We envision a Parish where the parents teach children the Catholic faith. Our Faith Formation program involves in our committed Catechists and the Parish community sharing their faith with children
Most of you have received our previous email in regards to Faith Formation for 2020-2021. We understand that you have questions and concerns about the program. Please know it is impossible to predict how the rest of the year will look. With the health and safety of all in high priority, we are working hard to provide a workable program for families. Even with limiting on-site Church sessions to every other month, a total of five for the year, the uncertainties and continuous changes of COVID-19 circumstances, limitations and cases still puts all Faith Formation programs at risk.
Our Faith Formation program is a “homeschooling” initiative for the convenience and safety of our St. Terrence families. The on-site Church session invites families per grade to Church with Priests, Deacons and Catechists to enhance and share the appropriate lessons. We understand if you are not comfortable to attend on-site sessions for fear of the pandemic, there will be accommodations for you upon your letting us know in advance. The emailed schedule indicates Church sessions, pick-up and drop-off dates and times per grade. The schedule indicated “one” parent following Archdiocese guidelines but now that limitation is removed. In any case the packets per grade need to be picked up and completed packets dropped off at the designated times per grade at the RE office. For families with more than one student attending, you can pick up all necessary grade packets at the same time if you provide us with this request in advance.
Faith Formation guidelines for 2020-2021
All sessions held onsite will take place inside the Church from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Parents/Guardian will continue to help children at home with their faith formation lessons.
Each month new material will be provided for pick up at the Faith Formation (RE) office. The syllabus/lesson plan for each month will be available with the packet.
At the end of the year each student may take an assessment to measure their understanding of Catholic faith to move forward to the next grade. Students in the 2nd and 8th grades assessment will provide information regarding their preparedness to receive the sacraments.
All fee payments due in Full before Oct 30, 2020.
Please plan to attend each onsite session as more details and instructions will be given in Church. For questions call the Faith Formation office during office hours listed on this Website.
Social distancing is mandatory
At least one parent/guardian must accompany the student
Face masks are required at all times while inside Church
Temperatures will be taken at the entrance door
Use of hand sanitizer is required at “entry” and “exits”
Any pick up listed as RE will be from the Faith formation office on the scheduled Wednesdays from 1:00-7:30 PM
Please see the new Faith Formation office hours on this website
Please see the Calendar for 2020-2021 Faith Formation below
2020/2021 FAITH FORMATION
Please call 708-597-0754, if your child will be absent
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
St. Terrence Church
Update on Return to In-person Programming and Parent Agreement
September 10, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (“COVID-19”), St. Terrence suspended on-site faith formation beginning March of 2020 to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our State and local public health departments have now indicated it is safe to resume in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 pastoral year provided measures are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. To this end, for the 2020-2021 pastoral year, St. Terrence has developed and implemented its plan to resume limited on-site faith formation for children and youth to limit or reduce the spread of COVID-19 by attending parish programs or activities in accordance with the guidance issued by our State and local departments of public health. The full plan and requirements for parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago to resume on-site faith formation for minors can be found here. Please note:
For the time being, in-person faith formation is limited to once in two months for each student cohort. This allows us to ensure maximum physical distancing and reduce the risk of exposure between program participants. The Archdiocese of Chicago will continue to assess if/when programs may begin meeting on a more frequent basis, including monitoring the public health situation within the surrounding community.
St. Terrence has completed a number of steps required by the Archdiocese of Chicago to resume in-person programming, including establishing a Health and Safety Team for programming involving minors, ensuring that all program staff and volunteers complete a mandatory Health and Safety Webinar, securing personal protective equipment and following detailed physical distancing, sanitization and health monitoring protocols.
Your partnership in ensuring that all safety measures are followed by your children and family is essential for the success of our effort to reduces this risk. Virtual programming options are available for families who are not comfortable with or are unable to participate in on-site programming.
EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENTS
In order to protect the safety and comfort of all families participating in our programming, St. Terrence expects all students and their parents or guardians to comply with following requirements during all Sessions.
Review and be prepared to follow our parish COVID-19 procedures.
Notify the program director if your children or anyone living in your home has contracted COVID-19, and self-quarantine your children if you determine he/she has been exposed to COVID-19.
Before each faith formation session or any parish activity, make certain your child is not ill and not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms. Check his/her temperature to ensure he/she does not have a fever of 100.4 or higher and do not send your children to faith formation or to any parish activity if he/she/they are not feeling well, display any COVID-19 symptoms, or have a fever of 100.4 or higher.
Notify the program director if your children has/have any medical condition that make him/her/them more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and work with your medical provider and our program director to determine what accommodations, if any, to the school’s COVID19 procedures may be provided to reduce the threat of harm to my/our child(ren);
Parish staff have the discretion to determine whether a student is ill by asking him/her how he/she is feeling and taking his/her body temperature, or potentially contagious, and whether it is in the best interests of the student, other students and parish staff, to mandate that your children be picked up from the program or activity at the time of that determination and that you will immediately pick your children up upon receiving such notice.
If you keep your children home because he/she/they are not feeling well, displays symptoms of COVID19, has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or your child is sent home because he/she is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, he/she may return to parish activities after being released by your treating medical provider or in accordance with the then prevailing guidance of our State and local health department.
Notify the program director if your children or anyone in our household travels to or has traveled to a state or country experiencing widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID19 and self-quarantine for 14-days.
If you have any concerns regarding your student’s participation in on-site instruction, please contact Martha Cavalieri, Coordinator of Children’s faith formation at 708-597-0754. Thank you for your partnership and patience as we work to provide your child with safe opportunities to grow in faith within our parish community during this difficult time.
Fr. Tomy Abraham
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIRST COMMUNICANTS. MAY GOD BE YOUR WAY