CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
We want to welcome all preschoolers through first graders to the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program. What a blessing this is for our young parishioners to grow in faith and understanding of the life of Jesus and what a privilege this is for our teachers to help plant faith’s seeds into their hearts. Our dedicated volunteers teach the Gospel reading through stories, songs and hands-on activities. We offer Children’s Liturgy at each Mass throughout most of the school year from September to June.
The children are to sit with their families at the beginning of Mass. After the opening prayer and the “Gloria”, the priest will call the children to come to the altar to receive a special blessing. Then the teachers and assistants will escort the children to the preschool rooms where they will spend about 20 minutes sharing God’s Word.
Our teachers have experienced much joy in sharing the Good News of Jesus with the children. Prayerfully consider helping in this program as a teacher or assistant. Your commitment would involve one class during one Mass every four weeks. As a volunteer, you are provided the lesson plan, all supplies and a prepared environment. We welcome new volunteers throughout the program year.
Contact: (757) 468-3600 Katrina Cruz (x108) or Fina Lania (x117)
ELEMENTARY CHRISTIAN FORMATION
2019-2020 for Grades K-5
Click the following links for:
GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES for Christian Formation Grades K-5 AND Inclement Weather Procedures
BEACH BAG OUTREACH: Feed a Local Child through the Beach Bag Program
Our parish Christian Formation program offers a variety of opportunities for our children to receive instruction and grow in faith. We invite each child to participate fully.
When: September 8, 2019 to May 10, 2020 (Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m.)
Where: Preschool classrooms (Kindergarten and First Grade), Fr. Carr Activity Center A (Grades 2-5),
How: Teachers are volunteers, supported by the Religious Education Office.
Cost: $45.00 for 1 Child / $70.00 for 2 Children / $80.00 for 3 Children – Discounted prices for siblings in immediate family
Kindergarten Curriculum: Allelu! (Our Sunday Visitor)
Grades 1-5: Finding God, an interactive curriculum (Loyola Press)
Attendance: If your child is to be absent, please call and leave a message on (757) 468-3600 x117 (voicemail for Fina Lania, Administrative Assistant). It is important that children preparing for sacraments not miss more than 3 classes of Christian Formation. Please do not withdraw from the program without contacting the office.
If you are registered for First Sacraments, and need the schedule, please click HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact (757) 468-3600 - Katrina Cruz (x108) or Fina Lania (x117)
Feed a Local Child in Need
Holy Spirit Christian Formation Gr. K-5 and its family ministry, The Spark, have an outreach program for families to do together.
In conjunction with Virginia Beach Public Schools, Holy Spirit will be sponsoring on a weekly basis 11 students at White Oaks Elementary. By purchasing food donations together or helping pack bags, your children will learn more about children their own age who may not have enough to eat on the weekends and during school vacations. Each week, Holy Spirit will deliver 11 bags to White Oaks.
How you can help:
Donate food items. We need specific donations each month so if you would like to help, please see the food item for your child’s grade.
1st Grade: Two 6 packs of Fruit Cups
2nd Grade: Box of snack items (Granola bars, cereal bars, snack crackers)
3rd Grade: 1 pack of 8 oz. shelf-stable milk cartons (juice box size)
4th Grade: Pack of individual cereal boxes or box of individual oatmeal packs
5th Grade: Shelf-stable main course items (canned items like Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Spaghetti and meatballs, beef stew, macaroni and cheese)
If you would like to help by contributing a monetary donation so we can purchase any items we do not receive, please make your check out to Holy Spirit Parish and write in the memo line: Beach Bags Program.
Thank you for your generosity!