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

** Due to COVID, this program is currently suspended ** 

 

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:  Katrina Cruz, Director of Religious Education at (757)468-3600 ext. 108

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
FORMATION

(Grades K-5)

Elementary School Formation  (Grades K-5)

WELCOME

Welcome to Holy Spirit’s K-5 Christian Formation Program for the 2020-2021 school year! We are dedicated to helping you and your family grow closer to Christ through this year’s theme – “Following in the Footsteps of Jesus”. 

SESSION OPTIONS

With much prayer and careful consideration, we have planned the following options in hopes that one will suit your family’s schedule, comfort level and needs for faith formation this year. We are asking parents to journey alongside your child(ren) and be present for the weekly Zoom or monthly in-person sessions.

 

For grades K through 5, please indicate your preference, virtual through Zoom or in-person sessions, on the registration form for each of your children. The half hour weekly sessions would be with two VIRTUS-trained catechists leading a small group of no more than 10, same-grade children over Zoom. The times are as follows:

2020-2021 ZOOM SCHEDULE

Kindergarten:  Sundays, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM with Mrs. Janethe Balmaceda

1st Grade:  Sundays, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM with Mrs. Kim Blanco

2nd Grade:  Sundays, 7:45 PM - 8:15 PM with Mrs. Brenda Salom

3rd Grade (A):  Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM with Mrs. Kathy Martinez

3rd Grade (B):  Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM with Miss Kristel Dano

4th Grade:  Sundays, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM with Mr. Hector Soto

5th Grade:  Sundays, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM with Mrs. B Alegre

FAMILY FAITH PACKET

Each month, families are asked to pick up a “Family Faith Packet” in the Commons. We will let you know when they become available each month and they can be picked up during parish office hours. Each packet will contain the month’s materials that will be used for Zoom sessions as well as additional family activities. 

2020 MONTHLY SCHEDULE

  • The one hour monthly in-person sessions would be held on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 3 PM. Each grade will be led by two VIRTUS-trained catechists in a small of group of no more than 8, same-grade children. Please read the safety measures being implemented for in-person sessions.

 

You may also choose to homeschool your child(ren) with lessons and supplies provided by Holy Spirit.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the parish office, if you have any questions or concerns.

Katrina Cruz

Director of Religious Education

kcruz@holyspiritvb.org

757-468-3600 ext. 108

 

Donna Consla

Admin. Assist. for Christian Formation

dconsla@holyspiritvb.org

757-468-3600 ext. 105

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

FORMATION

(Grades 6-8)

Middle School Formation (Grades 6-8)

Edge Ministry and Spirit Nights

Mondays from 7:00-8:00 pm 

 

Parents are recognized as having the primary responsibility for raising their children in the faith. At Holy Spirit, we are delighted to partner with you and your child on this faith journey. We are excited to introduce Life Teen’s EDGE program to our middle schoolers this year which aims to encourage our young people to live out the Gospel truths and the Church's mission. Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry curriculum created for pre-teens in grades six, seven, and eight and is designed to meet them where they are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Edge are creative nights that bring our Catholic faith to life and break open relevant issues for middle school youth. The catechesis is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.  

 

Spirit Nights are a way for our middle schoolers to interact with one another in large and small group activities led by our high school leaders, the Young Apostles. Together they play games, share in testimonies, fellowship and small-group discussions. Adult leaders serve as mentors to the Young Apostles and in turn the Young Apostles mentor our middle schoolers.

Edge and Spirit Nights will be held on Mondays from 7 to 8 PM through Zoom or in-person. Please indicate on the registration form how you would like your child to participate. Please read the safety measures being implemented for in-person sessions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the parish office, if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Katrina Cruz

Director of Religious Education

kcruz@holyspiritvb.org

757-468-3600 ext. 108

 

Donna Consla

Admin. Assist. for Christian Formation

dconsla@holyspiritvb.org

757-468-3600 ext. 105

 

HIGH SCHOOL FORMATION

(Grades 9-12)

High School Formation (Grades 9-12)

Life Teen Ministry

Sundays from 6:00-7:00 pm 

Life Teen is a comprehensive Catholic faith formation program used

all over the world to bring high schoolers closer to Christ.

 

Holy Spirit's Core Team Leaders are adult leaders who gather together once a month to plan each of the sessions of a series of Life Teen topics. They have become a family dedicated to sharing the beauty of the Catholic faith and its traditions. We are also blessed in having teen leaders called Young Apostles who gather, plan and carry out our Life Teen Socials once a month. 

Our interactive and engaging format encourages teens to ask questions, seek answers, and live out their Catholic identity in their day to day lives. Through small and large group activities, teens are given a safe and nurturing environment to build healthy and lasting relationships. They find a sense of community and belonging in our Church. Our Core Team Leaders have had the privilege of sharing in the sacraments with our teens through Life Teen Nights of Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation and Holy Mass.

This past year we participated in Catholic Youth Day at Busch Gardens, the Diocesan Youth Conference in Richmond and the Steubenville Conference in Atlanta as well as teen and core team led retreats in Hanover, Virginia and at the KOA in Virginia Beach.

Life Teen Nights and Socials are held on Sundays from 6 to 7 PM through Zoom or in-person. Please indicate on the registration form how you would like your child to participate. Please read the safety measures being implemented for in-person sessions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the parish office, if you have any questions or concerns.

Katrina Cruz

Director of Religious Education

kcruz@holyspiritvb.org

757-468-3600 ext. 108

 

Donna Consla

Admin. Assist. for Christian Formation

dconsla@holyspiritvb.org

757-468-3600 ext. 105