Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Faith Formation Home

COVID-19 Response

Dear Families,

The love of Christ compels us!

Even though we face difficult days in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantines, we are a people of hope who know that helping others to see the light of Christ literally turns darkness into light! Over the past week and a half, we have seen the cancellation of public Masses in the Archdiocese, limiting of group sizes from 250 down to less than 10, and finally the closing of the parish offices and cancellation of all face to face meetings. Given all of these changes, I wanted to assure you that we will continue to provide Faith Formation programming in spite of these limitations. We see this as an opportunity to use and experiment with technology to continue our mission. 

When my staff began to hear about the cancellation of public Mass and limited gathering sizes, we immediately shifted gears and began to think of ways in which we could be of assistance and how we could continue to share the love of Christ even though meetings were cancelling. Our priorities during this time are threefold: 1) help everyone make the Sabbath Holy, 2) continue to engage parishioners of all ages including the youth, and 3) continue to prepare for upcoming sacraments. We knew all of this would have to be done with a shift in our delivery from personal meetings to online. We will need your help to be successful in this transition and meeting our objectives.

Some things we have done, and are planning:

  • Keep Holy the Sabbath
    • We are helping to record Mass at Holy Redeemer
    • We have provided preK through 6th grade lessons via email with family ideas and prayers
  • Engage Parishioners
    • We are shifting on-going small groups to Zoom online meetings with mentors
    • We are using video and online meetings to do HS and MS lessons
    • We are starting Bible Studies for MS through HS youth to participate in from home
  • Sacramental Preparation
    • We are providing take home 1st Communion Retreat packets and video sessions
    • We are using video for Confirmation lessons
    • We are working closely with our Elect to provide the sacraments of initiation
    • Marriage preparation is continuing online

We are posting videos to this vimeo page, including the recorded Sunday Masses:

We are using an online video conferencing platform called Zoom to meet virtually where it makes sense:

You can familiarize yourself with these platforms by visiting and seeing how to use them and what we have posted already. We will be updating the vimeo page as we learn more about how to make this user friendly.

I've put together a quick reference guide below that has links to the appropriate pages and what we are planning while we are restricted by COVID-19. Once the ban on the Mass is lifted, we will go back to normal operation. Some sacraments may have to wait until this time. We are waiting on more clarification from Seattle.

My staff and I rely on your feedback to make sure we are meeting the needs of your family to grow in holiness during this difficult time. Please let us know what we can do to be helpful.   

In Christ,

Mark and the Faith Formation Team

Sacrament Availability


Baptisms are being deferred unless there is danger of death. For emergency situations call 360-885-7780 to speak to the answering service.

First Sacraments Our current plan is the weekend of May 17. For now we are holding to this date until we have enough confidence that we will need to postpone it to later in the Summer


Our current plan is Thursday May 28th. For now we are holding to this date until we have enough confidence that we will need to postpone it to later in the Summer.

Weddings On hold for now. No weddings are being celebrated at this time. If you have a wedding planned at Holy Redeemer and are concerned about the date, contact Mark MacKenzie at 360-885-7780 ext 16.
Annointing of the Sick For emergencies - please call the parish office at 360-885-7780 to speak with an answering service. Annointings are being done by appointment.




Program COVID-19 Plan
First Sacraments

At home classes and preperation including a take-home retreat. We are planning to celebrate 1st Communion this year. Our current plan is the weekend of May 17th.

Weddings Online prep. Right now weddings are being deferred.
PreK/Elementary (preK - 3rd) At home lessons that are emailed
Middle Years (4th - 6th) At home lessons that are emailed
Middle School Confirmation Classes (7th - 8th) Online preparation through video and Zoom meetings. Email with content given ahead of time to look over before small group; small group meetings via Zoom
High School Confirmation Classes and Post Confirmation Small Groups Online preparation through video and Zoom meetings. Email with content given ahead of time to look over before small group; small group meetings via Zoom
Confirmation Mass We are planning to celebrate Confirmation this year. Our current plan is Thursday May 28th.
Leadership for MS and HS Groups are meeting via Zoom
Young Adult Ministry Groups are meeting via Zoom
Women's Endow Groups are meeting via Zoom
Men of Faith Planning to meet online via Zoom
Bible Studies on hold for now
RCIA on hold for now



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