"The LORD is my strength and my shield,
in whom my heart trusts.
I am helped, so my heart rejoices;
with my song I praise him" (Psalm 28:7).

Following the guidance of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and looking to Dekalb County’s model, Corpus Christi will begin the Faith Formation year virtually. If the situation permits, we hope to offer optional, occasional, in-person family gatherings at some time.  When gathering, we will follow the health and safety directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Archdiocese of Atlanta at all times - taking temperatures, sanitizing hands, wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and whatever else may occur.

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* 1. Of the child(ren)/teens(s) you will be enrolling in Faith Formation this Fall, what grade(s) are they in?

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* 2. Do you or your child(ren)/teen(s) have access to a device (tablet, laptop, or cell phone)?

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* 3. Do you or your child(ren)/teen(s) have reliable Internet access?

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* 4. What are your biggest struggles with virtual learning, and how can the parish help you?

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* 5. What are your concerns about coming to Faith Formation/Religious Ed when it is 100% virtual?

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* 6. Are you, your child, or any member of your household, in a higher risk category for Covid-19 illness/injury? (Asthma, immunocompromised, diabetes, hypertension, cancer,... to name a few.)  Please know that you are in the prayers of our priests, staff, and parish community!

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* 7. Here is the plan for this year:  Our program will be family-based, meaning that the entire family will participate!  In the words of Pope St. John Paul II, “Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children" Letter to Families, 2 February 1994. And he also encourages us to "Be not afraid!" 

Each month:

Week 1 – Zoom meeting with approximately 10 families and a catechist

Week 2 – No Zoom meeting.  Family works on project given to them in Week 1.

Week 3 – Zoom meeting with your family group to “show and tell” the project you did at home during Week 2.  This continues to strengthen the family and builds in accountability, especially as children prepare for the sacraments.

Week 4 – There are two things happening Week 4. Your family will participate in one!

A.  Zoom meeting:  Sacramental preparation for those receiving First Communion (with one parent); and a Zoom meeting for those being Confirmed (with sponsor or parent.)

B.  Zoom meeting: For those not preparing for First Communion or Confirmation, your family group will meet to have fun and focus on an Old Testament Bible Story or one of Jesus’ Parables!

What are your thoughts about this?

[Please note:  Edge and LifeTeen will meet in their own groups, but hopefully will also participate in the family groups.]

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* 8. Because we are going virtual, it is not necessary to meet on Sunday. Would your family rather meet on another day?

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* 9. Because we are going virtual, it may be possible to have language-specific family groups led by a catechist who speaks that language. Would your family like to participate in one like that?

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* 10. Assuming appropriate safety measures are in place – taking temperatures, sanitizing hands, wearing masks, maintaining social distance - do you think your family would like to attend an in-person session?

Remember, Jesus gives us hope:  "In the world you will have trouble," He says, "but take courage, I have conquered the world” (John 16:33.)

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