Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Saint Mary's Church, Nutley, NJ
Faith Formation Program
Registration for 2020-21
We are busy putting together our virtual Faith Formation program for the 2020-21 school year. We will be starting training with our Catechists and looking into the best way to help our families and students grow in faith during this upcoming year. We know things will not be the same with a virtual program, but we are striving to put together a program that helps our students and families to grow in their relationship with Jesus.  

You can use the button below to access the Online Registration form for Grades K-8. Registration for those making their Confirmation will be sent home in a few weeks. Therefore, do not add your 9th Grader using this form.
Registration is simple and can be done online in just a few minutes. Through John Patrick Publishing (JPP) and Parish Giving, you are able to register your children for classes and pay using your credit card or checking account through the secure site that we also use for our parish online giving. 

We ask that you please register your children for classes by September 1st. This will give us the opportunity to better plan our sessions. It will also allow you to relax and take one more thing off of your to-do list! Thank you for your support and we look forward to walking with you and your family in their journey of faith!
A few things you may notice...
There is no choice of days for our classes yet. We are still trying to figure out when our classes will meet virtually and how that will work for everyone. So you do not need to choose a day (Sunday or Tuesday) because there are no in-person classes. We will update you of our plan for "live" sessions as soon as it is finalized.
We lowered our fees. 
We did this because we want to meet the needs of all of our families.
We know that shut downs, furloughs, and layoffs are something that many of our families have had to deal with during the past 4 months. In an effort to make sure that all of our families can afford to have their children receive religious education, we reduced our fees for the 2020-21 school year.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties at this time, please do not hesitate to contact me for payment options.
We can still use help! We are looking for teachers to help us provide quality religious education to our students and families. 

We are also in need of teachers who can assist our catechists with technology.
We do hope that those families that are able to can continue to be generous in their support of the parish through our Online Parish Giving and envelopes. 

Saint Mary's Parish | 17 Monsignor Owns Place, Nutley, NJ 07110

Friday, July 17, 2020

Faith Formation Update #2

These past few months have not been easy, I pray that during these next few months of summer, you can find opportunities to rejuvenate, relax and recharge. 

I wanted to update you on our program for the 2020-21 school year. 
As you know, the governor and state government have given school districts guidelines for reopening. It has been left to each school to come up with their own plans accommodating their school, teacher, and student needs.  In order to allow the Phoenix Center the flexibility to create a plan for their students and staff and to help keep our students and teachers safe and healthy, we have decided to go with a virtual learning program for the 2020-21 school year.

It was not an easy decision to make, but we feel it is the best one for all of our students, teachers and families, as well as those who are a part of the Phoenix Center.  We are still working on the specifics of how things are going to work. We do know that classes will be conducted virtually using Google Meet. Students will have physical books, but submit assignments electronically. In order to better serve our students and families, we are standardizing our program for Grades 1-6. We will be using a new program from Sadlier called Christ In Us. Grades 7-8 will continue using the RCL Benziger series for Middle School students.

While the delivery method is changing, our goal has not: We want to help our students and families grow closer to Jesus. We also understand that your time is valuable, so we are not looking to overburden you, our parents or overload our students with screen time. Our hope is that virtual learning will give our families the opportunity to learn and grow in faith together.  We are still putting together our plan for how this will all work. I will update you as our plan comes together.

This is new territory for our program and many of our catechists, so we are looking for help. We can use more catechists to help teach via Google Meet. We need some help with the technical side as well. If you are proficient in Google Meet and other Google Suite products, we can use your help to be a support to our catechists and families. If you are a teacher who has been using this technology, we need you!! We would like to team you up with our catechists so that they can focus on the teaching and not get caught up in the technical side. If you are interested in sharing your gifts and skills, please email me so that we can get your insight to help us plan.
Hopefully by next week, you will receive re-registration emails. If you know of any new families who have a child who is going into 1st Grade or who have older students that need to begin classes or come back to classes, please pass on my email (armandoa@stmarysnutley.org) so that they can receive a new family online registration form.

Thank you for your continued support. We will continue to pray for all of you and look forward to walking with you and your children in their journey of faith.

Peace,
Anthony Armando
Director of Faith Formation - St. Mary's Nutley

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Faith Formation Program Update

We are in the process of preparing our program for the 2020-21 school year. With the uncertainty of how we will be able to conduct classes in September, we are exploring a few different options for our families. We are looking into ways to ensure that all of our students can continue learning and growing in faith no matter what we encounter in the fall.  Online registration for classes will begin in the next few weeks.

If you have not yet completed the lessons from March-April of 2020, we encourage you to do so. With school coming to an end, we invite you to use some of the free time that you have during the summer months to complete the lessons. They can be submitted at anytime and will be a good way to continue sharing your faith with your family during the summer months. We made it easy for you to access the lessons by sorting them by day and grade.

Sunday Lessons Grades 1-8

Tuesday Lessons Grades 1-8

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Home Instruction for Sunday, April 19 & Tuesday, April 21

This is our final lesson for the 2019-20 Faith Formation year.  If you have not yet done lessons from previous weeks, you can go back and do them and submit them at anytime.
We would like all lessons to be completed and submitted by May 31.

Grade 1 - Sunday & Tuesday
Chapter 26: We Care for the Gifts of God's Creation
Read the chapter (Sadlier Book We Believe), click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.

Grade 2 - Sunday & Tuesday

Ch. 19: We Go in Peace to Share God's Love
Read the chapter (Sadlier Book We Believe), click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.


Grade 3 - Sunday & Tuesday

Chapter 24: Praying as Jesus Did
Read the chapter, complete the online chapter review.
When it asks you to Select how you'd like to submit your score to your teacher:
Enter the student's name and then my email armandoa@stmarysnutley.org in the Enter the Recipient's email address box.

Grade 4 - Sunday & Tuesday 

Chapter 24: The Prayer of Disciples
Read the chapter, complete the online chapter review.
When it asks you to Select how you'd like to submit your score to your teacher:
Enter the student's name and then my email armandoa@stmarysnutley.org in the Enter the Recipient's email address box.

Grade 5 - Sunday

Read the Gospel (pg 2-3) Gospel Weekly April 12/19 Answer the Questions: Questions for Gospel April 12/19

Grade 5 - Tuesday

Chapter 24: Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Read the chapter, complete the online chapter review.
When it asks you to Select how you'd like to submit your score to your teacher:
Enter the student's name and then my email armandoa@stmarysnutley.org in the Enter the Recipient's email address box.

Grade 6 - Sunday & Tuesday

Encounter Bible Study - Session 5
Please click here to Read more information: Encounter Bible Study Program  

Grade 7 - Sunday & Tuesday

One Faith, One Lord Chapter 16 Chapter 16 Review
Read the chapter, click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.

Grade 8 - Sunday & Tuesday

Chosen Lesson 20 - Click Here for the Instructions
Read the handout, watch the videos, answer the questions using Google Forms

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Home Instruction Sunday, April 5 & Tuesday, April 7

Below you will find the instructions for completing each lesson and this week's assignment for each class.

Instructions
1. See below for this week's assignment.
2. Begin by praying together. Then with your child read the chapter and do all activities.
3. Go to the online chapter review. You can access these by clicking the link of the lesson.
Example: Sunday Grade 3 - Chapter 21: Witness of Faith <--- Click Here to access the review
4. Complete the online chapter review:

Grade 1 Grade 2 (Sadlier Book We Believe), click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.

Grades 3, 4, 5 (RCL Be My Disciples) Read the assigned pages about Holy Week. Do the activities in the book. Print the 2 activities (Easter Banner and Prayer List Heart) or draw your own if you can't print it. When finished scan or take a photo of your Easter Banner and send it via email to armandoa@stmarysnutley.org. Pray as a family for those on you Prayer List Heart. 
Grade 6 Read the Chapter in the Sadlier Book We Believe), click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.
Grade 7 (One Faith, One Lord book), click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.
Grade 8 Open the link, read the article and answer the questions.


Sunday Classes

Sunday Grade 1 - Ch. 21: The Three Days & Ch. 27: Easter - Review for Ch 21 & 27
Sunday Grade 2 - Ch. 21: The Three Days & Ch. 27: Easter - Review for Ch 21 & 27
Sunday Grade 3, 4, and 5 - Read (p245-252), Do the Activities on pgs 246, 248, 250, 252, 
Create a Family Easter Banner & Prayer List - Easter Banner & Prayer List Heart
Sunday Grade 6 - Sadlier Chapter 27 - Easter
Sunday Grade 7 - One Faith, One Lord Chapter 15 - Chapter 15 Review
Sunday Grade 8 - Read and Answer the Questions - Triduum Lesson

Tuesday Classes

Tuesday Grade 1 - Ch. 21: The Three Days & Ch. 27: Easter - Review for Ch 21 & 27
Tuesday Grade 2 - Ch. 21: The Three Days & Ch. 27: Easter - Review for Ch 21 & 27
Tuesday Grade 3, 4, and 5 - Read (p245-252), Do the Activities on pgs 246, 248, 250, 252, 
Create a Family Easter Banner & Prayer List - Easter Banner & Prayer List Heart
Tuesday Grade 6 - Sadlier Chapter 27 - Easter
Tuesday Grade 7 - One Faith, One Lord Chapters 14 & 15 Ch. 14 Review & Ch. 15 Review
Tuesday Grade 8 - Read and Answer the Questions - Triduum Lesson

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Home Instruction for Sun, March 29 & Tues, March 31

Hello Parents and Students,


Below you will find the home instruction lessons for Sunday, March 29 & Tuesday, March 31. I have not set a due date (at this time) for the lessons to be completed because I do not want you or your child to feel overwhelmed. We do want them to complete the lessons so that they can complete the curriculum for this year. We will leave all lessons (past and present) on the Faith Formation website, so that you can complete them as time allows. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me and I will do my best to help.
In order for our students to continue to receive faith formation during this time, we have in place a plan for home instruction.  For our younger students this will require, you as their parents to be their catechist.  We also invite you to read, learn and discuss the lessons with your older children as it will give you time to share faith as a family. One suggestion would be to plan a time to work as a family. Take turns reading the chapters, discussing the questions or activities as a family and praying together.  

Below you will find the instructions for completing each lesson and this week's assignment for each class.

Instructions
1. See below for this week's assignment.
2. Begin by praying together. Then with your child read the chapter and do all activities.
3. Go to the online chapter review. You can access these by clicking the link of the lesson.
Example: Sunday Grade 3 - Chapter 21: Witness of Faith <--- Click Here to access the review
4. Complete the online chapter review:

Grade 1 Grade 2 using the Sadlier Book, click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.

Grades 3, 4, 5 using the (RCL Be My Disciples)
When it asks you to Select how you'd like to submit your score to your teacher. 
Enter the student's name and then my email armandoa@stmarysnutley.org in the Enter the Recipient's email address box.
Grade 6 Read the Chapters in the Sadlier Book, use the link to get the activity. Print the Activity (or draw your own if you can't print it), when finished scan or take a photo and send it via email to armandoa@stmarysnutley.org
Grade 7 (One Faith, One Lord book), click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.
Grade 8 Open the link and follow the directions. All handouts and reviews are linked there.


Sunday Classes

Sunday Grade 6 - Sadlier Chapters 20 & 21 - Triduum Activity
Sunday Grade 7 - One Faith, One Lord Chapter 14 Chapter 14 Review
Sunday Grade 8 - Visions Gospel Lesson for March 29 - Grade 8 Visions Gospel Lesson

Tuesday Classes

Tuesday Grade 3 - Chapter 23: Living Our Faith
Tuesday Grade 5 - Chapter 23: Living a Just Life
Tuesday Grade 6 - Sadlier Chapters 20 & 21 - Triduum Activity
Tuesday Grade 7 - One Faith, One Lord Chapters 12 & 13  Ch 12 Review  & Ch 13 Review
Tuesday Grade 8 - Visions Gospel Lesson for March 29 - Grade 8 Visions Gospel Lesson

Friday, March 20, 2020

Home Instruction for Sun, March 22 & Tue, March 24

Hello Parents and Students,
I pray you are well. I know that this week has not been an easy one for anyone. We are all adjusting to our new "normal" and trying to live our lives without fear and anxiety.  Below you will find the home instruction lessons for Sunday, March 22 & Tuesday, March 24. I have not set a due date (at this time) for the lessons to be completed because I do not want you or your child to feel overwhelmed. We do want them to complete the lessons so that they can complete the curriculum for this year. We will leave all lessons (past and present) on the Faith Formation website, so that you can complete them as time allows. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me and I will do my best to help.
In order for our students to continue to receive faith formation during this time, we have in place a plan for home instruction.  For our younger students this will require, you as their parents to be their catechist.  We also invite you to read, learn and discuss the lessons with your older children as it will give you time to share faith as a family. One suggestion would be to plan a time to work as a family. Take turns reading the chapters, discussing the questions or activities as a family and praying together.  

Below you will find the instructions for completing each lesson and this week's assignment for each class.

Instructions
1. See below for this week's assignment.
2. Begin by praying together. Then with your child read the chapter and do all activities.
3. Go to the online chapter review. You can access these by clicking the link of the lesson.
Example: Sunday Grade 3 - Chapter 21: Witness of Faith <--- Click Here to access the review
4. Complete the online chapter review:

Grade 1 this week you are just watching the 2 videos, there is no work to submit.
Grade 2 using the Sadlier Book, click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.
Grades 3, 4, 5 using the (RCL Be My Disciples)
When it asks you to Select how you'd like to submit your score to your teacher. 
Enter the student's name and then my email armandoa@stmarysnutley.org in the Enter the Recipient's email address box.
Grade 6 using the Sadlier Book, click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.
Grade 7 (One Faith, One Lord book), click the link and complete the review in Google Forms.
Grade 8 Open the link and follow the directions. All handouts, videos and reviews are linked on there.

Once the review is submitted, the lesson is complete.

Sunday Classes

Sunday Grade 1 - Watch the 2 Videos on the Mass Liturgy of the Word & Liturgy of the Eucharist
Sunday Grade 7 - One Faith, One Lord Chapters 12 & 13 Ch 12 Review  & Ch 13 Review
Sunday Grade 8 - Chosen Video Series - Session 6 - Lesson 15 - Eucharist

Tuesday Classes

Tuesday Grade 1 - Watch the 2 Videos on the Mass Liturgy of the Word & Liturgy of the Eucharist
Tuesday Grade 3 - Chapter 21: Witness of Faith
Tuesday Grade 4 - Chapter 23: Love One Another
Tuesday Grade 5 - Chapter 21: Love of God
Tuesday Grade 7 - One Faith, One Lord Chapters 10 & 11 Ch 10 Review & Ch 11 Review
Tuesday Grade 8 - Video Lesson 7 - Everyone Has a Vocation