Each year the Diocese of Helena requires all parishes and schools to facilitate an age-appropriate lesson from the Teaching Safety – Empowering God’s Children program for each of the four cohorts of young people (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12).
Lessons for each age group must be selected from the plans listed on this page. (You may also find them in the Educators tab at virtus.org.) Four lesson plans are available for each cohort: three that can be used any year and one that is new/updated each year by VIRTUS.
You may choose a different lesson for each cohort or use the same lesson for all. Pastors or principals may choose the lesson that best suits the needs of their community.
NEW THIS YEAR: PARENT-SPECIFIC LESSONS TO BE TAUGHT AT HOME
New this year due to the pandemic, VIRTUS has developed parent-specific lesson plans that can be distributed to parents to teach at home. The parish still has the responsibility for distributing the lessons in an appropriate, accountable, and recordable manner (leaving a stack at the back of the church is unacceptable). If you choose this option, you must use a parent-specific lesson; you may not just send home any lesson.
Click on the images to download the lesson plan. You can also access all of the lessons in the “Educators” tab at virtus.org.