Our Mission is to Engage Children in their Catholic Faith and fuel their lifelong journey with Christ,
leading them to be His hands and feet.
New Registration System
We have a new registration system and website we are using at St. Ann's!
To access the new site click HERE.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 25-29
To register for this summer's VBS click HERE.
Bible Bash is our carnival for the last day of classes, and we need your help! To sign-up to volunteer please click HERE.
Additionally, if you are interested in being a LAUNCH Leader, aide, hall monitor, office helper, security assistant, or special needs personal assistant, please fill out a volunteer interest form found HERE.
WANT TO SEE OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER?
CLICK HERE for the LAUNCH Ledger
2018-2019 LAUNCH Sessions
(all classes last 1 hr 30 min)
Sundays: 8:45am-10:15am & 10:45am-12:15pm
Monday: 3:30pm-5:00pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm
Click pdf HERE (1001 KB) to see how these new hours benefit families.
LAUNCH Office Hours
*Hours subject to change due to holidays, inclement weather, and church activities.
As directed by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, sacramental prep must be completed at your church of registration. You can click on the following link to register in our parish. Register HERE
Sacramental Preparation for 1st & 2nd grades: 1st & 2nd Grades Sacramental preparation is a two year religious education process. The first year religious preparation needs to be completed in order to receive Reconciliation and First Communion in the second year. If your child is entering Second grade with NO religious education you will need to register them as a first grade student.
Sacramental Preparation for Students in 3rd -8th Grades: 3rd through 8th grade students coming into the Catholic Church needing Baptism and First Eucharist will register for the RCIC, Sunday 9:00am class
HOME SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
What is LAUNCH?
LAUNCH is St. Ann's Children's Ministry or Elementary Religious Education program that was designed and created by the staff here at the Catholic Church of St. Ann.
Why did you name the program LAUNCH?
Our staff wanted to create a new name for religious ed that inspired children to be excited about learning their Catholic faith. LAUNCH was a verb that we felt was full of adventure, excitement, and passion. The definition of the word "launch" means to "set in motion", and that's what our goal here in Children's Ministry is to do, to set in motion children's faith journeys. We want to IGNITE children's Catholic faith! We want them to journey to the Son...Jesus, and do so with a fire in their souls.
How is LAUNCH different than PSR, CCE, CCD, or Sunday School?
The answer is, it isn't, and it is. LAUNCH hasn't changed the religious education teachings we all grew up with. Our faith is our faith, and that is the same. However, LAUNCH is different than the WAY you were taught growing up. Utilizing modern day teaching practices, techniques, and research, our goal at LAUNCH is to engage your child in their faith using MULTIPLE teaching strategies. Does your child like to paint, sing, dance, act, think, sort, find, discover, discuss, or solve? Then LAUNCH is for your family!
What curriculum series are you using?
We are currently using the USCCB approved book series Allelu, Alive in Christ, and Encounter with Christ from Our Sunday Visitor for grades PreK-2nd Grade. In 3rd-5th grade we are using Venture and Good News from Pflaum. However, our staff of certified teachers and theology majors are modifying and adding to the book lessons to create customized plans that meet the needs of our East Cobb students.
What does a typical LAUNCH session look like?
In PreK-2nd Grade, your child will begin with prayer and have a quick discussion over the day's topic. Then they read a lesson from their text books that relates to the weekly Gospel message and follow it up with another small discussion. Next, they will have choices between four stations that are Gospel themed and involve either art, reading, thinking, acting, technology, or discovery. Finally, they will join their peers in energetic praise and worship to conclude their session.
In 3rd-5th Grade, your child will open their session in the Flight Training room with their peers. The opening session may entail meditative adoration, energetic worship songs, a skit, or video introduction of the day's topic. Students will then head to their classrooms to read and discuss the weekly Gospel message in whole group and small group conversations. Finally, students conclude their session with a whole group or small group activity, such as a game, service project, skit, or artistic creation.
What grades are eligible for LAUNCH?
We serve students 3-years-old to 5th grade. After 5th grade, students attend EDGE or LifeTeen.
Do you have carpool?
Yes. Carpool drop off starts 15 minutes prior to a LAUNCH session and concludes at the start of each session. Carpool pickup begins once a LAUNCH session has concluded and continues until 15 minutes after a session's end.
I would like to volunteer or help in my child's classroom, can I do that?
When does LAUNCH start and end?
We typically begin the second week in September, and conclude our sessions the second or third week in April.
How do I know if you are on a break, in session, or closed due to holidays or weather?
You can access the LAUNCH calendar on this page under the Documents tab/section. It will show you any days that we are in session or closed for breaks. We typically follow the Cobb County break schedule, but for any weather closings please check your emails, texts, or the website for information.
My child is past their sacramental year of 2nd Grade, can they still receive First Reconciliation and First Communion?
My child has not been baptized yet, can they take LAUNCH classes?
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