As our thoughts begin turning toward the fall and the start of our new Faith Formation year, many children and their families might be feeling a wide range of emotions ~ especially related to the current pandemic. Julianne Stanz of Loyola Press's "Catechist's Journey" offers excellent tips for catechists to help ease the transition from summertime to Faith Formation time, regardless of whether classes are in person or online. Check out her article here!
A reminder to all catechists: our Faith Formation office needs your completion of the diocesan-required Safe Environment course, sexual harassment course, and the read-and-sign sheets for social media and technology. All three of these courses are listed on the Catholic Mutual Group website. If you could complete them in the next couple of weeks, it would be appreciated. We will need printouts of the completed course certificates, as our office is required to maintain copies. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Faith Formation office so that we can help. Thank you!
SAVE THE DATE: 8/25
On Wednesday, August 25th, we will host a catechist appreciation dinner and reflection/workshop in our Knights Chapel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you have not yet RSVPed for this event, please call or e-mail our Faith Formation office: (518) 464-4776. We look forward to spending this time with our amazing catechists to kick off a brand-new Faith Formation year!
This year, Catechetical Sunday falls on September 19th ~ the same day as our parish picnic! The theme for Catechetical Sunday is "Say the Word and My Soul Shall Be Healed." This is a day in which we recognize and honor all catechists and thank them for their time, knowledge, caring, and faith shared to support our young people in faith. If you're inside our Parish Center building, make sure to check out our new bulletin board (pictured below) that features this Catechetical Sunday theme and centers on God's word.
For the Classroom ...
Make sure to check out Joe Paprocki's video series called "Pop-Up Catechesis." These short and informative videos are excellent teaching tools that can be shared with young people both in person or online. His latest videos feature "a walk through the Mass."
Our diocese is hosting an event called “Diocesan Day of Prayer and Celebration – Come Holy Spirit! Renew Our Strength! Reaffirm Our Hope!” on Saturday, September 25th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park. Everyone in our diocese, including catechists, is encouraged to attend!
Christ the King's annual Service Week will take place this year from October 16th through 24th. There will be numerous service opportunities that Faith Formation young people and their families can enjoy doing together, from decorating pumpkins and greeting cards for local nursing facility residents to collecting pet items for our area humane society. Both in-person and at-home service projects are available. For a complete list of activities, check out our Service Week flyer by clicking here.