FAITH FORMATION . GRADES PRE-K THROUGH 6
Catechist Tutorial for Sophia Institute Digital Learning
Student & Parent Tutorial for Sophia Institute Digital Learning
2020-2021 FAITH FORMATION INFORMATION
After consulting with members of our health community, our diocesan team, and our parish leadership, the Faith Formation staff at St. Pius the Tenth has developed a plan which we feel is in the best interest of the health and safety of our parish families. Please read the information below for details about how our programming will look this fall.
Programming will be provided for Grades K through 6.
Grades 1 and 2 (Sacramental Prep) are mandatory participation grades.
Fall participation in the digital/virtual programming is a prerequisite for participation in potential spring in-person programming.
This school year, our Faith Formation programs will begin by using a digital curriculum from Sophia Institute Press. This is the same curriculum we used last year and will continue to use next year, so it will be a seamless transition with regard to the scope and sequence of the material that is being covered by our students.
Spirit of Truth Digital Edition is a completely-digital platform available via app or browser – not just a digitized book. All families will have digital access and a printed book. The program will be implemented at St. Pius the Tenth as a “PARENT LED, CATECHIST MANAGED” program. Parents will take the primary responsibility for catechizing children by implementing the lessons in the home while the catechists will be able to assign and track assignments, grade and communicate with students and parents, and assist remotely as needed.
From September—December we will utilize this digital platform, with the hope of returning to in-person Faith Formation classrooms in 2021. Your registration fee covers about half of the material and digital costs for this program, while the parish will subsidize the remaining cost for our families.
Spirit of Truth Digital Edition is available for Grades K—6. Grades K, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be optional this year. However, if you wish for your child to return to in-person classes in the spring, then they must complete the fall digital portion first.
Grades 1 and 2 are mandatory. The Diocese of Charlotte requires 2 consecutive years of Faith Formation prior to celebrating any sacraments. If you wish for your child to make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at the traditional age (spring of their 2nd grade year) then your child must enroll in the Spirit of Truth 1st and 2nd grade program.
MATERIAL PICK-UP & DIGITAL CLASSROOMS
Material Pick-Up September 27
1:00 - 2:00 PM in the St. Pius X Cloister
Digital Classrooms open on September 27
REGISTRATION & FEES
$20 Registration Fee through September 20
$25 Registration Fee after September 20
CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS
FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
All students who are planning on celebrating their First Holy Communion must complete 2 full years of Faith Formation (1st and 2nd grade). If your child is entering 2nd grade and did not attend Faith Formation classes in 1st grade, or if you have a child older than 2nd grade who has not yet received his/her First Holy Communion, please contact the parish office for Sacramental Prep options.
Students are prepared for this sacrament in Faith Formation or through a parish-implemented sacramental prep program in conjunction with their religious education at a Catholic School. A fall and spring family retreat are also part of this preparation. Students will make their First Reconciliation during the winter in order to prepare for receiving their First Holy Communion in the Spring.