Dear Pastoral Assistants of Faith Formation,
We would like to start off by saying THANK YOU for all of the hard work and dedication that you have provided and continue to provide each and every year! Especially, as we continue to navigate through such a challenging and ever changing time, this year has presented many challenges, notably during what could be said as the "busiest" times of the year with Rite of Election, First Communions, Confirmations, and so many other impactful events in our faith year. Your willingness and adaptability to modify faith formation classes, curriculum, staying in touch with your parish communities, and providing livestream Mass and resources is highly commended! We thank you for your diligence and continue to keep you and your parish communities in our thankful prayers.

At Home with Faith is a helpful resource that families can access to assist them in staying connected to the faith while at home, unable to attend Mass and faith formation events as a community. Many parishes have linked it on their websites amid the COVID-19 stay at home mandate.
Virtual Annual PAFF Conference has moved to a virtual format! If you plan on attending, please register so we can make sure we have an accurate headcount. Online platform is Zoom and the room will open at 9:30, with welcome and opening prayer beginning at 9:45.
Year of the Eucharist - " In a spirit of encouragement, and with a desire for a more profound and visible unity around the altar of the Lord, I am sharing this pastoral letter on the Eucharist and declaring the coming year a special  Year of the Eucharist  for the Archdiocese of Seattle. I hope the following reflections will help provide a road map for the months ahead." -Archbishop Etienne
FORMED Updates -
  • Signs of Grace Webinar - for those who were unable to attend the webinar from Augustine Institute on a variety of new programming including the Sacramental program, Signs of Grace for both First Reconciliation and First Communion, you can access the recorded webinar below, along with other pertinent information.
  • Webinar recording: https://vimeo.com/420400143/7ccba0dafd [vimeo.com]
  • Prepared for Grace website with the course information: https://sacraments.augustineinstitute.org/ [sacraments.augustineinstitute.org]
  • The Search - A new video series of evangelization hosted by Chris Stephanick. Learn more and view the trailer here.
  • Renewal Reminder - If your parish is planning on renewing the FORMED subscription, remember to contact Augustine Institute in order to be sure to receive the 10% renewal discount. Please contact Carlos if you have any questions related to renewal cost.
We asked for you to share your faith formation stories amid the COVID- 19 quarantine. Many of you have sent us what ways you have been staying connected to your students and larger parish community. We have posted many to our Facebook page (with permission) to share with others. If you have a unique and inspirational story or idea you would like to share, please let us know!
Ken Kron We want to remember our friend and colleague Kenneth Kron who passed away peacefully and naturally on May 24th, 2020 at his home. He had a long battle with diabetes and he is now resting in Heaven. He was the Director of Faith Formation since 2010 at St. Cecilia Parish in Stanwood. He surely had passion for transmitting the Catholic faith to others. God bless him and keep Ken's family in your prayers.​
SIX TASKS ~ ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS ~ LITURGICAL CALENDAR
TRINITY SUNDAY~CORPUS CHRISTI~SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Trinity Sunday is June 7th ~ The Church’s official recognition of the Trinity as the three “persons” of the one God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Corpus Christi is June 14th ~ Corpus Christi is a feast day with the sole purpose of focusing on the Holy Eucharist. It celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 19th ~ The Feast of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most widely practiced and well-known devotions in the Roman Catholic Church. It takes the physical heart of Jesus as representation of His Divine love for humanity. 
As always, check the Liturgical calendar pages in both English and Spanish. These pages will contain who and what the Church celebrates specifically in the month of June.
ONLINE RESOURCE PAGE UPDATE
We have recently added a Spanish page for resources on the Eucharist. Please visit the Eucaristia page to find materials for both adults and children. Please check back often as we are working on updating and adding more materials to both pages this month for the Year of the Eucharist.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Annual PAFF Conference: June 4, 2020 This is now an online event. To attend, click here for Zoom access and other information.

Online Retreats: Staff at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center has been working very hard to convert several in-person retreats to virtual platforms. They are also offering some great online retreat options. Please visit their retreat page to see what some of the great options they are making available.
RELIGIOUS CURRICULUM PUBLISHER NEWS
COVID-19 RESOURCES
Kid's Calendar for June
Download a free calendar for kids from Catechist.com
Free Webinar from Vibrant Faith
Connecting Teens to the Whole Church with Michael Droege
June 25, 2020 @ 12:00 (EST)
Study after study shows that a key to sustainable ministry with emerging adults has to include their active role in the life of the congregation. Michael Droege walks us through what it takes to invite and integrate our teenagers into healthy and contributing relationships in whole church life.”
POP-UP CATECHESIS

Joe Paprocki with Catechist Journey is providing one-minute videos on how to keep faith alive in the home. Topics covered are reading the Bible as a family, May Crowning in the home, praying the Rosary as a family, liturgical calendar and more.
ARCHDIOCESE OF SEATTLE
Office of Marriage, Family Life, and Formation