Due to the cancellations following the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the lengthening measures taken by both civil and Church authorities, St. Elizabeth will be moving the following Faith Formation classes to an online platform for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year:
My Catholic Faith Delivered has generously offered free use of their online Faith Formation platform through June 30 of this year. This platform utilizes the same curriculum which we already use here at St. Elizabeth (the Faith & Life series by Ignatius Press). Using this platform, students will be able to complete this year's courses.
All students currently enrolled in Faith Formation have been added to their respective classes on the My Catholic Faith Delivered platform. Here is how to gain access to the online classes:
For further details on how the online platform works, please view this YouTube video. The "Resources" section of the platform also has useful information.
It's a great blessing that we are able to use this platform to finish the academic year. Our catechists, too, will be able to interact with their students through the use of discussion threads on the platform. In order for this to work, we do need the cooperation and assistance of our parents. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us, "Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children" (CCC paragraph 2223). Aside from getting the login process done, it is essential that parents see that their children complete the coursework as well as give any assistance their children need in completing it; this is especially true for younger children.
Students should be completing at least one online lesson per week. If a student wishes, he or she can do more. St. Elizabeth will have access to this platform through June 30.
The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten/1st Grade classes are not able to be moved online as they do not use the Faith & Life curriculum. However, both of these classes had been going over some basic prayers that all Catholics should have memorized: the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be, as well as the Guardian Angel prayer and Grace before meals. Parents of students in these two classes should continue to help their children learn these prayers. Teaching and praying the Rosary together as a family would be a wonderful way to do this.