I pray that you are doing well and are staying healthy and safe. August seems to be flying by so quickly, and I know that many thoughts are now turning toward fall and planning for this upcoming school year. I’m sure that you are also trying to treasure these remaining days of summer! As a mom of two high schoolers, I am also trying to create our 2021-2022 schedule – juggling practices and games, clubs, lessons, appointments, classes, socializing, school events, etc. I apologize that we have not sent you a Faith Formation registration update sooner. As you can imagine, with the pandemic and local health and safety conditions worsening again, this next year in many ways seems even more uncertain than before. We have been prayerfully doing our best to create a Faith Formation plan that keeps everyone’s health and safety at the forefront. Our plan is to start Faith Formation classes at the beginning of October. Yesterday, I reviewed our proposed schedule with Father Jim, and we now have an official calendar:
Preschool/Kindergarten: Sunday afternoons, online (beginning October 3rd)
Grade 1: Tuesday afternoons, online (beginning October 5th)
Grade 2 (First Reconciliation and First Communion): Wednesday afternoons and evenings, in person, with a Sunday evening online option (beginning October 3rd/October 6th)
Grade 3: Monday evenings, online (beginning October 4th)
Grade 4: Tuesday evenings, online (beginning October 5th)
Grade 5: Tuesday evenings, online (beginning October 5th)
Grades 6, 7, and 8: Tuesday evenings, online (beginning October 5th)
Grade 9: Wednesday evenings, in person (beginning October 6th)
Grade 10: Monday evenings, in person (beginning October 4th)
Grade 11 (Confirmation): Monday evenings, once a month, in person (beginning October 18th)
We are looking at May 14th and 15th for First Communion weekend. Our diocese will inform us at the beginning of 2022 about our Confirmation date, but more than likely it will occur in May here at Christ the King. At registration, you will receive a more detailed calendar and syllabus for your child’s grade level. Please also visit our Faith Formation website at www.ctkffym.org for regular updates and faith-related items.
Everyone’s health and safety is always our primary concern. To help guide our Faith Formation planning, we look to our local school districts, our Albany diocese, state government, procedures in place at Christ the King’s Early-Childhood Center (which is also located inside our Parish Center), and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can read the CDC’s current guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools (updated August 5, 2021) by clicking here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html. Also, by visiting this website and entering “Albany County, NY,” you will see that our current level of community COVID-19 transmission is “high”: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view. In accordance with all these factors, and if/until we hear further guidance, every Faith Formation class at Christ the King that will take place in person during the 2021-2022 year will require three-foot spacing between each student in classroom areas and mask wearing by everyone regardless of vaccination status. Parents/caregivers entering the building to drop off and pick up their children will also be required to wear masks.
Faith Formation registration materials will be mailed to families next week. If you were enrolled in our Faith Formation program last year, we already have your address; however, if your mailing address has changed or you think that you might not be on our mailing list, please call or e-mail our office and let us know: (518) 464-4776.
We realize that you may have questions; please know that our Faith Formation office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., if you would like more information. We are always here for our families, both in terms of Faith Formation and also personally. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We pray that you will think of your parish and Faith Formation as a place of hope, comfort, and support.