The week before Ash Wednesday, the parish faith
formation students, along with their families and
teachers, took a break from studying about Lent
and enjoyed some fun at the Ice Castles. We are blessed to have
such an active faith formation program at St. Joseph’s that prays
and plays together!
Last Sunday, our Faith Formation teachers, helpers, students, and parents joined together to learn more about the Season of Advent. They assembled special Advent calendars and enjoyed each other’s company over a pizza lunch. The parish is blessed to have such an active and effective Faith Formation Program!
This year’s Faith Formation students have wrapped up another year of learning and fun! Our elementary students met weekly in person, and our middle school students did their lessons online. In addition to learning more about our faith, we got together for a pool party in August to celebrate our learning in 2021-22 and to kick-off this year; made Advent calendars for the Christmas season; led the Stations of the Cross one Friday during Lent; packed Easter gift bags for children who attended Mass over Easter weekend; and had a Catholic Jeopardy tournament for the final class of the year last week!
Thanks to Karen Gallagher and Kathleen McDermott who helped with the elementary students and to Annie Anderson who worked with the middle school students.
And finally, congratulations to Camden Anderson, Ian Anderson, and Max Whitman who completed their final year of formal Faith Formation! Please pray for them and all our students as they continue their journey to grow closer to God and discover ways they can be His presence in their community, their school, and their families.
Paula King, Faith Formation Co-Chairperson
Faith Formation News
The Faith Formation program celebrated the students’ and families’ hard work this past year with a pool party and take-out dinner from area restaurants. The water balloon toss was hilarious fun! We finished the evening with a visit to a local ice cream stand!
Last year, four students received the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist; two received the sacrament of First Reconciliation; and one student completed her sixth year of lessons. All the students completed the content for their grade level by attending in-person and/or on-line lessons. Thank you to the parents and families who supported the children and made sure they stayed up-to-date on their lessons!
The celebration was funded with proceeds of the bake sale held over Memorial Day weekend. So much money was raised, we were able to purchase seasonal garden flags for the St. Francis garden and make monetary donations to the local food pantry and the NH Humane Society. Thank you to everyone who made the fundraiser so successful!
As we get ready to start a new year of Faith Formation, please keep our students and families in your prayers. With your help and support, our children can grow in their understanding of God’s love for them and learn how they can help spread the Good News through their actions.
If you have or know of a family that has a child(ren) in grades 1-6, please have them contact the rectory so they can register for the 2022-23 program.
Thank you again for all your support!
Please keep in your prayers, Raylynne Shamberger and Sophia Schirduan as they prepare for First Reconciliation on May 26, 2022.
Also, prayers for Ollie Bujeaud, Max Fabrizio, Nolan Haynes , and Owen Schirduan as they prepare for Confirmation and First Eucharist on June 10, 2022 at 6 PM.
FAITH FORMATION BAKE SALE
Faith Formation students will be holding a bake sale before and after Masses on May 28 & 29. Proceeds from the sale will fund our end-of-year celebration. Thank you for your support!