The Elementary SOR Program follows the school year, running from September - May. Parents choose from either the Monday 6-7 pm or Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm sessions for their family.
Families meet almost monthly throughout the school year in the Parish Hall. At least one parent/guardian must attend the class with their children. Lessons will employ simple crafts and other fun cooperative methods of learning for the entire family. Lessons will be only 1 hour long and will not be lecture-based, negating the need for childcare. Please bring your littles. This is a family program. All are welcome here.
For the sake of proper planning materials and volunteer help, families attend the session and in the group for which they are registered. Monday families attend Monday classes. Wednesday families attend Wednesday classes.
Families are expected to attend. Attendance will be recorded and monitored.
Periodic Family Gatherings meet in the Parish Hall or Church. Family gatherings differ from Family Classes in that they are more experiential and less catechetical. As with the classes, families attend together. Again, bring the whole family. We are a parish. We are all family here.
The same event will be offered a given Monday and Wednesday. Families are welcome to attend either Family Gathering session with open seating.
Again, at least one parent must attend with their family. Families are expected to attend. Attendance will be recorded and monitored.
Weekly Home Lessons
Weekly home lessons are at the heart of our program. Instead of coming to Prince of Peace to attend weekly classes away from their family, children complete ~½-hour weekly lessons with their parents at home, using Ignatius Press's Faith & Life series presented through My Catholic Faith Delivered (MCFD). Home lessons are vital. As such, the Director of Children's Ministry monitors home lesson participation and is available to address any concerns you may have. If you find your family unable to fulfill your home lesson requirements, share your concerns/challenges with the Director of Children's Ministry as soon as possible.
Parents are expected to follow the syllabus and faithfully work with their children at home on their home lessons. Children in Year 1 of Sacramental Preparation must complete all Year 1 Home Lessons and have good attendance (no more than 2 absences) to move to Year 2 of the program. Children in Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation must stay current on Year 2 Home Lessons and have good attendance (no more than 2 absences) to avoid a delay in making their First Reconciliation and/or First Holy Communion. If you have any concerns about completing home lessons and/or regular attendance, contact the Director of Children's Ministry to discuss your options.
Prince of Peace endeavors to include all parish families to the best of our ability. There are a number of families within our community dealing with challenges associated with raising children with special needs. We realize that each situation is unique and may include one or multiple situations that can involve medical, behavioral, language or learning issues. If you are in this type of situation and feel that you or your child(ren) need accommodations, contact our Parish Advocate for People with Disabilities, Roxanne Hug at SpecialNeeds@popolathe.org at registration or as early as possible in the school year. Our Parish Advocate serves as a liaison between people with disabilities and the parish, and between the parish and the diocesan ministry of people with disabilities, and as such, will work with you and your family to tailor a program to your needs. We may ask to see your child's IEP or 504 to compliment it with our program.
We are always seeking faithful volunteers to join our team. Contact the Director of Children's Ministry for more information. Elementary SOR Volunteers have formed a tight-knit group, and our monthly meetings allow us to socialize as well as form/train. If you are a faithful Catholic, living a sacramental life, and are looking for something "more," consider being a catechist. If you are interested in joining our team, please complete this form. If you are blessed to know someone on our team, talk with him/her about their experiences as a catechist.
We welcome youth volunteers to help with our program. 7th- and 8th-Graders will now be in Edge at the same time as our classes meet on Wednesday evenings, but you could serve on Monday evenings.
High schoolers should be available to help on either evening.
Contact me if you are interested in serving. There is no one little children enjoy as much as older children.
My Catholic Faith Delivered and the Faith and Life Series
Please visit the My Catholic Faith Delivered webpage for more information on the program. As well, please review the documents linked here.
MCFD employs the Faith and Life Series. Please review endorsements of the program HERE.
Grades 1-6: Faith & Life Series (www.ignatius.com)
Grade 1/Year 1 of Sacramental Preparation: Our Heavenly Father
Introduction to the Holy Trinity through presentations on God the Father, the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God's plan of salvation and our part in that plan. Acquaints children with Mary, angels, and the saints. Children learn basic prayers.
Grade 2/Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation
Preparation for the first reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, with the law of God and salvation history as background. The lesson emphasizes God's mercy and love. Covers Creation, the Covenant with Moses, the Ten Commandments, Redemption, Forgiveness of Sins, and the Mass.
Grade 3: Our Life with Jesus
God's plan of salvation, from creation to the Incarnation and Redemption to the birth of the Church at Pentecost and our life in the Church. Special emphasis on the importance of Confession, Communion and the Mass.
Grade 4: Jesus Our Guide
God's plan to save his people from sin (Salvation History), how we participate in that plan, and the many ways God helps us in our pilgrimage on earth to Heaven through his word, his law, and his Church.
Grade 5: Credo: I Believe
A thorough study of the articles of the Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on careful understanding of definitions through the words of the Gospels, and the prophets, and the prayers of the Church.
Grade 6: Following Christ
The blueprint for a life of love: the law of God, especially the Ten Commandments, and the presence of Jesus in the Holy Mass. The interaction of the challenges of God's law and his gifts of grace that help us fulfill his law.
Prince of Peace respects the institutions of family and parish. Religious education, including saramental preparation, should take place primarily within one's family, under the umbrella of one's home parish.
2019-2020 SOR Schedules
2019-2020 Home Lesson Syllabi
- My Catholic Faith Delivered Getting Started Guide for Parents
- My Catholic Faith Delivered - General Information
- My Catholic Faith Delivered - Flipping the Classroom
- MCFD and Ignatius Press Collaboration
- "Reasons I Never Shower"
- "It's Not My Job..."
- "Can We Please Pursue Spiritual Excellence at Least as Hard as We Do Sports and Academics?"
- "The No. 1 Reason Teens Keep the Faith as Young Adults"
- "Religious Upbringing Linked with Happier, Healthier Youth Adulthood"
Forming Ourselves So We Can Form Our Children
- Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
- Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart
- The Soul of the Apostolate
- Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron
- Fransiscan Media: Saint of the Day
- Bishop Baron's Sermons
- Word on Fire Show
- Leah Darrow: Do Something Beautiful
- The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi
- Faith and Culture with Joseph Pearce
- USCCB Daily Readings
If you feel you should revisit the basics of our faith, call or email Shannon. Also check out the many offerings for Adult Faith Formation here at Prince of Peace.
- Shannon Cardaronella
Director of Children's Ministry
- Jean Killeen