Faith Formation During Coronavirus Outbreak

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All normal faith formation activities at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater will be suspended as well, at least until public Masses are allowed to resume. This includes Children’s Faith Formation, First Penance/First Communion, Confirmation, RCIA, Dead Theologians Society, etc. If you have questions about your specific program or ministry, please reach out to Katelyn Greenlee at faithformation@protocathedral.org. 

Please consider making use of online giving during this time – even if we don’t have public Mass, your parish still needs your financial support so we can pay our bills! Click here to visit our online giving page

In the meantime, families are highly encouraged to participate in alternative faith formation activities at home. Materials will be posted on this page for families to use in lieu of public class gatherings. Below you will find suggested activities, videos, readings, and other resources on various topics for each ministry. Check back often for updates! 

Sacraments and Prayer

If you have questions about Confessions, please call the parish office at (360) 693-3052. If you have questions about Anointing of the Sick, please contact the parish office. Fr. Harris will not be doing Anointings himself, as he is over 60 years old, but we can connect you with another local priest. 

If you have questions about Infant Baptism, please email faithformation@protocathedral.org. 

As of March 25, the church is closed to all visitors. Please be assured that you’re in our prayer and on our minds, and do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have a need. Fr. Harris will be answering the phone in the parish office, and staff can be reached by email. 

Resources for all parishioners

Celebrate the Triduum at Home! Check out this handy guide for some suggestions to help your household celebrate Holy Week in your home: 
Triduum at Home 2020

On March 25, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation! Check out our Facebook Page for a photo album of Annunciation art for you to practice “visio divina” prayer (along with a helpful guide). You can download a reflection on the Annunciation using scripture, poetry, and reflection questions here: Annunciation Reflections

Parishioners are highly encouraged to make use of our parish’s FORMED subscription! FORMED is a wonderful resource for all sorts of videos, audiobooks, and e-books to help people of all ages grow in their faith. As a member of the Proto-Cathedral, you have access to this site for free! To access FORMED, please visit www.formed.org and click sign in or sign up. If you are signing up for a new account, click “I belong to a parish” and make sure you indicate that your parish is “St James 218 W 12th St Vancouver WA.” 

Watch or Listen to Daily Mass: 
Watch Archbishop Etienne’s daily Mass livestreamed here. 
Watch an English translation of Pope Francis’s daily Mass (and other prayers) here.
Watch a recording of Daily Mass from EWTN here.
You can listen to daily Mass live on Mater Dei Radio, broadcast at noon, at 88.3FM. Listen online to Mater Dei Radio here

Make a Spiritual Communion: Here’s one suggested prayer to use for times when we can’t receive Holy Communion.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Children’s Faith Formation

At-Home Family Lesson for Palm Sunday 2020

At Home with the Faith, Issue 1
At Home with the Faith, Issue 2
At Home with the Faith, Issue 3
At Home with the Faith, Issue 4
At Home with the Faith – Holy Thursday
At Home with the Faith – Good Friday
At Home with the Faith – Easter Sunday

Sunday Connections from Loyola Press – Provides parents with helpful background information on the Sunday Readings, questions to discuss as a family, and age-appropriate activities for students. You’ll find every Sunday of the year. This is a great way to help keep holy the sabbath while we can’t come to Mass. 
Saint of the Day from Franciscan Media – You’ll find a story of a saint for every day of the year. Find more saint stories to share with your children with Saint Stories from Loyola Press
Feeling crafty with stir-crazy kids? Check out some simple craft ideas from Catholic Icing
Top Ten Ways to Survive and Thrive Under Quarantine – from CatholicMom.com
Time for some screen time? Check out Brother Francis videos on FORMED. Be sure to sign into your FORMED account to follow the link. Check out some other FORMED video listings for kids here

Talking to Your Kids (and others!) about Coronavirus

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus – from the Child Mind Institute
A comic exploring Coronavirus
Explaining Coronavirus to Young Children (especially 7 and younger) and addressing emotions – multiple languages available
Helping your teens overcome their Coronavirus fears – from youth minister Greg Stier
Caring for Your Coronavirus Anxiety – a great resource for teens and adults to find peace in uncertain times, from two psychologists

Youth Ministry

Join us for ProjectYM Live – for a livestreamed youth night for middle school and high school students across the country! Livestream begins Sunday, March 22 from 5pm-6pm Pacific time, and continues on Sundays! 

Head to www.ProjectYM.com/watch on Sundays a few minutes before 5pm Pacific time. 

First Penance/First Communion

When is First Communion Weekend? 
Because Governor Inslee extended the stay-at-home order until May 4th, First Communion weekend cannot take place on May 3rd. Fr. Harris has opted to wait to set a new date until we know when we’d be able to celebrate First Communion. This means it could take place in late May, in June, or further in the future. As soon as we have a date, we’ll let you know.  

When are First Confessions? 
Parents should call the parish office to schedule their child’s first Confession. Fr. Harris is still hearing individual Confessions by appointment. Practice Confession with your student at home, and when you think they’re ready, they should make their first Confession. Please send Katelyn an email at faithformation@protocathedral.org if you would like to set up a Zoom meeting to practice Confession or ask questions. Please also send an email when your child has made their first Confession. 
Our goal is to have your child make their first Confession by the end of April,
and Fr Harris would like each student to have the opportunity to go twice before they receive their first Communion. 

What can we do at home? 

Practice going to Confession at home! Parents should be drilling with their children how to go to Confession (the more you practice, the more comfortable your student will be when they make their first Confession). Have students make up a list of sins for them to practice with. Click here to download a guide for practicing Confession. 

Here are some of Katelyn’s top tips for making a great first Confession! 

First Confession Tips! from Katelyn Greenlee on Vimeo.

Practice receiving Communion reverently at home. Use cookies, cucumbers, or other items to practice. Parents should check out this video from the Archdiocese of Portland for a refresher on how to receive Communion in a reverent manner. Students will be receiving their First Communion while kneeling. 

Confirmation

We have a new Confirmation Date!

Since we can’t meet in person, visit the Confirmation materials page HERE. We’ve removed some of the handouts so that we can make the page public. Keep an eye on it for weekly updates!

RCIA

What are the plans for the Easter Vigil? We’re taking the situation one day at a time. There’s a chance we may not be able to have a public Mass for the Easter Vigil. We’re awaiting further instructions from the Archbishop, and working on creative solutions that will keep people safe and get people the sacraments they’re preparing for. 

We encourage you to pray Vespers (Evening Prayer) and the other Liturgy of the Hours. You can find them online at Universalis or download the Laudate App for free on your smartphone. 

March 16 – in lieu of class, check out this video from Fulton Sheen.