HNOJ Faith Formation COVID-19 Update

HNOJ Faith Formation Families Pre-K through Grade 12

As many of you are aware, Governor Tim Walz announced that MN Schools would be working through Distance Learning Programs from March 30 - May 4 as well as announcing our Stay-At-Home order to be extended through May 4.

This time-frame corresponds with the remainder of our Faith Formation year for 2019-2020. As per our protocol, when schools are closed, Faith Formation programming follows suit.

HNOJ Faith Formation Programming will not be meeting (in person) for the remainder of this Faith Formation year, however our classes and lessons will be available via e-mail and online for the remainder of this Faith Formation year - our HNOJ Faith Formation Distance Learning Program .

The information below will outline how HNOJ Faith Formation plans to proceed through the remainder of this program year.

At the bottom of our e-mail are ways to stay connected to HNOJ while we are apart.

HNOJ FAITH FORMATION PLANS:

(Sunday School, First Sacraments, Elementary Faith Formation, MS Crew, Summer Events)

Regarding Sunday School:

Sunday School was scheduled for class on April 19, April 26, off for a Family Mass Day on May 3, class on May 10 and our final class on May 17.

Theresa will continue to send out e-mails to parents on Fridays with materials for our final classes of this year.

Watch for a Easter Mini-Lesson and activity as well!

Please Note: We have compiled our Family Faith Activities as well as our Family Prayer Ideas online under our "Adult" tab under "Family Events." Click on either to see family activities and prayers to pray together while we are apart.

Regarding First Sacraments:

Since our program is already at home, please continue working through your First Communion booklets as planned.

As of right now, all public Masses are suspended with no determined end date. While Masses are suspended we are unable to meet together as a community. This would also include our First Communion Masses.

As soon as we have more information from the State of Minnesota and the Archdiocese, First Sacrament Families will be informed with HNOJ's plan moving forward.

Regarding Elementary Faith Formation:

Elementary FF was scheduled for class on April 15, April 22 and our final class on April 29.

Our Closing Faith Formation Mass and May Crowning on May 6 is canceled.

Theresa will send out e-mails to parents each Wednesday with extended at-home lessons and materials for our final classes of this year.

Please Note: We have compiled our Family Faith Activities as well as our Family Prayer Ideas online under our "Adult" tab under "Family Events." Click on either to see family activities and prayers to pray together while we are apart.

Regarding MS Crew:

MS Crew was scheduled for class on April 15, April 22 and our final class on April 29.

Elliut will send out e-mails to parents on each Wednesday with reflections and small group questions to go over as a family.

Events cancelled during the extended Stay At Home order are: Closing Mass and May Crowning on May 6th, Friday Night Alive on April 20th

Events added during stay at home order: MS Crew Bible Study - starting on April 16th, we will be participating in a four week Bible study in which we'll take a look at the story of our salvation. We will meet via Zoom on April 16th, 23rd, 30th and May 7th from 7:30pm - 8:30pm. If you want to participate, please email Elliut for the link!

Regarding All Summer Events:

As we look ahead to our currently scheduled HNOJ Summer Events, we are continuing to monitor and evaluate the situation as the situation continues to evolve.

We will keep families updated regarding summer events as we continue to receive new information.

Stay Connected to HNOJ!

During this time of social distancing and extended stay at home order, please stay connected and continue to pray with us!

  • Stream our Sunday Masses found at www.hnoj.org/mass-online
  • Check out our HNOJ Instagram page to watch Fr. Colin's video series every day! Talking about Saints of the Church, Questions arising during this time, etc.
  • Check out our HNOJ Crew ( HNOJ Crew Instagram) Youth Ministry Instagram to pray the rosary with our Youth Ministers at 12 p.m. daily during the week!
  • Check out our HNOJ Website under the Adult Tab, under Family Events - Family Activities and Family Prayer Ideas ( to be updated ). These prayers and activities are sent to Families through e-mail but also compiled in one place to view for all families to see different activities to do together at home.
  • Check out FORMED.ORG for videos and activities for families.
  • Follow our HNOJ Parish Facebook Page!
  • Follow our HNOJ Crew Facebook Page!

Watch online and via e-mail for more ways to stay connected to HNOJ while we are apart.

We know that the COVID-19 outbreak can lead to much anxiety, confusion, and disappointment at the interruption of life as we know it. And yet, in these times we remember that God holds all of us in His tender care. As Christians, we hold fast to the promise of Christ, that we have no cause for worry, for we have a Father who provides for all our needs (See Matthew 6:25-34).

Sometimes that is easier said than done, which is why we stay connected to those we love—even if that means via phone! Be assured that the Faith Formation team of HNOJ is here to support you, pray for you, and walk with you during these trying times.

Peace and blessings,

Chris, Elliut, and Theresa

Chris Kostelc
Director of Faith Formation
763-745-3489

Elliut Fonseca
Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry
763-746-8195

Theresa Reichert
Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation
763-745-3483

HNOJ Faith Formation Families Pre-K through Grade 12,

As many of you are aware, yesterday morning Governor Tim Walz announced the shutdown of all Minnesota schools for a period of time starting Wednesday (March 18) in an effort to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and to prepare for a longer-term statewide closure. As per our protocol, when schools are closed, Faith Formation programming follows suit. The information below will outline how HNOJ Faith Formation plans to proceed for the next 4 weeks and thereafter.

Regarding Sunday School:

  • Sunday School was scheduled for class on March 22, off for a family Mass day on March 29, a movie party on April 5, and off for Easter Sunday on April 12.
  • Class on March 22 and the movie party on April 5 are both canceled.
  • Theresa will send an email to parents with materials for the March 22 class, should you want to do formation at home.
  • We will discuss our plans for class after Easter as we monitor the situation.

Regarding First Sacraments:

  • Since our program is already at home, please continue working through your First Communion booklets as planned.
  • Communion Masses are still scheduled as planned, but we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.

Regarding Elementary Faith Formation:

  • Elementary FF was scheduled for class on March 18, a Family Activity Night on March 25, off for Spring Break on April 1, and off for Holy Week on April 8.
  • Class on March 18 is canceled. Families will be receiving information for the March 18 lesson from Theresa should families want to cover material at home.
  • Our Family Activity Night (March 25) is canceled. However, we encourage families to check out formed.org for ways to grow in faith together as a family this Lenten season. Click here to learn more and sign up if you don’t already have an account.
  • Also, if you’d like to do the planned Family Activity Night at home, check out this link to make “Stations of the Cross Eggs,” allowing you to pray the Stations of the Cross as a family in an interactive way. 
  • We will discuss our plans for class after Easter as we monitor the situation.

Regarding Faith Formation - Specially Designed Classroom:

  • Specially Designed Classroom (SDC) was scheduled to be off on March 22, off for Spring Break on March 29, off for Spring Break on April 5 and off for Easter on April 12.
  • We will discuss our plans for class after Easter as we monitor the situation.

Regarding MS Crew:

  • MS Crew was scheduled for class on March 18, a Family Activity Night on March 25, off for Spring Break on April 1, and off for Holy Week on April 8.
  • Class on March 18 is canceled. Families will be receiving information for the March 18 lesson from Elliut should families want to cover material at home.
  • Our Family Activity Night (March 25) is canceled. However, we encourage families to check out formed.org for ways to grow in faith together as a family this Lenten season. Click here to learn more and sign up if you don’t already have an account.
  • Also, if you’d like to do the planned Family Activity Night at home, check out this link to make “Stations of the Cross Eggs,” allowing you to pray the Stations of the Cross as a family in an interactive way. 
  • Friday Night Alive (March 20) and Ablaze 678 (March 22) have been canceled.
  • We will discuss our plans for class after Easter as we monitor the situation.

Regarding SH Crew:

  • SH Crew has canceled all non-Confirmation related events and will have online lessons for Confirmation events (March 18 and possibly April 5). We want to continue preparing our teens for Confirmation, since at this point, Confirmation is still scheduled for May 10. Specifics are as follows:
    • March 18: Year 2 Confirmation Meeting – online lesson (email to come from Ashley)
    • March 22: Encounter Sunday is canceled.
    • March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: First Sunday – prepare for an online lesson (We will continue to evaluate the safest option and Ashley will keep families updated).
    • Year 2 Confirmation Interviews will occur via phone until further notice. Ashley will contact parents via email whose teens have scheduled meetings during this time in order to determine details.
    • Events occurring after April 5 will be reevaluated as we monitor the situation.

We know that the COVID-19 outbreak can lead to much anxiety, confusion, and disappointment at the interruption of life as we know it. And yet, in these times we remember that God holds all of us in His tender care. As Christians, we hold fast to the promise of Christ, that we have no cause for worry, for we have a Father who provides for all our needs (See Matthew 6:25-34). Sometimes that is easier said than done, which is why we stay connected to those we love—even if that means via phone! Be assured that the Faith Formation team of HNOJ is here to support you, pray for you, and walk with you during these trying times.

Peace and blessings,

Chris, Ashley, Elliut, and Theresa