Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation

Monday, August 26 Kick-off Meeting for All Families and Parishioners

Come to the parish hall at 6:30 p.m. on Monday August 26 for our parish family faith formation kick-off meeting. All families with children in Kindergarten through Grade 10 (K-10) are encouraged and invited to participate. All parishioners interested in learning about our new program and finding out about ways to volunteer and be involved, are welcome to attend as well.

Letter from Fr. Chris - August 2019

Read the letter from our pastor announcing the new family faith formation program.

Child Enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year

Download and print a PDF version of the paper enrollment form, or even easier, complete the enrollment form online. (NOTE: This form will be coming available soon. It will be linked from this web page as soon as it is ready.) The per-child fee may be paid online with credit card or a check may be mailed or dropped off at the parish office. In cases of financial hardship please do not stay away from faith formation - speak in confidence with Fr. Chris or Mrs. Deignan about your family's situation.

K-10 Family Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year

Read the complete schedule of topics and formats for Sunday morning family faith formation sessions. (Note - this complete schedule will be posted here. It will also be distributed at the August 26 kick-off meeting. All faith formation sessions will be on Sunday mornings.) These sessions will be for families with school age children from Kindergarten through Grade 10. The sessions will be supplemented by Family Dinner Nights, Discipleship Days, R.I.S.E. adoration and praise activities, and for Grade 2 families there will be additional Sacramental preparation activities including a one-day retreat.

Letter from Mrs. Jamie Deignan, Family Faith Formation Coordinator

In this letter Mrs. Deignan invites all parishioners to assist and participate in this exciting new family-based program that will replace traditional classroom-based CCD in our parish.

What is Faith Formation?

Faith Formation consists of two essential elements: religious education and religious experience. Both education and experience are ordered toward the same thing: a living relationship with God. The highest point of one‘s relationship with God is worship. It’s for this reason that the catechism states that the Sunday Eucharist is the “Source and Summit of Christian life.” The Holy Mass is the most important religious experience we have as Catholics. At every Mass God Himself comes to feed us with His Holy Word and His Most Blessed Sacrament the Eucharist. Our hope is that bringing everyone together will boost a positive energy and community spirit of all families and students involved in our Sunday church experience.

Parents have the primary role in a child’s faith formation. A child’s faith is formed and nurtured by the family’s regular attendance at Mass, expressing love, seeking and giving forgiveness, and making an effort to serve others. Additional ways include daily prayer at home including grace before meals, a few minutes of prayer as part of a child’s bedtime ritual, and displaying religious art in the home.

We have many resources in our parish for children, teens and adults to strengthen their faith.

All families with children in grades Kindergarten through Grade 10 are invited, encouraged, and welcome to participate in faith formation as a family. Our parish family faith formation program encourages family participation and provides age-appropriate materials and instruction as well as home-based activities. It is not a drop-off program, but rather a series of participatory sessions with activities for both children and adults.

For an older child who has not yet been baptized or who has not received First Communion, there is a program called “RCIC” which stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation for Children.” If your child is in Grade 3 or higher and has not been baptized, or has not received First Penance and First Communion, you will be invited to participate in Family Faith Formation along with all other parish families, and in addition your family will be provided sacramental preparation appropriate to your child's age, so that he or she will be able to receive Baptism, and/or First Penance and First Communion at Easter Vigil, or at some other mutually agreed occasion.

For adults who wish to become Catholic, or for adult Catholics who did not receive First Penance, First Communion or Confirmation in their youth, or any adult who is seeking to know God, to strengthen and grow in your relationship with God, and to be in communion with God, we invite you to participate in a program called RCIA, which stands for "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults." Beginning in Fall 2019, there is a schedule of meetings and classes, with spiritual guidance, learning, discussion, and prayer, culminating in the reception of sacraments at the Easter Vigil in Spring 2020. 

Please read our parish bulletin every week to learn about specific ministries, events, and activities.