January Week 2 Faith Formation

As we head into our second week of Faith Formation for the month of January, keep in mind that the information is broken up into two lessons. Lesson 6 is titled “Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Life, and Lesson 7 is titled “Jesus Makes Us Children of God,” with several activities to accompany each.  A summary of those can be found on pages 105 and 116. Below are a few added resources to peruse in regards to Lesson 6 and 7. Plug these into your own timeline…I just wanted you to have them all to spread out through the rest of the month as you see fit.



Recommended resources for Lesson 6: Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life



Recommended resources for Lesson 7: Jesus Makes Us Children of God




January Pacing Guide

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



Catholic Schools Week Appreciation Card Shower –PLEASE get these in as soon as you can so that we have loads of thanks to shower on them both! J

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, our Faith Formation students are hosting a card shower in honor of Father John and Sister Judy.

Please join in thanking each of them for their sacrifices and for the living witness that they are to our parish community. This has been an especially trying year, and what better time to reach out with thanks and gratitude to both of them.

Send or drop cards off in the parish office, Attn: Janice Anderson, no later than Friday, February 5th. They will be delivered soon after, to both Fr. John and Sr. Judy.

We invite ALL families and parish members to join us in prayer and thanksgiving for these two wonderful people who bless our parish IMMENSELY!  Thank you for your participation!


Restored Order Class of 2021

CONGRATULATIONS again to our 23 youth who received/completed their Sacraments of Initiation last Sunday. Families of those students – if you would like a bulletin with the group picture on it (that is out this weekend – January 17th) please stop by the parish office this week. Adam had several made as a keepsake for each of your families. Cindy Essex has also emailed out your final enrichment requirements. Please submit those by February 1st to ensure your completion of the program. Again, many thanks for your time and commitment to the forming of faith for these special sacraments!


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. Dates are still to be determined, but will be made public soon. 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.


Teaching the Liturgical Year

Here is a weekly lesson based on this Sunday’s (January 17th) Gospel, available to help aid understanding for each age level…includes both educator guides and student activity pages.



Teaching the Faith with Current Events: Shared from The Sophia Institute


Family Faith Scrapbook

Submit a picture of your scrapbook by Sunday, January 31st in order to be entered into our drawing for a $40.00 Portillos gift card this month. Looking forward to seeing either one or both of the suggested ideas, that can be found on pages 114 and 115 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


Additional Resources of Interest: Shared last week


  • The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song - The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a powerful prayer that is meant to pray for yourself and others. HERE is a beautiful version.


  • Bible in a Year – This is through Ascension Press and is currently the #1 Podcast in America. There are several ways you can receive it daily, learn more HERE.

Finally, a very big Congratulations to the PALIJ and GUSTAFSON/MOORE  families for responding to my question found within the JANUARY Parent video…Baptism can be done by a Bishop, a Priest, a Deacon…and in an emergency situation, by ANYONE! An additional Congrats to the MILLER family for being our December 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’re just amazing!