Welcome!  Whether you are an @HOME family, or an @MATT family who will be missing a session, here is your spot for lesson resources.  This webpage is a work in progress – like our faith!  If you have a question, or notice something missing, please reach out to your child’s grade level or program coordinator!

Preschool, Kindergarten and Year 1: Lisa Tavares

Year 2 and RCIC (First Reconciliation/First Holy Eucharist): Lori Mathews

3rd, 4th and 5th Grades: Michelle Lyberg

Middle School Edge and Confirmation: Avery Utz

RCIT: Diane Kiradjieff

Life Teen: Lauren Piercefield

For general sacramental prep information or youth ministry activities, select the corresponding buttons below!

Week 1 (Sessions from Oct. 11-14)

ELEMENTARY You Are Blessed!

Our greatest blessing is the gift of life.  These lessons explore the many blessings God has given us: our family, our church, the sacraments and the beautiful world we call home!

ELEMENTARY LIVE IT: Lunch-To-Go Instructions

EDGE To The Heights

We begin our journey, and start to learn about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.  Using one of his passions – moutain climbing – we will explore the blessing of our Catholic Mass culminating in the “summit” of our faith: the Eucharist.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION Blessed Lesson 1

We open our time of preparation for First Reconciliaiton by looking closely at all the seven sacraments.  Don’t forget to Journal with Jesus in your Blessed Book!

RCIT Why Am I Here?

There are many questions that burn in the hearts of all those who deeply desire fulfillment for their lives. In this opening segment of “Chosen,” the question becomes personal: What are you looking for?  Parents you will need to sign in via the email sent to you from Ascension Press.

Week 2 (Sessions from Oct. 18-21)

ELEMENTARY Be The Best Version of YOU (Part 1)!

God gave us the gift of free will.  This week we will explore the choices we make, and the help that God has given us to make the right choices: our church family, the Commandments, the Holy Spirit in the sacraments and Jesus in the Eucharist.

EDGE Navigating the Terrain

Any good journey begins with knowing the physical terrain, and that’s where we begin.  The beauty of our Catholic faith is the universality of it – that we can walk into any Catholic church in the world and know there are certain things we will always find that make us feel at home.

EDGE Churches Around the World

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION Blessed Session 2

God wants us to be a good decision maker.  We will explore the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments, and then hear about when Jesus gave us the Great Commandment.

SACRAMENTAL PREP The Ten Commandments and What They Mean

RCIT What Makes Me Happy?

What makes you happy? In the previous sessions, the conclusion was established that everyone really wants happiness. So in this session, you are asked what will really bring you true happiness.

Week 3 (Sessions from Oct. 25-28)

ELEMENTARY Be The Best Version of You (Part 2)

We continue to learn about choices that help us be the best version of ourselves by exploring the saints – we’ll look at their habits of prayer, following the Commandments, living the Beatitudes and being kind and loving.

ELEMENTARY Backbands and M&M Prayer

EDGE The Approach

Determining whether a journey is successful or not depends upon how you approach it, how you prepare – body, mind and spirit.  This week, Fr. Peter and Fr. Davis will help us think about our approach and how we prepare for the Mass.

EDGE Fr. Peter on Preparing for Mass

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION Blessed Session 2/Part 2

We continue to look at our choices, and examine these questions: What does it mean to be tempted?  What is a sin?  What is my conscience?  What is grace?

SACRAMENTAL PREP Accident, Sin or Mistake?

RCIT What’s Your Story, God?

Everyone has a story, even God. This session sketches the greatest love story of all time by telling the history of salvation. It is a beautiful depiction of God’s incredible love for you, which tells the truth that you are worth saving and loving into eternity.

Week 4 (Sessions from Nov. 1 to 4)

ELEMENTARY God Sent Jesus to Save Us

God gave us the gift of Jesus, to forgive our sins and to open up the doors to heaven for us.  We should pay close attention to His example of how to live because this helps us prepare for heaven.  God also gives us glimpses of what heaven will be like in the world around us.   

ELEMENTARY GATHER Spot the Differences!

EDGE The Ascent

The ascent – the part of the journey between the anticipation and the climax; if we are not careful, we get lulled into complacency and miss a lot of amazing things along the journey.  Many of us get stuck in just going through the motions at Mass because we don’t understand the “why” behind what we do.  This week Avery and Amy will take the teens on a closer look at the Liturgy of the Word to explore “why” it is such an essential part of the Mass.

EDGE CONNECT Four Questions on the Liturgy of the Word

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION (First Reconciliation) Blessed Session 3

God so loved us that He sent Jesus to save us.  This week we explore Jesus’ life, ministry and His sacrifice for us.  We also will explore the Act of Contrition and what the words of the prayer mean.

RCIT How Do I Know God is Real?

God exists. This session explores the explanation for the existence of God, but also gives deeper dimensions to the actuality of God. In other words, God wants you to know not only that he exists, but that he wants to reveal everything about himself to you in Jesus Christ.

Week 5 (Sessions from Nov. 8 to 11)

ELEMENTARY Life as a Catholic Kid

You are a son or daughter of the King of Kings!  The fact that we are a child of God means there are expectations for us to live up to through our words and actions: Love God, love one another and be kind.  

EDGE The Apex

The highest point.  As a Catholic, the highest point of our week should be the reception of the Eucharist.  Christ fills us with Himself in the Eucharist – and we are called to go forth from there bringing Him out with our words and our actions.

EDGE CONNECT (Coming Soon!)

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION (First Reconciliation) Blessed Session 5

Life is full of great moments, and the same is true as a Catholic kid.  Our faith life is full of special and great moments where we experience God’s love and see Jesus up close – the sacraments.  This week, we prepare for our parent-child retreat and receiving Reconciliation for the first time!

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION Act of Contrition and Examination of Conscience and Rite of Reconciliation

RCIT Why Be Catholic?

Discover the different aspects of the one, true Church instituted by Jesus Christ. You see in this session the importance of being Catholic in a world that likes lots of choices. But Church is something so much more than a life choice or personal preference.

Week 6 (Sessions from Nov. 15 to 18)

ELEMENTARY God Will Always Love You

God loves you and has blessed you with unique gifts. He also pours his love into you through the gifts of the sacraments. Jesus reminds us to use our talents wisely and appreciate the gifts and talents they see in others. He knows that we will not always be perfect, but will love us know matter what.  He gives us the grace from the sacraments to always remain in His love.  

ELEMENTARY OBJECT LESSON

EDGE The Source and Summit

A mountain peak is the highest point – the summit – but it is also the source from which the water flows to nourish all below.  This week Avery and Diane will share how the reception of the Eucharist is the highest point of our week as Catholics, but also that it is the source from which our souls, hearts and minds are nourished with the strength and peace only Christ can provide.

EDGE CONNECT The Greatest Story of the Greatest Gift

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION (First Reconciliation) Blessed Session 4

God will always love us – no matter what.  The sacrament of reconciliation is His gift to us, that He will always forgive us.  We also will explore the Act of Contrition and what the words of the prayer mean.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION Act of Contrition and Examination of Conscience and Rite of Reconciliation

RCIT Who Is Jesus?

Get ready to know Christ in this session, during which you learn that there are only three possible options to answer the historical figure, known as Jesus of Nazareth. Catholicism shows that the result of these options have a profound impact in your life.

Family Advent Opportunities - Just because our sessions are on break, does not mean Faith Formation is!

THANKS-GIVING Our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations may look a little different this year, but we still have many opportunities to help others and make their holidays a bit more merry and bright.  Food drives, Christmas Baskets for Families, the Angel Tree Gifts and more!  Visit our Season of Giving page for specific ways your family can help!

Advent Wreaths: Walk the Tradition Sunday, Nov. 29 at the Ballantyne Campus ~ Following All Masses (10 am to 2 pm) Take an outdoor walk through the history and tradition of the Advent Wreath as you gather the materials needed to build your own family wreath!  Pre-Registration is necessary.  Volunteer opportunities  are available for adults and youth.

An Advent Reflection Join us for an hour of reflection, lighting the Advent Wreath and seeing the coming of Jesus foretold throughout the Old Testament events. Registration is necessary! IN PERSON: Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at 9 am or 7 pm at the Ballantyne Campus

The Advent Calendar Experience The Advent Calendar can come to your inbox!  Your Faith Formation team will bring the foretelling of Jesus’ birth to ‘life’ each day, with a special message from a special someone on Christmas Eve! Sign up for your experience here.

A Christmas Window Journey Through Bethlehem Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11 at the Ballantyne Campus Join us for a walk, guided by a narrator, and see six Christmas windows that bring to life the story of our Savior’s birth.  Finish off in the courtyard with some hot chocolate as members of the St. Matthew choir fill the air with the sounds of Christmas!  Registration is necessary!  Families interested in volunteering should contact Amy (abojarski@stmatthewcatholic.org)

Catholic, Christmas, Covid and Coping Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 pm We have all felt the stress of these past months of virtual learning, lost experiences – hard enough as an adult trying to manage it all for ourselves, let alone for our children.  Parents are invited to a zoom session with speaker Art Bennett, CEO of Catholic Charities in Arlington and a well known licensed marriage and family therapist as we explore ways to truly allow the PEACE of this season help us.  Register here to receive the zoom invitation.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD Returning Virtually Nov. 29  While we can not bring the children to C.L.O.W. during Mass, we can bring C.L.O.W. to them!  Beginning the first Sunday of Advent, Children’s Liturgy can be found at on this webpage and families can sign up to have the experience delivered to their inbox on Sunday mornings by contacting Lisa (ltavares@stmatthewcatholic.org)