Religious Education (Grades 1-6)
For 3-5 year olds and grades 1-3, we are planning for an hour of outdoor time – 30 minutes of curriculum and 30 minutes of companionship (play!) at a centrally located park/playground: the Charles River Reservation at the Artesani Playground, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02135. We are thinking 12 noon will give families enough time to wrap up zoom church and get over to the site, as well as not cut into your Sunday leisure time too much. Please feel free to bring a snack or picnic lunch. If your child falls within those two groups (ages 3-5 and/or grades 1-3) and you are still not comfortable with in-person gatherings – even outdoors – we will offer a virtual option for you as well.
Most of the older kiddos families that I surveyed wanted virtual classes, so we will continue to offer virtual religious education online for grades 4-6. Please note that all virtual classes will run from 10:45 – 11:30 am. If older kids/teens would like to come to our outdoor FREP area to connect with other PC kids as well, we welcome that social time for them, so feel free to just show up the weeks we are going to be there.
Classes and Schedules
For Grades 1-3 and Pre-K (ages 3-5), the fall schedule looks like this:
October 24 @ 12:45 pm – FREP Kick-off at The Royale House in Medford (outdoors with an indoor tours of the museum available at 1 pm)
November 7 @ 12 noon
November 21 @ 12 noon
December 5 @ 12 noon
December 19 @ 12 noon (Advent/Christmas social – place TBD)
For Grades 4-6, the fall schedule looks like this:
November 7 @ 10:45 – 11:30 am
November 21 @ 10:45 – 11:30 am
December 5 @ 10:45 – 11:30 am
December 19 @ 10:45 – 11:30 am
To register your child for in-person/outdoor classes, or virtual classes, please use this year’s registration form and indicate whether you are registering for outdoor or virtual classes.
As a reminder, in terms of curricula for this year, all grades will begin with a 3-session program on racial justice entitled, Deep Blue Life, Anti-Racism: Prejudice and Stereotypes. DeepBlueLife-FaithandCultureAnti-Racism.pdf (cokesburykids.com) Afterwards, our youngest members (ages 3-5), will use a new book and curriculum entitled Drawing God written by Karen Kiefer, Director of the Church in the 21st Century at Boston College. Drawing God (drawing-god.com) Grades 1-6 as well as the Junior High teens, will continue to use the lectionary-based curriculum, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Pflaum Gospel Weeklies – Faith Formation Program (pflaumweeklies.com) And, our Sr. High teens will use a variety of resources starting with Bryan Massingale’s powerful essay “The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It” https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/assumptions-white-privilege-and-what-we-can-do-about-it. Fr. Massingale draws from his experience as a black Catholic, a theologian, and an activist. As a reminder, on Saturday, November 13th, Bryan will be at the Paulist Center to accept the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice. The event will be live-streamed as well.
For more information or to get your kids signed up, contact Susan Rutkowski.