For the 2023-2024 Faith Formation year, Mary Our Queen’s plan is to follow a Lectionary model of Catechesis. Over the next few years we plan to implement a new curriculum which we will create in house. It is our hope that this new curriculum will continue to follow the liturgical year while also allowing the children to actively participate in their faith and learn through their own curiosity. We wish to reveal the beauty of the faith to the children and allow them to respond to it. We also want to welcome parents to participate in our parent formation and bring the classroom home with their children.
As we follow this path to a new style of catechesis, we have decided to choose a new name for Elementary Faith Formation. Just as we now refer to our youth ministry programs as Antioch and Zion, our Elementary program will now be known as Bethlehem.
Our program encompasses the entire family from Pre-K to adulthood. It is our hope to serve each and every family in our parish. We ask that all families register in faith formation whether you attend public school, catholic school, or home school. By registering, you will stay up to date about parent and family events and help us to better serve you. When you register you can choose either at-home/at-school lead formation or parish lead family faith formation.
It is our hope that all families, regardless of where they attend school would join us for elementary formation classes and our youth group to form community and friendships within your parish home. If you do wish to continue formation at home and participate in parish faith formation please check both on your registration form.
All families, regardless of where your child attends school are welcome and invited to participate in the parish faith formation program, but those in Catholic school or an approved home school program can also choose the at-home/at-school learning option. We do hope those doing at-home/at-school learning join us for our parent and family events throughout the year. There is no cost for at-home/at-school learning unless your child is in a sacramental formation year.
The Holy Father has reminded us that the strength of our faith depends on the family, the “domestic church”. The Catechism teaches us that the parents are the primary educators of the faith and the role of the church is to assist them on this journey. In this time of pandemic, the Archdiocese of Atlanta has called us to re-focus our faith formation program and be family centered. As we return to in person classes we will continue to focus on the parent as the primary educator of the faith and continue to have the family table (sharing of the Sunday Gospel) as our central model of Catechesis.
For Registration Purposes, please Register for the Model best for your family.
FAITH FORMATION OPTIONS
Option One: Family Faith Formation Families will have approximately three in person classes a month and one home study family lessons a month. Parents will be required to attend one Parent session each month and are encouraged to share the weekly Sunday Gospel each week as a family. Pre-K (3 and 4 year old) thru 5thgrade classes will be on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am-10:45 am giving families the opportunity to attend Mass either before class at 8:30 am or after class at 11:00 am or 5 pm. High School and Middle School classes will be on Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00pm following the 5pm Mass
Option Two: An At-Home/At-School Family Catechesis program that is taught entirely at home or in Catholic school (no in-person classes). This option is only available to those families whose children attend Catholic school or use an approved home school program. Parents choosing this option will be invited to attend one Sunday morning Parent session each month.
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Faith Formation through the form below.
1st WEEK OF CLASSES – Sunday, September 10th
1st PARENT MEETING – Sunday, September 10 at 9:30 in Parish Hall
Please Note: Sacramental Programs will be free standing and separate from faith formation weekly classes. If you have a child in a Sacramental year please select your faith formation program of choice AND the Sacrament they will be preparing for. Please keep in mind that two years of faith formation, whether in parish, at home, or in a Catholic school, is required to begin preparation for a Sacrament.