St. Ann's LAUNCH Children's Ministry

MISSION STATEMENT 

 Our Mission is to ignite Children in their Catholic Faith and fuel their lifelong journey with Christ,
leading them to be His hands and feet. 

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Classes are NOT IN session
we return january 6-8, 2019
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Keeping Your Child Safe

What does St. Ann's do to keep my child safe?

  1. We follow the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops rules and guidelines of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People's Promise to Protect. This was created in 2002 and revised in June of 2018. To find more information about this charter go to usccb.org or archatl.com.
  2. All volunteers and staff are background checked and VIRTUS Safe Environment trained when assisting with children.
  3. We follow the You Plus 2 rule at LAUNCH, which states that no adult is left alone with a child that is not in a public or easily visible area. Adults need to be with another child or adult witness to protect all involved parties.
  4. All volunteers and staff are Mandated Reporters, which means if they suspect ANYTHING inappropriate has or is happening to a child at home, in school, in the church, etc., they MUST report it to the Dept of Family and Child Services to investigate.

What does St. Ann's suggest to parents to keep their children safe?

  1. Drop off children to certified adults in a public area, not alone.
  2. Drop off children in designated drop off areas only. 
  3. Do not allow children to wander around the church campus unaccompanied, including going to the restroom during Mass, or being dropped off for religious education classes.
  4. Regularly ask your children if they feel comfortable at church, in religious ed classes, in their lives. Have an open dialogue.
  5. Believe your children if they report anything to you, and report it to the civil authorities (DFCS) before reporting it to the church authorities. 
  6. Participate in the optional VIRTUS training courses for children and families at St. Ann's or in the diocese to help make children aware and vigilant in regards to sexual abuse and misconduct.

LAUNCH Registration

 

**REGISTRATION FOR LAUNCH'S 2018-2019 YEAR STARTS JULY 1, 2018!**


We have a new registration system and website we are using at St. Ann's! 

It is HIGHLY recommended that you watch the following 3 minute video tutorial to help you through the registration process.

The new site has compatibility issues with Safari browsers, so it is recommended that you access the site through Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer instead. If you need help at any time, please call the support line at 1-866-258-3303, and press 1.

To access the new site and register your child for LAUNCH, click 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
Tuesday: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Dates: Sept 9-11, 2018--April 14-16, 2019. Click HERE to view the entire 2018-2019 LAUNCH Calendar

Click pdf HERE (1001 KB)  to see how these new hours benefit families.

Click HERE to find out more about the ALPHA,  adult faith classes, offered during LAUNCH.

 

LAUNCH Office Hours

In session hours:                                           Not in session hours:

Sunday: 8am-1pm                                                          CLOSED

Monday: 9am-7pm                                                         9am-5pm

Tuesday: 9am-5:30pm                                                   9am-5pm

Wednesday: 9am-5pm                                                   9am-5pm

Thursday: 9am-4pm                                                       9am-5pm

Friday: CLOSED                                                               10am-2pm

Saturday: CLOSED                                                          CLOSED

*Hours subject to change due to holidays, inclement weather, and church activities.

Follow Us on Facebook

Click the picture link above to go directly to our Facebook page. You will find weekly photos, class session information, and the most current LAUNCH news here.

Would you like a copy of our Parent Handbook?

It covers all the materials we went over at Parent Orientation and more. Pick up your copy of the Parent Handbook at the LAUNCH office or download it HERE.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

If you would withhold your child from religious education due to financial constraints, please let St. Ann's bless you. Contact the LAUNCH office for scholarship information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

Visit our dedicated First Communion/Sacraments page by clicking HERE
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 8:45am class

If your child is in the 3rd through 8th grade and has received Baptism but still needs First Communion, please contact Jackie Kmet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Students and parents for this group will need to attend 4 mandatory workshops to meet requirements for the sacraments.  We are here to help you get them on track!

HOME SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
If your child is in the 3rd through 5th grade, has already received First Communion, and cannot attend our Religious Education classes, we offer the option to complete the material and teach your child at home.  To utilize this option, please contact program director, Jenny Kiehl, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

 

PAROCHIAL/CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
If your child is enrolled in an Archdiocesan Catholic School in the greater Atlanta area and wishes to receive their sacraments, they must do so at their church of registration. To register your child to receive their sacraments, please go to our registration website by clicking HERE, and select the Parochial/Catholic School Student option or register for a regular LAUNCH class. Students can use their Catholic School Religious Education in lieu of LAUNCH classes, but must attend 2 workshops on October 28th and March 24th, in addition to any sacramental dates and rehearsals.
A baptismal certificate is also required to be turned in to complete your child's registration for this program.
For any questions about this program please email Jackie Kmet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 770-552-6400 x 6040.

Have Questions?

 

Do you want to know more? Visit our FAQ page by clicking the link at the top right of the page, or HERE.

Comments?

Want to leave us anonymous feedback to help improve our program? We'd LOVE to hear from you. Please use the following link to fill out an online comment "card" by clicking HERE

Contact Information

Name Jenny Kiehl
Title

LAUNCH Children's Ministry Director & PreK-1st Coordinator

Email jkiehl@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6023

 

Name Jennifer Vasquez
Title Coordinator of Religious Ed. 2nd-5th Grade
Email jvasquez@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6041

 

Name Jackie Kmet
Title Sacramental Events, VBS, & Family Enrichment Coordinator
Email jkmet@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6040

 

Name Linn Hodges
Title LAUNCH Office Administrator
Email lhodges@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6039

 

Name Susan Rhodes
Title LAUNCH Office Support
Email srhodes@st-ann.org
Phone Ext. 6043

 

 

The Catholic Church of St. Ann is a La Salette parish family dedicated to reconciliation through worship, word, works and sacrament.

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