February Week 2 Faith Formation

Like I mentioned last week…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. Please do not be overwhelmed by all of the possibilities that are being passed along, just pick and choose whatever might work for your family.

 

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

 

Recommended resources for Lesson 9: Christ is Risen, Christ Will Come Again

 

 

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 14th) 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_2-14-20_.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Feb20-Upper_2-14-20.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Feb20-Lower_2-14-20_Student.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Feb20-Upper_2-14-20_Student.pdf

 

Additionally, here are the guides for Ash Wednesday (February 17th):

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Lent21Lower1T.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/lessons_approved/Lent21Upper1T.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/blog/Lower_Ash_Wed_Activities_Lent_2021.pdf

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/uploads/blog/Upper_Ash_Wed_Activities_Lent_2021.pdf

 

Current Events Lesson: Valentine’s Day

Please see this lesson HERE.

 

Additional Lenten Resources/Activities

Current Events Lesson: Journey Through Lent - Six Lessons to share with lower, middle and upper grades:

Please see these lessons HERE.

 

Ark of Hope Service Project

The story of Noah’s Ark is one of hope and promise. God compelled Noah to gather and protect the Earth’s vulnerable creatures during the great flood. God offers this protection to us as well, as we endure great storms. Catholic Relief Services works with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, build a sustainable future through agriculture and access vital health services. The CRS Ark of Hope program offers a meaningful way for our community to join them in their work and to help fight global poverty one animal at a time...or two by two. Our Faith Formation program will be collecting donations throughout the Lenten season. Cowpoke Pete and Cowgirl Cora will be in the gathering space to collect your donations. You can also drop off donations in the parish office, M-F; 8:30am-4:00pm, or mail them in to the office (just please be sure to indicate what the money is for). No gift is too big or too small. Want to know more about the items within the Ark? Go online HERE and read all about the good work that they do.

 

Here's a Lenten Deeds Chart  and Ash Wednesday Mass Journal and Coloring Page

Our Curriculum Exchange offers free lessons created and shared by teachers for teachers. Here are some ways to prepare for Lent. 

 

Making a Lenten Basket

Not So Fast!

Stations of the Cross for Children 

Lent: A Season of Prayer and Penance

 

To view more of the lessons, click here.

 

Did you know that there is a tradition of enjoying sweets and other rich foods on Shrove Tuesday before Ash Wednesday as a way to prepare in the home for Lent? Learn more about Mardi Gras and how to make a "King Cake" (click here)

 

Matthew Kelly Best Lent Ever

https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/

 

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

https://reallifecatholic.com/live/

 

Level 7/8 Theology of the Body Zoom Class

Our next Zoom meeting with our Level 7 & 8th graders will be Sunday night February 21st. We’ll see you then!

 

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.

 

“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

 

Finally, a very big Congratulations to the BRANHAM family for responding to BOTH my questions found within the FEBRUARY Parent video correctly…John and Peter were the first two disciples to enter Jesus’ empty tomb and Thomas was the disciple not among them when Jesus first appeared to his disciples.   An additional Congrats to the WIENHOFF family for being our January winner in the monthly drawing for an area gift card. Thank you to ALL for continuing to share the progress of your family scrapbooks…they are simply amazing!

 

Watch for our next update on Sunday, February 21st, and until then, please log in to view the parent video link on You Tube and continue work on your family scrapbook.