Hello Family Faith Formation Families. This page provides me a place to communicate messages without having to depend on the accuracy of email addresses! I will provide the messages in reverse chronological order, so the newest will always be on top.
Wednesday, Nov 25:
F3 Participation Reminder
Happy Thanksgiving from Mr. H, Miss Jodi and Miss Anne!
We hope this message finds you and your family healthy and enjoying your Thanksgiving break! We hope this week might provide a little extra time for your family to reconnect with and catch up on your Family Faith Formation work.
Remember, there are two main parts to participating in Family Faith Formation: Church Sessions and Home Sessions. For both parts, we ask you to complete what we call a Turn In, a form inviting you to reflect on and share with us your engagement with the program.
Home Sessions, as the name says, are done at home, following the directions / links on the F3 Home Sessions webpage (www.standrewrcc.org/f3homesessions) according to your Family Crew. Thus, all Turn Ins for Home Sessions are Digital Turn Ins (Google Forms) that you fill out online and submit through the internet. If you haven’t completed the ones for October and November, please do so now (with apologies to Formed Crews whose November session just went live!).
For Church Sessions, those who come in person fill out Turn Ins on paper. For those who join us online, or had to be absent from a Church Session but could watch the video of it later, we ask you to complete the Digital Turn In by clicking the link under the date on the Church Virtual Tuesdays page (www.standrewrcc.org/f3churchvirtualtuesdays) or Church Virtual Wednesdays page (www.standrewrcc.org/f3churchvirtualwednesdays). In the coming week, we will be contacting families with personalized emails about which Church Session Turn Ins are missing.
In December we will be auditing all families for participation. If a family has several Turn Ins missing (from either Home Sessions or Church Sessions) we will be in contact about continuing in the program.
We thank you for completing this work as a family (adults and children working together) and look forward to seeing you next week for our next Church Session.
Jerry “Mr. H.” Harrington
Wednesday, Nov 18:
Message #1 - for ALL BLESSED Families: Tomorrow Night's Parent Meeting Postponed
Dear Blessed Families,
Due to the raise in cases in our area and out of an abundance of caution for pubic health, we have decided to break the First Reconciliation Parish Celebration (scheduled for Saturday, December 5) into multiple events: one for the St Andrew School children, and one (or more) for Family Faith Formation children.
Because the details of these multiple events are still being worked out, it no longer makes sense to have one unified Parent Meeting (scheduled for tomorrow evening, Thursday 11/19 at 7pm). Thus, the Parent Meeting is postponed. There will be NO Parent Meeting tomorrow evening.
More information will be sent about when and how this meeting will be held in the near future.
I apologize for all the changes but rely on your flexibility and understanding in this crazy year of pandemic as we try to figure out what's best for everyone.
Jerry "Mr. H." Harrington
Message #2 - for Wednesday Families: Today's Church Session Cancelled
Hello Wednesday Families,
I apologize but must cancel tonight's Church Session. My father has been taken to the hospital and I don't know what happens next. Hopefully things are not too serious but must await tests and diagnosis.
Thus, I'm asking you, my Wednesday families, to all watch the recording of last night's Facebook live streamed video and complete the Digital Turn In for that session (like our virtual families do when watching live from home).
You can do this by clicking HERE.
Please be sure to open, complete, and submit the Digital Turn In (English or Spanish) for Wednesday, November 18 to 'get credit' for participating in this session.
Not only is it important for you to do this for continuity and the content presented, but there's a special lesson in the middle of it that the Diocese mandates we offer to the children and about which we then must make report to the Diocese about how many received the lesson. So please participate tonight via the video and Digital Turn In.
Thank you for your flexibility and commitment to this program.
Jerry "Mr. H." Harrington
Friday, Nov 13:
November Home Sessions for Loved & Blessed Crews are Live
Families in Loved & Blessed Crews,
I apologize for the delay but November Home Sessions are now live! I ask that you complete them as best you can before the end of November. Hopefully, the Thanksgiving Break (a whole week off school) will provide some opportunity for everyone to catch up and complete these sessions.
Especially important for Blessed (Second Year FHC) Families: All six of the First Reconciliation Home Sessions need to be completed before the end of November, since First Reconciliation is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 and we want your kids prepared.
(Formed Crews, I will get them up next week, but because of the delay there will be only one for November for you.)
I made one change to the location of Home Sessions on the website: each month's Home Sessions now has its own page. So when you visit the Home Sessions page, you still go to your Crew name but now click on the specific month you are completing and it will open just those Home Sessions for you. (Hopefully this will be less confusing than having a giant list of lessons to scroll through.) If you have any questions or issues, please just contact me ([email protected] or call the Faith Formation Office at 239.574.2411).
Jerry "Mr. H." Harrington
Monday, Nov 9:
Church Sessions CANCELLED - Home Session Catch Up Week!
After reviewing the Home Session Turn Ins from all families, I am sad to report that on average only 46% of families have turned in any Home Sessions. Thus, I have decided to cancel this week's Church Sessions to give every family more chance to make up their missing Home Sessions.
Additionally, I will be hosting OPTIONAL Zoom Meetings Tuesday (11/10) and Wednesday (11/11) from 5:30 - 7:30pm for any family who would like to ask questions or get help. (If you've already completed your Home Sessions or know you can do so, you do NOT need to join the Zoom.) For those needing help, I can share my screen, guide folks to where they need to click, and do live demonstrations of how to do their Home Session. Join at any time in the two hours and I will do my best to help everyone.
UPDATED NOVEMBER SESSION SCHEDULE
Nov 10 & 11: NO CHURCH SESSION -
Home Session Catch Up Time & Optional Home Session Help Zoom Meetings with Mr. H. (5:30-7:30pm open invite to join any time in those two hours)
Nov 17 & 18: Church Sessions AS USUAL
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
I just want to remind everyone that this Family Faith Formation program is based on a commitment you make to partcipate in this program as a family to complete ALL the requirements.
Those requirements include:
- attending Church Sessions (in person or online)
- AND also completing and turning in the Church Session Turn In (in person or online)
- completing Home Sessions as a family (an adult working with the children)
- AND completing and turning in the Home Session Turn In (through your Family Crew webpage)
If you do not complete these requirements, we reserve the right to postpone a child's progress toward Sacraments, either by inviting a family to leave the program or repeating a year's program.
I know this program (and model - the whole way of doing this!) is very new and very different and might be confusing. I myself am a family among you; my youngest daughter is preparing for First Holy Communion and I will confess that we have one more of the three October Home Sessions to complete! Also I haven't successfully posted the November Home Sessions yet. (I hope to do so by the end of the week, at least for the Blessed families.) So I understand and share being overwhelmed this year and finding time to understand new things difficult.
But, I must balance patience with accountability. That's why I am offering these Home Session Help Zoom Meetings in place of Church Sessions in hopes of encouraging families to embrace this new model, clear up any misunderstandings or questions, and get everyone on track to succeed in their goals, especially those working toward receiving a Sacrament. As always, you are encouraged to communicate with me individually and privately via email ([email protected]) or by calling the Faith Formation Office (239.574.2411) and leaving me a message. I hope this week helps get us back on track as a program. For those of you who completed your Home Sessions, thank you for your dedication and commitment. For those who need a bit more time, take it this week. And for those confused, I'll see you on Zoom!
Zoom Meeting links will be sent (to everyone, if you don't need it, ignore it) a half hour before the meetings open.
- Jerry "Mr. H." Harrington
Friday, Oct 30:
Next Church Session Postponed
I have decided to postpone the Church Sessions scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, November 3 & 4 by one week. These sessions will now take place on November 10 & 11.
Thus, in November we will have Church Sessions on the second and third weeks of the month (two weeks in a row) on Nov 10 & 11 and Nov 17 & 18 (as originally scheduled).
NOVEMBER CHURCH SESSION SCHEDULE
Nov 3 & 4: NO SESSIONS
Nov 10 & 11: Church Sessions
Nov 17 & 18: Church Sessions
As Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day, I want to make sure that everyone who plans to vote in person can do so without concern about having another item on your calendar that day. Everyone who can, should vote! And given the heightened polarization of our country right now, Election Night and especially the day after will likely involve strong emotion and the need to process the results (or the patience required while we await final results). For this reason, I've decided to postpone Church Sessions from this week to the next week.
We encourage everyone to vote and to spend these evenings next week in prayer for the peaceful and lawful administration of the election and for clear uncontested results that lead us into this next term without incidence of violence or strife. Let's all pray for our nation and for our community.
- Jerry "Mr. H." Harrington