Family Faith Formation 2020-2021 (1st-7th)

COVID-19 UPDATE: REL ED DISTANCE LEARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Please do not let COVID-19 interrupt your child’s faith formation

Registration Opens July 15, 2020

Introducing Online Registration

 

Distance Learning from Home!

For Students: ‘Blest Are We’ Interactive Web-Based Home Study (Flourish)

For Family: Formed.org Digital Platform

For Sacrament Prep: Dynamic Catholic ‘Blessed’ Text & Digital Curriculum

For Parents: Weekly 60 Second Catechism EMail

 
Religious Ed Calendar 2020-2021 (Click Here)
 
St. Dominic’s Campus Map
 
Flipping the Classroom – (Click Here)
 
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Embracing the conviction that religious education is a lifelong, dynamic, developmental process that is first experienced in the family, the Department of Faith Formation is dedicated to supporting you in the faith formation of your child.

 

What’s Unique about St. Dominic’s?
Religious Education Inspired by Dominican Spirituality of Study, Prayer, Community and Preaching
 
Study
St. Dominic’s Religious Education Program (1st-7th grades) is committed to RCL Benziger’s Blessed Are We curriculum.  In Blest Are We, faith is developed through a spiral curriculum presenting grade-level themes of Catholic belief and practice in light of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  The Blessed Are We Series is a highly respected publication providing students the familiarity and continuity of a trusted resource over the formative years of their religious education.  Our program strives to employ new technologies including eBooks and online resources giving children the most effective tools to use at home and in the classroom while staying true to both solid theology and sound educational pedagogy.  Visit Blessed Are We Faith & Action (Click Here) to view the curriculum by grade level.
 
Prayer
Each grade level will be introduced to age appropriate forms of the Church’s rich treasury of prayer.  Students learn basic prayers early praying the Rosary and other traditional forms of prayer to form within each child an authentic prayer life. 2nd grade students completing the Sacrament of Holy Communion are given their own Book of Catholic Prayers and Practices including the Order of the Mass. Additionally there are special occasions during the school year where students gather in the church to pray as a community.
 
Community
As the current pandemic has suspended the traditional gathered classroom experience, each student will now enjoy a family learning community within their home. To engage the family, each family is provided an online eBook version of their child’s classroom textbook.  With their parents, each student is expected to read at least one hour of coursework weekly from home as well as completing family-based projects and activities that encourage family-based learning.
 
Preaching
Preaching within the context of the religious education program is essentially to form disciples by being Christ’s witness in the world.  Paul VI write in Evangelii Nuntiandi, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to a teacher, it is because they are witnesses.”  The New Evangelization means to transform the world by sharing the Good News that Jesus loves us; died for us; and is with us today.  Becoming witnesses means to be transformed into a “story-telling” community in which students are led to see God in their lives and do so within a safe and loving community in which their stories are celebrated.
 
 
What are the Sessions and Grade Levels?:
1st – 7th Grade

In the pandemic school year 2020-2021 Faith Formation for children will be Distance Learning from Home in which your child registers by grade level only (1st -7th grades).  The 2020-2021 school year begins September 23, 2020, guided by an experienced catechist who will communicate with the student’s family utilizing various digital tools to manage your child’s class for the school year.

The 8th and 9th grades comprise our Yr I and Yr II Confirmation Preparation Program.  Information about the Confirmation program, its schedule and registration process can be found on our Confirmation webpage or by clicking here: https://www.stdombenicia.org/confirmation/
 
Sacrament Schedule:
First Sacrament of Holy Eucharist celebrated in 2nd grade.
First Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrated in 2nd grade.
Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated in 9th grade.
 
Updated for COVID-19:  How to Register:

Online registration and PayPal payment are new features this year!  You may also download, print and or drop-ff completed forms at our Parish Office or mail (USPostal) to St. Dominic’s Church, Attention: Deacon Errol Kissinger, 475 East I Street, Benicia, CA 94510.  You may register in person by picking-up a registration packet from our Parish Office.

 
 
Tuition (Registration is not accepted without payment):
 
                                                                                    Volunteer Catechist                     Volunteer Aide
Per Child                               $ 90.00              Free (Contact D. Errol)                 50% Discount (Contact D. Errol)
Sacrament Program*            $ 30.00
 
 
 
 
 
*Preparation for 1st Communion is a 2-year process. The sacrament tuition is payable in the 2nd year or the school year in which your child will   received his or her 1st Communion.
 
First Communion/First Reconciliation
Children receive First Eucharist (Communion) and Reconciliation (Confession) after a two-year preparation in our parish school or through the Parish Religious Education Program. These sacraments are generally received in the second grade. Program fees and more information are included in the registration packet.
 
In the second year of sacrament preparation, parents will complete a series of digitally-based sacramental formation programs to further strengthen the family’s understanding of the sacramental life. These programs are streamed into home electronic devices (PC, Tablet, SmartPhone, SmartTV) using a free subscription service provided by the parish through Formed.org (Click Here).
 
New beginning the 2018-2019 school term is the Blessed Series from Dynamic Catholic, a wonderful story-based sacramental preparation program. Consistent with the Church’s belief that parents are the first and best teachers of the faith to their children, St. Dominic’s intend to use this series as the “home-based” text for preparing their children for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
 
Religious Education is Continuous
The expectation at St. Dominic’s is that each student acquires a basic understanding of Catholicism through continuous participation in religious education without any break in enrollment.  Beginning with the school year 2018-2019, any student who registers for religious education and presents a significant gap in enrollment, must make-up all missing grade level(s) in a manner satisfactory to the Office of Faith Formation.   
 
Volunteers
In order to provide quality education and faith development for our young people, we depend upon the full participation of our families through volunteering time and talent to our program. We are happy to reduce the regular fees for those who volunteer to teach or aide. Please read/complete the following volunteer documents:
  • Thank You for Volunteering Instructions (Click Here)
  • Diocese of Sacramento Guidelines for Adults Working with Children/Youth (Click Here)
  • Diocese of Sacramento Code of Pastoral Conduct (Click Here)
  • Request for Live Scan Service (Click Here)
  • Safe Haven (Click Here)
Blessings for a faith-filled school year,
Deacon Errol Kissinger
Director of Religious Education
 
Pay Tuition (Click Here)
 
If you have an Online Giving account, please login or create a new account, then choose Give a New Gift, then select Religious Education K-7 Payment) for tuition or select First Eucharist Payment for a sacrament fee.
 

 Faith Formation for the Whole Family

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