Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Jacqueline Spaniola and Sister Carolee Vaness share on Faith Formation amid the pandemic.
Chassell, Michigan—Faith Formation at St. Anne Parish took on a different look for the month of September. Not knowing what would happen due to the rising number of COVID cases since the three colleges in our county began semester classes. Most of the classes went online even before school actually started.
So, instead of a Pizza-Making party for the Faith Formation families, we decided to do outside activities. On September 13 families gathered at Waterworks Park in Calumet for an outdoor Mass and built a fire down by the beach. On September 20 we had a canoe trip for any Faith Formation families that went down a portion of the Sturgeon River and ended at the Chassell Park. Individually wrapped snacks and play time followed. On September 27 the family met at the Bishop Baraga Shrine in Baraga for a hike and prayer.
The following Sunday, October 4th, it was decided to have ZOOM sessions for the Faith Formation. Our numbers in Houghton County are still rising, though MTU (Michigan Technological University) is testing about 400 people per week and their number of cases on campus are declining.
Our outdoor activity with distancing has helped families to have some community spirit needed at this time of COVID.