Saturday, July 21, 2018

New Faith Formation Programs announced for 2018-2019!

For more information on these programs and/or to register, please visit our Faith Formation 2018 Page!

Booklets with further information and paper registration forms may be found at the entrances of the Church and in the Parish Hall following the Sunday Morning Masses.

Any questions may be directed to the following contacts:
Family of Faith, RCIA: Christine Smith
Faithways: Deacon Frank Lucca
Sacramental Prep: Fr. David 

Here is a short summary of the programs for children and youth:

Family of Faith is a program designed for children ages 5 through 18.  This program provides parents with the resources to teach their faith to their children within the ordinary life of the family.  Parents decide which activities are developmentally appropriate for their children. This program follows a four-year cycle which includes: The Creed, Sacraments, Christian Living, and Prayer.  A Family of Faith book will be provided to each family.

·       Class time is Sunday Mass (at a time convenient for your family).  Mass times are Saturday 5pm, Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am, and 5pm.  This program will begin on September 9th, 2018.
·       There will be resources after Mass to help you discuss the readings and liturgy as a family.
·       Once a month there will be a meeting for parents/guardians that will introduce you to the materials.
·       Retreat days will be offered throughout the year that families can participate in.

First Penance preparation is for children who are at least in Grade 1 and who wish to receive First Communion the following year in Grade 2.  Both First Penance and First Communion will take place in Grade 2.  The requirements are as followed:

·       Once a month student will be dismissed at the beginning of Mass and meet with a catechist who will provide additional catechesis for them to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
·       Students must attend at least one Family Retreat Day.

First Communion preparation is for children at least in Grade 2 and who wish to receive their First Communion is the Spring. Students will need to have completed First Penance preparation before beginning First Communion preparation.  The requirements are as followed:

·       Families will participate in the Family of Faith program.
·       Twice a month student will be dismissed at the beginning of Mass and meet with a catechist who will provide additional catechesis for them to receive First Communion.
·       Students must attend at least one Family Retreat Day.

Faithways is for students in Grades 6-8.  This process prepares middle school students to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation through catechesis, service, prayer, and spiritual development. Participants are not required to participate in all activities, but rather earn a number of credits to processed throughout.  Each activity is worth a certain number of credits.  Those students who attend Catholic Schools would still participate in Faithways, but their theology courses would take the place of the catechetical components.

Credit hours work as followed:
·       Grade 6 - 30 hours required
·       Grade 7 - 30 hours required
·       Grade 8 - 30 hours required
·       Service hours - 10 hours over 3 years
Note: To move to Confirmation 2 you will need to earn 100 credit hours

Confirmation 2 Preparation is meant to help Confirmation candidates spiritually prepare for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation and to introduce them to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The requirements are as followed:

·       Attend Mass each week.
·       Gather twice a month as a small group.

·       Participate in a weekend retreat in the Spring (March 8,9,10, 2019 at Cathedral Camp in East Freetown)

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