Faith Formation

During the last 4 months of pandemic we have been called to renew our faith and strengthen our families.  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.

For the 2020-2021 Faith Formation year, Mary Our Queen’s plan is to follow a “Family Table” model.  Our program encompasses the entire family from Pre-K to adulthood with a choice to register for either an At-Home or Hybrid model to suit the needs of your family in light of COVID 19 restrictions.
Per the Archdiocese of Atlanta guidelines, we will follow the Gwinnett County School System’s decision for online classes only and begin the Faith Formation year by only offering the At Home “Family Table” model of Faith Formation.  If conditions change, we will open the Hybrid model at that time.
For Registration Purposes, Please Register for the Model best for your family knowing that if you chose the Hybrid Model, you will start the year At-Home until Gwinnett County schools re-open for In-Person classes.
FAITH FORMATION OPTIONS (Additional Details of each option can be found under each tab in Faith Formation.)

Option One:  A Hybrid model of Faith Formation (you may register for this option knowing that for now, all classes are At Home until the school system allows In Person classes) Families will have approximately two in person classes a month and two home study family dinner table lessons a month.  In person classes will alternate every other week and require social distancing and masks at this time. All In-Person classes will be on Sunday mornings from 9:45 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.

Option Two:  An At-Home Family Catechesis program that is taught entirely at home (no in-person classes).  The foundation of the program is the Sunday Gospel and the family dinner table.  Families will be guided through reading, sharing and reflecting on the Sunday Gospel and what it teaches us about the Catholic faith.

Both models will be supported by the Faith Formation office and all age appropriate material to be discussed around the family dinner table will be provided:

  • Pre-K through 8th grade: Gospel Weeklie by Pflaum Publishing:
  • High School: Lectio Divina model with material supplied to study the Gospel

Families will read the Gospel together, discuss what you are hearing and reflect on the teaching of the Catholic faith through scripture.   A second age appropriate catechism book will also be supplied. Each week, families will complete an online weekly assessment tool and submit to the Faith Formation Office to show participation.

If you have questions, please contact Barb Garvin through the form below.

Registration is required and may be processed through the link below ASAP.

PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING – Sunday, September 13 at 9:45am in the Parish Hall. At least 1 parent needs to attend (no children please). Parents will receive curriculum and material for offering the “Family Table” at home (to be used for both Hybrid and At Home options for now)

Sacramental Programs will be free standing and separate from faith formation weekly classes.

REGISTER HERE FOR ALL AGES 

Tuition Rates:

$100 per child; 3 or more children, $250 payable online through our website HERE

 

 

DOWNLOAD 2020-2021 FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR HERE

Questions? Please contact Barb Garvin through form below:

Per the Archdiocese of Atlanta guidelines, we will follow the Gwinnett County School System’s decision for online classes only and begin the Faith Formation year by only offering the At Home “Family Table” model of Faith Formation.  If conditions change, we will open the Hybrid model at that time.
For Registration Purposes, Please Register for the Model best for your family knowing that if you chose the Hybrid Model, you will start the year At-Home until Gwinnett County schools re-open for In-Person classes.

Our Hybrid Faith Formation program is for the whole family where families have a combination of in person and “Family Table” at home study based on the lectionary and the Sunday gospel reading.  Families will come to the church on approximately 2 Sundays a month and have home study the other two. Students will meet from 9:45-10:45 and Parents will meet from 10:00-10:30. Class numbers will be limited in order to allow for social distancing.  At this time, masks will have to be worn and participants should not attend if sick or have a fever.

In person classes will be age appropriate:

  • 4 levels of elementary class will be held in the upstairs classrooms of the Parish Life Center
  • Middle School will meet in the Parish Hall
  • High School will meet in the Kiernan Hall Teen Center
  • Parents will meet in the Church Sanctuary

Both models will be supported by the Faith Formation office and all age appropriate material to be discussed around the family dinner table will be provided:

  • Pre-K through 8th grade: Gospel Weeklie by Pflaum Publishing:
  • High School: Lectio Divina model with material supplied to study the Gospel

Families will read the Gospel together, discuss what you are hearing and reflect on the teaching of the Catholic faith through scripture.   A second age appropriate catechism book will also be supplied. Each week, families will complete an online weekly assessment tool and submit to the Faith Formation Office to show participation.

If you have questions, please contact Barb Garvin through the form below.

Registration is required and may be processed through the link below no later than Saturday, August 15.

Sacramental Programs will be free standing and separate from faith formation weekly classes.

DOWNLOAD 2020-2021 FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR HERE

Questions? Please contact Barb Garvin through form below:

The At-Home option for our Family Table Faith Formation is a family catechesis home study based on the lectionary and the Sunday Gospel readings.  These catechetical sessions are designed to take place around the family dinner table.  Families will receive age appropriate Gospel Weeklie flyers by Pflaum Publishing to use as a guide.   Optional resource:  A weekly Zoom call on Tuesday evenings with parents to help prepare them to break open the word with their family.

Both models will be supported by the Faith Formation office and all age appropriate material to be discussed around the family dinner table will be provided:

  • Pre-K through 8th grade: Gospel Weeklie by Pflaum Publishing:
  • High School: Lectio Divina model with material supplied to study the Gospel

Families will read the Gospel together, discuss what you are hearing and reflect on the teaching of the Catholic faith through scripture.   A second age appropriate catechism book will also be supplied. Each week, families will complete an online weekly assessment tool and submit to the Faith Formation Office to show participation.

If you have questions, please contact Barb Garvin through the form below.

Registration is required and may be processed through the link below no later than Saturday, August 15.

Sacramental Programs will be free standing and separate from faith formation weekly classes.

DOWNLOAD 2020-2021 FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR HERE

Questions? Please contact Barb Garvin through form below:

First Reconciliation and First Communion normally happen in 2nd grade.  A child must have completed First grade faith formation or Catholic school with good attendance to be eligible for these sacraments.

First Reconciliation will be made up of 3 classes plus a retreat.  (These will be in person unless pandemic restrictions force it to be on Zoom) Classes will be scheduled on weeknights in January and February. A parent is expected to attend with their child.

First Communion will be made up of 3 classes plus a retreat.  (These will be in person unless pandemic restrictions force it to be on Zoom) Classes will be scheduled on weeknights in March and April.   A parent is expected to attend with their child.

Read More about First Reconciliation and First Communion Here

Confirmation happens at the end of the 10th grade year.  Beginning this year students will have remote preparation during 9th grade and specific preparation during the 10th grade year.  Students must be registered and attending faith formation or Catholic school in both 9th and 10th grade to be eligible for Confirmation.  Students will have an entrance interview with the Youth Minister in spring of their 9th grade year and a readiness interview in the winter of their 10thgrade year.

9th grade Confirmation preparation will include monthly journal and reading assignments, and completion of Confirmation paperwork by May 1st of 9th grade year.

10th grade Confirmation preparation will be a made up of a Fall retreat, monthly journal and reading assignments, service opportunities and a Spring day of reflection.  Participation in the retreat and day of reflection are required in order to be Confirmed in the Spring.

Read More information about Confirmation HERE

 

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