Happy New Year!
NO CLASSES in-person for Faith Formation at this time.
Communication will be sent by e-mail for virtual learning.
WELCOME and thank you for visiting the Sacred Hearts Parish Religious Education and Faith Formation page! Sacred Hearts Parish offers faith formation for students in grades K-10. Classes meet regularly throughout the school year and help children develop a close, personal, relationship with God and a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith.
The program is responsible for sacramental preparation in all grades. Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and Communion and reception of those sacraments typically takes place in 2nd grade. Sacramental preparation for Confirmation typically takes place in 9th and 10th grade with reception in 11th grade.
Parents of students with special needs are encouraged to contact us about participating in our programs. We look forward to partnering with you to help your child walk by faith.
Director of Faith Formation
Sacred Hearts Parish
48 S Chestnut Street
Bradford, MA 01835
(978) 373-1281 ext. 117
2021 Schedule At A Glance: Grades 2nd-8th
CONFIRMATION 2021 Schedule At A Glance:
Year 1 Year 2
CONGRATULATIONS to our winners. It was very difficult for Fr. John to vote! Be assured all our young people, who participated, will received a gift as appreciation for their creativity. Ms. Mae will be in touch. K/1st/2nd Grade Winner is Jacoby Schena; 3rd/4th Grade Winner is Thomas Beckett; 5th through 8th Grade Winner is Evelyn Leger.
REGISTRATION STILL OPEN
for non-sacramental preparation
2020-2021 Faith Formation
2020-2021 Registration Form.pdf (385.3 KB) REGISTRATION FORM (all pages must be signed, dated, and payments enclosed upon submission)
2020-2021 Faith Formation (K-8) Calendar_V 10.4.20.pdf (202.5 KB) 2020-2021 CALENDAR (Grades K-8th)
2020-2021 Faith Formation Confirmation_V 8.2.20.pdf (120.5 KB) 2020-2021 CONFIRMATION CALENDAR (Year 1 and Year 2)
We Love You!
We Care About You!
We're United In Prayer!
Lesson Guides for K-8 Faith Formation
Unit 2 Lesson Guides: Grades K, 1st, 3rd-8th
Grades K and 1st will meet twice a month in-person on either a Sunday, or, Wednesday session, when allowed. When in-person meetings are not allowed, families are encouraged to follow our homeschool lesson guide to keep faith formation active. All children in grades K and 1st have been asked to pick up their "We Believe" workbook.
Grades 2nd through 8th will meet twice a month on either Sunday, or, Wednesday session. When in-person meetings are not allowed, communication will be sent by e-mail for virtual learning. Please review the revised calendar below.
PREPARATION – 2nd Grade
Grade 2 First Reconciliation Curriculum Guide 2020-2021.pdf (368.4 KB)
VENTURES 3rd to 6th Grade
VENTURE Pflaum Gospel Weekly: Read and prepare to discuss pages 1, 4, and 5.
11.29.20 Venture_What Will Your Advent Be Like.pdf (2.8 MB) November 29th/ December 2nd
12.06.20 Venture_God Is Alive in Our History.pdf (2.7 MB) December 6th/9th
12.13.20 Venture_What is the best presnt you ever received.pdf (2.5 MB) December 13th/16th
12.20.20 Ventures_Mary Says Yes to God.pdf (2.6 MB) December 20th/23rd
12.25.20 and 01.03.21 Ventures_Jesus Is Born.pdf (2.3 MB) December 25th/27th Christmas and January 3rd/6th The Epiphany
01.10.21 Ventures_Whose Beloved Child Are You.pdf (2.6 MB) January 10th/13
VISIONS – 7th and 8th Grade
VISION Pflaum Gospel Weekly: Read and prepare to discuss pages 1, 4, and 5.
11.29.20 Visions_How Do You Get Ready in Advent.pdf (2.8 MB) November 29th/ December 2nd
12.13.20 Visions_Messengers and Prophets.pdf (2.7 MB) December 13th/ 16th
12.20.20 Visions_Get the Christmas Story Straight.pdf (2.5 MB) December 20th/23rd
12.25.20 and 01.03.21 Visions_Our Savior is Born.pdf (2.8 MB) December 25th/27th Christmas and January 3rd/6th The Epiphany
Safety Lesson Resources (Grades K-5th)
Faith Formation Resources
Sharing Scripture With the Family: Sharing Scripture with the Family
How to Get Kids Excited About the Mass by Ascension Press: How to Get Kids Excited About the Mass
Connecting Generations Board by Loyola Press: Connecting Generations Board
Resources collected from our Boston Catholic RCAB for Children's Faith Formation: Children's Faith Formation Resources
Worship@) Home Liturgy of the Word by the Pastoral Center: Worship@Home
Free access to FORMED.org to all parishes/schools in the Archdiocese of Boston, who do not already have subscriptions, for the next 30 days beginning on Monday. I will send detailed instructions on how to access FORMED.org on Monday. They suggested that all of us start by watching The Presence.
Resources for Prayer and Faith Formation (207.2 KB) Resources for Prayer and Faith Formation
Kindergartners, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders follow “We Believe” Sadlier Religion workbooks. Each chapter has been outlined on the lesson guide schedules (click the tabs at the bottom for the appropriate grades) and there are end-of-the chapter review “tests” that can check comprehension. Sadlier Religion also provides a number of free resources on their website to help you along the way: https://www.sadlier.com/religion/parish/catholic-identity-religious-formation-program.
2nd Graders follow Dynamic Catholic, “Blessed” series for First Communion. All video links can be found at: https://dynamiccatholic.com/blessed/first-communion/program-view/session-1
7th and 8th Graders follow Pflaum “Visions” Gospel Weeklies that are publications we receive every quarter, separated into weekly newsletter. The publishers website has a plethora of resources: https://www.pflaumweeklies.com/visions/
One of the most important content we integrate within faith formation is to read, pray, and reflect on the Gospel readings every week. You can find daily readings and video reflections at: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031520.cfm.
The strength of our program relies upon the generosity and gifts of all of our volunteers. Between 80 and 100 adults help make Religious Education possible each year! While many opportunities require a commitment from September through April, others require less commitment. Those relating to sacramental preparation (2nd grade, 9th grade, and 10th grade) involve some additional preparation, meetings, and events.
Each year we have a variety of volunteer needs:
Catechists – to prepare lessons and present them to children; to help children develop a love for God and an understanding of the Catholic faith
Aides – to assist catechists in the classroom
Substitute teachers - available to cover for teachers unable to attend on particular class dates
Hall monitors - to assist students in safely traveling throughout our buildings and grounds
Office helpers – present during class and/or for a few hours during the week to assist in preparing catechist resources, assisting parents, tracking data, performing inventories.
Grade-Level Mass Coordinators – available to help now and then to prepare for Sunday morning family Masses
Safety Curriculum Teachers – to help teach, at three times throughout the year, the Archdiocese’s required safety curriculum
VBS volunteers – play a small or large role in the organizing and running of our Vacation Bible School
All Religious Education volunteers fill out an annual CORI and complete the Protecting God’s Children program.
Contact us to learn more or get involved!