MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
We hope this letter finds you and your family well. The purpose of this letter is to bring you up to date on what has been going on since we last saw you. We cannot believe it was March!!!
We were able to celebrate the children making First Communion this year. That was very exciting and was held in two liturgies on Saturday June 27. The children were so excited and although scaled down and simplified, the liturgy really spoke to the importance of the sacrament.
Since then, the staff, Sub deacon Demers, and myself have been talking and trying to plan what is best for our children in regard to Religious Education, as we enter the fall. We are sure that you are anxious to get some normalcy back for your children. Believe me, we are too.
We are planning to run, in- person Religious Education classes beginning this September. We will continue to monitor and follow the guidelines being set by the state. We felt strongly that based on what we can do for social spacing and distancing at the church, allowing the children a little normal in- person time might be nice.
We will lay out the guidelines for a safe return. Our plan was presented to Fr. Elie, Fr. Andrew and the Parish Council for review. We ask that you take all of this into careful consideration, and if you have any questions about the plan, we will be happy to discuss this further with you in a meeting, to be held Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall.
You have to decide, as a family, if you want your child/children to participate. We respect whatever works for you and your family. If this is a First Communion year for your child, remember, per our eparchy, your child must have completed grade 1 in St Anthony Religious Education program, or be enrolled in parochial school, to be eligible for First Communion at St. Anthony Church. If you are uncomfortable with your child in class for Communion preparation, we can help you prepare them at home. They will have specific benchmarks they must meet, based on the Eparchy requirements. They will also have to make First Reconciliation.
Classes will meet every other Saturday, beginning Saturday, September 19, 2020. The time will be from 5:15 to 6:30. Every other Saturday gives time for social separation. The church is sanitized and cleaned thoroughly each and every week after each liturgy and will be for Religious Education as well.
A calendar with dates is provided in this email packet. Children will be in classes, in the hall, church, and the basement rooms, distanced a minimum of 3-6 feet apart. Each child will be provided his/her own pencil case with pencils, pens, crayons and any other supplies we deem necessary for success in class. Unless there is a medical reason, every child and teacher must wear a mask. We will have one way in and one way out for safety as well.
We know this is not ideal or perfect. We are trying to do our best to continue our ministry, to educate a parish of children rich in our heritage and faith. We are confident that with proper protocols in place, we can get back to enjoying time as a parish community.
The Religious Education Team