Middle School and High School Faith Formation
Special COVID-19 Plan:
We are moving ahead with a plan for fall programs. Like every pandemic plan, it is subject to change if our situation improves or declines. We had to consider many things, including: the square footage of space we have available, the age of the student and their ability to social distance, the materials we have access to, our catechists willingness to participate, the length of time it takes to properly clean and sanitize a space, and the thoughts of our participating families, not to mention the % of positive cases in the county. Please know that the plan described here will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and we will make changes to keep our students and volunteers safe and offer the best possible programs we are able to.
This fall the plan is as follows:
Middle School & High School Grades
We are currently using distance learning during the pandemic and utelizing Google Classrooms:
-Youth Bibles and other materials are sent home
Google Meet times:
Middle School: 5:30-6:15pm
Grade 9: 6:00-6:45pm
Grade 10: 6:15-7:00pm
-Following guidelines of the CDC, we will not be serving meals.
Each family will receive a prayer table package which may include: liturgical color linens, candle, mini cross, holy water, prayers, Mary card, and a rosary. Families should reach out to me if they are in need of a Bible.
All sacramental lessons for Confirmation will be done within the regular class.
Materials will be distributed in the fall at a drive-by pick-up and will include craft materials and worksheets through the month of December. Families will need to have basic supplies like scissors, glue, pencils, and markers or crayons on hand. Once materials are distributed, a parent meeting will take place to learn about our new texts and how our programs will work.
We will not be able to make programs work without your help. We still need a catechist for the 9th Grade. We will need "hall monitors" to be present in virtual classrooms and on campus with our youth. Hall monitors on campus would need to be willing to help check-in our youth by taking temperatures, asking health questions, directing students to use hand sanitizers, and monitoring hallways during class. All virtual classes need to have two adults present with background checks, a code of conduct, and safety training. The good news is that our Archdiocese has now moved to on-line Virtus classes. These classes can be done at home at your convenience.
Please feel free to contact us if you are willing to help in any way, or if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 612.317.3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jolane can be reached at 612.317.3414 or email@example.com.
Let us pray together for healing in the lives of those who are ill, in thanksgiving for essential workers, and in gratitude for the opportunities we have to continue learning.
Coordinator of Learning and Sacraments for Children and Youth
Basilica YES - Youth Engaged in Service
Students in 11-12th Grade are invited to participate in Basilica YES. This group will meet virtually this fall to engage in youth planned service projects. In 2019-2020 these young people collected candy for The Ronald McDonald House, made bags for Days for Girls, engaged the parish in a hat/mitten drive for St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, and participated in many other service projects on campus. Registered students are welcome to come whenever they are free. (Registrations are only required once for emergency contact purposes.)
Our program runs from September to May. Registration is from April through August.
Registration is now online.
Detailed information about this year's program can be found here.
If you join The Basilica after our program year starts, we still warmly welcome you to enroll your children for the balance of the program year, provided there is enough space in class and our ratio of certified catechists/children is met.
Weekly Youth Meal (suspended during Fall 2020)
Each week, the youth gather prior to programming to share a meal. Please help us offset the cost of this by contributing here.