Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 1:12 PM
THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC MASSES, CONFESSIONS, OR ADORATION AND THE PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! THE CHURCH IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER DAILY FROM 7AM-5:30PM!

Faith Formation Home

COVID-19 Response

Dear Families,

The love of Christ compels us!

Even though we face difficult days in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantines, we are a people of hope who know that helping others to see the light of Christ literally turns darkness into light! Over the past week and a half, we have seen the cancellation of public Masses in the Archdiocese, limiting of group sizes from 250 down to less than 10, and finally the closing of the parish offices and cancellation of all face to face meetings. Given all of these changes, I wanted to assure you that we will continue to provide Faith Formation programming in spite of these limitations. We see this as an opportunity to use and experiment with technology to continue our mission. 

When my staff began to hear about the cancellation of public Mass and limited gathering sizes, we immediately shifted gears and began to think of ways in which we could be of assistance and how we could continue to share the love of Christ even though meetings were cancelling. Our priorities during this time are threefold: 1) help everyone make the Sabbath Holy, 2) continue to engage parishioners of all ages including the youth, and 3) continue to prepare for upcoming sacraments. We knew all of this would have to be done with a shift in our delivery from personal meetings to online. We will need your help to be successful in this transition and meeting our objectives.

Some things we have done, and are planning:

  • Keep Holy the Sabbath
    • We are helping to record Mass at Holy Redeemer
    • We have provided preK through 6th grade lessons via email with family ideas and prayers
  • Engage Parishioners
    • We are shifting on-going small groups to Zoom online meetings with mentors
    • We are using video and online meetings to do HS and MS lessons
    • We are starting Bible Studies for MS through HS youth to participate in from home
  • Sacramental Preparation
    • We are providing take home 1st Communion Retreat packets and video sessions
    • We are using video for Confirmation lessons
    • We are working closely with our Elect to provide the sacraments of initiation
    • Marriage preparation is continuing online

We are posting videos to this vimeo page, including the recorded Sunday Masses:

We are using an online video conferencing platform called Zoom to meet virtually where it makes sense:

You can familiarize yourself with these platforms by visiting and seeing how to use them and what we have posted already. We will be updating the vimeo page as we learn more about how to make this user friendly.

I've put together a quick reference guide below that has links to the appropriate pages and what we are planning while we are restricted by COVID-19. Once the ban on the Mass is lifted, we will go back to normal operation. Some sacraments may have to wait until this time. We are waiting on more clarification from Seattle.

My staff and I rely on your feedback to make sure we are meeting the needs of your family to grow in holiness during this difficult time. Please let us know what we can do to be helpful.   

In Christ,

Mark and the Faith Formation Team

 

Program COVID-19 Plan Notes
Baptisms Prep on hold Baptisms will be done privately after Easter for immediate family only (less than 10 guests)
First Sacraments

take-home retreat

No Change in date

Video and take home supplies. We will be celebrating 1st communion this year. Our current plan is the weekend of May 17th.
Weddings Online prep Weddings can be conducted for immediate family only (less than 20 guests)
PreK/Elementary (preK - 3rd) email emailed lessons to be completed at home
Middle Years (4th - 6th) email emailed lessons to be completed at home
Middle School Confirmation Classes (7th - 8th) Online Meetings Emailed video and content given ahead of time to look over before small group; small group meetings via Zoom
High School Confirmation Classes and Post Confirmation Small Groups Online Meetings Video content provided and small group meetings via Zoom
Confirmation Mass No Change in date We will celebrate Confirmation this year. Our current plan is Thursday May 28th. 
Leadership for MS and HS Online Meetings Groups are meeting via Zoom
Young Adult Ministry Online Meetings Group is meeting via Zoom

Adult Formation

Women's Endow

Men of Faith

Bible Studies

 

Online Meetings

On hold for now

On hold for now

 

Monday and Thursday meetings going to Zoom

We are looking into how to run this online

 

RCIA on hold for now classes on hold for now, evaluating on-line meetings

 

 

Registration forms and other documents can be found in Publications.

We are on FORMED.org!  FORMED is an online resource filled with tools, such as videos, programs, digital books, and more!  Visit www.formed.org and you have 24/7 access to the truth, beauty, and meaning of the Catholic faith anytime, anywhere (through your computer, tablet, or smartphone) with materials that include informative and inspiring teaching from renowned speakers such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Edward Sri, Bishop Robert Barron, Dr. Tim Gray, Father Michael Gaitley, Teresa Tomeo... and many more!

Here is how to sign up for FORMED:

  • Visit www.holyredeemervan.formed.org
  • Click on the “Register Now”, or “Next” line
  • Fill out the boxes and click on “Sign Up”
  • Once you register you will use your email as your username, and your password
 

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