Dear St. Mary Church Faith Formation Family; The Alpha Experience coming this Fall to St. Mary Church! Introducing the Alpha Experience: St Mary Church will be offering an Alpha Experience (What is Alpha?) for all of our Families in Faith Formation. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question about faith and is designed to create conversation. Our goal with Alpha is for it to be an easy onramp for people to encounter Jesus Christ and develop relationships within the parish community. [The Diocese of Green Bay is asking all parishes to provide Alpha for their faith communities.] The Faith Formation year will begin on September 12th with a family event beginning at 5:45 and lasting until 7:15. All families are invited to join us for this kick-off event. This evening will be a great start to what is sure to be an enriching three-month journey together. Beginning the week of Sunday, Sept 16th we will meet weekly EITHER ON Sunday nights (5:00-6:30) OR Wednesday nights (5:30-7). (You will be asked on the registration form to select which night your family will attend). Alpha Sessions and class will continue weekly until our final closing event which will be held on December 12th. We will NOT have Alpha or class the week of 10/28 or the week of 11/18. What will the evening look like? Ø The evening will begin in Kaudy Hall enjoying a meal together. No need for you to prepare a meal that night! We will take care of that for you and your family. Ø After the 30-minute meal we will move to the designated areas for class or begin the Alpha Session: o Adults stay in Kaudy Hall in small groups. o 1st – 8th grade Students will meet with catechists in the lower level of church for class. o 9th-11th grade students will remain in Kaudy Hall and participate in the Alpha Session. · Sacramental prep will take place in the classroom for the 2nd grade students. Confirmation prep in the classroom will take place beginning in January for all 10th and 11th grade students. What comes after the Alpha Family Experience? Classes will resume on January 2, 2019 with elementary students once again meeting weekly right after school until 4:30. Middle School will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 6:30-8 and High School will meet on the 2nd and 4th from 6:30-8. *In addition, we will provide occasions for youth and adults to participate in a variety of optional enrichment opportunities. It will be an exciting year in which it is our hope that you take advantage of this opportunity to dive deeper into your Catholic faith together as a family. If you have questions or need some clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be available to talk on Wednesdays when you are picking your child up. I will also be available on Sunday, April 22 following our 8:30 Mass in the lower level of church where I am happy to provide more information or answer questions. Sincerely,
Andy Coordinator of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org
We at St. Mary Church believe this opportunity we are presenting to you for the first part of the 2018-2019 Faith Formation year has the power to revitalize our parish, to create greater community, and to help our members enter back into relationship with Jesus.
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