Recognizing how children develop as they grow during these early years is important to providing them an environment which nurtures their faith development. Grade-level faith formation sessions offer public school children an opportunity to explore Scripture and Tradition within an age-based context alongside their peers in our faith community.
Grades 1 through 5 meet weekly on Sunday mornings from 10:15-10:50 a.m., Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:45 p.m. or Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:45 p.m., except during the weeks of a Community Event, school breaks or Holy days. While Mass participation is encouraged of all parishioners, those families choosing Sunday morning Faith Formation are expected to participate in the 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass so that their children can share in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
Because family life is the most essential component of a person’s faith formation, intergenerational Community Events are provided to support families in living their faith at home, in our community, and in the world. Community Events are offered throughout the program year and are a part of the Children’s Faith Formation program schedule. For more information, see Community Events.
Catechists are essential to teach and share our Catholic faith in all grade levels. Committed adults who love children and are willing to share their love of God are encouraged to serve. Catechists work in teams of two and are welcome and encouraged to share the work in ways that are best for them. Both catechists should be present when working with the children.
Commitment: A training session prior to the beginning of weekly sessions; 90 minutes weekly during scheduled session weeks (arrive15 minutes prior to start of each session; a 75-minute teaching session plus pre-planning and preparation as needed to execute each teaching session); willingness to participate in on-going catechist formation.
Babysitters, hall monitors and office help are additional ways to participate in this ministry.
Adult volunteers who are working with children are required to fulfill all Protecting God’s Children components, including attending a safe environment program (VIRTUS) and completing a background check, prior to beginning their work.
Mary Jane Kurowski