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.
Monday, Mar 1:
March Calendar - 1st and 4th week
Hello F3 Families! Our next Church Session is this week (March 2/3). Then (due to Lee County's Spring Break) we are taking two weeks off before our next session will be on March 23/24. And as March has a fifth Tuesday and Wednesday, we skip a week after that before returning on April 6/7.
Monthly Prayer Practice - Stations of the Cross
I also wanted to let everyone know that we will be praying the Stations of the Cross during our Church Sessions in March. I'll be giving a little introduction before we pray them.
ONLINE FAMILIES TAKE NOTE: For this prayer service, we will be using a handout that's available on the F3 Church Virtual pages (this handout). While I'll have a printed version for the in person families, I wanted to give the online families a chance to print it ahead of time, since it's laid out on the page in such a way that double side printing it allows one to fold it in half and it becomes a booklet. But just looking at the handout on a screen, it can be confusing. So if you're an online family and will be praying with us from home, I strongly recommend you print the sheet ahead of time. If you're unable to do that, make sure that you look at the handout ahead of time so you can follow along, jumping around on the handout.
I hope everyone is having a blessed Lent. See you soon!
Thursday, Jan 14:
First, let me say thank you to all of you who have offered prayers and condolences in the light of my father's passing. I will confess this is my first experience with a deep grief and navigating it is challenging. Your support means a great deal to me and represents what Church is meant to be. Thank you.
I have posted updated Calendars here.
As we have NO Church Sessions in January, this month provides a unique opportunity for families to catch up on any sessions you haven't completed. If you missed any of the Church Sessions, you can make them up by watching the Facebook live stream recording and then completing the Digital Turn In, which can be found by clicking here and navigating to the missing session. Or if you haven't kept up with your Home Sessions, you can do so by clicking here and selecting the month next to your Family Crew. If you have any questions about which lessons you're missing, contact Mr. H. via email ([email protected]).
January Home Sessions
Home Sessions for January are now live and ready to complete! Sorry to be a bit late with them. In recognition both of the fact that half the month is gone and that many families may be catching up with other sessions, I'm only asking families to complete one Home Session in January. You can find it here, making sure to choose the January link next to your Family Crew.
For any family in their first or second year of preparation for children to receive Sacraments, unless both Church Sessions and Home Sessions are completed in a reasonable amount of time, you will be dropped from our roster and asked to repeat the year, postponing the reception of Sacraments for the children. In order for children to be prepared, participation in both kinds of sessions (those in the Church and those done at Home) must be sufficient. At this time, our office is compiling a list of families whose participation has not been sufficient to continue and will be sending letters home. If you have a question about your family's participation, or need help in completing Home Sessions, contact Mr. H. immediately via email ([email protected]). Also please note: I prepared a series of videos here to help guide you in completing your Home Sessions.
As soon as the analysis of Blessed families' participation is complete, I will be making an announcement about our new First Reconciliation plans and dates. Thank you for your patience.
I hope January is finding you well and that you're able to take these next two weeks to catch up on your F3 participation as well as complete your January Home Sessions. Thank you for your commitment to the spiritual development of your family.
Tuesday, Dec 1:
First Reconciliation Postponed
Hello Blessed Crews (Goodness Crew, Generosity Crew, Gentleness Crew, Modesty Crew). If you are not in one of these crews, disregard this message.
After checking who has completed their October and November Home Sessions (the First Reconciliation Lessons), as of this morning, less than 10 out of 50 families have finished the preparation for First Reconciliation. Due to so many families being behind in their lessons combined with the lack of time to catch up and no time to practice, I have decided to postpone the celebration that was originally scheduled for this Saturday, December 5.
NO First Reconciliation This Saturday, December 5
For those families who need more time to complete the lessons, you now have it. New First Reconciliation plans will be announced in the next few days, but they will be after the holidays in the new year.
For prepared families (who completed their lessons as requested), if you would like your child to receive the Sacrament this month, contact us ([email protected]) to make arrangements. We will honor your diligent work and make sure that your child makes their First Confession this month. If you do not mind waiting until the new year for a group experience, do nothing.
As Fr Eduardo has been out of town, I could not finalize new plans this morning. But as soon as plans are made, I will post a new message with all details.
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