Queen of Heaven Parish offers a variety of youth and family faith formation opportunities during the year for parish families who have children and youth who do not receive faith formation in their schools. Sessions are provided for families with students in Pre-K through grade twelve. These sessions are one way for us to support the parents and guardians in the faith formation of their children and youth but truly parents, as the primary educators of their children, in all ways, bear the responsibility to share and pass on the faith in their day to day family life. We are integrating more opportunities for family catechesis regularly.
As Forming Disciples is the goal of all faith formation, and as parents are the primary educators of their children, all our program options have a family component in some way, shape or form. 🙂 The new curriculum in the Diocese of Buffalo is even titled “Forming Disciples” and encourages many options for implementation by providing opportunities that accommodate the incredibly busy schedules of our families while providing appropriate support so parents, guardians, grandparents and anyone else so they feel adequately prepared for this amazing role in the lives of the children they interact with. We will be adding more information on this to the Youth and Family Ministry pages so please check back often but for now, read on please. 😊
TRADITIONAL faith formation sessions are held here at The Q for grades PK through 5th on Saturday mornings from 9:45 – 11:15 am. There are Family Faith Festivals scheduled throughout the year where parents join the children for their session, along with weekly family-based activities that can be incorporated into daily family life.
FAMILY catechesis meets once a month on Sunday between the 8:00 and 11:15 Masses. This type of program benefits families who enjoy the dynamics of a large group to further their faith formation. Activities are provided for the weeks between the monthly sessions. There’s a social prior to this program. It’s lively, noisy and fun!
HOME STUDY is an option of course, with a twist. The goal of faith formation and our Forming Disciples curriculum is to expand that home-based faith sharing model to include a small group of family or neighbors or sport team members or families of children who attend the same school, who would meet to share their faith and discuss their experiences on a regular basis. Home Study families are also encouraged to participate in our family faith sharing experiences at the parish.
YOUTH MINISTRY offers EDGE for middle school (Grades 6-8) that meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30. LIFE TEEN for high school youth meets on Sunday evenings. Regular Life Night’s begin at 6:00 and end after the 8:00 Mass. Special Life Night times (such as the Luau) may vary so please check their website of the parish bulletin.
Regular sessions run from September through mid-December and start again in mid-January and continue into May. There are summer activities for both groups as well. Family involvement is nothing new to this model. Check out the Youth Ministry website for schedules and more information or contact Chris, Director of Youth Ministry regarding Life Teen and Jennifer Frost, Youth and Family Ministry Assistant regarding Edge.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is an opportunity for Pre-K through fifth graders to have fun with skits, videos, crafts, games, snacks, music and even some science experiments, while learning more about their faith! This is usually held the third week of August each year. The 2019 VBS theme is yet to be chosen but VBS will take place one week earlier than usual, August 5th through 9th from 9 a.m. to noon. MANY VOLUNTEERS are needed for a successful VBS. This is perfect for Confirmation or school service requirements.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION for the Sacraments of Initiation for children and teens is coordinated by the Youth and Family Ministry Department. Separate sacramental preparation programs are offered for all Queen of Heaven Parish children & teens who are ready to prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation, namely Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Children are prepared for these sacraments in the home by their parents or guardians with assistance from the parish the families are registered at. Sacramental preparation is not part of the school curriculum. If you have children attending Queen of Heaven school and are looking for information on their primary sacrament prep, please contact the Faith Formation Department at the parish you are registered at, if you have not heard from them already. Information regarding this will be included in the parent packet that is distributed at the QH school parent orientation.
UPDATED August 2018