Introducing: Growing In Faith Together - GIFT - Our new Family Faith Formation format
Lately, our Saint Brigid Parish community has been following the movements of the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit has guided our hospitality, small groups, and even our understanding of discipleship. We are excited to announce the Spirit is moving our Faith Formation process too! We are launching a new format to incorporate families—growing in faith together—and to encourage a wider sense of community throughout the parish. Unlike our previous program which involved once a week child only classes for the entire school year, our new format will consist of once month family sessions, where at least one parent attends with their child or children. In addition to the once a month family sessions, children will also meet weekly during the 6 week parish wide Connection to Christ (or C2C) groups in Fall and Spring. This program is intended for families with children in grades 1-8, but all family members are welcome. Among the many reasons for this new format is the recognition that faith formation is a life long process and research shows that parents involvement in the faith formation of their children is a key indicator for a sustained adult faith.
Please visit the GIFT page for more information, registration, and the calendar for the 2019-2020 year.
Sunday School (Ages 3-Kindergarten)
Starting on the 4th Sunday of September, Sunday School is offered for children ages 3 (and potty-trained) through kindergarten during the 9 am Mass and offered throughout the year, taking breaks for major holidays. Children meet in the Ocean Room before Mass, are checked in by their parents and then are picked up by their parents after Mass. Children in Sunday school begin with free play, and then move into a lesson about the Sunday Gospel, incorporating singing, dancing, story time, crafts, and more. Prior registration is not required to attend Sunday School, but parents must check in their children each Sunday they participate.
Children's Liturgy of the Word (Ages 4-9)
Throughout the year, Children's Liturgy of the Word is offered on Sunday mornings during the 9 am Mass. Children ages 4-9 are invited after the opening prayers to go to the John Paul II room with adult leaders to hear the Liturgy of the Word presented in a way geared towards their comprehension. Following the homily, children return to the main parish assembly to join their families in time for the Preparation of the Gifts and the remainder of Mass. Registration is not required to participate in Children's Liturgy of the Word.
Child Lectors and Altar Servers
Children who are in 4th-8th grade are invited to consider being a child lector or altar server.
Child lectors are trained every fall and have the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God during the 9 am Mass every second Sunday of the month between October and June.
Altar servers can be trained throughout the year as needed and are invited to serve at any of the weekend Masses throughout the year. Contact Gayle if you have questions.