A letter to Parents - Sept 5, 2020
Dear Parents of OLF Catechism Students,
You may notice that this notice is arriving a bit late this year, but nevertheless, attached you will find the electronic copies of the 2020/21 Catechism registration forms. This form is also available on our chapel web page under the Education> Catechism tab at https://www.sspxportland.org/catechism If you plan to register your child(ren) for the 2020/21 school year, you will need to complete a form. Those veteran parents will notice a change to the form to make the completion process more streamlined.
Like all educational institutions, you might be wondering about COVID restrictions and classes. As with the original intent of Sunday Catechism offered at Our Lady of Fatima, instruction by our teachers is to serve as a supplement to proper Catholic education at home. Two of our classes, Confirmation Prep and 1st Communion Prep, are considered essential, and these two classes will occur in modified format until COVID restrictions lift. The relevant parents will receive more details about this soon.
Other classes will follow a different suit. Apologetics will continue via online instruction via Podcasts/Youtubes/video instruction with corresponding homework assignments. More details on this will be sent to registered Apologetics students. Bible History, Post 1st Communion, and Pre 1st Communion will hold until COVID restrictions lift. These three courses often have repeated material year over year, so pausing these classes should have minimal effect on the child's catechism development, especially if this education is continued at home.
In the event that COVID restrictions lift over the course of 2020/21, parents should complete the registration form for all child(ren) for all classes ASAP. This will enable us to jump right into a normal Sunday Catechism schedule without delay. Deadline for completed forms is Sunday, Sept. 13th, 2020.
Hard copies of the form will be available after Masses on Saturday and Sunday in their normal spot in the church hall near the "choir door" of the church and in Silveron at the back of the chapel. Completed forms can be dropped off in the box next to the blank forms at OLF.
To speed up this process it would be great if parents would email/text them to Steve Causseaux. firstname.lastname@example.org, 253 534 5667.
If you have further questions, please contact Steve.
Click here for Children's Catechism Enrollment Form
Thank you and God bless our children and teachers!
Our Lady of Fatima
Head of Children Catechism Program
Our Lady of Fatima Church of Portland offers a variety of Catechism classes for almost every age. The course catalog consists of:
Pre-First Holy Communion Class
The pre-First Holy Communion class, goes over the most basic and fundamental elements of the Catholic Faith using Baltimore Catechism's Preparation for Confirmation. The class, which includes children in the ages of roughly four to six, meets every Sunday between Masses to review a different topic including subjects like the Redemption, the Blessed Trinity, and the creation of the world.
First Holy Communion
The First Holy Communion class, designed for children who have reached the age of reason (around age seven) and who are ready to receive their first Holy Communion, reviews in greater detail and breadth the teachings presented in the pre-First Holy Communion class. Using the New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism, the class meets every Sunday between Masses to prepare for both their first Confession and their first Holy Communion.
Meeting every Sunday between Masses, the Bible History class looks in-depth at the teachings and stories of the Bible. Using Bible History: A Textbook of the Old and New Testaments for Catholic Schools and the Douay-Rheims Bible, the class consists of children who have recently received their confirmation and who have not yet reached eighth grade.
Consisting of students from eighth to twelfth grade and meeting every Sunday between Masses, the Apologetics class prepares the youth of Our Lady of Fatima for defending the Faith in the world. From the five proofs for the existence of God to the necessity of the Catholic Church, the class follows a two-year course that covers all the necessary knowledge to explain and defend the Faith.
Materials: Apologetics: A Philosophic Defense and Explanation of the Catholic Religion, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Paul J. Glenn, Ph. D, S.T.D
Adult Catechism Class
The Adult Catechism Class meets between Masses on the second and fourth Sundays of every month. Covering a different theme every year, Fr. Hufford talks about various different aspects of Catholic doctrine, liturgy morals, or way of life.
Contact the church coordinator for class dates and times at email@example.com.