Faith Formation

Rose Strohmaier, Parish Catechetical Leader, (908) 303-9692
Faith Formation Office is located in the School Building

   First Session: 4:15PM – 5:30PM Communion I through Year 4 
  Second Session: 6:30PM – 8:00PM: Year 5 through Confirmation II

Faith Formation Office Open Wednesdays

(Call 908-303-9692 or Text for an Appointment)





 **Sacrament Meeting with Father Leo and Mrs. Rose: Wednesday 6:30, April 17–All parents must attend
 **Confession prior to sacrament:  Candidates will each receive a scheduled time for 4PM confession during one of the four Saturdays of April: April 6, 13, 20, 27.  Father Leo (or priest hearing confession) will sign your card. If missed, you MUST make an appointment with Father Leo so each Candidate has gone to confession prior to sacrament.    
**Practice with sponsors: May 1, at 6:30PM.
**Confirmation: May 9th at 5PM. Sponsors and Candidates arrive in the cafeteria by 4:30.

 **Confession prior to receiving sacrament: Mrs. Morales children will be scheduled for 4PM confession, Saturdays at 4:00PM (April 6, 13, 20, 27).If missed, you MUST make an appointment with Father Leo so he is able to hear your child’s confession prior to sacrament.
**First Holy Communion for Older Children (Mrs. Didimamoff, Mrs. Liz and Miss Melissa’s children) will be at 7PM on April 6. All children will wear white. Children will arrive into the cafeteria by 6:30PM
**First Communion Retreat with Parents will be Saturday, April 13, 10:00AM-12:00PM
**First Holy Communion (Mrs. Morales’s children) will be 11:00AM Saturday, May 4th. Children are to arrive at 10:30AM and meet in the school cafeteria. All children will wear white. Children will sit together in front of the Tabernacle. Each family will have one pew. There will be no pre-assigned seating.

**May Crowning is on the 5th at 10AM. All Communicants will come to May Crowning Mass in their Communion attire.


Faith Formation Calendar

March

Sunday            3—Year 5 Hosts 10:00AM Mass—arrive no later than 9:45AM dressed and prepared for hosting; be sure to sign-in  

Wednesday       6—Faith Formation 

Saturday         9—Confirmandi I and II Retreat with Confirmandi Sponsors and/or Parent 1:00PM-6:30PM Arrive for Sign-in at 12:45

                                                            Snack in the afternoon–NO LUNCH SERVED                                        

Sunday          10—Year 3 Hosts 10:00AM Mass—arrive no later than 9:45AM dressed and prepared for hosting; be sure to sign-in  

Wednesday      13—Faith Formation  Sacrament of Reconciliation all children –Parents, do come and join your children in this wonderful                                                                                 Sacrament of Healing

Sunday            17—Confirmation I Hosts 10:00AM Mass—arrive no later than 9:45AM dressed and prepared for hosting; be sure to sign-in

Wednesday      20— Faith Formation  Father Leo Parent Session discussing an article on the teaching of the Faith

Wednesday      27—Faith Formation–Communion Banners Distributed

Sunday           31— Happy Easter! 

April

Wednesday       3—Easter Vacation

Wednesday     10— Faith Formation–Communion Banners Due

Saturday       13—Communion Retreat with Parents 10:00AM-12:00PM

Sunday   14      Year 6 Hosts—Mrs. Walsh—arrive no later than 9:45AM dressed and prepared for hosting; be sure to sign-in

Wednesday      17—Faith Formation—Father Meets with Confirmation Parents

Sunday            21—Year 4 Hosts 10:00AM Mass—arrive no later than 9:45AM dressed and prepared for hosting; be sure to sign-in

Wednesday      24—Faith Formation

Sunday          28—Year 3 Hosts 10:00AM—arrive no later than 9:45AM dressed and prepared for hosting; be sure to sign-in

May

Wednesday      1—Faith Formation—Last evaluations go home—Communion and Confirmation Practice (Sponsors Need to Attend)

Saturday           4—First Communion – 11:00AM Mass – Children arrive 10:30AM

Sunday              5—May Crowning and Closing Mass -10:00AM Mass

Wednesday       8—Faith Formation

Thursday           9—Confirmation 5:00PM Sponsors and Candidates arrive 4:30

            


HOSTING OF MASS

MASS HOSTING–Four times during the Faith Formation Year, each Catechist is responsible for hosting 10am Sunday Mass with his/her children. The Catechist plans for readers, servers, ushers, gifts, etc.

As a part of the Faith Formation Family, the children are to arrive to their assigned Mass at 9:50am, sit with their class and fully participate in the celebration of Mass. The dates are clearly stated on the calendar. Thank you for adjusting your schedule to be sure your child is at Mass on those four Sundays. 


2023-2024 Handbooks

Handbooks are adapted and modified from: St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception, Portage, Wisconsin

Communion I

Communion II

Confirmation I

Confirmation II

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Service Response Project

Altar Serving Response Form

ConfirmationSponsorForm (1).docx


Thirty-seven Ideas for Service Projects:

Craft, Cook, and Create

1. Take a meal to a widow, homebound member, single mom, or recent divorcee in your church or community.

2. Bake goodies, such as cupcakes, and deliver them to your local police or fire station.

3. Pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

4. Write letters or send cards to missionaries. Call the office for contact info.

5. Gather together to assemble no-sew fleece blankets for a local children’s home or women’s shelter. Shelter lications found in the handbook.)

6. Knit or crochet prayer shawls and lap blankets for church members and friends that are facing health challenges.

7. Sew some pillowcase dresses for children in another country.

8. Cut out shoes for Sole Hopean

9. Put together and distribute homeless bags.

10. Host a sandwich making party and pass them out to the homeless in Phillipsburg or give to the Assumption Food Pantry.

11. Fill a freezer with meals for a new mom in your neighborhood.

12. Create birthday bags for your Assumption food pantry (birthday cake, hats, candles, balloons)

13. Paint and decorate the teacher’s classroom before the start of school.

14. Create a garden on the church grounds.

15. Provide a meal for families at your local Ronald McDonald House.

Random Acts of Kindness

16. Deliver bags of groceries, firewood, or gift cards to a local family in need.

17. Tape quarters or dollar bills to the vending machines in the waiting room of your local hospital.

18. Leave quarters and washing detergent in local laundromats around town.

19. Pass out water bottles to construction workers on a hot day.

23. Leave bottles of bubbles at the park for families to use. Add bible scripture cards to the bottles or an invitation to come to Mass.

24. If you have a pool, host a pool party for kids who have no where to swim.

25. Purchase coloring books and crayons and leave them in hospital waiting rooms.

26 Work a shift at the local soup kitchen.

27. Find a local field or farm that allows you pick vegetables.

28. Clean the home of an elderly person or homebound member of your church or community.

29. Take care of some yard work or handyman chores for one of the widows in your church or community.

29. Volunteer to complete tutor for a child younger than you.

30. Visit a nursing home and play a game with a resident.

31. Christmas carol at a nursing home or children’s hospital.

32. Cheer at a Special Olympics or special needs sports event.

33.  Plan a Habitat for Humanity workday with your parents.

34. Clean the roadside – your family can select an area in Hackettstown to keep clean.

35. Help with landscaping to church.

36. Call the office and inquire about shut-ins. You and your parents csn plan a visit to their home and bring them something nice to eat.

37. Organize a clothing drive.

38. Give free computer lessons to an adult.

39. Host a free dog wash.

40. Along with your peers, host a bake sale for Assumption Parish


Pilgrimage Mama Mary–Does your family desire to spend a special week with Mary?

On Sundays at 10AM Mass, our Pilgrimage Statue of Mary will be sent home with a Faith Formation Family to venerate for the week. She will be returned the following Sunday to be gifted to another family for the week. There is a sign up sheet outside the Faith Formation Office in the school for all who wish to participate in the opportunity to have this beautiful and blessed statue of Mary in their home.

 

On Sundays at 10AM Mass, our Pilgrimage Statue of Mary will be sent home with a Faith Formation Family to venerate for the week. She will be returned the following Sunday to be gifted to another family for the week. There is a sign up sheet outside the Faith Formation Office in the school for all who wish to participate in the opportunity to have this beautiful and blessed statue of Mary in their home.


There are a variety of ways you are able to use your gifts and talents in the Faith Formation Program. Once you have been Confirmed you are able to volunteer, including teens! Contact Rose Strohmaier, 908-303-9692 for info. Thanks! 

 


HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION=SUNDAY MASS 

      • Solemnity of Mary, January 1
      • Ascension of Jesus, May 26 — Celebrated on the sixth Thursday after Easter Sunday
      • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15
      • Solemnity of All Saints, November 1
      • Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8
      • Christmas Day, December 25

Your child’s faith development ultimately depends on the sharing of your faith with them by going to Mass on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation and living Christian values at home. It is through your efforts, example and personal relationship with God, more than anything else, that your children will come to know Jesus and grow in love and faith. We thank you for allowing us to support you in this process. We look forward to working with you and your children.


RCIA-Adult Education
RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”. It is a program run by adult members of the parish. RCIA requires a modest commitment in time but we think you will find the process a lot easier than you might expect. In addition, we have found that everyone who becomes involved, young or old, highly religious or moderately so, finds it to be a wonderful experience. An invitation is extended to

  1. Those who are unbaptized.
  2. Those baptized in the Catholic Church who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
  3. Those baptized in another Christian Church who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church.
    There are many reasons for wanting to learn more about the Catholic Church. The good news is that the Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish has an excellent program for you. Classes meet weekly, every Sunday after the 9:00 am Mass from September through Pentecost.  How do I join and what does RCIA involve? Signing up is easy. Just contact Deacon Walter Pidgeon, our Director of the RCIA process, by calling the parish office or email us at walter.p257@comcast.net.