11/22
Children's Faith Formation News
including Youth Confirmation
A Video Message for You from Father Ryan
Zoom Class Info
In order to keep the Sunday Zoom class chaos to a minimum, please follow these instructions carefully.
  • There are two "waves" of classes that begin 15 minutes apart and that use the same Zoom link.
  • The third wave of classes uses two separate Zoom links.
Please make sure to click on the correct link. The log on times are staggered so that we can manage the flow more easily. The links are the same from week to week. I will also send them out again early Sunday morning. Thank you for your attentiveness and patience.

8:40 - CFF Staff log on
8:45 - Doorkeepers log on

First Wave: Grade 3, Grades 4 & 5
8:45 - Catechists log on
8:55 - Children & families log on
9:00 - The first wave of classes begin

Second Wave: Preschool & Kindergarten, First Communion & Reconciliation, Years 1 & 2, RCIA
9:00 - Catechists log on
9:10 - Children & families log on
9:15 - The second wave of classes begin

Third Wave: Grade 6, Middle School Confirmation
11:10 - CFF staff log on
11:15 - Doorkeepers log on
11:15 - Catechists log on
11:25 - Youth and Families log on
11:30 - Third wave of classes begin

The High School Confirmation class will receive a Zoom link and class reminder on Tuesday
Fall 2020 Zoom Calendar
November 22 - all classes except High School Confirmation
November 24 - High School Confirmation
December 6 - all classes except High School Confirmation
December 8 - High School Confirmation
December 15 - High School Confirmation (this is correct)
December 20 - all classes except High School Confirmation

The Winter 2021 Zoom calendar will be released in December.
Solemnity of Christ the King
November 22 marks the Solemnity of Christ the King. This feast day was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI with the encyclical Quas primas. The feast day was born out of resistance to secularization and nationalism. It was intended to address those who sought to eliminate Christian influence from political life. As such, the Solemnity of Christ the King is an opportunity to remember the Church's dedication to religious freedom. Religious freedom is freedom of worship and respect for freedom of conscience. For more information about the Solemnity of Christ the King and religious freedom, see the USCCB statement, Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.
The Last Judgement
On what will we be judged at the end of time? In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus says that we judged for what we did for the least of his brothers and sisters. (See Matthew 25: 31-46) But, how can we live out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy during a pandemic? Click the button below for some ideas.
Feast of the Presentation of Mary
"The feast of the presentation of Mary [on November 21] dates back to the 6th century in the East and the 15th century in the West. It is based on an ancient tradition that says Mary was taken to the temple in Jerusalem when she was 3-years-old and dedicated to God. What we celebrate on this day is the fact that God chose to dwell in Mary in a very special way. In response, Mary placed her whole self at the service of God. Every moment since your Baptism, God invites you to be open to his grace and dedicate yourself to him, as Mary did." More.
Ongoing Faith Formation
PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
Preschool
At Home
Adults
Read this five paragraph article.
Children
Explore pamphlets 3 & 4. Be sure to have someone help you with the back pages!

Online
Join Felice and Tami for class at 9:15 AM.

Kindergarten
At Home
Adults
Choose one section of this short article to read.
Children
Explore pamphlets 5 & 6. Be sure to have someone help you with the back pages!

Online
Join Felice and Tami for class at 9:15 AM.

GRADE 3
At Home
Adults
Take a look at this page from the publisher.
Children
Explore the Advent and Christmas mini-chapters at the back of the book.

Online
Join Van and Lihn for class at 9:00 AM.

GRADES 4 & 5
At Home
Adults
Take a look at this page from the publisher: Grade 4Grade 5.
Children
Explore Chapter 8 and the mini-chapter on All Saints at the back of the book.

Online
Join Khoa and Uyen for class at 9:00 AM.

GRADE 6
At Home
Adults
Choose one of these videos to watch.
Children
Read the interviews on the color pages 25-32 in your Breakthrough! Bible.

Online
Join William and Arra for class at 9:15 AM.
First Communion and First Reconciliation
YEAR 1
At Home
Adults
Take a look at this page from the publisher.
Children
Explore Chapters 5 & 6.

Online
Join Jamie, Wilma and Tiffany for class at 9:15 AM.

YEAR 2
At Home
Adults
Read the first three paragraphs of this.
Children
Explore yellow pamphlet 5. Be sure to look up the Bible story on page 1459, too!

Online
Join Tom, Chi and Gonzalo for class at 9:15 AM.
RCIA
At Home
Adults
Read this one-page document about Chapter 3
Children
Explore Chapter 3

Online
Join Leticia and Emma for class at 9:15 AM
Faith Mentors
C - Prepare for next week, the 1st Sunday of Advent.
I - Prepare Zoom guide.
Middle School Confirmation
At Home
Adults
Send an *annotated* copy of your child's baptism to me as soon as possible. If your child was baptized at St James, contact Margaret at mlynch@stjames-cathedral.org and ask her to put a copy in my box.
Youth
Prepare for class by clicking on the "How to Use Kahoot" button below.
Make sure you have your candle and your pocket Gospel of Luke nearby for class.
Online
Join Sarah, Jijo and David for class at 11:30 AM
High School Confirmation
At Home
Adults
Send an *annotated* copy of your child's baptism to me as soon as possible. If your child was baptized at St James, contact Margaret at mlynch@stjames-cathedral.org and ask her to put a copy in my box.
Youth
Prepare for class by completing the journal entry on page 20 of your textbook.
Make sure you have your candle and and a way to take notes for class.

Online
Join Christina, Ruben and John for class at 7:00 PM on Tuesday.
Catechists and Mentors
Notes from the Field
"Just wanted to share being able to use PowerPoint (images, videos) has made lesson planning sooooo much easier (and fun). Silver lining of remote learning!"
From a catechist for young children
Remote Learning Tips
from an Online Teacher
1. The secret is YOU.

The secret is you, the teacher, and what you bring into your classroom in person. Be that genuine voice and show that genuine interest that we have for our students. Your human self is the best gift you can bring to your students.

Doorkeepers
C & D - Please log on at 8:45 AM using the Waves 1&2 link
R - Please log on at 11:15 AM using the Middle School Confirmation link
More for Everybody
Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage
When you sign up, you will receive a daily email through January 10, 2021, with an image and description of a crèche from a different part of the world, along with a brief prayer that you can offer for yourself and your loved ones.