20-Upper_2-7-20.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Feb20-Lower_2-7-20_Student_2.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Feb20-Upper_2-7-20_Student.pdf

 

Additional Resources:

 

War Room Links (as mentioned in the parent video):

https://ministrymindedmom.com/18-essential-scriptures-for-your-war-room-or-war-binder/

https://www.projectinspired.com/10-ideas-to-create-your-own-war-room/

https://arabahjoy.com/10-powerful-verses-for-your-war-room/

https://www.embracingasimplerlife.com/the-whys-and-hows-of-creating-a-prayer-closet/

 

Saints we celebrate this month: 

February 2 Sts. Simeon and Anna

February 3 St. Blaise

February 5 St. Agatha

February 6  St. Paul Miki -  Saint Paul Miki And His Companions

February 8 St. Josephine Bakhita - Santa Josefina Bakhita

February 10 St. Scholastica

February 14 Valentine's Day (Middle & High School Students) 

           Valentine's Day Craft for Elementary Students

February 11 Our Lady of Lourdes - Nuestra Senora De LourdesBuild a Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes (Craft)

February 22 Chair of St. Peter - San Pedro

 

February, we dedicate ourselves to the study of the Holy Family. Find a lesson on the holy family here.

 

Matthew Kelly Best Lent Ever

https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/

 

The Search- Lent 2021: The Life You Were Made For by Chris Stafanik

https://reallifecatholic.com/live/

 

The Word 2021 International Bible Summit will show you how to use the Bible to find answers, hope and peace in the everyday. Chris Stefanik along with Fr. Mike Schmitz, Dr. Scott Hahn and 75 of the most trusted Bible experts and evangelists preaching and teaching in the church today. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!!

https://www.cardinalstudios.org/catholic-bible-summit-home?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cardinalstudios.org%2Fa%2F41233%2FpYpB8FBH%3Futm_source%3DReal%2BLife%2BCatholic%26utm_campaign%3D0bc65911c5-advent_ambassadors_2_COPY_01%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_term%3D0_461aff6699-0bc65911c5-109490005%26mc_cid%3D0bc65911c5%26mc_eid%3D5841ec5188

 

Sophia Institute for Teachers is also pleased to offer these new virtual workshops. Join their gifted master teachers and scholars for these timely topics. 

 

Helping Children Be Fully Present At Mass

 

Dying and Rising with Christ: Teaching and Living the Paschal Mystery

 

Preparing for Easter: A Virtual Lenten Retreat for Teachers and Catechists

 

Level 2 Restored Order Prep to Begin in March

Preparation for Restored Order (Class of 2021) will begin for our next group of kiddos in March. If your 2nd grade child is signed up for FF this year, they are automatically on the list. If you have a 3rd grade child or above, who has not received Confirmation or First Communion, please let me know if you would like them added to this group, in order to ensure correspondence from Cindy Essex in the future. PICK UP day for a few items needed for preparation is scheduled for Sunday, February 21st from 11:45am-12:30 pm. Please pull up to the main doors by the office and a church representative will deliver your items to your car. If you are unable to make it on this day, please reach out to me so that we can schedule an alternate time.

 

Family Faith Scrapbook

Submit a picture of your scrapbook by Sunday, February 28th in order to be entered into our drawing for a $40.00 Outback Steakhouse gift card this month. Looking forward to seeing your masterpieces that can be found on page 157 of the parent guide.

 

Souper Bowl of Caring

We are currently collecting various soup items as well as monetary donations for our two local food pantries until February 16th. Look for a collection station in the Gathering Space before and after Mass, or by the church office door during the week days. Your donations will make this a SOUPer event! Thank you in advance for your support and stewardship!

 

“SJW Faith Formation Families” Private Facebook Page

JOIN US, if you haven’t already. We invite members to post pictures and share experiences of how the year is going for your family through the year.

 

Children’s Worship Bulletins

Here are age-appropriate puzzle pages to complement our scripture readings for the week.

     3+ Year Olds          7+ Year Olds

Catholic Schools Week Appreciation Card Shower THANK YOU!!

WOW – what an unbelievable response to our appreciation card shower in honor of Catholic Schools Week, celebrating Father John and Sister Judy! I know they will be blown away by your kindness and appreciation. Thank you for making them feel loved, cared for and valued!

 

 

Watch for our next update on Sunday, February 14th, and until then, please log in to view the parent video link on You Tube and continue work on your family scrapbook.